Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 03.07.14: Talib Kweli, ScHoolboy Q, Verbal Kent, Smif-N-Wessun, J-Dilla, DC Comets + more

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ScHoolBoy Q "What They Want (Explicit) (feat. 2 Chainz)" (2014)

Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five: Week Ending 03:07:14

1) ScHoolboy Q Oxymoron (Interscope)

2) J-Dilla Donuts [8 x 7" Box Set] (Stones Throw)
3) Childish Gambino Because the Internet (Glassnote)

4) Talib Kweli  Gravitas  (Javotti Media/Fat Beats)

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

In the number slot with a bullet at Amoeba Music this week is the brand new ScHoolboy Q album Oxymoron care of Interscope Records who will be unleashing a vinyl version of the album in a few weeks (pre-order Oxymoron LP version here). This phenomenally successful new major label debut album from ScHoolboy Q, that also bowed at number one nationally on the Billboard 200 charts this week, follows up two extremely well received indie albums from the talented young hip-hop artist: 2011's Setbacks and 2012's Habits & Contradictions - in addition to his 2012 collaboration project with The Alchemist and Danny Brown, Flight Confirmation.  Q is down with Kendrick Lamar and along with the the good kid, m.A.A.d city artist (the 2012 release that is still charting at Amoeba) he is also signed to Top Dawg Entertainment who made a joint-venture deal with Interscope Records to release this first No. 1 for Top Dawg. The lead single “Collard Greens” that dropped mid 2013 features Kendrick Lamar while 2 Chainz cameos on “What They Want" (see new video above), and Tyler, the Creator guests on “The Purge.” In the review of this album praises  ScHoolboy Q for being, "commercial and weird at the same time, but ScHoolboy Q makes it work with flying colors."

Another new Amoeba Hip-Hop chart entry is Talib Kweli's latest album Gravitas  via Javotti Media / Fat Beats Gravitas is the Brooklyn NY emcee's sixth album following last year's Prisoner of Conscious and will be available in vinyl format later this month (pre-order Gravitas LP here). "His wordplay remains as finely honed as ever, rife with political overtones and historical references as relevant as ever ….harkens back to a time when the most respected rappers in the game were political and social rather than personal in their rhymes," reads the review of the recommended new album that features such collaborators as Black Thought and Oh No. Other chart entries include Childish Gambino's Because the Internet,  and the eight 7" record set Donuts [8 x 7" Box Set of J-Dilla's Donuts album from Stones Throw Records. Speaking of which condolences go out to Stones Throw founder Peanut Butter Wolf whose father - also named Chris Manak - died this week.

Fans of B-Boying / hip-hop dance will want to check a new Ovation TV show BREAK'N REALITY which is described by the Time Warner Cable network as a "reality series following three of the best B-boys from around the world as they make their mark on the B-boy scene while juggling family, friends, and their dreams for the future. Below is a trailer for the show that premieres on Sunday, March 9th at 12 noon EST and 9am PST but check your local listings to confirm details. Also below are a series of new music videos with corresponding info on each.

BREAK'N REALITY trailer (2014)

Verbal Kent "Sound Of The Weapon (9th Wonder Remix)" (2014)

Above is the brand new track/video from Chicago emcee Verbal Kent (of Ugly Heroes fame) for the 9th Wonder remix of "Sound Of The Weapon" in a video shot in the current winter in Chicago and directed by Chip Beasley. Verbal Kent's last album, with Ugly Heroes, was produced by Apollo Brown. His new solo album is produced by Khrysis who is known for producing such other artists as Jean Grae, Evidence, Elzhi, and the new Talib Kweli chart entry. The new Verbal Kent album is courtesy of the wonderful Mello Music Group record label.

Smif N Wessun "Shots in the Dark (feat. Jahdan Blakkamoore)" (2014)

Brand new release from longtime NYC hip-hop cats from Smif-N-Wessun above is off their Born and Raised EP that is currently out from Bucktown who this week celebrated 10 year anniversary. Of course Smif N Wessun have been putting it down for over twice that amount of time. The "Shots in the Dark" video featuring Jahdan Blakkamoore was directed by Lisa “Cynical” Smith for Bucktown USA Films while the song itself was produced by Beatnick & K-Salaam.

DC Comets "School Pizza/Yackity Shmackity (feat. Theory Hazit)" (2014)

Above is further proof that there is no shortage of good new hip-hop coming out in 2014 (despite what some of the naysayers might believe) and that Detroit, despite a poor economy, is rich in hip-hop talent. DC Comets is producer / Detroit native Cream of Beats and emcee Theory Hazit. The above song/video for "School Pizza/Yackity Shmackity" is one of many tight tracks from the forthcoming album that will feature guest spots from such other mic talents as Wordsworth, Fresh Daily, and Scribbling Idiots.

Slick Talk "That Lower (Southside)" (2014)

Austin TX hip-hop artist Slick Talk is featured in his hometown in the above new video track for "The Lower." The longtime member of the League of Extraordinary Gz shows for much love his hometown in the video of the track that was produced by hazy beatsmith Eric Dingus. The song is culled from the pair's recently released collaborative EP, deathbeDreams. Of the song and inspiration for the video Slick says, "I want someone to be able to close their eyes and go on a late night ride through the darker, maybe hidden corners of South Austin: a dice game on someone's porch at Meadowbrooks projects; a twilight drug transaction at a bus stop on Riverside; a gunshot, somewhere over the railroad tracks; a kid hitting up his set on the side of a corner store in Dove Springs."

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