Hip-Hop Rap Up 08:12:11: Gucci & Waka, Jay-Z & Kanye, Haasaan Mackey & Apollo Brown, Pete Rock & Smif N Wessun, Beastie Boys, Trek Life

Posted by Billyjam, August 12, 2011 12:19pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five: Week Ending August 12, 2011

1)  Tyler the Creator Goblin (XL Recordings)

  2) MellowHype Blackenedwhite
                   (Fat Possum  Records)

  3) Hassaan Mackey & Apollo Brown
     Daily Bread (Mello Music Group)

 4) Gucci Mane & Waka Flocka Flame
        Ferrari Boyz (Warner Bros)

   5)  Beastie Boys
      Hot Sauce Committee Part Two
                     (Capitol Records)

The ever ubiquitous Odd Future is holding down the two top slots on the hip-hop chart at Amoeba Hollywood this week with Tyler the Creator's Goblin in the number one position and fellow Odd Future's MellowHype in close second with the reissue by the duo of last year's mixtape Blackenedwhite, which Fat Possum shrewdly remastered and repackaged for those who missed it first time round.

Meanwhile, even three-plus months since its release date, the Beastie Boys widely-acclaimed Hot Sauce Committee Part Two is still an in-demand item at Amoeba. Note: Beastie Boys fans in the LA area should be sure to head over to Amoeba's Monday Movie Nights free outdoor movie screening series at Space 15 Twenty at 1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028 (near the Amoeba Hollywood store) this coming Monday (August 15th) for the Beastie Boys Film Night, which will feature a screening of the Beastie's long-form video Make Some Noise (aka Fight For Your Right Revisted) plus the LA debut of the Spike Jonze-directed video for "Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win" (both from Hot Sauce Committee Part Two). More info here.

Daily Bread's Haasaan Mackey & Apollo Brown "Volume" (2011)

Also on this week's chart are the two relatively new releases Daily Breaon Mello Music Group and Gucci Mane & Waka Flocka Flame's Ferrari Boyz on Warner Bros.  The 15 track Ferrari Boyz (which, word has it, was rush recorded within a short two-week period) is packed with the type of superficial, bragging, tough guy rhymes about having the most money to buy the most bling and fancy cars and to spend (rain) on women in the most strip clubs that both popular rappers have built a career on. However, for me the strongest component of this album is the diverse, bass-boomin' production that holds it all together and is provided mostly by Southside and Lex Luger. In sharp contrast to Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka Flame's rap tales, Daily Bread's are much more down to earth and rooted in reality. Also a duo, Daily Bread is comprised of New York MC Hassaan Mackey (aka Rawkus 50) and the underrated Detroit producer Apollo Brown. Together they make memorable hip-hop that tackle real life tales of  struggle.

Gucci Mane & Waka Flocka Flame "Ferrari Boyz" (2011)

Jay-Z & Kanye West "Otis" (2011)

The above video for the song "Otis," from the much-talked-about Watch The Throne on Def Jam from the power duo of Jay-Z and Kanye West (aka The Throne), has gotten over 300,000 hits since it was posted on YouTube yesterday, further confirming what a huge hit this album will be. Likewise, the upcoming North American collaborative tour of these two artists beginning next month is sure to be a hotly demanded concert ticket. The Otis Redding-sampling song is the second single off the rap supergroup's album. "H•A•M" is the other one.  Watch The Throne, which was released this week, comes nearly ten years after Jay Z and Kayne's first-ever collaborative work together. Buy Watch The Throne from Amoeba's online store with free shipping anywhere in the US.

Trek Life  "So LA (remix ft. DJ Buddy)" (2011)

How LA are you? Well Los Angeles and proud rapper Trek Life lets it be known just LA how he is on his great J. Bizness-produced track "So LA," which was recently remixed by DJ Buddy and had a new video shot for it. As seen above, the Los Angeles rapper, who recently released the a full-length remix project Wouldn't Change Nothing, shot the video in downtown as well as at Artform Studio.

Pete Rock & Smif N Wessun "Night Time" (2011)

The above music video is the latest taken from Monumental, the new collaborative album from Pete Rock & Smif N Wessun on Duck Down Music. The song "Night Time" features Buckshot. 

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Jay-z (30), Waka Flocka Flame (2), Gucci Mane (6), The Throne (1), Kanye West (40), & Trek Life (1), Beastie Boys (27), Haasaan Mackey & Apollo Brown (1)