Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 10.04.13: Drake, L'Orange & Stik Figa, Kounterclockwise, DMC World Finals

Posted by Billyjam, October 4, 2013 10:25am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Top Five Week Ending 10: 04:13

1) Drake Nothing Was The Same (Cash Money)

2) Earl Sweatshirt Doris (Columbia)

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

4) Kanye West Yeezus (Def Jam)

5) LMNO After The Fact (Up-Above)

Since its release last week, Drake's latest full-length offering, Nothing Was The Same on Cash Money Records, has rocketed to the number one position on the latest Amoeba Hip-Hop Chart at the Hollywood store, where it even edges out recent month chart staples from the likes of Kanye West (Yeezus) and Jay-Z (Magna Carta Holy Grail) - the latter of whom makes a cameo on this latest from Drake. The review gives this new Drake release (the artist's third studio album in as many years) a two thumbs up rating, calling it "some of his best material yet" and claims that the album "features some of Drake’s best rhymes yet." Of the Canadian-born artist's current status (one that draws a lot of criticism over such issues as his background as former child television star. Over the past week, Kendrick Lamar labelled him a "sensitive rapper."), "Drake’s got little left to prove. If the haters provide fuel for his fire, haters keep hatin’ cause Nothing Was the Same is a beautiful smackdown." Indeed when it comes to competition Drake is a clear all around winner in terms of popularity with music buyers. As well as topping the latest Amoeba chart, he also went to number one with a bullet on the Billboard album chart, selling a reported 658,000 units in its first week.

                   L’Orange & Stik Figa "Smoke Rings" (2013)
Along with the Drake interview video above is new music video from L’Orange & Stik Figa. "Smoke Rings" is their song which is the one of the many great tracks off the duo's forthcoming, soon to drop album - The City Under The City to be released in the coming week by the always reliable Mello Music Group hip-hop record label. The song is the first video off the pair's full-length and shows the steel remains of a burnt out building with Stik Figa weaving his way in and out between worlds of smokey grey and rich color. The artist's label describe the video setting as "a metaphor, the rich foliage growing from the concrete walls, blends into the background while evoking a sense of life growing from under the city."

Over in the UK this weekend is the The DMC World DJ Finals 2013: the big annual global DJ championship in which Brooklyn, NY DJ Esquire, who won the American DMC DJ title in August as seen in photo right with Red Alert at that battle will represent the USA. The big day long (2pm - 11pm) event happens tomorrow, Saturday 5th October, at The Indig02 in London, England and will include four World DJ competitions - World DJ Team Championship, World DJ Eliminations, Battle For World Supremacy, and DMC World DJ Final - with a total of one hundred DJs, representing 30 nations, all competing. Additionally there will be workshops running all day including How to DJ, beatbox, b-boy/b-girl, popping, and locking and others too. Presented by Rane tickets are  just £20 and are available here. Finally I leave you with the brand new music video from krip-hop crew Kounterclockwise, who were profiled here on the Amoeblog two years ago, for their anti-drug message song "Up the Nose."
Kounterclockwise "Up the Nose" (2013)

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