Hip-Hop Rap Up 04:17:17: Kendrick Lamar, El Michels Affair, Evidence, Oak Lonetree, Ray West & A.G., RTJ, DJ Format & Abdominal

Posted by Billyjam, April 17, 2017 11:15pm | Post a Comment

Damn! Kendrick Lamar has done it again with his amazing new album DAMN. (Aftermath) that arrived into Amoeba this past Friday (April 14th) two days before the acclaimed Compton rapper's Coachella performance yesterday that included songs from the new album that features the previously released single "HUMBLE." (see the Dave Meyers & the little homies directed music video below). With refreshingly unpretentious cover art, that looks like it was slapped together in a couple minutes, and clocking in at 55 minutes,  DAMN. is the artist's fourth album and the anticipated follow up to 2015's critically and commercially acclaimed To Pimp A Butterfly (also avail on LP/vinyl).

In comparison to Butterfly's more traditionally rooted sound and vibe, the new album is sonically more contemporary hip-hop sounding. That's courtesy of the many production contributors including The AlchemistMike Will Make ItCardo, BADBADNOTGOODJames Blake (who also contributes writing to "ELEMENT."), Teddy Walton, Terrace Martin, and of course former collaborator Mark "Sounwave" Spears. Sounwave, who co-produced on Butterfly, is responsible for production on 8 of the new album's 14 tracks. Meanwhile Lamar's select few mic guests include Rihanna, up-and-coming LA singer Zacari, and Bono (yes that Bono from U2 who joins him on the track "XXX." that shifts gears midway, going from stark minimalist to melodic sounding - really good track!).

Other voices heard on the new album include the sampled voice of Geraldo Rivera whose infamous negative generalization quote on hip-hop is among the album's many samples. Over the weekend the FOX News talking head in response made some equally generalized follow up statement  that merely proved how little he listens to hip-hop music. Speaking of the samples on DAMN. earlier today the good folks at Genius posted the video below in which they meticulously comb through the new album to locate and ID each and every sample.

Other new hip-hop releases to arrive on Amoeba's shelves this past Friday included Young Dolph's autobiographically titled Bullet Proof (Paper Route Empire), Moneybagg Yo's Heartless (Be Great Music Group), and El Michels Affair's Return to the 37th Chamber (also avail on LP/vinyl)  (Big Crown) that is their follow up to 2009's Enter The 37th Chamber.  Coincidentally I was just mentioning the Wu-Tang Clan instrumental tribute act a few weeks ago here on the Amoeblog in making reference to the A Tribe Called Quest tribute release from UK producer Funky DL with musician friends that pays homage to Tribe's 1993 album MIdnight Marauders (also avail on vinyl/LP). 

Check out the animated "Iron Man" music video from the new El Michels Affair release down below. Also below are a series of other recently published music videos including Oak Lonetree's "Spiffy" off the Mister Jason produced Bully Mammoth, DJ Format & Abdominal's "Dirt" from the forthcoming album Still Hungry (Kartel), and the great new song from longtime LA hip-hop multi-talent Evidence (pictured right at Amoeba) "Throw It All Away" that is from his next solo release on Rhymesayers. The other two recently published music videos below are Killer Mike and El-P aka Run The Jewels' "Legend Has It" from the power duo's third album RTJ3, and Ray West & Dave Dar's "The Art Of Diggin' (feat. A.G.)." The latter, via Red Apples 45, is a homage to crate digging that includes a reference to Amoeba Music.  

Genius' "Every Sample On Kendrick Lamar's DAMN. (Aftermath, 2017)

Kendrick Lamar's "Humble" from s DAMN. (Aftermath, 2017)

El Michels Affair "Iron Man" from Return to the 37th Chamber (also on LP/vinyl)  (Big Crown, 2017)
Evidence "Throw It All Away" (Rhymesayers, 2017)

Ray West & Dave Dar "The Art Of Diggin' (feat. A.G.) (Red Apples 45, 2017)
Oak Lonetree "Spiffy" off Bully Mammoth (2017)

Run The Jewels "Legend Has It" from the album RTJ3

DJ Format & Abdominal "Dirt" (Kartel, 2017)

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