Hip-Hop Rap-Up 10:09:15: Top 5 Albums, African Identity Memorial, Skratchpad, Lyrics Born, Dregs-One, Richie Cunning + more

Posted by Billyjam, October 9, 2015 09:41pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five Albums

1. Blackalicious Imani Vol. 1 (Black Mines)

2. Apollo Brown 
Grandeur (Mello Music Group)

3. Chief Keef Bang 3
(RBC Records)

4. The Underachievers Evermore: The Art of Duality (RPM) LP

5. Bleubird Lauderdale (Fake Four Inc.)

Shout-out to KALX DJ and Berkeley Amoeba hip-hop representative E-Lit for the latest top five albums chart that includes Detroit artist
Apollo Brown's 19 track new album Grandeur on the Mello Music Group label (also avail in Grandeur DL version) that features cameos from such artists as Masta Ace, Planet Asia, O.C., Oddisee, and Chino XL. Also charting are Chief Keef's two CD set Bang 3 on RBC Records, The Underachievers' Evermore: The Art of Duality that is also available in LP, and Fake Four artist Bleubird's Lauderdale in the number 5 slot. Meantime the chart's most deserving number one entry is Blackalicious' long awaited (ten long hip-hop years!) latest/fourth album Imani Vol. 1 that is the self-released album that will be the first in a new trilogy series by Blackalicious. Among my personal fave new album tracks by the talented duo, comprised of emcee Gift of Gab and producer Chief Xcel, is "Blacka" that is pure brilliance.

Speaking of the Solesides/Quannum crew - tonight legendary NorCal crew's Lyrics Born headlines at the New Parish in Oakland. The Berkeley based emcee/Quannum co-founder/Latyrx member will no doubt be delving into songs off his latest/eight album Real People that was released through his own Mobile Home Recordings label. Check out the Lyrics Born Amoeblog interview from back in May when the New Orleans flavored album first dropped. Tonight's New Parish show will feature special guests Robert Mercurio, Ben Ellman, Corey Henry, plus Jazz Mafia and DJ Shortkut who was profiled/interviewed earlier today on the Amoeblog. His set is at 1015pm to 11pm. For info and tix visit the New Parish website.

Across the Bay in San Francisco tonight (E-Lit's pick) is Richie Cunning's release show at the Elbo Room on Valencia - the beloved longtime SF club that will very soon anyday now close its doors forever to make way for new luxury condos to be built in its place and also at least part of the beautiful aerosol art in the alley way outside the club  - the latest victim in the gentrification of a city that was once affordable and artist friendly. Tonight's show is Richie Cunning with DJ Bad DJ 1906 EP Release Party plus A-Plus feat Knobody, as well as longtime legendary radio and club DJ Kevvy Kev. $10 at door. Elbo Room is 647 Valencia St. If you go to this show drink a farewell drink to the wonderful Mission that will be missed a lot.

Major props to Deeandroid and Celskiii and the entire Skratchpad crew who continue to give back to the community and act as mentors to younger kids by teaching them the basics of DJing. Over a decade in existence Skratchpad tomorrow (October 10th) will present a daytime (well afternoon / early evening) all ages event that is 100% free and will include a DJ workshop, an all vinyl open Q&A session, and who knows what else at this wonderful event where who knows who could stop by and jump on the turntables.  All ages, free, happens from 430pm to 8pm Saturday October 10th at District SF at 586 Sixth Street in downtown San Francisco.

San Francisco hip-hop artist African Identity, who died last month, will be honored tomorrow Saturday October 10th between 11am and 1pm in his hometown with a special memorial service at the Bryant Mortuary located at 63
5 Fulton st San Francisco California. Thanks to the late rapper's sibling Rufina CaldwellGillette (Rufus) for providing this information and noting that there is also a dinner at Ammel Park Cooperative Homes  at 656 Grove St. SF and that folks can help out by dropping off food water sodas desserts at that latter location at 930am.   As noted before here upon the tragic news of his passing on September 15th at age 47, African Identity rose to fame in the early nineties with his firebrand mic skills and hardcore political hybrid style -and earned a rep for his freestyle skills. The Fillmore, San Francisco emcee will be remembered for such releases as his debut 1992 single, “Let’s Get It On (Pullin That Trigger),” Ransom Note and You Won’t Come To My Funeral which was his 1995 debut album that featured such collaborators as The Coup, Del tha Funke Homosapien, JT Tha Bigga Figga, and Shock G of Digital Underground,

And finally below is the brand video for "True Beauty (feat. Priscillia)" from San Francisco conscious rapper Dregs-One. Shot in Hollywood it is the first video from his upcoming project that he tells the Amoeblog, "is about contrasting fake Hollywood imagery with natural beauty." It is culled from Dregs' upcoming album Universal Language that he collaborated with Tokyo producer Ill Sugi on. Literally a Universal Language the album is truly an international affair with the American / Asian artist collaboration to be released on vinyl next month (November 9th) through the Paris, France based label Cascade Records

Dregs One & Ill Sugi "True Beauty (feat. Priscillia)" (2015)

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