Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week Ending 03.30.12: E-Lit, E-40, Gift of Gab, THEESatisfaction, Quakers, DJ Premier & Bumpy Knuckles

Posted by Billyjam, March 30, 2012 08:00pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending March 30th 2012

1) E-40 Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soil 1, 2 & 3 (Heavy On Grind)

2) DJ Premier & Bumpy Knuckles Kolexxxion (Gracie)

3) GIft Of Gab The Next Logical Progression  (Quannum Projects)

4) Quakers Quakers (Stones Throw)

5) THEESatisfaction awE naturalE LP (Sub Pop)

Most artists, as their lifelong music careers develop, tend to taper off in terms creating new material. Not longtime Vallejo rapper/Bay legend E-40 whose latest release in another multi-album release - the triple CD set Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soil 1, 2 & 3 that offers a stunning total of 60 new tracks! (You can buy as three individual CDs or as a single packaged 3CD set for $34.98,including free shipping, from ) 60 new tracks is a lot of new music from the ever innovative Bay Area legend whose been putting it down for a quarter of a century now and showing no signs of ever slowing down. In that same unique position (especially for rap music in which careers don't traditionally last beyond one decade) is fellow Bay Area rap pioneer Too $hort who is similarly prolific and even longer in the game - clocking three decades into his long successful career. Recently Too $hort released his 19th album  No Trespassing (Dangerous Music) on which coincidentally E-40 makes a cameo.  Another longtime Bay Area hip-hop artist with a new release is the Quannum Projects' Gift of Gab who just relased The Next Logical Progression.  Check music sample of this and all the chart entries in the videos below.

The other releases rounding out this week's chart include DJ Premier & Bumpy Knuckles Kolexxxion on Gracie (check out clip below of their record release party at Highline Ballroom in NYC earlier this week), Quakers' Quakers (latest from Stones Throw), and the LP version of THEESatisfaction's awE naturalE. THEESatisfaction is made up of Stasia Irons and Catherine Harris-White out of Seattle, WA and on that town's legendary label - Sub Pop who describe the duo's unique sound as "funk-psychedelic feminista sci-fi epics with the warmth and depth of Black Jazz and Sunday morning soul, frosted with icy raps that evoke equal parts Elaine Brown, Ursula Rucker and Q-Tip." Wow! You judge by checking out their track below.  The album is available in two formats from Amoeba: CD and vinyl LP (comes with digital download card)

THEESatisfaction "Queens" (2012)

Quaker "Fitta Happier (feat. Guilty Simpson & M.E.D.)" (2012)

Gift Of Gab "Next Logical Progression" (2012)

DJ Premier + Freddie Foxx + Kool Herc + M.O.P. + Naughty By Nature at Highline Ballroom record release party (2012)

E-40 "Function (Feat. YG, Problem, & IamSU!)" (2012)

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Dj Premier & Bumpy Knuckles (1), Quakers (2), Theesatisfaction (4), Gift Of Gab (5), E-40 (36), E-lit (45)