Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week Ending 11.23.11: Drake, Childish Gambino, Pusha T, J Cole, Kanye West & Jay Z, RSD Black Friday @ Amoeba

Posted by Billyjam, November 23, 2011 10:30am | Post a Comment
                         Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending 11:23:11

1) Drake Take Care (Cash Money/Universal)

2)  Childish Gambino Camp (Glass Note)

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

4) J Cole Cole World (Columbia)

5) Pusha T Fear of God II: Let Us Pray (Fontana)

Special thanks to Ray Ricky Rivera at the Amoeba Music Hollywood store for this week's Amoeba Hip Hop Chart which includes for the second week in a row Drake in number one slot with his latest, the artist's second album, Take Care on Cash Money/Universal which is also doing extremely well on a national level having similarly topped with a bullet the latest Billboard Top 200 Album charts, selling an impressive 700,000 units (a lot by today's standards), which were announced today (November 23rd). Late last night the artist known as Drizzy was so happy with the news of debuting at number one that he Tweeted to fans  "I can't even find the words to express my appreciation. ... 'Thank you and I owe you' is all that comes to mind ... truly."

Another album gaining wide positive reception including at Amoeba is this week's number two hip-hop chart position from Childish Gambino.  This highly anticipated new album, that E Lit at the Amoeba Berkeley store was talking about last week in how he was inundated with phone calls about when it would be available, is Childish Gambino's  Camp album. As you likely already know Childish Gambion is the rap alter ego of comedy writer/actor/stand up comedian/major hip-hop fan Donald Glover who is best known for his starring role as Troy Barnes in the NBC comedy Community as well as a writer for both The Daily Show and 30 Rock. Camp is actually his fifth album release to date although many are only now catching up on his rapping skills thanks to his hilarious role in Community which, if you did not hear, just got cancelled by the network despite how incredibly funny and always creative it is. DJs and record collectors should note that Camp will be also released on vinyl in two weeks.

It may already be over three months old (a long time in the rapid-consuming, fast paced, ever fickle hip-hop world) but the double threat of Jay Z and Kanye West's Watch The Throne album on Def Jam continues to sell well at Amoeba months after its early August release. No doubt this album will continue to sell well through the end of the year and we can expect it to show up on a lot of folks year end lists. J Cole's Cole World on Columbia, which dropped back in September, is another constant seller while Pusha T's just released Fear of God II: Let Us Pray  is a newcomer to the chart. The artist, known to many for his recurring role of a drug dealer in of the HBO series How to Make It in America, latest is a 12 track star studded release that includes cameos from Diddy, Kanye West & Young Jeezy, Tyler the Creator, Chad Hugo of The Neptunes, Kevin Cossom, 50 Cent, and Rick Ross to name but some of his collaborators.

Lots of good reasons to head to Amoeba Music's three stores this weekend, especially on Friday November 25th (aka Black Friday at Amoeba) that includes many exclusive Record Store Day titles that include about a hundred must-get, limited edition releases to tide music fans (especially vinyl fiends) over until their annual, ever-expanding April RSD event. Get more specifics here. And before heading to Amoeba note  the 2011 Amoeba Holiday Hours include some extra hours on certain days.

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