Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 04.04.14: CunninLynguists, Kev Brown, 9th Wonder, Zion I, Slum Village, Mobb Deep, DJ Shortkut

Posted by Billyjam, April 4, 2014 10:08am | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five: Week Ending 04:04:14

1) Freddie Gibbs, Madlib Pinata (Madlib Invazion)

2) CunninLynguists  Strange Journey Volume Three  (MRI)

3) 9th Wonder Jamla Is The Squad (Jamla Records/Empire Dist)

4) MindsOne & Kev Brown Pillars (Ill Adrenaline/Fat Beats)

5) Mobb Deep The Infamous Mobb Deep (Infamous Records)

Thanks to E-Lit at the Berkeley Amoeba Music store for running down all the new hip-hop releases this week that include the latest from North Carolina super-producer  9th Wonder Jamla Is The Squad on his Jamla Records label. Jamla is the Squad is a compilation featuring the singles "Be Inspired," "No Competition" and "15 Minutes of Fame" and, in addition to Jamla acts, showcases guest features from such non-label talents as Pete Rock, Phonte, Talib Kweli, and BJ The Chicago Kid. Real good album worth picking up as is the brand new one from Maryland  emcee / producer Kev Brown with MindsOne Pillars on Ill Adrenaline via Fat Beats that features such underground burners as "Equinox" (see music video below).

Another brand new release to arrive in Amoeba this week is Mobb Deep's The Infamous Mobb Deep on their Infamous Records that, as E-Lit points out, should not be confused with previous release by the infamous longtime Queensbridge hardcore hip-hop duo of Havoc and Prodigy who dig up some long lost older outtakes to present alongside newer tracks on this brand new release. Selling extremely well at each of the three Amoeba stores is the Freddie Gibbs, Madlib collaboration Pinata on Madlib Invazion. The other chart entry this week is the unique new CunninLynguists'  Strange Journey Volume Three that is unique in that it is not only crowd-funded but that crowd or fans had additional input on the album's sound - by suggesting collaborators and producers. For more on this see the story I posted here yesterday on the forthcoming Wu-Tang album and the ever shifting new music industry business model.

Bay Area fans of the talented trio CunninLynguists should take note that they headline tonight (Friday, April 4th) at the New Parish in Oakland on a really good bill along with J-Live, Sadistik, and Nemo Achida. 9pm show but doors open at 8pm. 18+ Tix $15. More info. Other Bay Area hip-hop shows this weekend include longtime and ever-active Bay Area rapper The Jacka at Menconi's Lounge in Union City tomorrow night (Saturday, April 5th) for a concert to celebrate the five year anniversary of the former Mob Figaz popular 2009 solo release Tear Gas - seven album releases ago by the prolific rapper. Also on the bill will be D Boy The Mack, Young Wood, PB Tha Prince, DJ Baby Brother and more. More info 408-582-8989. Speaking of The Jacka I just realized that the cover art for the album that he and fellow Bay Area rapper Guce put out last year (Bullys Wit Fullys 4) looks an awful lot like SchoolBoy Q's popular new Oxymoron cover art. Another recommended Bay Area hip-hop show this weekend is DJ Shortkut tomorrow (Saturday, April 5th) at Remy's Lounge in the North Bay town of Santa Rosa where he will be joined by hometown turntablist hero and club regular DJ Lazyboy, who will be celebrating his birthday, plus DJ Beset. More info.

Down below, among the new videos, is the recently published Slum Village video for their song “Yes Yes.” The Detroit group who many know because of their producer, the late great and much beloved Jay Dee/J Dilla, who actually produced this posthumously released, recently unveiled track that is the lead-single for the group's forthcoming 4-side EP entitled Vintage, which will be released this Spring and will include production from Jay Dee and Young RJ. Vintage is the prequel release for Slum’s forthcoming LP, YES, which will be released this summer and includes collaborations with Chance The Rapper, Jon Connor, De La Soul, Phife, Bilal (among others) and production from Jay Dee, Black Milk and Young RJ.

Kev Brown + MindsOne "Equinox" (2014)

Slum Village “Yes Yes” (2014)

Future "Move That Dope (feat. Pharrell, Pusha T, & Casino)" (2014)

Above is the recently published new video from Future "Move That Dope" that features guest spots from Pharrell, Pusha T, and Casino. The Benny Boom directed video, that also features cameos from Schoolboy Q and Odd Future's Tyler, The Creator, has gone viral since it was uploaded to YouTube a few weeks ago having racked up over four million views so far. The single "Move That Dope" is culled from Future's soon to drop album Honest.  And finally I leave you with the brand new music video from the Oakland based Zion I crew for their song "Supreme" from their forthcoming The Masters of Ceremony EP. Edited by Spencer Groshong, the video's director of photography was Anthony Cole, with shooting credits going to Cole along with David Wong - all for IMG. Good job guys!

Zion I "Supreme" (2014)

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