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Best Of 2017 in Hip-Hop, Part II: Top 10 Critically Reviewed Hip-Hop Albums (Includes UK Artists)

Posted by Billyjam, December 14, 2017 05:30am | Post a Comment
Best Of 2017 in Hip-Hop, Part II: Top 10 Critically Reviewed Hip-Hop Albums
#10  Stormzy  Gang Signs & Prayer (Merky Records) 

This second installment in the Amoeblog Best Of 2017 in HIp-Hop series is top ten album list of the highest critically reviewed albums in 2017.  Based off a Metacritic study that ranked albums culled from a sampling of critical reviews of varying numbers, the reviews' with rating systems aggregated and ranked in order. Since the critical reviews were both UK and US based, many of the albums are British hip-hop releases that many in the US slept on. The list goes in reverse countdown from ten to number one with #10 Stormzy been one of four UK artists that made this list and is one of two that could be filed under "grime" as well as"hip-hop."  Talented 24 year old South London Stormzy enjoyed a most rewarding 2017. Released in late February, his debut album Gang Signs & Prayer would become both a critical and commercial hit. In the UK it topped the UK Albums Chart and in so doing became the first grime album to ever do so. That's not the first time the artist of Ghanaian descent made history. Two years ago his track ‘WickedSkengMan Part 4’ made history by becoming the first freestyle to break the UK charts. On his debut album track "Cigarettes and Cush"  Stormzy collaborated with Californian vocalist Kehlani.  UK music magazine NME gave a five star rating. Metacritic's study of reviewers resulted in an aggregate score of 82 (out of 100).


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Best Of 2017 in Hip-Hop, Part I: Top 10 Charting Hip-Hop Singles [Video Version]

Posted by Billyjam, December 11, 2017 06:15pm | Post a Comment

This Amoeblog kicks off an extended series of Best Of 2017 in Hip-Hop lists (mostly top tens) that will attempt to cover as many aspects as possible of the ever expanding genre from over the past twelve months. These Best-Of lists will range from underground, slept-on artists that got little attention overall in 2017 to hugely popular and financially successful artists who dominated charts and media coverage in 2017. It will also include vinyl charts; both new and reissues, female hip-hop artists, top selling albums, top critically received albums,  top ten producer albums, and a list of posthumously popular artists in 2017. The series will even include a list of the top “Lil” rappers (artists with “Lil” in their name that made an impact in 2017).

Another  Best of 2017 in Hip-Hop will be a Top Ten list of the Top Selling Artists in 2017: based on a Forbes study comparison of their pre-tax annual incomes. Somewhat similarly, today’s list is also rooted in financial statistics; namely hip-hop sales of singles based on their Billboard chart positions, as well as taking into consideration other statistics. Each entry in the Top 10 Charting Hip-Hop Singles list below is based first on chart positioning on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, and then on accumulated airplay statistics including online outlets. Each single featuring its accompanying music videos, the Top Ten goes in order from Number 10 up to Number 1. Parental warning: many of these videos contain explicit lyrics and/or imagery.

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Top Five Hip-Hop Albums: Dec 8th 2017 Vinyl Releases: Beastie Boys, Wiki, Oddisee, The Perceptionists, Das EFX

Posted by Billyjam, December 8, 2017 10:50am | Post a Comment
1: Beastie Boys The In Sound From Way Out! LP  (Capitol)

The In Sound From Way Out! LP is a reissue by Capitol of the long out of print killer 1996 instrumental compilation album from the Beastie Boys. This new version is 180 gram vinyl and the cover art, while almost exactly the same, is a slightly different shade of each color which you could tell if you have the two versions of this LP side by side. A well chosen collection of instrumental tracks, they include grooves culled from their Ill Communication and Check Your Head albums (with Money Mark on keyboards). The Beasties vinyl reissue is one of three albums getting that treatment from the group this month. The others are To The 5 Boroughs and Hot Sauce Committee Part Two both of which are via Capitol Records also.



2: Wiki No Mountains In Manhattan LP (XL Recordings)

New York rapper Wiki looks set to take it to the next level with today's anticipated release of his official  debut: the two LP set No Mountains In Manhattan LP that  XL Recordings also released on CD version.  Album guests include Ghostface Killah and Your Old Droog. As diehard fans know the 24 year old rapper first emerged, while still a teen, at the start of this decade with NYC crew Ratking along with MC Hak and Sporting Life and featuring such affiliate artists as Princess Nokia.

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Louis Armstrong’s Lifelong Laxative Regimen and Wife Lucille’s Quirky Interior Design Style

Posted by Billyjam, December 8, 2017 06:06am | Post a Comment
Basin Street Blues LP by Louis Armstrong reissued on 180 gram vinyl last year


His mom raised him to be "physic-minded" and to do regular cleansing (IE laxatives) and that is how Louis Armstrong from 1953 up until his death embraced one particular herbal laxative product, becoming its unofficial spokesman and even giving it his own tagline, "Leave it all behind ya." I learned all of this 
upon my return visit this week to the wonderful historic Louis Armstrong House Museum (LAHM) in Corona, Queens for a viewing of the small but engaging exhibit in the mini museum by the nicely stocked gift store, plus a guided detailed tour of the house that was the legendary jazz trumpeter & singer’s home with wife Lucille for the final decades of their lives. Louis Armstrong (aka Satchmo or Pops) died from a heart attack at age 69 on July 6, 1971 with his widow surviving him by another twelve years. No one else has lived in the preserved house since that today is exactly as it was when they both lived there. It was in this house where Armstrong wrote his most famous song, “What A Wonderful World,” and where on breaks from his busy touring schedule that he would kick back and socialize with the working class neighbors on his block including the kids to whom he was a mentor of sorts.

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Top Five Hip-Hop Upcoming December Releases: N.E.R.D., Wiki, The Pharcyde, Wu-Tang Clan (Pre-Order All from Amoeba Today)

Posted by Billyjam, December 4, 2017 03:46pm | Post a Comment
1: N.E.R.D. NO_ONE EVER REALLY DIES [Pre-Order Dec 15th album] (Columbia Records)


Following the lead of its successful first single “Lemon (feat. Rihanna)” released early last month, recently reunited N.E.R.D. will drop their anticipated new album NO_ONE EVER REALLY DIES [Pre-Order] on December 15th. You can pre-order now from Amoeba with free shipping in US. Comprised of Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo and Shay Haley it will be the N.E.R.D.'s fifth studio album and the trio's first since 2010’s Nothing. This new album was not expected by most to drop until sometime in 2018.  Along with the Rihanna cameo track “Lemon,” the new album will feature another ten songs (some of which have already been heard) and include many more big names making appearances. These will include Ed Sheeran (“Lifting You”), André 3000 (“Rollinem 7’s”), Future (“1000”), Gucci Mane & Wale (“Voilà”), and Kendrick Lamar who will appear on both "Don’t Don’t Do It" and on "Kites" on which M.I.A. also collaborates. This album is a likely number one Billboard chart contender. Scroll down below to check out an audio preview of the album track “1000” that N.E.R.D. album guest Future published last week.

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