Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week Ending 02.11.12: Common, Union, Talib Kweli, Planet Asia, Moe Green, Pharoahe Monch + more

Posted by Billyjam, February 11, 2012 06:06pm | Post a Comment
  Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending 02:11:12

1) Common The Dreamer, The Believer (Warner)

2) Young Jeezy TM-103 (Def Jam)

3) The Roots Undun (MCA)

4) Gangrene Vodka & Ayahuasca (Decon)

5) Union Analogtronics(Fat Beats)

Special thanks to Ray Ricky Rivera at the Amoeba Music Hollywood store for this week's Amoeba Hip Hop Chart which includes the latest from Common (The Dreamer, The Believer), The Roots (Undun), Gangrene (Oh No & The Alchemist) Vodka & Ayahuasca (Decon), and Young Jeezy (TM-103 on Def Jam).  Meantime the newcomer (released this week) to the chart is the number 5 chart entry from Union, aka Union Analogtronics, which is the Paris, France based hip hop group comprised of the production duo OJ & Gold whose instrumentation of choice is classic synths and various vintage keyboards. Hence the album title Analogtronics which means the analog at the service of the electronic. This album works on two levels: the chilled out groove of the instrumentals by these talented French producers and also on the vocal tracks for which he very tastefully selected their invited guests.  Case in point is the lead Talib Kweli and Sly Johnson track "Time Leak" (video immediately below) in which Kweli shares some of his best rhymes. Another excellent guest vocal track is (MF) DOOM track "Co Co Mango" in which the masked emcee delivers, in his trademark flow, such top notch rhymes. The list of other emcees on this album, which might lead some to file under Various Artists/Compilations category, include Moka Only, Elzhi, Roc Marciano, and Guilty Simpson. A really good album, available from Amoeba in both CD and LP formats, as you will figure out if you check out that video below.

Also below are a few other new music videos well worth peeping. These include the brand new - unveiled this week - first video for Planet Asia's anticipated forthcoming new album Black Belt Theatre featuring tons of great guests (Raekwon, Talib Kweli, Paul Wall, Ras Kass, Camp Lo, Fashawn, Rasco, Willie The Kid, Torae, Mistah FAB, and The Jacka - wow!), that will arrive in Amoeba on February 28th. This video for "Golden State" is directed by Steven Lefkowitz and, like the California emcee's new album, is similarly inspired by classic kung-fu movies. Also below are new videos from Pharoahe Monch and Moe Green. Released two days ago "Deja Vu" is the latest music video, shot mostly in San Francisco, for star-bound North Bay rapper Moe Green who is busy wrapping up production on his 2012 release Lionheart 2 EP. This latest video is culled from the track off last years Lionheart EP. Meanwhile Pharoahe Monch's new video is for the uplifting Terrance Nance directed "Still Standing" that features an excellent feature by singer Jill Scott. The song is taken from Monch's recommended current album W.A.R. -We Are Renegades released by W.A.R. Media / Duck Down Music and available at Amoeba Music. 

Union "Time Leak feat. Talib Kweli and Sly Johnson" (2012)

Planet Asia "Golden State" (2012)

Pharoahe Monch "Still Standing (feat. Jill Scott)"

Moe Green "Deja Vu"

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Common (16), Union (1), Planet Asia (9), Moe Green (6), Pharoahe Monch (4)