Hip-Hop Top Ten: Atmosphere, Lil Wayne, E-40, Mozzy, Young Dolph, Illingsworth, Cypress Hill, Nas, El-P, J.Cole

Posted by Billyjam, October 5, 2018 01:23pm | Post a Comment

#1  Lil Wayne Tha Carter V (Cash Money)

Hot on the heels of last Friday's much-discussed digital release of Dwayne Michael Carter Jr's way overdue fifth/final installment of the New Orleans rapper's long running series, this week comes the physical version of Lil Wayne's Tha Carter V (Cash Money). His twelfth studio album, Tha Carter V finally got released following years of disappointing delays and scheduling setbacks of the sequel to 2011's Tha Carter IV that's been reportedly completed and ready for release since 2014. Then finally last week, deliberately scheduled for release on the rapper's 36th birthday of September 27, 2018, Tha Carter V saw the light of day. With both older original V tracks alongside some brand new very recently recorded album tracks, Tha Carter V's release  resulted in a social media buzz and sales that led to the album been registered as the #1 Billboard 200 album this week. Reviews and social media posts about Tha Carter V focused on such things as the strengths of the overdue release notably such tracks as "Mona Lisa (feat. Kendrick Lamar),"  "Open Letter," "Let It Fly (feat. Travis Scott)," "Famous," and "Can’t Be Broken." There were also the inevitable comparisons to such superior installments as Tha Carter III, and recapping of Wayne's extended legal battles with Birdman and Cash Money that contributed to the album's delays.

#2 Atmosphere Mi Vida Local (also avail vinyl 2LP) (Rhymesayers)

Atmosphere (AKA the veteran hip-hop power duo of emcee "Slug" Sean Daly and producer "Ant" Anthony Davis) this week release their eight studio album; Mi Vida Local (also being released on vinyl as 2LP set) via Rhymesayers Entertainment. This latest release by the two-decade plus strong hip-hop act from the MidWest, whom I interviewed for the Amoeblog a decade ago upon the release of their fifth album - 2008’s When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold, has been previewed here on the Amoeba website as: “[Mi Vida Local] reflects the ways in which the world – and their place in it – has changed.

At times, Mi Vida Local is a heavy album, but it’s far from grim. The album pairs complex subject matter with equally deep beats – ones that show a clear lineage back to the psychedelic funk landmarks from an earlier era." Pick up in store or order online (free shipping in USA) the new Atmosphere album Mi Vida Local  on CD or on vinyl as Mi Vida Local 2LP set.

#3:Young Dolph Role Model (Paper Route Empire)

Memphis rapper Young Dolph has just dropped his new project Role Model  via his own indie label Paper Route Empire and not a major label; reportedly turning down an offer of $22million so as to remain independent and in control of his own career. The sequel to his early 2018 EP Niggas Get Shot Everyday  and his late 2017 album Thinking Out Loud.  This popular new album by the "100 Shots" (2017's Bullet Proof) rapper features such solo cuts as "Still Smells Like It," "Oh God" and "Space Jam" alongside such collaborative tracks as "I Think I Can Fly (feat. Snoop Dogg)," "Break The Bank (feat. Offset)" and "Black Queen (feat. Moma Gabbana)."

#4 Mozzy
Gangland Landlord (Mozzy Records)

Out today is the 18 song Mozzy album Gangland Landlord via the West Coast artist's own Mozzy Records label. HIs first release since his Spiritual Conversations EP from earlier this year and first album since last year's 1 Up Top Ahk, the guest-heavy new Gangland Landlord includes such tracks as the lead single/video "Thugz Mansion (featuring Ty Dolla $ign & YG)," "Walk Up," "Black Hearted,"  "Bands on Me (feat. Blac Youngsta, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and Teejay3)," "Run It Up (feat. ScHoolboy Q and Caine),"  "Excuse Me (feat. Too $hort, Yhung T.O. & Dcmbr)," and "Famous (feat. Iamsu!, Yo Gotti & DeJ Loaf)."

#5 Cypress Hill Elephants On Acid (BMG Rights Management)

They're back!  Cypress Hill are back with a bang with their recommended new album Elephants On Acid (BMG Rights Management) that arrived into Amoeba Music last Friday, September 28th and has been selling well since. Their ninth studio album Elephants On Acid is not only the iconic stoner hip-hop crew’s first album in eight long years, but the first in fourteen years with the original power lineup of B-Real and Sen Dog back together with DJ Muggs in the lineup. And we can credit DJ Muggs' expert ear to production for the new full-length's commanding and diverse sounding sound.

