Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week Ending 04.29.12: Amoeba SF Top Five, Death Grips, K-Rek, E-40, Odd Future, Nicki Minaj

Posted by Billyjam, April 30, 2012 04:42am | Post a Comment

Death Grips "Guillotine (It goes Yah)" (2012)

Amoeba Music San Francisco Top Five Week Ending April 29th, 2012

1) Death Grips The Money Store (Epic)

2) Nicki Minaj  Pink Friday...Roman Reloaded (Cash Money)

3) K-Rek No Roads Can Hold Me (Dyverse Productions)

4) E-40 Block Brochure Vol. 1, Vol. 2, Vol. 3 (Heavy on Grind)

5) Odd Future The OF Tape Vol. 2 (Odd Future)

Thanks to Suzanne at the San Francisco store for this latest Amoeba Hip-Hop Top Five chart that features (with a bullet) in the number one slot the anticipated brand new release from Death Grips. Released last Tuesday The Money Store , which is one of two 2012 releases from the Sacramento, CA trio, is a raw in your face release that at once presents Death Grips' unique spin on the horrorcore rap subgenre. Sure its on a major label but you would never know from its lo-fi raw punk rock meets hip-hop sound and accompanying cover art.  Think Brotha Lynch Hung meets Flipper with appeal for fans of (fellow chart entrants) Odd Future. As recently wrote of this release "Death Grips sound like little else around, combining early hip-hop energy with futuristic industrial noise bursts and grimy beats, courtesy of Andy Morin and Zac Hill (the latter being the hyper-intense drummer from Hella and Marnie Stern). Stefan Burnett’s guttural spitting cuts through and then takes to the background when it needs to, getting cut up and spliced into the mix, remaining both viscerally appealing and intellectually stimulating. Songs like the dubsteppy “Lost Boys” and head-spinning electro-rap of “Get Got” feel like putting your ear to a wormhole into the future of several genres." But really talking/writing about music is not the same as simply listening to it. So I suggest - if you have not already heard Death Grips - that you check out the above low, low-budget video (looks like it was done in ten minutes including editing and uploading to YouTube!) for "Guillotine (It Goes yah)" to get a good idea of the band's unique sound. Also below is a band promo video along with videos from the other Amoeba Top Five Chart entrants this week including newcomer K-Rek from San Mateo, Odd Future in San Francisco, and a fan video of E-40 from Saturday night (4/28/12) of his concert in Santa Cruz.

Death Grips "I've Seen Footage" (artist promo video) (2012)

Nicki Minaj "Beez in the trap (feat 2 Chainz)" (2012)

Odd Future in San Francisco (2012)

K-Rek No Roads Can Hold Me promo video (2012)

E-40 fan video of April 28th 2012 concert at Catalyst in Santa Cruz

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