Hip-Hop Top 5 + Vinyl Reissue Pick: Apollo Brown, Che Noir, KXNG Crooked, Pop Smoke +

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                     Hip-Hop Vinyl Reissue Pick of The Week

Funkdoobiest Brothas Doobie [180 Gram Blue Vinyl] LP (Music On Vinyl)

The vinyl reissue pick of the week is the 25 year anniversary release of the Funkdoobiest album Brothas Doobie [180 Gram Blue Vinyl] LP . For this limited edition reissue of the 1995 second album by the Latino LA hip-hop group Music On Vinyl have lovingly repressed the album on 180 gram blue colored vinyl. With production by DJ Muggs, DJ Lethal, Ray Roll and the group’s own DJ Ralph M the LP was the last Funkdoobiest album with all three original members; Son Doobie, DJ Ralph M and Tomahawk Funk. After its release Tomahawk Funk split the group. The LP’s 13 tracks include "Rock On", "Dedicated" and "XXX Funk" (all released as singles) as well as the famous, controversial track "Superhoes" that also appeared on the Friday movie OST.

 Hip-Hop Top 5 of The Week

#5 Planet Asia All Gold Everything LP vinyl (Air Vinyl)
Initially released in digital format back in late 2019 this album by longtime Cali emcee Planet Asia first arrived into Amoeba back in March but now is back again in vinyl format; All Gold Everything LP vinyl (Air Vinyl). All Gold Everything (aka A.G.E.) follows the prolific Fresno emcee’s equally excellent early 2019 album Initials On My Jewelry. Known for making countless cameos on other artist’s releases, those who guest on this Planet Asia release include Defari, TriState, Montage One, and Stylistik Jones. Meanwhile the album’s production team includes DJ Skizz, Dirty Diggs and Nicholas Craven. Album cover art is by by Manuel "Cep" Concepcion.

#4 KXNG Crooked & Bronze Nazareth Gravitas vinyl LP (Mello Music)
Initially released in December 2019, but with different cover art, this is the vinyl version of Gravitas LP by KXNG Crooked (FKA Crooked I) and Bronze Nazareth. The 14 track album is presented by its label as “newly refined classical Wu-Tang x C.O.B sounds of elite lyricism and production hand crafted” and it lives up to that hype. The duo are joined by a long list of album guests that include such heavy hitters as RZA, Ghostface Killah, Killah Priest, DMX, Snoop Dogg, Royce da 5’9″Planet Asia Bishop Lamont, Benny the Butcher and more.

#3 Pop Smoke Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon (Universal/Republic)

Tragically Pop Smoke’s debut album is also a posthumous release since the 20 year old Brooklyn born rapper was murdered earlier this year in a home-invasion robbery in the Hollywood Hills. In his short lived rap career Pop Smoke had collaborated with others (namely UK drill artists) and released his own 2019 mixtape Meet The Woo before recording his official studio debut album; Shoot For The Stars Aim For The MoonWith executive production from 50 Cent, who also makes a cameo on the new release, the album’s numerous other features include Future, Quavo, DaBaby, Lil BabySwae Lee, Rowdy Rebel,  Roddy Ricch, Tyga, Karol G, Lil Tjay, and King Combs.

#2 Joell Ortiz & KXNG Crooked H.A.R.D. (Mello Music)

H.A.R.D.  is the strong 2020 album release from the collaborative power duo of Brooklyn’s Joell Ortiz and SoCal’s KXNG Crooked who first met over a dozen years ago. That was when the two were among the coveted short list of hip-hop artists chosen for the 2007 XXL Freshman Class list and when KXNG Crooked was still known as Crooked I. Thirteen years later the duo finally team up for this collaborative album via Mello Music and on the album’s title track recall their history with such lyrics as “We met each other on a magazine cover. It's like God told us we had to be brothers in this rap music.” Among the other tracks on this eight song release are “Memorial Day” and “Lose My Mind (feat Blakk Soul).” This album is dedicated Fred The Godson who, as noted in a recently published Amoeblog article, is the 35 year old rapper who tragically died in late April from the coronavirus. 

#1 Apollo Brown & Che Noir As God Intended (Mello Music)

Not just one of today’s most talented hip-hop producers but Apollo Brown is also one of the most prolific and hard working in his field. For his latest collaborative project the Detroit producer has joined forces with Buffalo, NY female rapper Che Noir for the Mello Music release As God Intended. This pairing, that brings out the best in both the producer and the femcee, is accurately presented as a collection of tales from the city streets that offers, “a glimpse behind closed doors, telling the stories of gunshots, missing fathers, & playing the system.” The new album’s stellar guest list includes Black Thought, Skyzoo, Planet Asia, Blakk Soul and  Ty Farris. Below is the music video for the album track “Hustle Don't Give (feat. Black Thought).” 

Apollo Brown & Che Noir “Hustle Don't Give (feat. Black Thought)” from As God Intended (Mello Music)

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