Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 08.08.14: Amoeba Berkeley Chart With E-Lit, AmpLive, Wu-Tang Clan, Armand Hammer, Triple Threat DJs

Posted by Billyjam, August 8, 2014 12:24pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five Chart Week Ending 08:08:14

1) Amp Live Headphone Concerto ( Plug Research Music)

2) Shabazz Palaces Lese Majesty  (SubPop) 

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

4) Has Lo & Castle Live Like You're Dead (Mello Music Group)

5) BPos Positive Beings (One League Entertainment)

Thanks to E-Lit at the Berkeley Amoeba Music store for this week's top five chart plus his nice comprehensive run-down (see video above) of all the new and recent hip-hop arrivals at the East Bay store - in both CD and vinyl formats.  These include Armand Hammer's vinyl only Furtive Movements (Backwoodz Studioz), the brand new collaboration between Philadelphia emcee MarQ Spekt and prolific New York City producer Blockhead - JustPlayWitIt on HiPNOTT Records, and Anticon label co-founder/member Alias' new full-length Pitch Black Prism featuring fellow Anticon co-founder/former Amoebite DoseOne as guest emcee on the track "Crimson Across It." Other new arrivals include the limited edition vinyl (only 300 pressed up) House Shoes and Street Corner Music Presents: T-White The Gift Vol. 5!, and Washington DC beatmaster Damu the Fudgemunk's Public Assembly CD care of Redefinition Records and Fat Beats that was initially intended as a limited edition vinyl only release for the 2014 WFMU Record Fair. The other new / recent releases that made the top five chart entries this week
(recent Amoeba San Francisco instore performers) Shabazz Palaces' pioneering new album Lese Majesty  (again on SubPop), Madlib's Rock Konducta 1 & 2 CD c/o Madlib Invasion that is also available in single volumes on vinyl (Rock Konducta Vol. 1 LP and Rock Konducta Vol. 2 LP), and the latest from the unstoppable Mello Music Group; Has Lo & Castle's Live Like You're Dead. The other two top five entries are both Bay Area (Amoeba Berkeley and Amoeba San Francisco have long been highly supportive of homegrown talent): San Francisco crew  BPos's latest Positive Beings on One League Entertainment that will be featured in detail in a soon to be published feature here on the Amoeblog, and the newest release from Zion I producer Amp Live: Headphone Concerto on Plug Research Music. As he proved long ago on such productions as Rainydayz Remixes project, on which remixed Radiohead's 2008 album In Rainbows (totally reworking it and adding in such artists as Too $hort, Del, and Zion I mate Zumba, Amp Live has always musically been beyond hip-hop. And this album - his first for Plug Research - while it is hip-hop at its base still further pushes the envelope more beyond hip-hop into such other musical terrain as soul, pop, and electronic on such tracks as the cello intro'ed, pop hit sounding "Penny Nickel and Dime" featuring Anya and Prof (see video below which demonstrates the message of the song - about the influence and power of the almighty dollar).

Amp Live "Penny Nickel Dime (feat. Anya & Prof)" (2014)

Wu-Tang Clan rules everything around me this week - or so it seems with the full lineup of the hip-hop collective stopping by the Daily Show on Wednesday night (August 6th) this week to promote their forthcoming album A Better Tomorrow (to be released later this year) and perform the LP's lead single "Ron O'Neal." Before their live performance, that also included them doing the classic "Triumph," for the pleasantly surprised audience the legendary crew crowded round host Jon Stewart for an interview with members RZA, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, Cappadonna, Method Man, U-God, GZA, and Masta Killa.  You can watch the Wu-Tang/Daily Show interview and performances here and make note that The Wu-Tang Clan will also be headlining The Source 360 event at The Barclays Center on September 20th.

Meanwhile Wu-Tang Clan’s Killah Priest is set to become the first member of Wu-Tang to release a book based off his most current album release The Psychic World of Walter Reed for which this week he wraps up a Kickstarter campaign for  the 160 page book known as “Illuminated Lyrics” since it contains the lyrics, basis and explanations behind the songs found in The Psychic World of Walter Reeds' 41 tracks alongside historical information of the Wu-Tang Clan as provided by the albums featured members RZA, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon and Inspectah Deck. More info here.

Tonight (August 8th) in San Francisco the Triple Threat DJs (Shortkut, Apollo, and Vin Roc) will be performing at Manor West at 750 Harrison (see flyer above for details. Meanwhile fellow Bay turntablist DJ Qbert will be at today's opening day of the Outside Lands festival where amongst the countless other acts at the three day fest will include Kanye West and Atmosphere. More info. The upcoming (late next month) OMF (Oakland Music Festival) lineup has been announced and will include - to name but some of the scheduled performers - Jesse Boykins III, Antwon, ESTA, J Boogie, Mara Hruby, Clear Conscience, Latin Soul Brothers, DJ Mind Motion, Chuy Gomez, Mr. E, DJ D Sharp, DJ Fuze, and Kool Kyle. Advance tix ($20) and more info here.

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