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Best of 2019 Hip-Hop Part 5: Best West Coast Anthem of 2019 + Best Sequel + Top 50 Artists/Songs Video Countdown (#15 - #1)

Posted by Billyjam, January 16, 2020 11:55pm | Post a Comment


This retrospective on the best hip-hop of the past year is the fifth and final installment in the Best of 2019 Hip-Hop for the Amoeblog.  Scroll down to see videos and read about the final fifteen in the Top 50 Artists/Songs Video Countdown (#15 - #1) of the year; a year that surpassed all previous ones in hip-hop history in terms of sheer volume of quality releases both physical and digital/streaming only. Also below is the top contender in best 2019 sequel by a hip-hop artist to their own previously recorded song. But first up is the Best West Coast Anthem of 2019 song/video.



Best West Coast Anthem of 2019

G-Eazy "West Coast (feat. Blueface, ALLBLACK & YG)"

Following in the tradition of such classics as 2Pac / Dr .Dre’s “California Love” was East Bay rap star G-Eazy’s 2019 West Coast anthem, the appropriately titled “West Coast” (video above) featuring guest spots from Blueface, ALLBLACK and YG. Runner up was the 2019 Mellow Music Group released, Aesop Rock produced Homeboy Sandman (non-album) track “West Coast.”

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Best of 2019 Hip-Hop Part 4: Top 5 Books + Top Celebrated Hip-Hop City + Top 50 Artists/Songs Video Countdown (#30 - #16)

Posted by Billyjam, January 7, 2020 04:03pm | Post a Comment

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Top Celebrated Hip-Hop City in 2019: Detroit Michigan

My mind is constantly blown by the steady flow of incredible hip-hop emcees and producers from Detroit that are constantly releasing some of the best contemporary hip-hop music. Perhaps it is the indelible influence of the late great J Dilla or the fact that generally rents are affordable for artists in the economically challenged city, with the exception of the small downtown gentrified area, that was once the bustling epicenter of the US motor manufacturing industry.  Further the artists from Detroit always display a love for their city in their lyrics and their production practices. The most notable of these in 2019 was Apollo Brown whose album Sincerely, Detroit was a literal hip-hop love letter to his hometown Michigan city. With 56 different Detroit artists making appearances on the 21 track, 79 minute album it was also the most comprehensive representation of Detroit’s hip-hop acts.

Featured Detroit artists, from old school to new school, included  included Black Milk, Clear Soul Forces, Royce Da 5’9”, ELZhi, Slum VillageGuilty Simpson, One Be LoBronze Nazareth, KunivaBoog Brown, Trick Trick and many more. Interestingly Detroit’s most famous rapper Eminen is noticeably absent. Other Detroit artist releases of the past year included Danny Brown's WARP Records album  uknowhatimsayin¿ LP, Nolan The Ninja’s album Illphoria 2 LPClear Soul Forces’ (featuring Ilajide, E-Fav, LAZ, and Noveliss) albums STILL LP and Detroit Revolution(s) LPChris Orrick's  Out To Sea LP and his I Read That I Was Dead collaborative album with The Lasso, Black Milk's Mass Appeal released DiVE LPBronze Nazareth's album Gravitas he recorded with (CA artist) KXNG CrookedEllie Santiago’s  smooth pop rap single “So Cool” and last but not least (even though she no longer lives in her hometown) the Detroit born breakout star of 2019, singer/rapper Lizzo and her album Cuz I Love You   (also avail on vinyl deluxe edition LP) her album. 

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Best of 2019 Hip-Hop Part 3: Best Sports Team Theme + Top 5 Prolific Acts + Top 50 Artists/Songs: #50 - #31 (Video Countdown)

Posted by Billyjam, January 5, 2020 09:09pm | Post a Comment

Best of 2019 Hip-Hop Part 2: Hip-Hop WIMB? + Top Turntablist/Producers + Top Collectives

Posted by Billyjam, December 31, 2019 04:30am | Post a Comment
Slick Rick shopping @ Amoeba Music, Los Angeles and doing WIMB? profile. In 2019 Def Jam released the hip-hop veteran's The Great Adventures Of Slick Rick (30th Anniversary Edition)
in CD2LP black vinyl and 2LP blue vinyl formats.

The long-running, award winning and ever popular Amoeba Music What’s In My Bag? (WIMB?) interview series (now up to Episode # 632) had another successful year of one-on-ones with a wide variety of music-collecting artists and entertainment figures as they went crate-digging at Amoeba. Among the hip-hop artists interviewed in 2019 were Canadian turntablist/producer Kid Koala WIMB?,  Atlanta based hip-hop due EARTHGANG WIMB? and hip-hop/electronic DJ/producer KAYTRANADA WIMB?

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Best of 2019 Hip-Hop Part 1: Top Five Billboard Albums + Top Five Amoeba Albums

Posted by Billyjam, December 29, 2019 04:36am | Post a Comment


This first part in the Amoeblog Best of 2019 Hip-Hop contains two objectively compiled top five hip-hop albums charts based primarily on sales; the Amoeba 2019 Top 5 Hip-Hop Albums Chart and the Billboard 2019 Top 5 Hip-Hop Albums Chart. The former is based on sales of albums at the Amoeba Hollywood store over the past year while the latter is culled from the recently published Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. That multi-genre chart is based primarily on national sales both at retail and of digital sales of albums. However since it reflects all album sales over the past year, that in addition to 2019 releases also includes a large number of previous year titles that continued to sell significantly into this year.

Most of these carry-over titles (but not all due to certain technicalities such as specific timelines of an album being released digitally in'18 and physically in '19) have been omitted to focus on the top selling 2019 released hip-hop albums. Included in the many carry-over 2018 released albums were Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys and Drake’s Scorpion (also on 2LP) albums that ranked #5 and #6 respectively on the 2019 Top 200 Billboard Album chart thereby outselling most 2019 album titles of all genres. [Note that the non hip-hop album, Billie Eilish’s  When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (also on yellow colored LP/vinyl) that was the overall top selling album of the year].

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