Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week Ending 01.21.12: E-Lit, Moka Only & Chief, Los Rakas feat E40, Moe Green, + more

Posted by Billyjam, January 21, 2012 08:08am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Eleven

1) Drake Take Care (Cash Money/Universal)

2) The Roots Undun (MCA)

3) Luckyiam I Love Haters (L-R-G)

4) Moka Only & Chief Crickets (Feelin Music)

5) Flash Bang Grenada 10 Haters (Hellfyre Club)

Thanks to E-Lit at the Berkeley Amoeba for this week's top five chart plus overview of some of the new releases which, as E-Lit notes, is traditionally never too many in January as things just begin to pick up in the new year for new music releases. Of those new and recent releases just out (some late 2011) are ones from the ever-prolific Bay Area artist The Jacka, Bay Area underground hip-hopper Gee Soul, and the unique union that is Moka Only & Chief's Crickets which pairs Canadian rapper/producer Moka Only with equally talented Swiss producer  / beatmaker Chief for what E Lit wisely chooses as one of the best recent indie hip-hop releases. For proof check out the video below of the title track of “Crickets." The album is brimming with material like this which, while definitely hip-hop, can be filed under electronic or other - IE the sort of hip-hop album that people who normally don't like rap will like.  This is not the first time the Canadian and the Swiss hip-hop talents have collaborated. Four years ago they worked together on the tracks “Felt Before” and “Do Work.” This paved the way for Moka Only's 2008 album Lowdown Suite 2 - The Box to be released on Chief’s label Feelin’ Music on which this latest release also appears.

Los Rakas feat. E 40 "Pimpin' Smokin' Dro" (2012)

Among the many other new recordings out of the Bay Area is the spanking new Los Rakas / E 40 collaboration "Pimpin' Smokin' Dro" which is the Panabay (Panama by way of the East Bay) duo's new single - due out end of the month. Meanwhile above is the preview. Note that the constantly on the go Los Rakas are playing a Bay Area gig tomorrow, Saturday January 21st, at the Blank Club in San Jose on a bill with Wallpaper. In two weeks, on Feb 3rd, they will be playing at the Regency Ballroom in SF on a bill with Tribal Seeds.


Above is the title track off the Moka Only & Chief album Crickets and below is the brand new latest video from supertalented North Bay rapper Moe Green. The J. Sutherland directed video is for the Fly Commons produced song "Glory" featuring Netta Brielle (aka Netta B) that is taken from the artist's Free Water EP. "I'm documenting where I'm at in my life at this point in time," said Moe Green of the inspiration for the song and video which opens with a time-lapsed view overlooking San Francisco and includes scenes shot in such spots as the Mission District's famed Clarion Alley. The hip-hop artist says that the visual is about framing the different ways that people find success and personal achievement. "People find glory in life from different sources," said Moe Green in reference to the video's ending in which his father, Greg Carter, Sr., celebrates his team winning it all.

Moe Green "Glory (feat. Netta Brielle)" (2012)