Hip-Hop Rap Up 07:29:11: DJ Khaled, Shady Nate, Koncept & Tranzformer, Moe Green, Illus, JR Mint, L PRO + more

Posted by Billyjam, July 29, 2011 04:19am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five: Week Ending July 29, 2011

1)   DJ Khaled We The Best Forever (Cash Money/Universal)

2)   Tyler the Creator Goblin (XL Recordings)

3)    Eminem Recovery (Aftermath) 

4)    Aesop Rock  Labor Days  (Definitive Jux)

5)    Lil Wayne I Am Not A Human Being (Cash Money/Univ.)

The top selling hip-hop release at the Amoeba Hollywood store this week is the fifth studio album and the major label debut from DJ Khaled. This latest from the established DJ/producer/radio personality is titled We the Best Forever - so titled after his own label We The Best - and it features some of the best known in the rap game these days. The album's packed guest list includes such heavyweights as Kanye West, Nas, Jay-Z, Fat Joe, Chris Brown, Keyshia Cole, Cee Lo Green, Rick Ross, Birdman, Lil Wayne, T.I., Akon, Drake and Nicki Minaj. The first single "Welcome to My Hood" which features cameos from Rick Ross, Plies, Lil Wayne and T-Pain became a major radio hit and grabbed everyone's attention when it dropped earlier in the year to help build anticipation for this release which debuted at number 5 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart this week. This anticipation for We The Best Forever has been further fueled by the other 3 singles (yes four singles total for the album that is only just out!); “I’m On One”  featuring Drake, Rick Ross, and Lil Wayne, “It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over”  featuring Mary J. Blige, Fabolous, and Jadakiss (video below), and (the fourth and latest, about to drop) single “Legendary” featuring Chris Brown, Keyshia Cole, and Ne-Yo.

The other releases charting at Amoeba Hollywood this week are not as brand spanking new as DJ Khaled's and include two releases that have been out since 2010 but are still selling briskly; Eminen's Recovery and Lil Wayne's I Am Not A Human Being. Also charting is Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All member Tyler the Creator's May release Goblin, and Aesop Rock's decade old, lyrically dense & engaging Def Jux classic Labor Days which was recently reissued for fans just now catching up on the artist. Meanwhile on the new releases tip there's tons of stuff dropping right now; some of which is featured below in video format with basic background info. Included are Shady Nate, Koncept & Tranzformer, Moe Green, Illus, JR Mint, and L PRO.

DJ Khaled "It Ain't Over Til' It's Over (feat. Mary J. Blige, Fabolous & Jadakiss)" (2011)

Shady Nate "Real NIgga Recipe" (2011)

West Oakland rapper and Livewire Records founder Shady Nate has just released his new album - a collaborative effort with DJ Fresh - Still Based On A True Story which on July 19th was jointly released by DJ Fresh's Fresh In The Flesh and Nate's Shady Nation labels. The new album, which features such slappers as "Tell Me I Don't Go (feat J. Stalin)" and "Real NIgga Recipe" (above), is a follow-up to the duo's successful 2007 joint full-length porject Based On A True Story.

Koncept & Tranzformer "Day Dreaming" (2011)

Nice to hear a hip-hop song advocating healthy living like the brand new Koncept & Tranzformer track (above) "Day Dreaming" which, among other topics, address the importance of a healthy diet. The brand new video from Tranzformer along Koncept from The Brown Bag AllStars is taken from their recently released collaborative EP More Than Meets The Eye.

Moe Green "Extra Extra" (2011)

Relentlessly hard working, young North Bay emcee Moe Green, who still holds down his full time at Fed Ex, delivers another in a string of quality songs/videos. This Myke Ward directed video (shot in downtown San Francisco's Financial District) for the Cash Martin produced track "Extra Extra" finds the rapper responsible for the acclaimed Rocky Maivia: Non-Title Match spitting lyrics such as, "I'm living life hella hassled, but making me grow/ And I'm just trying to get my cake up/ And have fun 'till the day come." The smooth hypnotic track is taken off Moe's newest EP Lionheart which is being presented by OnSMASH and BRWTNSS.

Illus "Brighter Day (feat. Craig G, Reef The Lost Cauze & Block McCloud" (2011)

The above brand new video is the song "Brighter Day" by Illus featuring Craig G, Reef The Lost Cauze & Block McCloud, is taken from the Connecticut artist's fortcoming LP For Adam. Illus, who puts all his spare time into his hip-hop craft, is an art teacher and illustrator by day. His illustration credits include designing the official Public Enemy comic book series, as well as designing & illustrating album art and merchandise for such artists as KRS One and BDP, Bumpy Knuckles and Statik Selektah (Lyrical Workout), J-Live, Ill Bill, Apathy, Public Enemy and more. PE's Chuck D hailed Illus' last album, Feel Good Music, as “one of the best albums of 2010”.

L PRO presents "Good Morning" (2011)

The above video, was produced and directed by Matt Knapp of Grammar School Pictures, is for L PRO's track "Good Morning" which is the first track off of the talented hip-hop artist's recently released Equilibrium EP.

JR Mint "The Bakery feat. Smoke DZA" (2011)

Produced by Beathoven & Ikaz, above is the brand new NY by way of T.O. (Toronto) weed (or rather 'nade) themed new video for "The Bakery" by NYC rapper JR Mint with Canadian native Smoke DZA. The video, which is directed by Joseph Zentil, was shot in Toronto, Ontario during the artist's ReturnOf4Eva tour and is taken from JR Mint's aptly titled new album Canadian Mint. For more on JR Mint visit his website or follow him on Twitter @PlanetMinty

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