Hip-Hop Rap-Up: Top Ten, Meow The Jewels, Dust-One's New Single, BPos' "Party Mardi," 1989's Crack Era Rap, Bay Guardian RIP

Posted by Billyjam, October 17, 2014 03:00pm | Post a Comment
Hip-Hop Top Ten 10:17:2014

Homeboy Sandman Hallways (Stones Throw)

2)  Dilated Peoples   Directors Of Photography (Rhymesayers)

Slimkid3 & DJ Nu-Mark self titled  (Delicious Vinyl)

4) Souls of Mischief There Is Only Now (Linear Labs)

Busdriver Perfect Hair (also in LP format) (Big Dada)

6) Sims Field Notes (Doomtree)
8) J-Eazy & Brycon Damaged Goods (Gurp City)

9) BPos Positive Beings (One League Entertainment)

10) The Soul Pros The Re-Mixtape: The Grand Re-Opening (Future Classic Music)

Upcoming releases album picks:

* Band of Broken Puppets (feat Azeem) release date TBA

* Run The Jewels
second LP RTJ2 to arrive in Amoeba Oct 27th

The abo
ve top ten and upcoming albums are all my personal picks of new and recently released hip-hop albums that I think are great and well worth getting. Most are now available (or soon will be from the Amoeba online store) while almost all are available in one or all of the three Amoeba Music retail stores (Berkeley, San Francisco, and Hollywood). Included are many West Coast releases in a year that has been so rich with quality hip-hop music from the Left Coast such as Busdriver's Perfect Hair on Big Dada, Dilated Peoples' Directors Of Photography on Rhymesayers (an amazing album!), Souls of Mischief's Adrian Younge produced There Is Only Now that has also been released in a scaled down ten-track There Is Only Now Remixes 12" vinyl and cassette version via Traffic, BPos' Positive Beings on One League (see the brand new - as in published this morning - video for the album track "Party Mardi" below), and the Jurassic 5 meets The Pharcyde collaboration of the year:  Slimkid3 & DJ Nu-Mark's self titled  full-length on Delicious VinylThe chart also contains two kind of West Coast releases (well the labels are West Coast even if the artists live elsewhere) with supertalented  Elmhurst, Queens NY emcee Homeboy Sandman's Hallways on Peanut Butter Wolf's Stones Throw Records, and the Gurp City talented duo J-Eazy & Brycon's Damaged Goods. Denver CO's The Soul Pros round out the top ten chart while the upcoming releases picks include the forthcoming Azeem project Band of Broken Puppets which has still to find a label and consequent release date, and the highly anticipated second album (Run The Jewels 2) from Killer Mike and El-P (and a slew of other contributing talents such as Prince Paul and Dan The Automator) - aka Run The Jewels which will arrive in Amoeba in two weeks on October 27th this time care of Nas' new Mass Appeal record label imprint (the last one was released c/o Fools Gold/Fat Beats). Meanwhile scroll down to peep the entertaining Meow the Jewels promo video below. 

Couple of weeks ago I reported how XXL magazine - one of the publications that I used to regularly write for - had just published its final print edition. Now this week (on Tuesday) sad news broke that the San Francisco Bay Guardian, who I wrote countless hip-hop stories for, would cease publishing with the current (Best Of The Bay) issue being the last one ever. Spill a lil on the curb for this wonderful alternative weekly paper that, since the late sixties, had been supplying the greater Bay Area with a steady flow of insights on local politics and entertainment.

Tonight at Mercer in San Francisco
DJ Shortkut - fresh back from last Sunday's Invisibl Skratch Piklz reunion (with Mix Master Mike, Qbert, and D-Styles) at A-Trak's Fool's Gold Records Day Off in LA - celebrates his birthday this week along with DJ GoldenChyld of the Bangerz fame and host/hardest working promoter in San Francisco Fran Boogie. The party's entitled The Libra Lounge and happens at 255 Rhode Island in SF. If you too are a Libra you get in free. $5 before 11pm. 21+ More info.

Later today on WFMU during my weekly Put The Needle On The Record one-hour radio show (7pm EST) I will be taking it back 25 years or so when I play the best of KALX Call-In Raps that I used to produce on Sundays on my old show there with my co-host Gary "G-Spot" Baca (KPFA/KPFK). I hadn't listened to these call-in (mostly freestyle) raps from hip-hop listeners in Oakland, Richmond, Berkeley, and San Francisco since
they originally broadcast back in 1988, 1989, and 1990 - but what really stands out about them, listening back in retrospect, is all of the references to the crack epidemic. Then at an all time high and ravaging neighborhoods in predominantly poor black US cities like Oakland the crack attack was very real as it destroyed families and lives. Hence why it was referenced by these call in rappers - just as it was in recorded songs back at that time such as Too $hort's "I Ain't Trippin'" (Jive 1989 - see video below). Tune into WFMU live today at 7pm (EST) or anytime in archives at this link to hear Oakland and other Bay Area call-in rappers from a time when there were "new jacks" and when having a "car phone" was a thing of affluence. Note that currently both KALX in Berkeley and WFMU in New Jersey are having fundraising drives. Support alternative radio!

East Coast based Bay Area transplant DJ Dust-One, who earlier this week was back home in the Bay Area dropping off copies of his recommended new 7" single Q4SD at Amoeba, caught up with the Amoeblog this to talk about how this new record, that features DJ Quest on one side of the record, came about. "I met Afrika Bambaataa in NYC at one of his performances at the Hudson Hotel.  I left the party inspired and went back to my hotel room and wrote Q4SD," shared Dust-One of how the new record came about, adding that a few days later he called up his longtime San Francisco associate DJ Quest to get his opinion on the recording. Quest was so impressed he wanted to collaborate.  "He felt the inspiration and we immediately went to work and collaborated [cross country] by sending the ProTools files through my DropBox account until we had a finished product.  I also went into Que Recording Studios in Falls Church VA to record the live drums and bass to replace the loops I started off using from the beginning.  I then went to the best in the industry to help define the sound I needed to make it a complete package; the legendary Jim Ebert  for the mix and the master of breakbeats DJ Danny Dan the Beat Mann mastered the record" said Dust-One of the record that is available at San Francisco and Berkeley Amoebas. 

Run The Jewels/Meow The Jewels (2014)

BPos "Party Mardi" (2014)

Too $hort "I Ain't Trippin'" (1989)

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