Hip-Hop Rap-Up: 08.31.12: Top 5, Chris Lighty, Freeway, Bill Ortiz, Labor Day W/E In Da Bay

Posted by Billyjam, August 31, 2012 05:15am | Post a Comment

Amoeba San Francisco Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending 08:31:12

1) JJ DOOM Key to the Kuffs (Lex Records)

2) 2 Chainz Based on a T.R.U. Story (Def Jam)
3) REL Out of View (SWTBRDS)

4) Insane Clown Posse The Mighty Death Pop (Psychopathic)

5) Aesop Rock Skelethon  (Rhymesayers)

For this week's Hip-Hop Top Five chart thanks goes out to Michelle at the San Francisco Amoeba Music store where, as at the other two Amoeba stores, the latest MF DOOM related release is selling extremely well.  The Lex Records  Key to the Kuffs  project, that was recorded over in London, finds DOOM teaming up with Jneiro Jarel similarly to how he had collaborated with both Madlib and with Danger Mouse on past projects. Other new releases include the ever popular Aesop Rock Skelethon  album on Rhymesayers (his first in five years) and the phenomenally popular 2 Chainz Based on a T.R.U. Story album on Def Jam that, like so many releases nowadays, comes also in a Deluxe Edition CD version.

The kings of the Juggalos are back with a new album. The Mighty Death Pop  on Psychopathic Records is latest album from the Insane Clown Posse (ICP). Their twelvth studio album in the group's two decade long career It is their second album to focus on the theme of the Dark Carnival (ICP's fictional concept of the afterlife which they reference a lot) since the conclusion of their Jokder's Cards  series. The other entry on the new hip-hop chart from Amoeba San Francisco this week is the homegrown 13 track release from REL - Out of View on SWTBRDS that was executive produced by REL and Al Jieh of Drums & Ammo and which has been out for a minute but is only now making its way onto the Amoeba chart.

New albums in the pipeline include a new solo joint from Philadelphia emcee Freeway who is preparing to drop Diamond In The Ruff on Babygrande in a couple of months.  The album will be his first official full-length album since teaming up with Jake One (who joins him here too) for the critically acclaimed The Stimulus Package which did not quite live up to the commercial expectations that most predicted from the much hyped artist who built a rep from his independent releases and working with Jay-Z and Roc-A-Fella. For this new indie joint his collaborators include Wale, Styles P, Marsha Ambrosius, and Musiq Soulchild. It will arrive in Amoeba November 13th.
Yesterday the hip-hop industry was in shock upon learning news that NY hip-hop mogul/entrepreneur Chris Lighty, who worked closely with such artists as 50 Cent, Ja Rule, Diddy, Busta Rhymes, and Mariah Carey, had shot and killed himself in an apparent suicide yesterday following a heated argument with his estranged wife. Reportedly in addition to his troubled personal relationship the 44 year old founder and chief of Violator Management was heavily in financial debt and ongoing problems with the IRS and his bank.

Dan Charnas, author of hip-hop history book The Big Payback, said that "Lighty personified the great arc of hip-hop, literally mirrored it. He came from the Bronx, just like hip-hop did. He didn't take himself too seriously at first, just like hip-hop. Gradually he learned the ropes and learned how to make a living, just like hip-hop. And he learned the greatest and hardest lesson of all: equity, how to own yourself. Just like hip-hop. I gather that, even at the level he played, it was exceedingly hard to keep that equity. Hip-hop is experiencing that now. Rest in peace, Chris."

There's lots of events and concerts going on in the Bay Area this Labor Day Weekend including tonight at 1015 Folsom a performance by Twista that is been hosted by Fran Boogie with a slew of DJs including Kevvy Kev (KZSU), King Most (KM/FM) Wild n Krazy Kids, (Ruby Red I, Ant-1, $ir Tipp, Lo), Ivan (Pirate Djs), The Whooligan (40 Love/Om Records), and Miquel (KNT DJ). 21+ more info.

On Sunday is the ninth annual free BBQ, music event in Golden Gate Park DOIN' IT IN THE PARK 2012 which has become a San Francisco Labor Day tradition for all ages brought lovingly by Tha Doin' It In The Park Crew: Norm Ferreal, DJ Apollo, Mr. E and Fran Boogie. Festivities planned for Sunday, when forecast calls for highs of 71 degrees with slight chance of rain, will include free BBQ food (burgers & hot dogs but only "while supplies last" according to the organizers), an inflatable jumper for the kids, and (of course) music spun by some of the Bay's best hip-hpp DJs including the aforementioned crew members plus Pam the Funkstress, Vinroc, Toph, Mind Motion, The Whooligan, and more. Sunday September 2nd noon to 6pm at Marx Meadows in Golden Gate Park at 898 John F. Kennedy Drive which is off Fulton Street in between 25th and 30th Ave. More info here.

The big hip-hop event of this Labor Day weekend is the must-attend Hiero Day 2012 on Monday when in addition to the Hieroglyphics first family of hip-hop there will be sets from Blackalicious, Planet Asia, Equipto, Z-Man, Moe Green, Kev Choice Ensemble and Honor Roll. Additionally there will be food trucks, numerous art installations, and good vibes promised for all at this all day, all ages, free event happening September 3rd from 11am to 6pm on San Pablo between 17th and 18th Streets, Oakland. (near the New Parish). I will be doing another longer indepth preview piece here on the Amoeblog over the next day.

Bill Ortiz "Winter In America (feat. The Grouch + Tony Lindsey" (2012)

Bill Ortiz's new album Highest Wish album features lots of Bay Area hip-hop talent making cameos including Casual, Zion I's Zumbi, DJ Sol Rising, and The Grouch who appears along with Santana vocalist Tony Lindsey in the Gil Scott Heron inspired track/video above "Winter In America"

And finally mark you calendars now for October 13th when DJ Cue and his associates will be be celebrating legendary & long defunct Daly City record store Cue's Records with a big BBQ reunion bash in Daly City's Gellert Park with music (lots of DJs to appear), art, and food. Check back here for a full run down closer to the event.

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