Hip-Hop Top Five: DJ Babu, Your Old Droog, Doom & Damu, Kool Keith, Soul Jazz Records Presents: The World Of Keith Haring

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Amoeba Hip-Hop Top 5 July 24 2019

#1: V/A Soul Jazz Records Presents: The World Of Keith Haring (vinyl 3LP) (Soul Jazz)

#2: Your Old Droog Transportation (vinyl LP) (Nature Sounds/Fat Beats)

#3: Kool Keith KEITH (Mello Music Group)

4: MF Doom & Damu The Fudgemunk  Coco Mango Sliced 7” (Redefinition / Fat Beats)

5: DJ Babu Super Duper Duck Flips Vol. 3 (7") (Dilated Junkie Music)

The excellent new  Soul Jazz Records Presents: The World Of Keith Haring (vinyl 3LP), that arrived in Amoeba in both CD and vinyl versions this past Friday, transcends merely hip-hop but incorporates other genres from punk to electro that were all part of the early 80’s NYC “downtown” scene that the late great Keith Haring was an integral part of. As noted in the Amoeba review of the triple LP various artists/genres compilation, The World Of Keith Haring is an aural companion of sorts to the ongoing Tate Liverpool museum’s Keith Haring exhibit. As such it is a sequel to the 2017 collaboration between the Tate and Soul Jazz when the Soul Of A Nation Tate exhibit resulted in two Soul Jazz companion releases.

“Banger after banger…. selected from the modern artist’s contemporaries, friends, and even his own project (Gray),” is how Amoeba reviewed this historic collection that accurately documents the “cool early ‘80s downtown NYC scene… with rap, punk, disco, art rock, and electro. Fab 5 Freddy, Yoko Ono, The Jonzun Crew, Larry Levan, Talking Heads, Sylvester, Johnny Dynell, Pylon, and The Girls all sound incredibly fresh and forward-thinking; this compilation offers a glimpse into an impossibly vibrant arts and music scene that still manages to stay under the radar.” Scroll down to view an archival piece on Haring by CBS News from the 80's.

Kool Keith is an anomaly in hip-hop music as an artist who first rose to prominence way back in the 1980’s (with the Ultramagnetic MC’s) but somehow is still regularly recording and releasing new albums that both longtime and recent era fans are avidly looking out for.

Granted a few from his deep back-catalog may not be of the calibre of say his Dr. Octagon collaborative project with Dan The Automator and DJ Q-bert. But most are strong releases such as all the projects he’s done with Mello Music Group in recent years including the July 12th released KEITH album.

For this seventeenth solo album of his, Keith shrewdly enlisted the production skills of Psycho Les. The Beatnuts member's production perfectly compliments Keith, bringing out the best in his voice as well as in his album guests that include B-Real, Jeru The Damaja and Paul Wall.

As noted in a recent Amoeblog report on Your Old Droog's two 2019 album releases, It Wasn’t Even Close and Transportation  (also vinyl 2LP), the 15 track, 49 minute transit themed Transportation album is a recommended release boasting such great tracks as  "Stillwell Baby," "207," "The Cheese," "Under The Train (Transporting)," and the final two "bonus" album tracks “Taxi (feat. Quelle Chris)” and “Vigilantes (Remix) (feat. Wiki)."

The two new vinyl seven inch entries on the current chart above each come highly recommended; the MF Doom and Damu The Fudgemunk collaborative project, via Redefinition / Fat Beats, Coco Mango Sliced 7” and  DJ Babu'Super Duper Duck Flips Vol. 3  This new producer/battle DJ tool from Babu follows the recent 7” from fellow Beat Junkie DJ Rhettmatic, also on the Dilated Junkie Music label.

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