Hip-Hop Rap Up 11:12:10: N*E*R*D, Cee-Lo, Kid Cudi, Cage, Lil Wayne, Lyrics Born, DJ Inti, DJ Platurn, Amoeba 20th Anniversary, Big B, 4AM, Eligh, Madlib, Brother Ali + More

Posted by Billyjam, November 12, 2010 11:05am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Berkeley Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 11:12:10

N*E*R*D1) N*E*R*D Nothing (Star Trak)

2) Madlib Medicine Show No.10-Black Soul (Stones Throw)

3) Cee-Lo Green
Lady Killer (Elektra Records)

4) TIE: Lil Wayne I Am Not A Human Being (Cash Money/Universal)
Kid Cudi Man On The Moon 2: The Legend of Mr Roger (Universal/Motown)

5) Eligh Grey Crow ( Legendary Music/ Alpha Pup)

N*E*R*D's great new album Nothing on Star Trak, which was written about in last week's Hip-Hop Rap Up, is number one at the Berkeley Amoeba Music this week, followed  by Madlib's tenth release in his ongoing twelve part series on Stones Throw. Medicine Show No.10-Black Soul finds crate digger extraordinaire Madlib serving up a mix (although it Madlibshould be noted not all are mixed together) of some rare soul from the mid to late 70s right when the music, as Stones Throw notes, was giving way to disco, when the groove was on its way to the boogie, when funk was on its way to fonk. Released on Tuesday is the brand solo release from Cee-Lo Green (of Goodie Mob and Gnarls Barkley fame); the album Lady Killer on Elektra Records got a very positive review on the day it dropped by Smiles Davis in the Amoeblogger's post Get Off Farmville and Go Get Cee-Lo's Lady Killer that raved, "this may very well turn out to be the best album of 2010." 

In a tie for fourth place on the Amoeba Berkeley hip-hop chart are Lil Wayne and Kid Cudi. For an artist whose debut (the mixtape A Kid Named Cudi) was only two years ago, Kid Cudi has firmly Kid Cudiestablished himself with his alternative / hip hop / neo-psychedelic take on music. Man On The Moon 2: The Legend of Mr Roger on Universal/Motown delivers more of his trademark style, plus some straight up hip-hop tracks such as "Wild'n Cuz I'm Young" featuring Kanye West. Kanye guests on the other album track, "Erase Me," and joins Mary J Blige, Cee-Lo, and Cage as album collaborators.

Also on this week's hip-hop chart is Eligh's Grey Crow on Legendary Music/ Alpha Pup. In support of the album Eligh is currently on tour with Brother Ali, The Grouch, and Los Rakas. They play Sunday (Nov 14th) in Sacramento at Empire, Monday in San Francisco at The Independent, Tuesday at the New Parish in Oakland, and Wednesday at the Avalon in Santa Clara. Zion I, whose new album, Atomic Clock on Gold Dust Media, has been selling well since it arrived in Amoeba on Tuesday, is currently out on tour as well. They play Sac State in the University Union Ballroom on Thursday (Nov 18th) and Fat Cat in Modesto the following night (Nov 19th). For more tour information and general band information, visit the Zion I website. Tonight at SOM Bar on 16th Street in the Mission District of SF, DJ Spinderella (Salt N Pepa) will be spinning alongside such locals as Mr E. More info here.
Lyrics Born
But the one event you definitely have to attend this weekend is one that DJ Inti at Amoeba Berkeley, who supplied this week's chart, will be an integral part of. It is the celebration concert & sale event in honor of the ongoing 20th Anniversary of the Telegraph Avenue Amoeba Music store, which opened back in 1990! As well as stocking the shelves with hip-hop vinyl and CDs for the storewide sale jumping off on Sunday, DJ Inti will also be one of the folks providing the all day entertainment.

