Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week Ending 12.24.11: Drake, MF Doom, Dam-Funk, Common, Talib Kweli

Posted by Billyjam, December 24, 2011 02:48pm | Post a Comment
  Amoeba Music San Francisco Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending 12:24:11

1) Drake Take Care (Cash Money/Universal)

2)  Childish Gambino Camp (Glass Note)

3) Mac Miller Blue Slide Park (Ingrooves)

4) Wale Ambition (Warner Bros.)

5) MF Doom Operation Doomsday  (Metal Face)

Special thanks to Robert at the San Francisco Amoeba Music for this latest Hip-Hop Top Five Chart that includes the 2011 vinyl reissue of MF Doom's Operation Doomsday   - the debut solo album by hip hop artist born Daniel Dumile that was initially released by Bobbito's Fondle 'Em Records in 1999. Two years, with an altered track list, it was reissued by Sub Verse Records in 2001 with a slightly altered track listing. Doom's own Metal Face label re-reissued it three years ago, and now again this year several months ago with new cover art designed by Jason Jagel, who also did the cover art for Mm.. Food. The other entries on this week's hip-hop chart at the San Francisco Amoeba store are Childish Gambino's Camp, Mac Miller's Blue Slide Park, Wale's Ambition, and Drake's hugely popular second album Take Care. The artist's latest video for the album bonus track "Motto" which is dedicated to Mac Dre features a quick outside shot of the Amoeba San Francisco store.

At the Southern California Amoeba Music store this coming Wednesday December 28th hometown funk ambassador number one Dam Funk will do a special DJ set at at Amoeba Hollywood at 7pm when he, no doubt, will interweave some of his own super funky recordings into the mix - tracks like last year's Zapp inspired "Hood Pass Intact" - video for vocal version below of the Stones Throw Records release. More info on the Dam Funk Amoeba Hollywood in-store DJ set.

Dam Funk "Hood Pass Intact" (2010)

Common "Celebrate" (2011)

It was twenty years ago when hip-hop fans first heard about (not heard) Common, or Common Sense as the Chicago emcee was then known, via a feature in the October 1991 issue of The Source magazine In  the magazine's much respected & highly influential "Unsigned Hype" column that picked up-and-coming demo-tape artists as likely future rap stars when he was only nineteen years of age. Since then he went on to become one of the genre's greatest artists recording the perfect ode to hip-hop - the song "I Used To Love H.E.R.," off his second album - 1994's The Resurrection. In addition to being a hip-hop artist, Common is also a successful author and actor. This week he released his latest album The Dreamer/The Believer (Warner) featuring such tracks as "Ghetto Dreams (feat. Nas)," "Blue," "Sweet," and "Celebrate" (video above)

Talib Kweli "Distraction" (2011)

Above is a video for the leaked (by label & artist) preview track from Talib Kweli's most anticipated next album Prisoner of Conscious which will be released "sometime" in 2012 according to EMI who will be distributing the Blacksmith Records (the BK label headed by Talib Kweli) release. This time last year when I interviewed Talib Kweli for the Amoeblog in New York at a record release for his last album Gutter Rainbows which he described as an inbetween release "for fans" to tide them over until the release of Prisoner of Conscious he said, when asked when the long promised Prisoner album would finally be released, that he would release when it whenever it was ready - no planned dates except when it would be done. Based on Talib Kweli's (a frequent in-store performer at Amoeba) artistic track record and on the above new album track, it should be well worth the wait.  The song "Distractions" is produced by Oh No while the accompanying video above was directed by Darryl Phillips, of ICU Media. To download the song on MP3 for free visit Talib Kweli's Facebook page.

And finally I leave you with a hip-hop Christmas classic from the eighties - Run DMC's "Christmas In Hollis." Happy holidays!