Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 07.26.13: U-God, La Femme Deadly Venoms, Lady Fingaz, Chill Moody, Hieros, Young Gully

Posted by Billyjam, July 26, 2013 10:10am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Top Five Week Ending 07: 26:13

1) Jay-Z Magna Carta Holy Grail (Def Jam)

2) Kanye West Yeezus (Def Jam)

3) U-God Keynote Speaker (Soul Temple)

4) Dr Dre The Chronic (Interscope)

5) MF Doom  Mm. Food? (Rhymesayers Ent)

As well as the universally popular new joints from Jay-Z and Kanye West  (Magna Carta Holy Grail and Yeezus respectively), popular sellers at Amoeba Hollywood this past week have included some older, classic releases including Dr Dre's two decade old and still going strong, landmark, influential album The Chronic and MF Doom's ever amazing almost full decade old recording Mm. Food? which never gets old. Meantime the brand new addition to the top five above from the LA store is U-God's Keynote Speaker.  Most fans agree that U-God may not be the strongest member of the Clan known as Wu-Tang that he co-founded but the artist born Lamont Jody Hawkins is still most definitely a very talented artist with more depth than many often give him credit for. And Keynote Speaker, released this week on RZA's Soul Temple Records, instantly proves this point with a sound that is sure to satisfy longtime fans of the Wu-Tang who fiend for something new from the Staten Island hip-hop legends. This thirst is further satisfied with album guest shots from Wu members Method Man and Inspectah Deck. Other U-God album guests include Elzhi and Styles P. But for the best idea of what Keynote Speaker sounds like check out the brand new video below of the album track "Skyscraper" that includes lots of great aerial and street shots of New York City from Times Square down to the still under construction Freedom Tower. Also below is the brand new video from Chill Moody for his song "Chains."

U-God "Skyscraper" (2013)

Chill Moody "Chains" (2013)

Whoever said women DJs can't skratch and hold their own with the fellas have clearly never closely followed the careers of the many talented and dedicated women skratch DJs who, while admittedly in the minority in the male dominated hip-hop DJ field, have been consistently contributing to the artform since the beginning up to today. Case in point are the La Femme Deadly Venoms crew and Lady Fingaz - both of whom have new exciting releases out this week that they are celebrating with a special release party/show tonight (July 26th) at the Elbo Room on Valencia in San Francisco. The four member female crew La Femme Deadly Venoms (LFDV), who officially formed four years ago, have just dropped the seven song release The EP while Lady Fingaz (one of the quartet's members) has just unleashed her new solo eight song Welcome to Lady Fingaz Lab - both being celebrated tonight. In addition to turntables and mixers the LFDV crew of DJs/producers/musicians' instrumentation incorporates various keyboards including some cool old school analog gear. In addition to the renowned DJ duo (and Skratchpad founders) of DJs Deeandroid and Celskiii, LFDV is comprised of the aforementioned DJ Lady Fingaz, and keyboardist Kat O1O who many may know from her playing with both the Bay Area's Crown City Rockers and Lyrics Born. Tonight's showcase will also feature performances from CMG (Cash Makin Girl Carla Green) of The Conscious Daugthers (TCD), Aima The Dreamer, DJ Andre, and Mista B with Z-Man as host of the proceedings. Elbo Room is located at 647 Valencia. 10pm. 21+ Tickets $5 before 11pm or $7 after 11pm. More info.

It may be another month away but folks are already busy behind the scenes getting ready for the second Hiero Day in Oakland on September 2nd (Labor Day 2013) when members of the extended  Oakland hip-hop collective the Hieroglyphics Imperium will present the Second Annual Hiero Day block party. Last year it was a block party downtown or rather Uptown district of the O. This year it will be at the Linden Street Brewery, located at the Port of Oakland, where once again. Hiero Day will be a free all day music festival featuring live performances by members of the Hieroglyphics and their friends, plus local merchandise vendors, food trucks, and interactive activities for all ages. The goal of Hiero Day say organizers is to celebrate and showcases "the Bay Area's diverse, innovative, multicultural, and multigenerational music movement in the heart of Oakland."  For more immediate info or how you can get involved visit here Visit and check back in the coming weeks here when I will do more reporting on the event.
And finally I leave you with the brand new video from East Oakland rapper Young Gully for his song "Diamonds"

Young Gully "Diamonds" (2013)

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