Top Ten Hip-Hop Albums (Video Version): Planet Asia, J Dilla, Saweeti, Philty Rich, Sami Baha, Del + AmpLive, XXXTentacion +

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Top Ten Hip-Hop Albums Chart [Video Version]

1: J Dilla Dilla's Mix The Instrumentals LP/vinyl also on CD (PayDay)

In the number slot of this new Top 20 hip-hop album releases chart (video version), that spans album releases from the several weeks, is both the CD and vinyl versions of the late J Dilla's album Ruff Draft: Dilla's Mix / aka Dilla's Mix The Instrumentals LP/vinyl also on CD (PayDay). The vinyl version arrived into Amoeba on Friday (June 8th) following the 2CD version that dropped a few weeks previously.  Over an hour in length the album is the latest reissue version of Dilla’s album that was originally released back in 2003 as a ten track EP (reportedly recorded within a week). Then four years later following his tragic death, it was reissued as a full length expanded 2CD remastered album as the 2007 release via Stones Throw that most are familiar with. For more background on this album and Dilla himself check out the wonderful video below: J Dilla: Ruff Draft Tribute video from the Ruff Draft release/tribute party in Toronto 2007 featuring interviews with Frank-N-Dank and J.Rocc.

#1 Ruff Draft Tribute to Dilla's Mix The Instrumentals LP/vinyl also on CD

2: Planet Asia Mansa Musa (Cleoptra / X-ray)
Fresno's first son of hip-hop Planet Asia returns with another banger in the form of the 50 minute,16 track new album Mansa Musa (X-ray/Cleopatra) that features guest spots from such artists as Hus KingPin, Bad Lucc, Phil The Agony, Killer Ben and Supreme Cerebral who appears in the just published music video below for the album track "Money All Day" that thematically taps into the backstory to the name contained in the new album title. Mansa Musa was the wealthy 14th century African ruler of the (rich in natural resources) Mali Empire who is considered by many to be the richest man who ever lived. “Imagine as much gold as you think a human being could possess and double it, that’s what all the accounts are trying to communicate. This is the richest guy anyone has ever seen,” is how University of Michigan associate history professor Rudolph Ware described Mansa Musa's riches in a Time magazine story on the richest people in history.

#2: Planet Asia "Money All Day (feat. Supreme Cerebral)" from Mansa Musa

3: Del The Funky Homosapien + AmpLive Gate 13 (also on vinyl/LP)  (Iot Records, 2018)

Del The Funky Homosapien and AmpLive  (Zion I and 418 HZ Productions), who have worked together in the past, recently reunited to record the collaborative full-length Gate 13 (also on vinyl/LP (Iot Records). Del, whose flow works with any style producer, adapts expertly to AmpLive's more future-oriented grooves than the typical Del track as witnessed on such tracks as "Wheel Of Fortune" (video below). The two Bay Area rooted artists initially celebrated the release with a headlining show at the the Cornerstone in Berkeley back on 4/20. Gate 13 is now available in CD and vinyl/LP and formats.

#3: Del + Amp Live "Wheel of Fortune" from Gate 13 (also on vinyl/LP)

4: Philty Rich N.E.R.N.L.4   (SCMMLLC)

Philty Rich's N.E.R.N.L.4   (SCMMLLC) is the the 4th installment in the West Oakland rap star's long running N.E.R.N.L series. Totalling sixteen tracks, the new album's many mic guests include Tee Grizzley, Yhung T.O., Mozzy, Ziggy, TK Kravitz, Rexx Life Raj, ALLBLACK, Ray Vicks, Yid, Slimmy B, Mistah F.A.B., Dolla Dame, and Erk tha Jerk, while its many producers include  Helluva Beats, Jay P Bangz, Cal-A, L-Finguz and Zaytoven who produced the track "Understand" that appears below in music video form. 

#4: Philthy RIch "Understand" from N.E.R.N.L.4 

 5: XXXTentacion ? (Caroline)

XXXTentacion ? (Caroline) is the controversial Florida rapper's second studio album. Executively produced by previous studio collaborator John Cunningham, with others contributing too, the album includes guest spots from such artists as Joey Bada$$, PnB Rock and punk drummer Travis Barker. The album features the hit singles "Changes" and "Sad!" (audio below).
#4: XXXTENTACION "SAD!" [Audio-Only] from the album ?

