Hip-Hop Rap Up: Top 5 Charts, Music Videos, A Tribe Called Quest, KRS-One, 2Pac, Dinco D, DuBBle-OO, Baby Bash, Lex The Hex Master

Posted by Billyjam, November 15, 2016 07:23pm | Post a Comment
Top 5 New Hip-Hop Albums (New CDs + Vinyl Reissues)

1: Baby Bash  Don't Panic It's Organic (Bashtown Records)

2: Lex The Hex Master Contact (Majik Ninja)

3: DuBBle-OO Next Level (Space Age Entertainment)  

4: 2Pac 2Pacalypse Now 2LP (Interscope Records)

5: The Roots Illadelph Halflife 2LP (Geffen)

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Top Five Upcoming Nov 18th Hip-Hop [Pre-Order] Releases

1: A Tribe Called Quest We Got It From Here, Thank You for Your Service (Epic Records)

2: KRS-One Return of the Boom Bap 2LP (Fat Beats)

3: Non Phixion The Future Is Now 2LP (Uncle Howie Records)

4: Fulgeance Homecooking (Cascade Records)

5: Mark De Clive-Lowe #bluenoteremixed vol. 1 LP (Fat Beats)

A quick glance above at the two new top five hip-hop charts (current week's top five releases plus this upcoming Friday's releases including new + vinyl reissues) is proof that we are currently enjoying an abundance of amazing hip-hop releases. And note these two lists don't even include the bounty of hip-hop treats about to be unleashed next week on Record Store Day Black Friday (Nov. 25th). Topping the current week's chart is longtime Bay talent Baby Bash with Don't Panic It's Organic (Bashtown Records). The breakout star from Potna Deuce (Vallejo 90's rap crew signed to Profile) formerly known as Baby Beesh has assembled a killer collection of songs on this 420-themed, guest heavy, 17 song collection whose numerous collaborators include Berner, Paul WallLil Rob, Mozzy, and E-40 who appears on two different album tracks: "No Timeouts" and "That Bitch." Another fellow Vallejo legend featured is the late great Mac Dre who, along with Chino Foreal, is featured on the album cut "Uncockblockable" which first surfaced early last year in an alternate / longer version of the song, but as a digital only release. The other new album releases this week include the debut album Contact from Queens, NY rapper Lex "The Hex" Master via Twiiztid's Majik Ninja label, and DuBBle-OO's Next Level  on Space Age Entertainment via West Oakland's Live Wire who wisely scooped up this talented Portland/San Francisco rapper. The long awaited 13 track album from the artist whose musical mentor was the late great The Jacka features guest spots from Portland's Mikey Vegaz and such Bay talents as Livewire founder J.Stalin and Husalah who came to fame, along with The Jacka in C-BO's Mob Figaz.  For a taste of Dubble-OO's style scroll down to peep the music videos for the Next Level album title track and also "Nas No Speed Limit." The other new chart entries this week are both much welcomed vinyl reissues: 2Pac's 2pacalypse Now (Interscope) on vinyl for first time and coming on the 25th anniversary of this debut by the late great rapper, and The Roots' 1996 album Illadelph Halflife (Geffen). [Note: cassette 2pacalypse Now reissue coming December 2nd] Guaranteeing the best sound quality, both Pac and the Roots are as originally issued: double vinyl pressings. Coming later this week (Nov 18th) will be more classic out of print hip-hop releases getting the double-vinyl reissue treatment. These are KRS-One's  first solo album, the 1993 classic Return of the Boom Bap (Fat Beats) with production from DJ Premier, Showbiz, and Kid Capri, and Non Phixion's 2002 album The Future Is Now (Uncle Howie Records). Also being released on vinyl this week will be the remix project by Mark De Clive-Lowe #bluenoteremixed vol. 1 LP (Fat Beats). Via CD release this week will be Fulgeance's Homecooking (Cascade Records), and A Tribe Called Quest's We Got It From Here, Thank You for Your Service (Epic Records).

Above is shot of the universally loved A Tribe Called Quest from their amazing performance on SNL over the weekend (with host Dave Chappelle) to herald in their new (sixth and final) album We Got It From Here, Thank You for Your Service (Epic Records) which will be released physically this week, Friday November 18th  [order from Amoeba].   The album's star studded contributors include Jack White, Kendrick Lamar, André 3000 Elton John, Anderson .Paak, Kanye West, and Talib Kweli. Above are (L-R) members Jarobi White, Q-Tip, (sporting Michael Jackson throwback jacket), and Ali Shaheed Muhammad with the canvas art of none other than the late great Phife Dawg who passed on nine months ago at age 45. The art representing the late rapper dropped during his verse of the politically charged album song "We The People" (see video below) and remained during their next SNL performance of the song: "The Space Program (feat. Consequence Busta Rhymes)"

Speaking of Busta Rhymes, Dinco D with whom he was once a member of the Leaders Of The New School (LONS) with whom ATCQ were joined in a legendary 1992 TV performance on The Arsenio Hall Show (see video below) of "Scenario" is about to drop his first solo project. A mixtape styled album entitled Cameo Flows its many features include the Bay Area's Money-B (Raw Fusion/Digital Underground), Shinobi Ninja, Dama Nilz, DJ Rob Flow, Vice Verses, and Intikana. Also featured are Dinco's fellow LONS crew members Milo and Charlie Brown. And while Busta Rhymes does not make a cameo, the aforementioned A Tribe Called Quest's Jarobi White does. He appears along with Money B on what will be the first in a few vinyl formatted releases from the album: the tight track "Black Pirate King James Freestyle" to be released on 7" via the Power Shift Music Group label run by the gifted producer/DJ Rob Flow.

A Tribe Called Quest "We The People (live)" from We Got It From Here, Thank You for Your Service

A Tribe Called Quest with Leaders Of The New School "Scenario" from The Low End Theory

KRS-One "Sound of da Police" from  Return of the Boom Bap

DuBBle-OO "Nas No Speed Limit" from Next Level

2Pac "Brenda's Got A Baby"  from 2Pacalypse Now

DuBBle-OO "Next Level" from Next Level

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