Hip-Hop Rap Up 09:17:10: Al'Tariq, Black Milk, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, MF Doom, Rah Digga + More

Posted by Billyjam, September 17, 2010 10:00am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music San Francisco Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 09:17:10

1) Pete Rock & CL Smooth Mecca and the Soul Brother DeLuxe Box Set (Traffic Entertainment)

2)  Black Milk Album of the Year (Fat Beats)

3) Al'Tariq God Connections (Al'Tariq Music)

4) MF Doom Expektoration Live Featuring Big Benn Klingon (Gold Dust Media)

5) Rah Digga Classic (Traffic) 

Thanks to Luis at the San Francisco Amoeba Music for this latest hip-hop chart! The reissued and nicely repackaged deluxe version of the hip-hop classic by Pete Rock & CL Smooth Mecca and the Soul Brother is number one. This re-release by Traffic Entertainment is so impressive that the folks at this fine label made a special video about it (see immediately below) in which they unveil its newly improved contents: two CDs, including the original album plus one disc filled with bonus versions, exclusives, instrumentals, and a capellas. Also included in this new set is a poster, 20 page booklet, and individual ‘paste on’ style jackets. Nice! No wonder it's number one at Amoeba Music this week.

Pete Rock & CL Smooth's Mecca and the Soul Brother 2010 DeLuxe version

The best put-down line of the week is from the new Black Milk full-length, Album of the Year (Fat Beats). On the track “Deadly Medley," he imparts these lyrics: "My shit is Martin Luther. Your shit is Martin Lawrence.” Ouch! These lyrics are off the DJ Khalid produced first single from the album (the Detroit producer/emcee's third) from the artist, whose mentor was J-Dilla and whose 2008 album Tronic got rave reviews. This is a really good album, alright, but I am not sure if it is the album of the year as the title implies/hopes.

Al'Tariq, who you know originally from his membership in the legendary Beatnuts crew when he went by the name Fashion, enters the chart this week with the newly repackaged God Connections, released on his own indie label via Traffic Entertainment. Originally released back in 1996, it died a quick death back then because the label it was on went bust right at the time of release. This newest edition is another impressive deluxe repacking job (like the Pete Rock/CL Smooth) in a nicely repackaged digipak with booklet that includes liner notes by Al'Tariq plus photos by B+, and more importantly, bonus cuts. The album includes Tariq's fellow Beatnuts Psycho Les & JuJu as well as production input by NO I.D., V.I.C. and The Beatnuts themselves. 

Normally live hip-hop albums suck, with bad mixing and vocals sounding shouted and inaudible, which is why, thankfully, there are not too many of them compared to other genres like jazz or rock. But once in a while a decent live hip-hop recording comes along. MF Doom's just released Expektoration Live Featuring Big Benn Klingon is such an album. Almost an hour in length, it features only 3 tracks: "Act I" (drawing from MM..Food and Madvillainy) and "Act II" (mainly from Operation: Doomsday) and "Intermission" -- just like a concert.

As previously discussed numerous times on this blog, the ratio of female to male emcees is way too unbalanced. Hence, female hip-hop artists are always a welcome addition to the Amoeba Music chart, especially  a really good one like longtime Newark (aka Brick CIty), NJ female rapper Rah Digga. She returns with force with Classic. This eleven track return album from the ex-Flipmode Squad first lady, which is produced exclusively by Nottz, doesn't sound dated, nor does it sound like she is trying to adapt to what she thinks radio or contemporary fans want. Rather, she stays true to herself and actually makes fun of some of the current day disposable pop rappers, as she does on the wonderful lead single, "This Ain't No Lil Kid Rap." 

Rah Digga "This Ain't No Lil Kid Rap" (2010)

DJ BITS n PIECES: This Sunday, September 19th, will be the first anniversary of the tragic death of DJ Roc Raida and next Friday will be a big DJ themed tribute/benefit show in Los Angeles with the Beat junkies and many more repping. Check back here that day for full details. DJ Apollo will be spinning and celebrating the one year of HI DEF at 330 Ritch in San Francisco tomorrow, September 18th, along with DJ Steve1der.

And finally, I leave you with the video for the brand new release from Remynd, "Saviour," that features hip-hop legend Kool G Rap. The Jeremy E. Jackson directed video was shot in New York City and the track, which is produced by Nick Price for Attic Sounds, is taken from the artist's forthcoming album Sex & Computers (release date Sept 28th).

Remynd "Saviour (feat. Kool G Rap)" (2010)

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