Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 01.31.14: Childish Gambino, DJ Platurn, DJ Mek, Step Brothers, Bobby Capri, Eclectic Method + more

Posted by Billyjam, January 31, 2014 12:30pm | Post a Comment

Childish Gambino "3005" (from 
Because the Internet - his number one album at Amoeba)

Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five for Week Ending January 31 2014

1) Childish Gambino Because the Internet (Glassnote)

2) Dam-Funk & Snoopzilla 7 Days of Funk (Stones Throw)

Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP2 (Interscope)

4) Dom Kennedy Get Home Safely (The Other Peoples Money Co.)

5) Earl Sweatshirt Doris (Columbia)

Shout out to Ervin at Amoeba Hollywood for this week's hip-hop chart that reflects the best sellers at the SoCal store and pretty much repeats last week's chart from the store. Meanwhile a brand new release not on this chart but selling well and likely to be on next week's chart is the
The Step Brothers' Lord Steppington on Rhymesayers  Entertainment (CD & 2 LP vinyl) that is really an amazing album. I have listened to it repeatedly over the past week and each listen hear some new part due to its intricately layered production - thanks to the endlessly talented duo of The Alchemist and Evidence who make up the Step Brothers and are joined by a excellently chosen group of guest emcees throughout the 14 tracks including Oh No ("Draw Something") and Styles P ("No Hesitation").

Other brand new recommended releases include the latest/second De La Soul mix from former Amoeba Berkeley hip-hop department staffer DJ Platurn. Entitled So This Is De La Heaven Pt. 2 and available at both the Berkeley and San Francisco Amoeba Music stores and online, it is the sequel to his first De La mix from a decade ago and is an incredible 73 minute mix that artfully presents parts of original De La Soul tracks with the original samples that were culled from. Its one of those mixes that demands repeated listens and comes with an endorsement from none other than De La Soul's own Maseo.

DJ Mek "Back In My Day" (2014)

The above is a brand new track/video from veteran Irish DJ/producer DJ - who is a former Irish DMC DJ battle champ and founding member of legendary 90's Irish hip-hop crew Scary Eire, and these days records with various artists as well as DJ on Irish radio and in clubs. His fun self-effacing "Back In My Day" which he calls "a little song and cheap video for the old timers" is a funny song in which, with samples including some from South Park, the old school hip-hop head pokes fun at himself and those other longtime hip-hop heads who yearn for "back in my day" of hip-hop when things were different.

The Super Bowl isn't the only thing happening this weekend. There's also some good hip-hop and soulful themed shows and parties happening including King Britt, Rich Medina, plus J-Boogie all together at a big party  in San Francisco tonight at Mighty: Top Ten Social that is hosted by the tireless Bay Area party promoter Fran Boogie with lights/visuals by Terence Nance. Of tonight's party says Fran Boogie, "Soul heads already know how epic a night it'll be with Philly brothers Rich and King playing side by side. We’re to Mars about the addition of award winning film director Terence Nance joining them, projecting live animations to Mighty's three screens." Tonight, Friday January 31st. Doors 9pm. 21+ Mighty SF is located at 119 Utah St. San Francisco. Tix here.

More brand new hip-hop arrives this week: Bobby Capri's new single and video below for "RFOS (Room Full Of Strangers)" which is produced by Young Yonny who is known to most for his work with Trey Songz, and Lil Wayne. The video, directed by The Academy, was shot at the MOMA Museum in New York City (good location!) during the 53rd Street's limited edition ‘Rain Room’ exhibit - chosen so that artist's wordplay would apparently come to life as the exhibit illuminates the backdrop. 

Bobby Capri "RFOS (Room Full Of Strangers)" (2014)

And finally I leave you with a cool new video produced by Eclectic Method this week on the history of sampling condensed into a quick mix overview that fans of hip-hop and the samples that built the genre will appreciate.

Eclectic Method - A Brief History of Sampling (2014)

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