Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 05.31.13: The Low End Theory, A$AP Rocky, J-Dilla, Tricky, The Genie, Black Moon, dPress, Kendrick Lamar

Posted by Billyjam, May 31, 2013 09:45am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music San Francisco Hip-Hop Top Five Chart Week End 05:31:13

1) Black Moon Enta Da Stage LP reissue (Nervous)

2) Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city (Aftermath)

3) A Tribe Called Quest The Low End Theory CD reissue (Jive)

4) A$AP Rocky Long.Lve.A$AP (RCA)

5) J Dilla Anthem/Trust vinyl (Pay Jay)

The latest hip-hop top five, a mix of vinyl and CDs, from the San Francisco Amoeba Music store includes some new music plus some classic golden era hip-hop as well as a posthumous release (a single vinyl only) from the late great Detroit producer J Dilla who died seven years ago. The new releases represent both coasts: from the Left Coast is Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city (Aftermath) and from
Harlem, New York is A$AP Rocky's Long.Lve.A$AP (RCA) whose features include the hot new artist Schoolboy Q (on the track “PMW”

The two golden era reissues include the A Tribe Called Quest (ATCQ) classic The Low End Theory that is such an important and influential an album that it even gave its name to the popular (now inter-city) club that began in LA seven years ago by Daddy Kev and still happens there Wednesday at The Airliner in Lincoln Heights. Meanwhile ATCQ's album The Low End Theory was the group's second full length 1991 release and follow up to their previous year debut People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm (1990). Simple yet powerful its minimalist sound - driven by heavy bass and drumbeats - offered the perfect backdrop for the clever intricate rhymes found on each track of this perfect hip-hop album that would be revered and remain highly influential up to this day.

The other golden era hip-hop reissue on this week's chart is Black Moon's 1993 amazing album Enta Da Stage featuring such tracks as the single/video below "Who Got The Props" which, with the production finesse of Evil Dee and Mr Walt of Da Beatminerz, helped define and shape the sound of 90's New York hip-hop. While as much a classic and must have album as ATCQ's aforementioned early nineties album this release did not fare as well commercially and has always deserved more props (pun intended) than it has in the overall scheme of things.

Black Moon "Who Got The Props" (1993)

In celebration of Black Music Month (beginning tomorrow Saturday June 1st) there are lots of events all over including a free concert Monday, June 3rd at the SoHo Apple store in NYC by BK emcee Talib Kweli who no doubt will be plugging his new album Prisoner Of Conscious recently released on his own label Blacksmith Records. Meanwhile in the Bay Area tomorrow, June 1st, at The Center SF friend of Amoeba, scratch guitar pioneer The Genie is doing a concert along with  turntable maniacs DJ Quest, DNZ, and H.O.P. More info here.

Tricky "Nothing Matters (feat. Nneka)" (2013)

Above is the brand new video from Tricky that was published yesterday. It is for his song "Nothing Matters" featuring Nigerian singer-songwriter Nneka and is off the British artist's acclaimed comeback album False Idols (released this week on his own label of the same name - also released on vinyl). The new video features high contrast images of post-war British architecture and street scenes, bringing to mind both the harsh realities of street life and the humanity in the midst. So far the resounding response to the new Tricky album has been most positive.

Love all the crates of records in the video below for "Religion" by Detroit's dPress which is a tasty sample/teaser (half the track) of the new song off the Stereo Crew member's first solo project, the EP The Lions Den, which will drop next month from the Southwest Detroit hip-hop artist. The song is produced by Sacramento Knoxx while the video was shot and edited by Nick Dear

dPress "Religion" (2013)

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