Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 05.16.14: Coalmine Records 10 Year Anniversary, Nas, The Legion, Zion I in Concert + more

Posted by Billyjam, May 16, 2014 11:08am | Post a Comment

Among the brand new releases to arrive in Amoeba this week is the all killer, no filler Coalmine Records ten year anniversary release (promo video above) that showcases the creme de la creme of the past decade's output from the Brooklyn based label - all mixed together by DJ Revolution. Aptly entitled Coalmine Records Presents: Unearthed  the compilation album (a double CD disc set) contains both a mixed version care of DJ Revolution, and an 'Untagged Deluxe Edition' which includes three bonus cuts. Artists featured include Pharoahe Monch, Kool G Rap, Large Professor, The Artifacts, Blu, Sean Price, Big Noyd, Skillz, Guilty Simpson, Rah Digga, El Da Senseiand Fashawn.

Another new release to recently arrive in Amoeba is Apollo Brown's Thirty Eight (.38) care of Mello Music / Fat Beats. And about to drop is the new (albeit of mostly older material) release is from the legendary Bronx trio andD.I.T.C. affiliates The Legion. Entitled The Lost Tapes LP it will be released next week via Ill Adrenaline Records/Legion Records and features the Buckwild produced track "Stereo" (see video below). The Legion, who arrived on the scene two decades ago, is comprised of Chucky Smash, Molecules, and Cee-Low. Their 1994 debut album Theme + Echo = Krill, while featuring guest shots from the likes of Black Sheep, Chi-Ali, and Showbiz & A.G., for the most part got slept on and the group didn't release anything again until later that decade when they returned in force with the 12-inch, "Street Thing / Caught Up" in 1998. Then they disappeared again for several years  as a group - even though they were active individually. Their forthcoming 20 track release The Lost Tapes is a compilation of bygone era rare and unreleased tracks plus three new joints by this talented group that many know little about but now have a chance to catch up on.

The Legion "Stereo" (2014)

Zion I "Supreme" (2014)

Concerts and events this weekend include Zion I (above is their recent video "Supreme" while left is pic of Zumbi from the group during Amoeba instore) tonight headlining what should be a really great show at The Independent in San Francisco where openers will be 1-O.A.K. (Honor Roll), and MKSMTH, and host Daghe of Creative Class. The Independent, 628 Divisadero St., San Francisco, CA Show: 9:00 PM 21 + $25 DOOR. Tomorrow night in San Francisco Triple Threat DJ partners Shortkut and VinRoc will be supplying the entertainment at So Much Soul at Mercer (255 Rhode Island) with host Fran Boogie + DJ Mr. E. More info.

In New York City tomorrow (May 17th) will be the 2014 DMC New York City Part II  Regional DJ Battle featuring a special showcase set by the ever theatrical DJ Swamp who himself won the DMC US Championship back in 1996 and who was once the DJ for Beck. An always fun event it happens at Webster Hall from 6-10pm tomorrow, Saturday. More info. Also on the scratch tip tomorrow but in LA will be Scratchapalooza LA featuring Beverly Skillz, Kidd Love, Lil Roband more. Only $6 for this all night (10pm to 5am) event at Southshore Tavern 22014 Williams Blvd. Kenner LA More info.
Amoeba Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: Week Ending 05:16:14

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)

Locking down the number one slot again this week in the hip-hop charts at Amoeba Hollywood is the twenty (XX) year anniversary reissue of Nas' landmark 1994 classic hip-hop album c/o Sony Legacy as  Illmatic XX.
The album, which was the Queensbridge native's debut when he was only 19 years of age, would change the face of hip-hop (especially East Coast) for some time after its release. Not only is the album Nas' finest work to date but it also considered by most tastemakers as one of the quintessential 1990's hip hop releases; one that was instrumental in shaping the New York hip-hop sound from that point forward. Below, care of Google, is a clip of Nas recently talking with Sacha Jenkins about his album from a 20 years later perspective. Also charting at Amoeba again this week is Eminem's late nineties album The Slim Shady LP, Drake's Nothing Was The Same, YG's My Krazy Life, and Australian female pop rapper Iggy Azelea and her long-delayed official debut album The New Classic.


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