Hip-Hop Rap Up 09:16:11: E-Lit's Hip-Hop Report, Astronautalis, EquiptOtayo, Zion I + Hella Fresh Fest 4, Hip-Hop Empowerment Panel, 2Pac Art Memorial, Myka 9, Dopestyle, DJ Swamp, Andre Nickatina + more

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E-Lit @ Amoeba Berkeley Wk ending Sept 16th, 2011

Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending 09:16:11

1) Lil Wayne  The Carter IV (Cash Money/Universal)

2) Blu & Exile Below The Heavens (Sound In Color)

3)   Candy's 22 A Girl and Her Gun
                   (Grimm Image Records)

4) Qwazaar & Batsauce Bat Meets Blaine

5) Blu Jesus (Nature Sounds)

Thanks to E-Lit at the Amoeba Berkeley store for the latest Top 5 Hip-Hop chart plus overview of what's new and what's hot in his opinion. These include two of the E-Lit's favorite releases for all of 2011; Qwazaar & Batsauce's Bat Meets Blaine on Galapagos4, and Astronautalis' This Is Our Science in whose indie rock meets hip-hop hybrid E-Lit hears traces of both Tom Waits and Nick Cave. Other new/recent releases of E-Lit's include Oddisee's Rock Creek Park (Mello Music) which is named after an area in the now Brooklyn, NY based Washington DC artist's home, and Otayo Dubb's Cold Piece Of Work. This San Francisco Bay Area MC, who is part of the Beatrock Music collective is teaming up with Equipto tonight for a double record release party - combined they've dubbed themselves EQUIPTOTAYO. As you'll recall about five weeks back San Francisco's ever prolific Equipto (known for his solo work, longtime membership of Bored Stiff, and collaboration series with Andre Nickatina) had an Amoeba San Francisco instore for his just dropped latest solo album, Ilyich.

That celebration continues tonight when he and Otayo Dubb  have a San Francisco hip-hop talent packed showcase at the Elbo Room in SF's Mission District at which they'll both perform. And joining them will be Patience, Rocky Rivera (who was among those female artists at last night's 330 Ritch record release party for Hopie's Raw Gems - also referenced by E-Lit), and the great & always entertainingly fun Z-Man (in my opinion the cleverest, albeit most underrated, lyricist in the Bay). Elbo Room is at 647 Valencia St. in SF. 21+ $10 10pm show. More info  

Also tonight in San Francisco is another flava-packed Bay Area hip-hop showcase: the Hella Fresh Fest 4 at the Fillmore which offers a really nice broad mix of the diverse styles of the genre that all come from this Northern California cosmopolitan area. These include the mobb/street flavor rap of The Jacka and Husalah, the electro leaning Honor Roll Crew, the reggae and beyond influenced unique sound of Oakland based Panama duo Los Rakas, the diverse DJ Amen, and of course Zion I. The ever-talented and musically diverse Zion I duo of Amp Live and Zumbi are both headliners and chief organizers of this fest that began five years ago when it was originally known as the Paid in Full Festival with a goal of bridging the divergent styles within the Bay Area's richly varied hip-hop sub-genres. In concert Zion I, who tour relentlessly, are always amazing. And knowing how well connected they are who knows who might join them on stage tonight as special unannounced guests. The Fillmore Auditorium is located at 1805 Geary Boulevard, San Francisco, CA  94115. Doors at 8pm. Show at 9pm. Tickets $22.50 More ticket info

Myka 9 "I Must Cross” (2011)

Above is the brand new video "I Must Cross" about immigration reform from legendary LA emcee Myka 9 which is taken from the Freestyle Fellowship founder's forthcoming fifth solo album Mykology. The new album, which will arrive in Amoeba Music on October 3rd, features the above lead-single that addresses head-on the hot topic of immigration rights & reform which is indicative of the human rights' themes explored elsewhere on this anticipated album. Meantime good news for fans of Freestyle Fellowship. The legendary & influential LA group, who have been on a decade long-hiatus due to several factors - primarily the four-year incarceration of Self Jupiter, have officially reunited and are slated to be releasing the brand new album, The Promise on Decon Records, sometime this fall. Stay tuned for exact release date details.

Further proof that hip-hop is far from all negative is tomorrow afternoon's (Saturday Sept 17th 2pm - 5pm) Empowerment Discussion Panel and Concert: Empower Yourself Through Hip Hop in Daly City. "Our goal for EMPOWERMENT is to show the youth that Hip Hop is not just a hobby or a culture but it can be used in a positive way to help the people around you as well as themselves. Hip Hop is a form of art that can be used as an action to uplift lives, change social norms, gain confidence, an art that has already encouraged so many people around the world since its inception. Not all can see the possibilities that Hip Hop can provide and we hope this event can EMPOWER the youth and all others to use Hip Hop as a vehicle for change and positivity," state the organizers of this Zulu Nation endorsed, all ages event that will be hosted by KZSU's Kevvy Kev and has a sliding scale admission of $5 to $10. 2pm to 5pm at Lincoln Park, 901 Brunswick St, Daly City, CA More info here.

In case you missed it earlier this week there was a truly historic 2Pac themed hip-hop art event at Amoeba Hollywood that coincided with the fifteenth anniversary of Tupac Amaru Shakur's death when Ronald "Riskie" Brent (creator of Pac's Makaveli Don Killuminati cover painting) along with Neneki "Nick" McGee did a live painting installation at the Hollywood Amoeba Music. See all images and read the full Amoeblog report here.

And finally I leave you with a selection of new videos including one from the LA based turntable maniac DJ Swamp ("Aliens Are Coming" off his Vinyl Disciple album) who not just cuts up on the ones and twos but also raps and plays drums on the trak, and two from the Bay; Andre Nickatina's "Still Gon Ball (feat. Messy Marv & J. Valentine)" (note the artist formerly known as Dre Dog will headline the Regency in SF on December 10th), and Dopestyle's Danita Eason's directed video for his song "Attica (Heart On Lockdown)" from The Golden E.P.

Dopestyle "Attica (Heart On Lockdown)" (2011)

DJ Swamp "Aliens Are Coming" (2011)

Andre Nickatina "Still Gon Ball (feat. Messy Marv & J. Valentine)" (2011)

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