Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 05.09.14: Iggy Azelea, Nas, Drake, Eminem, YG, Dre's Beat$, PUTS, Zion I, Premier & Jakk Frost + more

Posted by Billyjam, May 9, 2014 08:57am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: Week Ending 05:09:14

1) Nas Illmatic XX (Sony Legacy)

2) YG My Krazy Life (Def Jam)

3) Iggy Azelea The New Classic (Island/Def Jam)

4) Drake Nothing Was The Same (Cash Money)

5) Eminem The Slim Shady LP (Interscope)

Celebrating its twenty year anniversary is Nas' flawless, classic 1994 album Illmatic which has been especially reissued by Sony Legacy for the occasion as  Illmatic XX. The album, which includes such hip-hop timeless gems as "N.Y. State of Mind," "It Ain't Hard To Tell," and "The World Is Yours," by the Queensbridge emcee is this week's number one chart entry at the Hollywood Amoeba Music store, where also charting in the latest top five is another 90's rap classic: Eminem's 1999 megahit The Slim Shady LP (Interscope) which finds itself back in top sales this week at the SoCal store. Other current top five chart entries include Drake's Nothing Was The Same on Cash Money, and YG's My Krazy Life (Def Jam) which drew inspiration from various West Coast hip hop classics as Dr. Dre's The Chronic. Speaking of Dr. Dre, the famous former N.W.A. member/influential solo artist who has made a huge impact as a hip-hop producer, looks about to make his biggest (financial) mark as co-creator of the audio equipment and music-streaming service Beats Electronics known for the headphones that carry his name (Dre Beats) if the company, as has been reported over the past 24 hours, gets purchased by Apple at a reported $3.2billion price tag!

The other new chart entry is the brand new album from Australia's Iggy Azelea that is ambitiously titled The New Classic. The album, that is more crossover than pure hip-hop, is the debut studio album from the down-under breakout rap star that came to fame in her homeland and the UK first and who shrewdly aligned herself with T.I. (she signed to his Atlanta based Grand Hustle Records imprint two years ago) before conquering the US market with this Island/Def Jam released album that has been preceded by four singles: "Work," "Bounce," "Change Your Life," and "Fancy" - all proven UK hits and whose videos (including the one for "Bounce" below) have accumlatively garnered about 100 million views. Whether those figures will translate into sales for the artist in the US remains to be seen. As well as that video, which is now a year old, also below are a series of brand new music videos from such artists as the diverse sounding, super talented Bay Area based Zion I, the 90's throwback sounding People Under The Stairs, the amazingly talented Jakk Frost with DJ Premier as part of Primo's “Bars in the Booth” series, and the minimalist Mel of The Outfit TX.

Iggy Azelea "Bounce"

Zion I "Masters of Ceremony"

People Under The Stairs "1 Up Til Sun Up"

DJ Premier's Bars in the Booth Jakk Frost (Session 3)

Mel of The Outfit, TX "Business Man"

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