Dec 12 2014 Hip-Hop Rap-Up: Ghostface Killah, E-40, Metermaids, Yung Lean, J.Cole

Posted by Billyjam, December 10, 2014 05:31pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music Hip-Hop Top Five Week End 12:12:14

1) Run The Jewels RTJ2 (Mass Appeal)

2) E-40 Sharp On All 4 Corners 2 (Heavy On The Grind)

3) Ghostface Killah 36 Seasons (Tommy Boy)

4) J. Cole 2014 Forest Hills Drive (Roc Nation)

5) Wu-Tang Clan A Better Tomorrow (Warner Bros)

As mentioned in last week's Amoeblog hip-hop report there's been a slew of new releases dropping recently - something confirmed by my visit to Amoeba Berkeley this week where I talked with E-Lit in the Telegraph Ave. store's hip-hop section who did a nice overview of all the latest CD and vinyl releases featured at the store. See the video clip with the hip-hop buyer/DJ below in which E-Lit breaks down such new releases, including some of the top five chart entrants above, as Wu-Tang Clan's much hyped new joint A Better Tomorrow that dropped last week, and Wu member Ghostface Killah's 36 Seasons that dropped yesterday care of Tommy Boy Records and features such guests as Kool G Rap and Pharoahe Monch. Also released yesterday is the new 13 track J. Cole album 2014 Forest Hills Drive on Roc Nation - the follow up to last year's popular Born Sinner and most likely this one will be just as popular with fans of the North Carolina born multi-talented artist. 

Out since late October but still continuing to sell extremely well (it's number one this week) is the amazing second album from El-P and Killer Mike (aka Run The Jewels). Simply entitled Run The Jewels 2 E-Lit likes the new album so much that he believes that it is better anything that either of the two talented artists have done individually up to this point in their respective careers. Note that there is also a vinyl version of Run The Jewels 2 LP.

Then there's the new E-40 albums - released in two parts (not three as I mistakenly listed before based on early accounts of what was to come) Sharp On All 4 Corners 2 and Sharp On All 4 Corners 1 both via his Heavy On The Grind label and, as per usual from Forty Wata, featuring a ton of guest artists including such regular collaborators as B-Legit, Mack 10, Too $hort, and Turf Talk.

Also on the Bay tip is the brand new Z-Man and Elon collaborative project The Opening Act wthat is only available in the stores and which, as E-Lit points out, is a fun concept album themed around the trials and tribulations of being an opening act on a tour, and all that goes hand in hand with that role. Some funny stuff on there.

Keeping the Living Legends crew in high profile mode is the hip-hop collective's member Scarub with his strong new release Want For Nothing. The new album, which the LA based emcee celebrated with a release party at hometown club Dragonfly (where the 2014 Hollywood Amoebapalooza just took place couple of weeks ago) over the weekend, features as among its  guests fellow Legends member Eligh. Other new releases include NYC crew the MetermaidsM. Stine produced twelve track CD We Brought Knives on Sage Francis' Strange Famous Records, and Scandinavian rap teen prodigy Yung Lean's Unknown Memory - also available on LP. For other vinyl and CD hip-hop releases to have arrived in Amoeba recently peep the video interview with E-Lit immediately below - that is followed by some corresponding music videos from Ghostface Killah, Metermaids, J.Cole, Yung Lean, and Z-Man & Elon.

And if you are in the Bay Area this weekend head to the great double bill of Del The Funky  Homosapien and Blowfly (and a bunch of other great acts too) at the Oakland Metro on Saturday (December 13th). Tix and more info here.  7pm. All ages show. Tickets only $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

Metermaids "Profiteer" (2014)

Z-Man & Elon "I'm Here Now" (2014)

J. Cole "Intro" (2014)

Ghostface Killah  "Love Don't Live Here No More (feat. Kandace Springs)" Video + Album Trailer (2014)

Yung Lean "Leanworld" (2014)

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