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Best of Hip-Hop in 2018, Part One; Top 25 Album Countdown

Posted by Billyjam, January 1, 2019 10:23pm | Post a Comment

#25 Young Fathers Cocoa Sugar (also on LP/vinyl) (Ninja Tune)

This first part of Best of Hip-Hop In 2018 lists is subjective and limited to albums that were available for sale at Amoeba over the past year year. At number 25 is Scottish hip-hop trio Young Fathers who returned in 2018 after three years with the album Cocoa Sugar (also on LP/vinyl) via Ninja Tune. Similar to many UK "hip-hop" acts, the Young Fathers' album transcended mere hip-hop by also embracing such  genres as electronic, soul, and alt rock while delivering a satisfying rock/pop fueled hip-hop sound from the Edinburgh crew.


#24  Apathy The Widow's Son (also on viny/2LP) (Dirty Version)

Longtime East Coast hip-hopper Apathy dropped The Widow's Son (also on viny/2LP) in 2018, coming less than six months after his last album, the dope O.C collaboration full-length project Perestroika. The  14 track, 50 minute The Widow's Son from the Connecticut emcee/producer known for his numerous collaborations and side projects (The Demigodz, Jedi Mind Tricks, and Army of the Pharaohs) not surprisingly featured numerous collaborative tracks; both emcees and producers. These included Celph Titled, M.O.P., Pete Rock, Pharoahe Monch, AG, Locksmith, Nottz, and DJ Premier who produced and supplied scratches to the triple-dope album track “The Order.”

#23 Illa J John Yancey LP   (Jakarta Records)

John Yancey LP  via Jakarta Records by Illa J is the California based, Detroit rapper/singer/producer's second collaboration with LA producer Calvin Valentine. On the 2018 John Yancey LP, the brother of J Dilla gets personal and shares about life matters such as the challenges of relationships, and coping with grief over the years since the death of his beloved older brother.
#22  Potatohead People  Nick & Astro's Guide To The Galaxy (Bastard Jazz). 

There was a ton of amazing instrumental hip-hop released in 2018, albeit much of it was under the radar online-only hard to find stuff. Among the quality physical releases was Potatohead People's  Nick & Astro's Guide To The Galaxy (Bastard Jazz) that served up some retro feeling, groove laden, laid back instrumental tracks. There were also some vocal tracks on this album filled with lush beats and smokey grooves from the Vancouver production duo made up of Nick Wisdom and AstroLogical.

 
 
#21  The Egyptian Lover  1985 (also on vinyl 2LP) (Egyptian Empire)

Following legendary LA artist/friend of Amoeba the Egyptian Lover's 2015 album album 1984, is the recent / late 2018 album 1985 (also on vinyl 2LP) from the electro pioneer. A little oover an hour's worth of new music it's got 8 solo tracks that include "5 Cent Camel Ride," "International Freak" and the updated version of the Wham! hit Everything She Wants." it's also got 5 collaborative tracks that include  "Beyond The Galaxy" featuring the world's greatest turntablist DJ Qbert, "Future Tech" featuring Detroit techno pioneer Juan Atkins, "The World Keeps Turning" featuring old school electro crew Newcleus ("Jam On It"), "Problems Of The World" featuring Zarcon and "Come On" features Funkmaster Ozone.

#20  Styles P Dime Bag (Phantom Entertainment)

Distinctive sounding emcee and diehard weed fan Styles P, who earlier this year released G-Host (feat. such tracks as "Morning mourning"), in 2018 also unleashed his new ten track release Dime Bag via Phantom Entertainment. Featuring such tracks as "Never Fight An African," "Money and Checks," "War N Peace," "Time Machine" and "Couple Dollars" the album demands repeated hits on the replay.

Hip-Hop Top Ten: Atmosphere, Lil Wayne, E-40, Mozzy, Young Dolph, Illingsworth, Cypress Hill, Nas, El-P, J.Cole

Posted by Billyjam, October 5, 2018 01:23pm | Post a Comment

#1  Lil Wayne Tha Carter V (Cash Money)

Hot on the heels of last Friday's much-discussed digital release of Dwayne Michael Carter Jr's way overdue fifth/final installment of the New Orleans rapper's long running series, this week comes the physical version of Lil Wayne's Tha Carter V (Cash Money). His twelfth studio album, Tha Carter V finally got released following years of disappointing delays and scheduling setbacks of the sequel to 2011's Tha Carter IV that's been reportedly completed and ready for release since 2014. Then finally last week, deliberately scheduled for release on the rapper's 36th birthday of September 27, 2018, Tha Carter V saw the light of day. With both older original V tracks alongside some brand new very recently recorded album tracks, Tha Carter V's release  resulted in a social media buzz and sales that led to the album been registered as the #1 Billboard 200 album this week. Reviews and social media posts about Tha Carter V focused on such things as the strengths of the overdue release notably such tracks as "Mona Lisa (feat. Kendrick Lamar),"  "Open Letter," "Let It Fly (feat. Travis Scott)," "Famous," and "Can’t Be Broken." There were also the inevitable comparisons to such superior installments as Tha Carter III, and recapping of Wayne's extended legal battles with Birdman and Cash Money that contributed to the album's delays.

