Hip-Hop Rap Up 09:23:11: Weezy, Casual, Dream Nefra, Los Rakas, The Jacka, Amp Live, DaVinci + more

Posted by Billyjam, September 23, 2011 11:18am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending 09:23:11

1) The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West)
  Watch The Throne (Def Jam) 

2) Lil Wayne  Tha Carter IV (Cash Money/Universal)

3) The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West) Watch the Throne - Deluxe
(Def Jam) 

4) Lil Wayne  Tha Carter IV Deluxe (Cash Money/Universal)

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

This week's hip-hop five chart from the Amoeba Hollywood store proves that the big names (Weezy, Kanye, & Jay-Z) are holding their own with both Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV and Jay-Z & Kanye West's Watch The Throne both still holding down top slots in not just the regular CD versions but also the Deluxe versions of each release. 
Speaking of Lil Wayne, the artist who was recently incarcerated at Rikers for 8 months, does not seem to have lost any momentum at all in his ever rising career. The latest achievement for Weezy is being placed in the 2012 Guinness Book Of World Records for having the most US Hot 100 hits. Over the past decade the artist has had an astounding 60+ tracks that entered the Hot 100 chart.  This will not be the rapper's first time in the Guinness Book Of World Records. He previously got inducted for having the most “likes” on Facebook in one 24 hour period. Also charting on the Top Five this week at the Los Angeles store is Blu & Exile's sleeper hit Below The Heavens.

Los Rakas "Soy Raka" (2011)

Casual "Fiend for Hip Hop" (2011)

Above is the brand new (unveiled this week) music video from East Bay emcee legend Casual of the mighty Hieroglyphics crew. The song "Fiend For Hip Hop" is taken from his highly recommended new album The Hierophant which has been exclusively selling like crazy at Amoeba Berkeley in recent weeks. Note that Casual hand delivered advance, physical copies of The Hierophant to the Telegraph Avenue Amoeba before any other place. The Hierophant, which includes features from fellow Hieros Tajai (Souls of Mischief) & Pep Love,  as well as Thomas Pridgen (former drummer of The Mars Volta), was originally a digital only release earlier this year but due to overwhelmingly positive feedback it will be officially packaged and re-released to retail everywhere on October 18th. Amoeba Berkeley is the exception For more information and background on the new Casual album read the recently published Casual Amoeblog interview.

Also above is the Panama by way of Oakland duo Los Rakas' video for their ever-popular Oakland themed song "Soy Raka." When the energetic pair did this song on stage at last Friday night's Hella Fresh Fest 4 at the dank-filled Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco the crowd went completely nuts. Overall the night was fun and entertaining with lots of extra performers (not listed in advance) showing up and doing short one or two song sets. Only issue with the night - but a key one - was the fact that the sound was messed up; with the mic levels (for the most part) being way too low in the overall mix. This combined with the fact that many of the acts including The Jacka, who generously handed out water and tossed out joints to the appreciative audience, were rapping over vocal tracks. Note that Amp Live (of Hella Fresh Fest headliners/organizers Zion I) is releasing a series of free instrumental EP's leading up to the release of his next official album.  The first one, You Are Not Human, dropped about a week or so ago and the DJ/producer/multi-instrumentalist tells the Amoebalog it is a meld of  "jazz, glitch, hip hop, soul stuff." To snag a copy click here. And note that Amp Live also has, he informs me,  "an album with Eligh from Living Legends coming up."

Dream Nefra will be among those at the NSBE fundraising event tonight at at Jack Adams Hall in the SF State Caesar Chavez Student Center. The longtime Bay Area female emcee will be not only rhyming, singing, and playing piano but also selling her trademark hand knitted hats (as in accompanying photo left) at this fundraiser for San Francisco State University chapter of National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE).  Other performers include headliner Ise Lyfe. 7pm show. Doors 6pm. Goes until 9pm. $13 but minimum of $10 requested. All ages. More event info and for more information about the National Society of Black Engineers visit the NSBE website.   -


                                          DaVinci: A Fillmore Story from WEREHAUS on Vimeo.

DaVinci: A Fillmore Story (2011) As mentioned in the interview/profile piece done here on the Amoeblog earlier this year on Fillmore rap talent DaVinci, the ever talented hip-hop artist's immediate neighborhood - the Fillmore District of San Francisco - is always foremost on his mind. On each of his releases to date, including last year's The Day The Turf Stood Still and his brand new Feast Or Famine EP - both via his label SWTBRDS, DaVinci manages to include lyrical refereneces to his ever changing SF hood, which has undergone some serious gentrification over the past few decades (read displacing black folks). The above new mini-documentary by Brian Chu and Austin Chu of, nicely captures DaVinci's commentary on his beloved San Francisco neighborhood. As for the goal of the above video piece? "An honest piece about the struggle to find oneself, and develop a voice that represents where one's from," said Brian Chu.

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