The album's clear standout track is the lead single "Band of Gypies" unveiled a couple of months ago and featuring guest Egyptian emcees Sadat and Alaa Fifty. The 21 track album also stays rooted in the sound that fans first came to love Cypress Hill for as proven by such tracks as "Pass The Knife,"  and "Jesus Was A Stoner." While so far no vinyl version of the new album has been issued, still in stock at Amoeba (for now) is the Record Store Day 2018 released Black Sunday Remixes LP.

#6 E-40 The Gift of Gab (Heavy On The Grind)

Longtime, prolific, iconic Yay Area game spitter E-40 is back (yet again!) with another whole new full-length album The Gift of Gab (Heavy On The Grind) that got released last Friday. A single CD containing twelve tracks, Gab is reportedly the first album installment in the 50 year old artist's latest three-part Definition series that only further confirms Forty Wata's tireless work ethic. His 28th album to date, The Gift of Gab's dozen songs do not disappoint nor show any sign of this Vallejo rap legend slowing down in any way. Standout tracks include "The Pots & Pan Man," "Dennys," "The Pack Attack," "Ain't Talkin Bout Nothing (feat G Perico & Vince Staples), and "Ballhog (feat. Stressmatic)."

#7 Illingsworth You're No Fun (Mello Music Group)

Great new album from Detroit hip-hop artist Illingsworth - his first album for Mello Music Group - You're No Fun  dropped a week ago with 4 of its 17 tracks vocal/rap tracks and the rest instrumental.  The album's perfectly selected emcee guests include Open Mike Eagle and Denmark Vessey. For more background on this new album and its creator check out yesterday's Amoeblog interview/feature:  Producer/MC Illingsworth On Hometown of Detroit, Flint's Water, Overcoming Creative Blocks & His New Album "You're No Fun" 

#8   Nas NASIR cassette (Def Jam)

Legendary Queensbridge rapper Nas may not be dropping timeless classics like his landmark Illmatic but he continues to record and release relevant music addressing topics close to his heart. More of an EP than an LP, initially released back at the start of summer, now comes for cassette tape collectors Nas NASIR cassette (Def Jam) featuring the standout cut "Adam and Eve."

#9  J.Cole KOD vinyl LP (still avail on CD) (Interscope)

Coming about six months after its initial release is the vinyl version of  J.Cole KOD vinyl LP (still avail on CD) (Interscope) that is his rebuke of the younger drugged out rapper generation and that was previously reviewed in part by Amoeba as: "J. Cole, son of an addict, understands this as well as anyone. KOD, which alternately stands for Kids On Drugs, King Overdose or Kill Our Demons, is a cynical commentary on the current hip-hop landscape, delivered with sermonized ardor by Cole. In a lyrical approach alternating between earnest pleas and satirical imitation, Cole tackles a whole manner of vices that, while not endemic to hip-hop as a whole, are at least particularly spotlighted by the genre. There are the easy scapegoats of drugs, wealth, and violence littered alongside portraits of infidelity (“Kevin’s Heart”), virtual lust as manifested by Instagram DM’s (“Photograph”), and as close to a diss track as you’ll ever catch this rapper doling out in “1985.” Musically, the album is sparse, stripped-down, and frequently foreboding, with a subtle jazzy influence throughout. .....J. Cole’s KOD makes a catchy, convincing argument against the glitzy, glorified hedonisms of the modern world. Just don’t invite him to your next Bacchanal."

#10  El-P Cure 4 Cancer  Pink Vinyl LP reissue (Fat Possum Records)

#FuckCancer  It may be six and a half long years since Def Jux / RTJ's El-P originally released Cure 4 Cancer(aka C4C) via Fat Possum, his third solo album inspired by and dedicated to his friend Teru Smith (aka underground hip-hop artist Camu Tao) who died ten years ago at age 30 following a two-year battle. But the issue and the immediacy of finally finding a cure for cancer, a disease that continually takes too many too soon, is as important as ever. Hence we commend Fat Possum and El-P's reissue in pink vinyl of Cure 4 Cancer  Pink Vinyl LP reissue that is also still avail on CD and regular black vinyl versions.

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