Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week Ending 01.11.13: Amoeba Hollywood Top 5, Bay Area Concert Picks, New Kounterclockwise Video + more

Posted by Billyjam, January 11, 2013 08:08am | Post a Comment
Kounterclockwise "Outside The Lines"

Krip-hop crew Kounterclockwise, comprised of husband and wife Kaya Carine Gabriel and Deacon Burns who were interviewed here on the Amoeblog about a year ago, have just released their latest music video. For the duo's engaging track "Outside The Lines" the music video is animated and directed by Jim Lujan and features Deacon spitting such attention-grabbing, emotionally charged lyrics as: "I'm at the bottom of the great black pit covered in piss and shit, can't do a damn thing about it except call out to Kaya,  drowning in fire water, but i can't breath without it. When you're a never was, hard to remember what it was that made you want to do music. I'm being punished for my habits but I can't control what I inherit. I feel like a hobbit trying to get to Mordor in a fuckin wheelchair, i can't make it. I'm form without content, only content when i'm wasted nothing but abuse and substance. I'm giving you my two-week notice, emotional sickness life makes me nauseous. I feel so useless like the dick on a full-blown paraplegic, life's a bitch!"  The MidWest based Kounterclockwise will be in the Bay Area next month for the Krip-Hop Nation Bay Area mini tour.  More instant info, and also here on the Amoeblog at that time.

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

2) Jay-Z Reasonable Doubt (Priority)

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

4) Notorious B.I.G. Ready To Die (Bad Boy)

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

Thanks to Edwin at the Hollywood Amoeba store for this latest hip-hop top five chart that proves that there is nothing new in hip-hop album releases out yet in the new year. Hence why some strong current popular releases such Macklemore & Ryan Lewis The Heist  (Macklemore LLC) and Kendrick Lamar's Good Kid M.A.A.D City DeLuxe CD and regular CD version are still charting alongside some classics that are once again doing well in sales at Amoeba including two New York hip-hop classics: Notorious B.I.G.'s Ready To Die andJay-Z's Reasonable Doubt 

Meanwhile of all the new music and new artists coming in 2013 is young Brooklyn by way of Boston rapper Dillon Cooper who unveiled the new video "Survival of the Fittest" below this week. At age of 17, the young Brooklyn rapper moved up to Boston to attend the Berklee College of Music via a Jay-Z scholarship. In addition to school he continued to work on honing his throwback rap flow. Dillon Cooper also sings, plays acoustic guitar and piano, in addition to producing music. Later this year he will release his official debut mixtape, dedicated to his friend who was murdered back in BK, entitled Cozmik and featuring the song below “Survival Of The Fittest.”

Dillon Cooper "Survival of the Fittest" (2013)

Bay Area club happenings for this weekend and the week ahead include a killer show at 1015 Folsom tonight (Friday Jan 11th) with live performances from RJD2, Prefuse 73, and Matthew David with support from Afrolicious, DJ Dials, and White Mike. 10pm to 3am. Tix $17 to $25. 21+ More info here. Across the Bay in Oakland tonight is legendary longtime SF jazz hip-hop ensemble The Broun Fellinis who are playing at Disco Volante from 9pm to 130am. They play every second Friday of the month at this club located at 347 14th Street, Downtown Oakland. $5 cover.  More info here.

Tomorrow night (Saturday Jan 12th) at Fulton 55 in San Francisco, NYC hip-hop crew Camp Lo will perform their landmark 90's hip-hop album Uptown Saturday Night in its entirety in celebration of the 15th anniversary of the album. It will be their second local show to do so and, in addition to performing the album in sequence they'll also be showcasing some new music that the Bronx duo have been working on with Ski Beats- their longtime production collaborator. 21+  $15 at door. Advance tix and more info here

The recently reunited underground hip-hop masters Cannibal Ox are playing what should be an amazing show at Brick and Mortar Music Hall in the Mission in San Francisco on Sunday (Jan 13th). The full bill is Cannibal Ox, Keith Masters, with special guests Double A.B., Kenyattah Black, and I RealzSun. 9pm showtime. $15 more info here  On Tuesday in Oakland at the New Parish Shabazz Palaces (led by the artist formerly known as Butterfly of 90's crossover rap crew Digable Planets), who released the critically acclaimed  Sub Pop album Black Up that was very popular at each Amoeba store when it was released back in mid 2011, will be headlining a great show along with Ensemble Mik Nawooj, Duckworth, and DJ Orfeu Negro aka Be Brown. 21+ $20. The New Parish is at 579 18th Street in Downtown Oakland, CA 94612  More show info here.

And finally I leave you with an underground hip-hop video: a  Such is Life Webisode from Detroit and Toronto in which F.Y.I. links up with Toronto's Rich Kidd at 3783 Studios (owned by Wu-Tang Clan's Raekwon the Chef). In the casual sit down video interview below the two emcees talk about their collaboration while creating a new song for F.Y.I.'s upcoming record, Yo! The Places You'll Go. The entire project features production from such studio talents as Rich Kidd, Dual Output, and Boonie Mayfield.


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