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Top 10 Fall Picks: Albums Concerts Movies

Posted by Billyjam, October 2, 2018 06:38pm | Post a Comment
#1  Cypress Hill “Band of Gypsies (feat Sadat & Alaa Fifty)” from the veteran hip-hop crew’s powerful new Fall released album Elephants On Acid  that arrived in Amoeba on Friday last
 

As noted in the recently published Top Ten Hits of Summer 2018 Amoeblog, in addition to looking back at the best of the season that just ended this is the also the perfect time to look forward to the best of what lies ahead. Hence this Top Ten Picks for Fall 2018 Amoeblog comprised of albums, concerts and movies upcoming in the Fall season. A multi-genre list including album releases, concerts, plus music themed movies, these are posted in chronological order of their release or occurring dates.

Hence the first pick (as seen above and to the left is the powerful comeback, excellent brand new Cypress Hill album Elephants On Acid (BMG Rights Management) that arrived into Amoeba Music on the most recent new release date, Friday last September 28th.

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New Vinyl Hip-Hop Top 10 [inc. limited Record Store Day LPs] PRhyme, The Nonce, Common, Riff Raff, Prodigy, David Banner, Cypress Hill +

Posted by Billyjam, April 26, 2018 10:27pm | Post a Comment
Top Ten Hip-Hop Albums on Vinyl/LP April 26 2018


01: Common Can I Borrow A Dollar? [Record Store Day] (2LP + 7”) (Nature Sounds)

Due to a combination of factors, from overstocking to under-publicizing of specific titles, there are currently a limited number of leftover titles from last Saturday's big Record Store Day 2018; half of which make up this week's Top Ten Hip-Hop Albums on Vinyl/LP list. These include in the number position the special Record Store Day vinyl reissue of Common's Can I Borrow A Dollar? via Nature Sounds that is the artist's out of print first album as a 2LP set plus a bonus 7" inch single featuring the Common B-side track "Can I Bust" and an instrumental version of the single/album track "Breaker." Can I Borrow A Dollar?  is Common’s oft overlooked / well worth revisiting debut album from 1992, two years before the release of his breakout hit sophomore album Resurrection (feat. “I Used To Love H.E.R.”). The album also harks back to the Chicago artist's early years when he was still known as Common Sense but this new issue of the album, like all reissues post-1995, has his name on the cover adjusted to simply Common
 

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Hip-Hop Rap Up: Kamaliyah Braves Storm @ Treasure Island, Cypress Hill 25th Anniversary Skull, Mr. Lif & L'Orange Collaboration +more

Posted by Billyjam, October 16, 2016 05:20pm | Post a Comment
New Hip-Hop Arrivals @ Amoeba Oct 14th 2016

1: Mr Lif & L'Orange The Life & Death Of Scenery (Mello Music Group)

2: Swet Shop Boys Cashmere (Customs Records) (aval as LP)

3:  Derek Minor Reflection (E1 Music)

4: Wax Tailor By Any Beats Necessary  CD (LAB Records Ltd.) (avail as 2LP)

5: Grand Tapestry Grand Tapestry (Grand Tapestry)


Five-Star Vinyl Reissue of the Week:
Licensed To Ill:30 Year Anniversary LP The Beastie Boys (Def Jam/Columbia)

Upcoming Week Release Top Pick:
Cypress Hill 25th Anniversary Skull

This week's new releases include the Swet Shop Boys Cashmere (avail also on vinyl/ LP),  Derek Minor's Reflection, and the self-titled release Grand Tapestry. Also just arrived in Amoeba is Wax Tailor's By Any Beats Necessary  The producer's new full-length, that is also avail as 2LP set, features the advance single "Worldwide (feat. Ghostface Killah)."  Released by LAB Records Ltd.and filed under either electronic dance or hip-hop, and features such other guests as the emcees Rashaan Ahmad and RA The Rugged Man

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