Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 10.18.13: E-Lit, Black Milk, RJD2, Z-Man, AgentSrikeNine, Special Tech DJ

Posted by Billyjam, October 18, 2013 07:34am | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 10:18:13

1) Black Milk No Poison, No Paradise (Fat Beats)

2) Deltron 3030 Event II (Bulk Recordings)

3) RJD2 More Is Than Isn't (RJS Electrical Connection)

4) Devin The Dude One For The Road (E1 Music)

5) Drake Nothing Was The Same (Cash Money)

Thanks to E-Lit for the above chart and accompanying video of the Amoeba Berkeley hip-hop buyer breaking down some of the newest releases in the genre in both CD and vinyl formats. As E-Lit noted there's new vinyl in Amoeba this week of the recently released album from Oddissee, plus a vinyl version of the instrumentals of the latest Apollo Brown offering with O.C. (Trophies), and Black Milk's brand new No Poison, No Paradise. That LP release is in addition to the CD version of No Poison, No Paradise - the highly regarded Detroit artist's first album since 2010's  Album Of The Year -but not his first recording in that time. The producer/MC has been quite busy over the past three years between touring, working behind the scenes as engineer, in addition to working on such other projects as the Black & Brown EP with Danny Brown, Random Axe (with Sean Price and Guilty Simpson), and Jack White's Third Man single ("Brain" b/w "Royal Mega") to name but some of his musical adventures of late. Meanwhile his own new album No Poison, No Paradise pairs his talents alongside such guests as Black Thought, Mel, Dwele, Robert Glasper, and Quelle Chris. Below is the video for the album track "Sunday's Best/Monday's Worst.      

Black Milk "Sunday's Best/Monday's Worst" (2013)

RJD2 "Her Majesty's Socialist Request" (2013)

Above is the video for "Her Majesty's Socialist Request" - the lead single off RJD2's highly recommended new album/chart entry More Is Than Isn't  on RJS Electrical Connection that finds the producer/DJ/instrumentalist keeping it close to his soulful beat-driven hip-hop roots but also venturing off into sonic landscapes that he is also known for - a nice balance of instrumental and vocal tracks with guest vocalists and rappers including Blueprint, P. Blackk and STS, and Phonte Coleman. A great album!

On a side note the artist born Ramble J. Krohn was reportedly recently sent a cease and desist letter from George Lucas' peeps that read, “On behalf of George Lucas and Lucasfilm Ltd., Bergstein, Mather and Cole is issuing a cease and desist on the name RJD2. R2-D2 and any derivatives thereof are copyrights of Lucasfilm Ltd. and cannot be used without permission.” Apparently the maker of Star Wars became aware of RJD2′s name on the credits of the latest season of Mad Men and was not too happy to see the likeness in name of his robot creation.

With BART on strike as of today (October 18th) travel within the Bay Area has gotten a little more challenging than usual but with some pre-planning even those without cars can still make it out to shows in the Bay this weekend to shows such as the record release party tonight at the Elbo Room on Valencia in San Francisco for two Solidarity Records artsts Z-Man (aka Zmainey Zdazzle) and Agentstriknine. The concert will include sets by these two artists as well as sets from Awol One, Grand Killa Con, Trunk Drank, and DJ Quest.

Tomorrow, Saturday October 19th, is the grand opening of a cool new DJ school/store - Special Tech DJ. Located in San Bruno and overseen by DJ Cue Special Tech DJ promises to fulfill, "all of your DJ needs - from vinyl, DJ equipment, repairs, DJ lessons and much more." during regular business hours of Monday through Saturday, 10am to 7pm. Tomorrow's opening event/open house runs from noon to 5pm and will include sets from such DJs as Goldenchyld, VinRoc, Mind Motion, Mr E, and Joe Quixx. More info at and in flyer below.

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