Hip-Hop Top 5 (Video Version) Includes new Wu-Tang Clan + Vinyl Reissues of E-40, DJ Quik, Mystikal & Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

Posted by Billyjam, October 14, 2017 11:47am | Post a Comment
Top Five New Hip-Hop Releases 10:13:17
Album art & descriptions + Accompanying Music Videos

1: Wu-Tang Clan The Saga Continues (E1 Music)
Wu-Tang Clan's The Saga Continues was officially released yesterday, October 13th 2017, although the album's executive producer RZA leaked it the day before as part of a radio show. Not to be confused with the Shaolin crew's infamous controversial Martin "pharma bro" Shkreli's one-off WU album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, is the legendary NYC crew's all new album and their first in three years since 2014's A Better Tomorrow. However the new album does include a reference/diss to Shkreli on the 18 track album's song "Lesson Learn’d" in which they rap “Hater wouldn’t last a day in my shoes: you know very well. Bet he swell. You can tell he jeal’.  My price hikin’ like the pills Martin Shkreli sell.” With exclusive production by Mathematics, the 51 and a half minute album features most (not all) WU warriors including Ghostface Killah, Method Man, GZA, Raekwon, Inspektah Deck and Masta Killa. There's additionally some great album guests including the late great Sean Price (don't sleep on his new posthumous solo album Imperius Rex) and Redman who is featured on a few tracks including the aforementioned "Lesson Learn'd" and the tight new single/video "People Say" that can be seen down below in the video version of this top five.

2: E-40  In A Major Way LP (SONY Legacy)

E-40's  In A Major Way LP is 22 year old solo album by The Click's biggest star member and is just one of four vinyl reissues of classic 1990's hip-hop albums to be unleashed this week - many from SONY Legacy who have been satisfying a demand by pumping out vinyl reissues of the beloved rap/hip-hop albums from a decade routinely reminisced. And what an incredible album this is: one that not only stands the test of time, but actually sounds even better in retrospect. Clocking in at just under an hour this Sick Wid 
It / Jive Records
release, that was a solo follow up to his album Federal, finds Forty Wata in top creative form spitting pure poetic perfection with clever rhymes and insightful cultural observations. For example on the album's second single "Sprinkle Me" (scroll down to see Dwaine Terry directed video) he rapidly raps in his spitfire flow about been “more Realistic than Radio Shack" and recalls how, “We use to have to use sheets for curtains, socks for wash towels. i was happy as hell when my cousin gave me his hand me downs.” That hit single from the album featured 40's younger sister/fellow Click member Suga T. The Click's B-Legit is also featured on the album as are the guests Lil E (aka his son Droop-E) Levitti, Mac Shawn, Spice 1, Celly Cel, Mac Mall, and 2Pac (on the album version of "Dusted & Disgusted" but not the video version that, in the incarcerated Pac's place, featured Celly Cel). Production credits for this five star Bay Area rap release was shared by Studio Ton, Mike Mosley, Sam Bostic, Funk Daddy, Redwine and Kevin Gardner. This will be a hot item on vinyl that likely will sell out.

3: DJ Quik  Quik Is The Name LP (SONY Legacy)

26 and a half long years ago, friend of Amoeba (peep the rapper/producer's WIMB?) DJ Quik released his debut album Quik Is The Name LP.   Now reissued on vinyl by SONY Legacy the album's 13 tracks include “Tonite” and “Born and Raised in Compton” both singles. Scroll down to view the "Tonite" video that features the Compton CA artist born David Marvin Blake spitting rhymes like: "So check it while I kick it to this funky ass rhythm. It's Friday morning, the phone is ringin off the hook. And AMG is puttin' down girl rhymes in his notebook."
4: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince  He's The DJ, I'm The Rapper LP (SONY Legacy)

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince's second album  He's The DJ, I'm The Rapper LP has also been given the vinyl reissue treatment by SONY Legacy who put it out as it first appeared in 1988 as a two LP set (this one 180 gram vinyl). As such it was a landmark release for being the first double album in hip-hop back three decades ago.  The duo's biggest hit it featured (as second single) "Parents Just Don't Understand" which would also be an historic component of the album as it became the first-ever Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance at the time. See the video down below which offers an insight into the acting career that lay ahead for Will Smith (aka The Fresh Prince).  For those paying close attention you may have noticed a recent reissue of this very same classic 1988 hip-hop album. That was a month ago when the retro label Real Gone reissued it on an expanded 2CD set that included bonus material on its second disc: a lot of instrumental versions of same songs plus some live and remixes too.

5:  Mystikal Unpredictable LP  (SONY Legacy) 

Mystikal's Unpredictable LP initially dropped almost exactly 20 years ago when No Limit Records released it, via Jive Records, in 1997. That was back when the Percy Miller (aka Master P) founded No Limit label ruled popular rap with Mystikal (and his trademark barking growling raspy flow) been one of the label’s standout stars. With production by respected in-house crew Beats By the Pound, this is Mystikal's second album (first with No Limit) and was a big hit that helped usher in the Dirty South era in popular hip-hop, getting to #3 chart position on the Billboard 200 chart and #1 on R&B/Hip-Hop albums chart, fueled by such tracks as the hit single "Ain't No Limit." The music video for that Silkk The Shocker featured track appears down below. Reminder that last week another two 90's No Limit albums were reissued on vinyl: Master P's Ghetto D LP and Silkk the Shocker's Made Man LP.
1: Wu-Tang Clan  "People Say (feat. Redman)" from The Saga Continues (E1 Music)
2: E-40 "Sprinkle Me (feat. Suga T)" from In A Major Way LP (SONY Legacy)
3: DJ Quik “Tonite”  Quik Is The Name LP (SONY Legacy)
04: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince "Parents Just Don't Understand" from the album He's The DJ, I'm The Rapper LP (SONY Legacy)
05: Mystikal  "Ain't No Limit (feat. Silkk the Shocker)" from Unpredictable LP  (SONY Legacy)

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