Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week Ending 07.08.12: Amoeba Top 5, El-P, Killer Mike, Aesop Rock, Azealia Banks, Toure, Erk Tha Jerk, Azeem & Kabanjak

Posted by Billyjam, July 8, 2012 03:17pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba San Francisco Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending 07:08:12

1) El-P Cancer4Cure (Fat Possum)

2) Killer Mike R.A.P. Music (Williams Street)

3) J Dilla Rebirth of Detroit (Yancey Music Group)

4) Azealia Banks 1991 EP (Interscope)

5) Oddisee People Hear What They See (Mello Music/Fat Beats)

Once again at Amoeba the number one entry this week on the San Francisco hip-hop top five chart is El-P's truly amazing new album Cancer4Cure which I have worn out from listening to over and over. The only other recently released new hip-hop album that I have played quite as much (a bit more actually) is the number two Amoeba chart entry this week - also coincidentally produced by El-P; Killer Mike's R.A.P. Music on Williams Street. On my WFMU hip-hop radio show this week I both opened and closed with selections off this all-killer album:  the title track and "Reagan" which, with a slow smoldering lead in with some Ronald Reagan samples (in which he admits his lies) is followed by one of the best critical evaluations of the former Republican prez who has been repeatedly in the news of late with so many Republicans citing hm as an example of a fine leader. Killer Mike does not share this view as confirmed with the songs closing lyrics: "I leave with these four words - I'm glad Reagan dead." Another new hip-hop track that samples Ronald Reagan is the track "Zero Dark Thirty" off the new Aesop Rock album Skelethon.  The long awaited new album from the artist, who used to be on El-P's now defunct Def Jux label, will be released by Rhymesayers Entertainment on Tuesday (July 10th) when you can expect it to be a hot seller at Amoeba. The video for this Aesop Rock track (the lead single) follows below along with such others as El-P's new album track "The Full Retard,"

Azealia Banks "1991" (2012)

Above is the audio of the title track off Azealia Banks' brand new 1991 EP  which landed straight on the latest Top Five chart. This newcomer was among the hot picks for many Best of 2011 lists by folks including former Amoeba Berkeley employee DJ Inti who rated her viral video "212" song as one of the best music releases from last year. Meanwhile below, along with El-P and Aesop Rock, are a couple of new videos from Bay Area artists. One is the Azeem featured project Kabanjak and the song "Rhythm" - the Ancient Astronauts Remix. The other video is for the Hieroglyphics member DJ Touré's "Freestyle Sessions: Episode 1" that features Richmond, CA rapper Erk Tha Jerk. The video, directed by Dylan Freitas-D'Louhy, is one in a series to lead up to the Hiero DJ/producer's forthcoming album Touré's Theory: Session One (due out at end of summer) and kicks off a freestyle video series. Already released is the album's lead single, "She Like It" featuring B-Legit, D-Lo, and London which was featured here a few weeks ago.

Aesop Rock "Zero Dark Thirty" (2012)

El-P "The Full Retard" (2012)

Kabanjak "Rhythm (feat. Azeem) - Ancient Astronauts Remix)" (2012)

DJ Touré "Freestyle Sessions: Episode 1 (feat. Erk Tha Jerk)" (2012)

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