Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 11.30.12: Wu-Block, Pitbull, Cypress Hill, Substantial, Madlib, Freeway + more

Posted by Billyjam, December 1, 2012 10:14am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Chart Week Ending 11:30:12

1) Kendrick Lamar Good Kid M.A.A.D City  (Aftermath)

3) Pitbull Global Warming (RCA)

3) 9th Wonder & Buckshot The Solution (Duck Down Records)

4) Wu-Block Wu-Block (Entertainment One)

5) Macklemore & Ryan Lewis The Heist (Macklemore LLC)

This latest hip-hop top five chart from the Hollywood Amoeba store continues the trend of the past seven weeks at Amoeba in that it has Kendrick Lamar's universally popular major label debut Good Kid M.A.A.D City  once again in the number one slot. That's the regular CD version with the album's Deluxe CD version (with five additional tracks) version also selling well too.
Other new chart entries include  Wu-Block's Wu-Block on Entertainment One which Billy Gil Amoeblogged about earlier this week when he wrote "Wu-Tang Clan and The Lox team for a hip-hop superstar collaboration, featuring Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, GZA, Masta Killah, Jadakiss and Styles P." Another brand new release this week is the ever popular Miami rapper Pitbull's seventh and latest album Global Warming on RCA which is packed with one hit-sounding track after another like "I'm Off That" below.

Pitubull "I'm Off That" (2012)

Freeway "Sweet Temptations (feat. Nikki Jean)" (2012)

Other new releases include Freeway's Diamond In The Ruff album on Switchblade Music which just arrived in Amoeba this past week. The Philadelphia rapper, who debuted on the hip-hop scene back in 2003 with his stellar Philadelphia Freeway on Def Jam, looked certain to be a megastar by now; especially with his last (generally slept-on) 2010 collaborative album with Jake One; The Stimulus Package on Rhymesayers Entertainment.

But that wide fame and fortune may come his way with the powerful Diamond In The Ruff which he reportedly has been hard at work on for the past two years. The album features cameos from such familiar faces/voices as Wale who joins him on the Jake One and DJ Khalil produced track "True." Another album contributor is (Macy Gray reminiscent singer) Nikki Jean who joins Freeway on the song "Sweet Temptations" which is the second music video (above) from Diamond In The Ruff ("Jungle" was the first video from the new album).

Madlib Medicine Show: The Aftermath (2012

The good folks at Mochilla recently unveiled the above video of Madlib Medicine Show's The Aftermath from the Madlib Medicine Show series. Filmed in LA it comes hot on the heels of the Madlib, Freddie Gibbs, J. Rocc, and Egon - 2012's Madlib Medicine Show tour dates in Europe, Russia, Australia, and here in the US where the above clip was filmed by Mochilla's B+, Mike Park, and Eric Coleman, with direction and editing by Coleman.

Substantial "See Hear" (2012)

Baltimore MC Substantial unveiled his latest video for "See Hear" this week. Taken from his most recent album Home Is Where The Art Is, released by Mello Music/Fat Beats back in August,  the video above is directed by the Bay Area's Ariel “Rel” Nuñez who nicely sets the scene by opening with a local elder reflecting from a first hand perspective on Baltimore’s history: one that could apply to many US cities who have equally suffered from both recession and the crack epidemic of the 1980’s. The track is produced by Algorythm of The Stuyvesants. Find the album here.

And finally I leave you with a link to a video clip care of Duck Down's Guy Blelloch and interviewer Shane Gill who recently in NYC caught up with Cypress Hill at their 16th annual NYC Halloween show (make-up date due to Hurricane Sandy) in which the weed ambassadors discuss such things as: Smoking session with Bruce Willis, Oliver Stone, and Woody Harrelson, the talent that is Kendrick Lamar, why Slick Rick got boo'd at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and what they perceive as the Catch 22 of marijuana being legalized in Colorado. Vdideo clip

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