6: Sami Baha Free For All  (Planet Mu)
Coming up in the Turkish hip-hop scene, rapper but mainly producer these days, Sami Baha moved from Istanbul to England three years ago. In 2016 Planet Mu released his EP Mavericks. The new Planet Mu released full-length Free For All's 13 tracks include a balance of instrumental tracks that showcase his sparse, post trap style and vocal guest tracks with artists from all over.  Chicago's DJ Nate is featured on "Thugs," UK's Dimzy on "Discreet," Dawsha & Abanob from Cairo on "Ahl El M8na" and Stockholm’s Yung Lean on "When The Sun's Gone" which you can check out in the audio-only video below.

#6: Sami Baha "When The Sun's Gone (feat Yung Lean)" (AUDIO-only) from Free For All

7: Saweetie High Maintenance (Warner Brothers)

Since its major label release a few weeks ago this Bay Area by way of LA album by Saweetie has been generating a lot of interest, even if it is one of the shortest albums of the year. Included on this major label debut album entitled High Maintenance (Warner) is the incredibly popular debut single "Icy Grl" (video above) that showcases rising female rap star Saweetie's flow and style. Multi-talented the artist born Diamonté Harper is not only a rapper but also a songwriter, actress, and designer. Now based in Los Angeles Saweetie was born in Santa Clara. Her relatively rapid rise to fame followed a chance meeting with music industry veteran Max Gousse (Beyoncé, Solange, YG, etc) that resulted in the recording of "Icy Grl." That supposed one-off single blew up upon its late 2017 release and led to the recording and recent release of this album. High Maintenance is just nine short but intense songs clocking in at 22 minutes total. In addition to "Icy Grl" other album tracks include "Agua," "23," "Respect" and the already popular track "B.A.N."
#7: Saweetie "Icy Grl" from new album High Maintenance (Warner)
8: Baby Bash + Paul Well The Legalizers Vol. 2: Indoor Grow (First Generation)

Reality rap is precisely what longtime legalize it cannabis ambassadors / entrepeneurs and multiple victims of Texas' strict weed laws, Paul Wall and Baby Besh deliver on their recommended latest collaborative full-length;The Legalizers Vol. 2: Indoor Grow that they dropped first on 4/20.  Victims of Texas' strict laws, that are very different from California, Texas rapper Paul Wall and Vallejo CA rapper Baby Besh (FKA Baby Beesh of Potna Deuce fame) both have been arrested together in Texas over weed but have managed to beat each case. Both outspoken on the issue of weed, the two artists' plight shines a light on the issue of how radically different laws and attitudes toward cannabis can vary from state to state. 

#8: Baby Bash + Paul Well The Legalizers Vol. 2: Indoor Grow

9:  Potatohead People  Nick & Astro's Guide To The Galaxy (Bastard Jazz)

Potatohead People  Nick & Astro's Guide To The Galaxy (Bastard Jazz) is packed with lush beats and smokey grooves and vocal bits interwoven, offering up a laid back retro feeling, groove laden, mostly instrumental album by the Vancouver production duo Potatohead People made up of Nick Wisdom and AstroLogical. Vocal guest tracks include the deep soulful "All Alone (Featuring Illa J & Moka Only)" and "Morning Sun (feat Nanna B)." See the music video below.

#9:  Potatohead People "Morning Sun (feat. Nanna.B)" from Nick & Astro's Guide To The Galaxy

10: Terrace Martin presents The Pollyseeds: Sounds Of Crenshaw Volume 1  (Ropeadope/Mashi Beat)

Initially unveiled last summer, just recently has the Terrace Martin presents The Pollyseeds: Sounds Of Crenshaw Volume 1  album via Ropeadope/Mashi Beat become available in physical format from Amoeba. Kendrick Lamar producer Terrace Martin orchestrates a groove-laden throwback r+b funk sound thats made for lazy summer days. Below is the audio only of the album track "Chef E Dubble."

# 10: Terrace Martin presents The Pollyseeds "Chef E Dubble" from Sounds Of Crenshaw Volume 1

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Xxxtentacion (3), Del + Amplive (1), Sami Baha (2), Philty Rich (1), Saweeti (1), Planet Asia (9), J Dilla (36), Baby Bash + Paul Wall (1), Potatohead People (1)