Hip-Hop Rap-Up: Logic, DJ Quik, Blu, YG, Diabolic

Posted by Billyjam, November 14, 2014 05:04am | Post a Comment
Top Five Hip-Hop Chart for Week Ending 11:14:14

1) DJ Quik The Midnight Life (Mad Science)

2) Logic  Under Pressure (Def Jam) also avail as LP

3) Diabolic Fightin' Words (WarHorse Records) - also avail as LP

4) YG My Krazy Life (Def Jam)

5) Blu Good To Be Home (Universal) also avail as LP

The above top five chart from the Hollywood Amoeba Music store reflects the top sellers of the past week which are not always necessarily new releases. Case in point are both YG's My Krazy Life from March of this year, and (to a degree) the Blu album Good To Be Home featuring production by Bombay and not by Exile this time - with whom their previously released collaborative Below The Heavens LP continues to sell well. The Blu chart entry originally came out six months ago via the indie Nature Sounds (who along with Fat Beats issued the LP version of the full-length) but has now been re-released by Universal. Have not heard the Universal version but hopefully the major label remastered the original which most agree was "shitty" sounding - and I quote countless fans of the artist himself as stating this. And the super gifted LA emcee has lots of fans - especially in his hometown where he always gets a lot of love.

Speaking of hometown love the number chart entry this week is the brand new joint from longtime LA artist and friend of Amoeba DJ Quik whose brand new The Midnight Life on Mad Science is tight as hell and features collaborations from a mix of new and old school LA acts including Suga Free, Dom Kennedy, Bishop Lamont, and Tweed Cadillac (from Penthouse Players Clique) throughout the 16 track album that is also available to purchase from Amoeba as a digital download. Another brand new - albeit long delayed - release is Fightin' Words from East Coast rapper Diabolic which has been in the works for four years. Originally intended to come out on Viper Records some time ago the album, that is also avail in vinyl/LP format, instead got released via the recently founded WarHorse Records. Mic collaborators include such hard hitters as Vinnie Paz, Apathy, and R.A. the Rugged Man while production is handled in most part by DJ Premier.

In the number two slot on this week's chart is the Def Jam release Under Pressure (also avail in LP format) from Maryland-based emcee Logic whose been quietly putting it down and honing his skills and earning props for the past half-decade via cyphers and mixtapes - all of which led to him landing a deal with Def Jam. The result is the much lauded dozen tracks that make up Under Pressure and that (unlike just about every other hip-hop album coming out these days) does not having any collaborators - just the 24 year old East Coast rapper and his street tales as witnessed on tracks such as "Growning Pains III," "Buried Alive," "Gang Related," and the excellent title track - see the video for it below along with other new music videos from DJ Quik and Diabolic.

Logic "Under Pressure" from the album  Under Pressure (2014)

DJ Quik "Life Jacket (feat. Suga Free & Dom Kennedy)" from the album The Midnight Life  (2014)

Diabolic "Alien Manuscript" from the album  Fightin' Words  (2014)

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