Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 01.18:13: Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa, Sean Price, E-40, A-1, Agerman, Cool Hand Lukey + more

Posted by Billyjam, January 18, 2013 08:38am | Post a Comment
1) Kendrick Lamar Good Kid M.A.A.D City DeLuxe CD (Aftermath)

2) Big Boi Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors (Def Jam)

3) Wiz Khalifa O.N.I.F.C. (Atlantic)

4) Macklemore & Ryan Lewis The Heist (Macklemore LLC)

5) 2 Chainz Based On A T.R.U. Story (Def Jam)

This latest hip-hop top five chart from the Hollywood Amoeba store features all current releases from the past month or more including the latest Big Boi and Wiz Khalifa albums (Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors and O.N.I.F.C. respectively) both released last month. Note that this week Def Jam also released a vinyl version of Big Boi's Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors. The other top five entries include Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' runaway indie success story The Heist, Kendrick Lamar's universally popular Good Kid M.A.A.D City --, and 2 Chainz' official debut Based On A T.R.U. Story which, since its release last August has been a steady seller at Amoeba. Both 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar are among the guests on the new A$AP Rocky full-length album Long.Live.A$AP on RCA: another hot new rap artist, whose official (as distinct from mixtures) debuted this week. More on it in the weeks ahead here on the Amoeblog. Another new release this week is DJ Mugg's Bass For Your Face on Ultra Music which finds the longtime hip-hop production talent venturing off into some electronic territory in addition to straight up hip-hop beats and includes cameos from a nice mix of talented emcees including Public Enemy's Chuck D, Dizzee Rascal, Freddie Gibbs, Danny Brown, and Roc Marciano.

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Bay Area Freshmen 10 Class of 2012 Announced

Posted by Billyjam, June 13, 2012 05:56pm | Post a Comment
The results of the Bay Area Freshmen 10 Class of 2012 have just been announced following a tough decision by the judges (a panel of 50 Bay Area journalists, DJs, & tastemakers of which I was one of) who had to carefully wade through & evaluate from a grip of very talented up-and-coming hip-hop artists from the greater Bay Area.

As reported here last month the annual Bay Area contest, that is overseen by and DJ Amen of KMEL, may only be a few years young but already it has blossomed into a prestigious event to be associated with.  Previous Freshmen 10 have included Kreayshawn, Roach Gigz, Moe Green, and DaVinci.

And now (drum-roll) we can add to that list the brand new Freshmen 10 class of 2012 list that includes, in no particular order and with both the city in the Bay they represent (in brackets after their name) + the blue highlight over their name linking to their Twitter page so you can read.hear more on them): Kool John (Richmond), A-1 (San Francisco), Shady Blaze (Oakland), HBK Skipper (Richmond), HD (of Bearfaced) (Oakland), Priceless Da Roc (San Francisco), AkaFrank (Richmond), G-Mo Skee (Richmond), Smoovie Baby (Fairfield), and Hopie (San Francisco) - the female emcee formerly known as Hopie Spits Hard that was written about here on the Amoeblog about a year ago.

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