Hip-Hop Rap Up 02:11:11: Slaughterhouse, Dregs One & Equipto, Philthy Rich, Michael Franti, DJ Mpenzi, Blueprint + More

Posted by Billyjam, February 11, 2011 07:07am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music San Francisco Weekly Hip-Hop Top Six Chart: 02:11:11

1) Talib Kweli Gutter Rainbows (101 Distributions)

2) Philthy RIch Trip N 4 Life (Town Thizzness/LiveWire Records/SMC)

3) Dregs One and Equipto The Generation Gap (mixed by DJ BeatsMe (Pocketwatch Productions/Solidarity Records)

4) Slaughterhouse The EP (E 1)

5) Elusive Hip-Hop For Hipsters (Elusive)
6) Buckshot The Common Knowledgy of The Entertainment Industry (Duck Down Music)

Thanks to Luis at Amoeba San Francisco for this week's Top Six, which includes five new hip-hop albums and one new hip-hop book/CD package. That unique combo is The Common Knowledgy of The Entertainment Industry -- the neatly packaged, well presented, and most informative 80-page book with CD by Buckshot of legendary Brooklyn hip-hop group Black Moon / founder of Duck Down Records fame -- that was among the new releases showcased here on the Amoeblog Hip-Hop Rap Up a few weeks ago.

Number four this week on the chart is the brand new, long overdue (supposed to drop six months ago) latest offering from Slaughterhouse, the four-member rap supergroup comprised of Joe Budden, Crooked I, Joell Ortiz, & Royce da 5' 9," who have been tipped to be signing with Eminem's Shady Records ever since they made a cameo in Em's "Forever" music video.

This six song EP includes a remix featuring Iffy of the group's critically acclaimed Kickdrums-produced "Move On," "Back On The Scene" featuring Dres of Black Sheep, "The One (Remix feat. Bun B)," a remix of "Fight Club," and a remix of Joell Ortiz's song "Put Some Money On It (feat. Sheek Louch, Jada Kiss & Styles P)."

Because all of the songs had been leaked online, this release is all new remixes. Simply titled The EP, it is designed to tide over fans, anxious for a full-length from this highly thought of hip-hop quartet sometime this year on Eminem's Shady Records. The label also recently signed acclaimed Alabama rapper Yelawolf.

Speaking of albums not being released on schedule, a trend all too common in hip-hop, E-40's two new albums in his ongoing Revenue Retrievin' series (Overtime Shift and Graveyard Shift), which were both supposed to be released this month, have been pushed back until the end of March.

But based on the talented Bay Area rhyme spitter's notorious rep for dropping albums later than advertised, the new March 29th date will probably change too. However, it will be worth the wait -- based on how amazing the first two Revenue Retrievin' albums (Day Shift and Night Shift) released last year were.

Holding over from last week with strong sales are both Brooklyn's Talib Kweli and Oakland's Philthy Rich, holding down the the first and second chart positions, respectively. And, as Luis mentioned in the video clip below, Philthy Rich (along with fellow Livewire crew member Stevie Joe) will be among my guests today (Feb 11th) on the WFMU live remote radio broadcast from the Oaksterdam Gift Shop at 405 15th Street downtown Oakland. Free and open to the public (18 and over), other guests will include Foreign Legion, Hugh E MC Macsen Apollo, and members of 11/5 and UDI. Noon to 3pm today. And next week, same time, I will be doing a special all KUSF DJ show on WFMU live from Amoeba San Francisco. More details on that exciting show here on the Amoeblog in the coming days.

Top Six @ Amoeba San Francisco Feb 11th, 2011

Dregs One and Equipto's Generation Gap (Pocketwatch Productions/Solidarity Records), which is number three this week at Amoeba, may be billed as a mixtape but it looks and sounds like a regular CD release since it comes in a shrink wrapped jewel case with original artwork & photography and 16 tight ass tracks featuring many cameos and contributions. In addition to Dregs One of Gas Mask Colony fame and Equipto of Bored Stiff, solo, and Andre Nickatina collab fame, other contributors (including their own groups) to this release include BIG Shawn, Professor X, Tahaj, Sick YG, Mint Rock, Akil, Rome, Telli Prego, Kelioso, Mike Marshall (who is currently on the Rappin' In The Mirror tour with Equipto), and Yoak-A-Lot.

Yesterday I caught up with the talented young producer Dregs One to ask him about this new release and how it came about. "Well, me and Equipto have been recording songs together for years and one day he came at me with the idea of a collaboration project. Basically this is us bridging the gap between our two generations of San Francisco hip hop," said Dregs One in reference to the more seasoned, famed SF emcee, who's been putting it down for two decades now. "There's a lot of tracks with the Bored Stiff family as well as my crew, Gas Mask Colony. It started off as a digital release but now we've got the physical packages for the real hip hop fans and collectors. The homie BeatsMe of Distortion2Static did his thing blending it together and overall I'd say it's a solid compilation of raw tracks." Indeed it is. Now go cop it at Amoeba.Michael Franti

Speaking of Amoeba, today at Amoeba Berkeley there is an all-ages, free instore performance with Michael Franti that I recommend you attend. Since his beginnings two and a half decades ago, when he headed The Beatnigs, signed to Jello Biafra's Alternative Tentacles label, Franti's music has evolved from industrial rap to live hip-hop with the Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy to the more reggae flavored pop-soul music of his current band Spearhead, but he has always maintained a political edge and socially conscious voice that has won him fans the world over.

Franti's concerts and releases may be in demand the world over, but the East Bay artist is perhaps most popular on his home turf. Several months ago when his most recent album dropped, Michael Franti & Spearhead's The Sound of Sunshine (Capitol Records), it shot straight to number one on the Amoeba Berkeley charts, so expect a large turnout for tonight's show which will start at 6pm, but get there earlier to jockey a good position at the Telegraph Ave. store After the instore show the artist will mpenzi and jsightbe signing copies of that same release for those who purchase it at Amoeba today.

Other free events in the East Bay over the weekend include the weekly dance party MÄJOR on Sunday at Somar on Telegraph in downtown Oakland, where DJ Shortkut has been among the turntable guests. This Sunday, resident DJ Mpenzi will be holding it down all night with a Valentine themed playlist. The event's host JSight promises, "{We} might just “take a love break” and drop a classic slow mix in between the afrofunkysoulclassichiphop rnbhousesalsazouksoca dancehallreggae we drop all night long." For more info and free downloadable live club mixes visit the MÄJOR website.

And finally, I leave you with a brand new track/video from one of my favorite hip-hop artists these days: Columbus, Ohio emcee Blueprint, who is down with the Rhymsayers Entertainment collective. This is "Keep Bouncing" from his forthcoming album on the label.

Blueprint "Keep Bouncing" (2011)

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