Hip-Hop Weekly Top 5 Chart: Pete Rock & Skyzoo's Wake-Up Call + KILLY, GoldLink, Him Lo, Termanology & Dame Grease

Posted by Billyjam, September 22, 2019 07:51am | Post a Comment

#1: Skyzoo + Pete Rock
Retropolitan  (Mello Music)

#2: KILLY Light Path 8 (Epic)  avail on CD + crystal clear vinyl LP

#3: GoldLink  Diaspora 2LP vinyl (RCA)

#4: Termanology & Dame Grease Set In Stone (Brick Records)

#5:  Him Lo Prince Akeem Jewelz (Grilchy Party)

New chart entries, hip-hop arrivals into Amoeba over the past two Fridays, include the September 20th release from Toronto, Canada rapper KILLY of the 13 track Light Path 8 that's also available on  crystal clear vinyl LP pressing. Initially released at the start of the summer but now available on 2LP vinyl set is DC artist GoldLink’s highly recommended, ambitious new 2019 sophomore album Diaspora 2LP vinyl. Other chart entries include Termanology & Dame Grease’s Set In Stone (Brick Records), and Him Lo's Prince Akeem Jewelz (Grilchy Party) and the new number chart entry from two unmatchable hip-hop talents: Pete Rock and Skyzoo.

Mello Music continue their near perfect track record with the release of the power duo of Brooklyn emcee Skyzoo and legendary, influential New York producer (and old friend of Amoeba) Pete Rock with the release this week of Retropolitan. This highly recommended new twelve-track, 42 minute release is (as you’d expect) not just an amazingly rich, retro-styled serving of top notch NYC beats and lyrics with such select album guests as Styles P, Raheem DeVaughn, ELZhi, Westside Gunn, Conway the Machine and Benny The Butcher. But Retropolitan’ is also an homage to hip-hop itself as well as a statement on the state of the music and culture born in New York and in relation to the current gentrification** of said city.

In advance of Retropolitan’s release the 36 year old New York City native Skyzoo released an emotionally-charged prepared statement writing in part that, “gentrification has supplanted tradition, this album is screaming for NYC to wake TF up—even as Pete & myself thank the city for all it’s done for us at the same time…Wake up from accepting your culture being stripped away from you. Wake up from believing that the people who aren’t cut from the cloth you created know your fabric better than you. Wake up from denying the change that’s taken place within you, told to be for your betterment, when it’s solely for theirs; and at your expense and detriment.  Wake up from ignoring the identity you once had, the community you once built, the strength you once manifested…..”  To hear the new Skyzoo + Pete Rock Retropolitan  (Mello Music) below is a YouTube audio stream of the full album.

[**Note that gentrification, happening all over in US cities from Oakland to Brooklyn, is a recurring theme in contemporary hip-hop including such artists as Zumbi of Zion I weighing in on the issue two years ago with his firsthand account on the displacement trend. Another artist to have addressed this topic is the aforementioned DC artist GoldLink’s last album; At What Cost 2LP that addressed the effects of gentrification also occurring in the nation's capitol]

Skyzoo + Pete Rock Retropolitan  (Mello Music)

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