Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 08.01.14: Amoeba Hollywood Top 5 Chart, Common, Cormega, Shabazz Palaces, Mix Master Mike + more

Posted by Billyjam, August 1, 2014 11:17am | Post a Comment
Common "Kingdom (feat Vince Staples)" (2014)

Amoeba Hollywood Hip-Hop Top 5 Chart Week Ending 08:01:14

1) Common Nobody's Smiling (Island/Def Jam)

2)  Quasimoto "Planned Attack" / Talkin' Shit" [Picture Disc] (7") (Stones Throw)

3) Madlib Rock Konducta 1 & 2 CD (Madlib Invasion)

4) Cormega Mega Philosophy (Slimstyle)

5) Madlib Pinata Beats (Madlib Invasion)

The brand new hip-hop chart from the Hollywood Amoeba Music store finds longtime Chicago emcee / actor / poet to the president  Common in the number one position with his tenth studio album Nobody's Smiling (Island/Def Jam).
Fittingly the theme of this latest full-length from the Windy City artist is Chicago itself in which, as the reviews, Common examines, "the city’s historically high crime rate but also its sense of pride, there’s no better man to take us through it than Common, whose career as an intellectually leaning yet nearly always relatable presence in hip-hop comes to maximum fruition on Nobody’s Smiling." And the ten track album, which Amoeba accurately calls "a fine return to form for Common," is indeed a strong album - one that should appeal to new and old school hip-hop heads -  that features fellow Chicago native No I.D.’s perfectly complimentary production along with well chosen guest spots from such artists as Big Sean, Elijah Blake, Jhené Aiko, Snoh Aalegra, Dreezy, Malik Yusef and Vince Staples (see video for his cameo on the track "Kingdom"  above) along with thought-provoking lyrics from Common (the master who brought us the classic "I Used To Love H.E.R.") like these from the title track:

  "In the Chi ain't a damn thing funny
 Thinking of ways to get money/
  Drive down Lake Shore,
 Scheming how to make more
 If we ain't eating together what's this cake for
  Ain't nobody giving it, that's what we take for.

Cormega "Industry" (2014)

The latest chart features Madlib in three releases/personas: his  Quasimoto persona ("Planned Attack" / Talkin' Shit" 45 single), the producer persona for the instrumental version of his Freddie Gibbs collaboration Pinata Beats, as well as his regular mad scientist remixer persona via the two volume CD Rock Konducta 1 & 2 CD (Madlib Invasion) - all good and all recommended!

Meanwhile the stubbornly independent longtime NYC emcee Cormega returns with his independent release Mega Philosophy (Slimstyle) which, with songs like the lead single "Industry" (video above), re-examines his place in the music biz and shows love for the genre of hip-hop with songs like "I Just Want To Be A Soldier For My Culture" and stresses throughout the album that he is all for the art - not the money and the fame. Standout tracks on this Large
Professor produced (way too short - like Common's latest)  eleven track album include "Mars (Dream Team) (feat. Az, Redman & Styles P).
Left is a photo of Shabazz Palaces' Amoeba San Francisco in-store performance this week - the group that features Ishmael Butler (of Digable Planets fame)  and Tendai Maraire, and whose just-released Lese Majesty - again on SubPop - has been getting some great reviews.

Also in this past week Mix Master Mike performed at Comic Con in San Diego and gave a taste of what's to come in his forthcoming long awaited release Holy Galacdik. Mike along with his fellow Invisibl Skratch Piklz members A-Trak, MixMasterMike, D-Styles, Shortkut, and Qbert will be doing a reunion show in LA on October 12th  at Fools Gold Day Off - more on that closer to the date.

In Oakland this weekend is the free big Art + Soul festival which features a range of music including funk, soul, gospel, and hip-hop with artists/acts scheduled to perform including Ensemble Mik Nawooj (featured on the Amoeblog last year) The Dazz Band, Rose Royce, plus a Turf & All Styles Dance Battle. Free, all ages. More info.

Later today (4pm local California time) I will be doing a one-hour live remote broadcast of my weekly hip-hop WFMU radio show out of Special Tech DJ school/performance space/gallery on San Mateo Blvd in San Bruno with guests DJ Cue, Mista B, DJ Marz, and Eddie K plus some students from the DJ school.

Tomorrow, Saturday August 2nd, at the Mad Dog in the Fog on Haight Street in San Francisco Bay Area DJs Dee Monet and DJ Toph (aka Toph One) will be spinning all vinyl sets. 21+ Free. More info here.

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