"I'll be spinning my dollar bin specials," promised Inti, who will join the lineup that includes fellow Berkeley Amoebite Joe Nasty (ask StarSoup), DJ Pam the Funkstress, Lyrics Born, Foxtails Brigade, and two former Berkeley Amoeba hip-hop staffers, DJ Platurn (of Oakland Faders fame) and DoseOne (Anticon). Should be an amazing day! For more exact information on who plays when and what great deals will be offered at Amoeba Berkeley, click here.

Big B - "Before I Leave This Place" (Feat. Everlast a.k.a. Whitey Ford) (2010)

Rapper Big B, whose new album Good Times & Bad Advice on Suburban Noize melds elements of hip-hop, alternative rock, and country, will be joining both the Kottonmouth Kings and La Coka Nostra’s Slaine on the second leg of the Party Monsters Tour beginning tomorrow, November 13th, in Hollywood, CA at The Key Club and ending up at Slims in San Francisco on Dec 10th. Big B's album, which is available at each Amoeba store, features cameos from the likes of Everlast, Cisco Adler (Shwayze, Whitestarr), Glasses Malone, and Pepper. Above is the video for the album track and second single "Before I Leave This Place" featuring Everlast Atmosphere
(aka Whitely Ford). 

Reading the Amoeblog post from yesterday about the benefit that was scheduled to take place last night for longtime Bay Area local freelance sound engineer Kim Greiss got me thinking about a new Atmosphere song about the current dismal state of health care in America. Like many self-employed/freelancers (myself included) in the current American economic climate, Greiss, who has board-op'ed many of the instores at Amoeba San Francisco, has no medical insurance. And now is the time that she really needs it, since she has been diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer and has already begun the costly treatment process.

Kim's dilemma, and those of so many Americans without any form of health insurance but in desperate need of health care, is addressed eloquently in the great track "Americareful" by Atmosphere off the new album To All My Friends, Blood Makes The Blade Holy: The Atmosphere EP's (Rhymesayers Entertainment). Emcee Slug notes "Healthcare costs more than a small plane." The audio for the song, which is well worth listening to, is below. But back to Kim Greiss: if you didn't make it to last night's benefit concert at Bottom of the Hill but would like to donate some money to Kim's rising medical costs, click here for info.

Atmosphere "Americareful" (2010)

Tonight at 330 Ritch Street is Sartorially Crunk with DJ Apollo spinning "sartorially crunk" videos. It's free before 11pm if you email by 6pm today (Nov 12th). Also spinning will be DJs Music Video Night At MadroneD-Sharp and SeanG. More info here.

Another video themed SF club night, appropriately titled Music Video Night at Madrone happens every second Saturday at Madrone, including tomorrow night, with former SF Amoebite Jason "4AM"Chavez. Also playing music videos will be DJ Satva (SkateClik). When emailed, 4AM told the Amoeblog to expect him to hear/see him "Cut, scratch and manipulate video on 2 screens. No one is immune, no one is safe. You will hear Biggie go into Beck into Aaliyah into Steve Miller into Wu-Tang into Suzanne Vega into Outkast into MC Lyte into Queen into... you get the picture." More info here.

And finally, I leave you with three totally different videos: the first is the latest single/video from Rhymesayers artist Brother Ali's album Us. It is the simple but engaging Chris Gliebe-directed video for the song "Breakin' Dawn" that tackles such topics as color and slavery.

The second video is from talented hip-hop/alternative artist Cage. It is the new Stephen Reedy-made video for the song "Captain Burnout" off the artist's most recent album, 2009's Depart From Me on Def Jux. Thanks to appearing on the new Kid Cudi album (on the track "Maniac"), Cage is being exposed to a whole new audience lately.

The third and final video below is of Lil Wayne, whose latest album I Am Not A Human Being, was released while he was still locked down and is on this week's Amoeba chart. The video contains some raw concert footage of the first stage performance the artist did did since getting released from Riker's Island prison on November 4th.

Brother Ali  "Breakin' Dawn" (2010)

Cage "Captain Burnout" (2010)

Lil Wayne in Las Vegas, first stage performance since his release from jail (2010)

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