Hip-Hop Rap Up 04:22:11: DJ Quik, Snoop, E-40, Wiz Khalifa, Blueprint, Lyrics Born, Equipto & Mike Marshall + More

Posted by Billyjam, April 22, 2011 06:28am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 04:22:11

1) DJ Quik The Book Of David (Mad Science Records)

2) Snoop Dogg Doggumentary (Priority) 

3) E-40 Revenue Retrievin: Overtime Shift (EMI)
    E-40 Revenue Retrivin': Graveyard Shift (EMI) 

4) Wiz Khalifa Rolling Papers (Atlantic)

5) Blueprint Adventures in Counter-Culture (Rhymesayers Entertainment)

Thanks to Marques at Amoeba Hollywood for this week's Hip-Hop Top Five, which features the brand new release from LA hip-hop legend and friend of Amoeba DJ Quik. His album The Book Of David on Mad Science is the artist's eighth studio album in 20 years. It was released on Tuesday this week (4/19) and the following day (4/20) the long time SoCal rapper/producer had an extremely well attended Amoeba Hollywood instore album signing party. At 7:30pm on Wednesday Marques reported that -- an hour and a half into the signing -- there were still "A lot of waiting to meet Quik and get their CDs signed. He's cool," he said adding, "Looks like we are selling out of it [The Book Of David]." Indeed, and hence the new CD shot to the top of the latest Amoeba hip-hop chart. 

After the book signing finished at about 8pm DJ Quik bounced over to the Key Club in Hollywood for a record release concert that was streamed live courtesy of Red Bull (but not archived, unfortunately). At the show Quik performed "Luv of my Life" off the new album and that same day (4/20) he unveiled the video for the new song. See this new video below along with an early DJ Quik rap hit, the 1992 Way 2 Fonky album track "Jus Lyke Compton," which was released as a single/video in '93. A true West Coast early 90's rap classic!

DJ Quik "Luv of my Life" (2011)

DJ Quik "Jus Lyke Compton" (1992)

Dj Quik will be playing some more CA dates in the week ahead including tomorrow (Saturday, 4/23) at City National Grove of Anaheim, Monday (4/25) at Senator Theatre in Chico, and next Friday (4/29) at 4th And B in San Diego. As the fans who showed up at this week's Amoeba Hollywood instore well know, DJ Quik is more than simply a solo artist. He also works as a producer and musical collaborator behind the scenes where he has been instrumental in pushing many others into the spotlight.

Over the years the long, long list of artists (and not just hip-hop!) he's collaborated with includes AMG, 2nd II None, Ice Cube, Kurupt, Maroon 5, Luniz, 2 Pac, Murs, Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes, Nate Dogg, (RIP) Bishop Lamont, E-40, Yung Joc Twiztid, Danny Boy, Nick Cannon, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Janet Jackson, Rick James, Chingy, Ludacris, and Snoop Dogg.

Fellow LA rap legend Snoop Dogg, who took time out of his busy music career to do voice over on last Sunday's episode of the animated Fox TV program The Cleveland Show, is also on this week's Amoeba hip-hop chart with his latest offering, Doggumentary, which is on (no surprise) the label that he heads as CEO: EMI's Priority Records. The album's numerous producers include Battlecat, Damon Albarn, David Banner, THX, DJ Khalil, and Kanye West, while the diverse mic guests include Willie Nelson, E-40, R Kelly, Bootsy Collins, Gorillaz, and Too $hort.

In non music news, Snoop also made headlines this week when the 12% alcohol fruit flavored malt beverage Blast by Colt 45, which is manufactured by Pabst, came under fire with attorney generals from California, Illinois, Maryland and other states. They sent a letter to Pabst, urging it to reduce the alcohol content in the drink, which they derided as "binge in a can." They cited part of the attraction of the strong drink to under age drinkers as being that Snoop Dogg is one of the endorsers of the product.

Wiz Khalifa, who also guests on the new Snoop album, continues to do well with his own latest full-length, Rolling Papers, on Atlantic Records, which is on the Amoeba chart again this week. Last weekend he got a good reception when he was one of the few hip-hop acts at Coachella.

Other albums that have been selling well at Amoeba Berkeley and San Francisco that are doing equally well at Amoeba Hollywood this week include alternative hip-hopper Blueprint's Adventures in Counter-Culture on Rhymesayers Entertainment and the two new simultaneously released E-40 albums:
Revenue Retrivin: Overtime Shift and Revenue Retrivin: Graveyard Shift. Below is the brand new E-40 video for the song "Fuck Em" which is on the Overtime Shift CD.

E-40 "Fuck Em" (2011)

Lyrics Born talks about what to expect at his Yoshi's SF show this weekend

Lyrics Born, who plays Fat Cat Music House in Modesto tonight in support of his current album As U Were, returns to his home base of the Bay Area tomorrow for a show at Yoshi's in San Francisco which he promises in video above (shot two days ago during rehearsals) will be a James Brown/Curtis Mayfield tribute thanks to the live band Continuum he'll have backing him.

And finally, I leave you with what very well might become the new San Francisco hip-hop anthem -- "Heart & Soul" by Equipto featuring Mike Marshall. The song itself is off the hook but the accompanying Dregs One directed video (unveiled a week ago) really makes it gel together as it is complete with every hood in Tha Sco (San Francisco) plus familiar SF landmarks (look for Amoeba on Haight at the 3:00 mark) and legendary SF rap figures such as Hugh E MC, JT Tha Bigga Figga, 11/5, RBL Posse, and Cellski aka 2 Took.

Equipto feat Mike Marshall "Heart and Soul" (2011)

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