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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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Hip-Hop Weekly News + Top 5: Bay Area DMC DJ Battle, Biggie Street, Hiero Day, Blu & Exile, Wordsworth/Pearl Gates, DJ Babu, DJ Muggs

Posted by Billyjam, May 27, 2019 09:49pm | Post a Comment
Not released until next month, The Stage EP from the triple threat of  Curren$y, Smoke DZA,
and Harry Fraud can be pre-ordered from Amoeba now in advance of its June 7th release date.
The 26 minute 12" vinyl release features four vocal tracks on Side A and their
accompanying instrumental versions on the B-side.


At last night's dual 2019 DMC DJ battles, held at the Uptown in Oakland, the winner of the 2019 US Scratch Finals battle was DJ Prolifix from Los Angeles. Pictured left with his award (photo c/o Christie Zee), last night's DMC USA Scratch Champion title is in fact the second for the talented SoCal turntablist. Runners up in that battle included Lou Short and Don Don. Meanwhille in the 2019 DMC Bay Area DJ Battle, for which contestants can be from anywhere in the US, the winner was TyHandswell from Severn, MD. Runners up in that category were DJs LazyBoy and Dayvers. Check back here on the Amoeblog for a full detailed review of these two 2019 DMC battles in Oakland and a preview of the upcoming US and World DMC 2019 battles.  Read Amoeblog review of last year's US finals here).

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 Rap Up 10:22:10: Lil Wayne, Lyrics Born, Kool Keith, Andre Nickatina, DMC World Finals & Shiftee's Video Tribute, DJ Premier, SF Jazz Fest, DJ Muggs vs Ill Bill + More

Posted by Billyjam, October 22, 2010 04:20am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music San Francisco Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 10:22:10

Lil Wayne
1) Lil Wayne I Am Not a Human Being (Cash Money/Universal Records)

2) Atmosphere To All My Friends (Rhymesayers Entertainment)

3) Foreign Exchange Authenticity (Foreign Exchange Music)

4) Trademark Da Skydiver Super Villain-Issue #2  (iHipHop Distribution)

5) Pigeon John Dragon Slayer (Quannum Projects)

Thanks to Luis at the Amoeba Music San Francisco store for this week's hip-hop top five chart. The still incarcerated Lil Wayne is at the top of the chart with his latest CD I Am Not a Human Being, which continues to garner positive reviews and sales round the country. He continues to cool his heels in solitary confinement in Riker's Island in New York for the next two weeks and is scheduled to be released on November 4th. Let's hope for his sake that at once released he can stay out of trouble and out of jail and that people can pack away their "Free Weezy" t-shirts for good. And while I Am Not a Human Being is way better, nearly all agree, than last year's long delayed Rebirth, it is clearly not as strong an album as 2008's The Carter III. Human Being was rush recorded right before Weezy began his stint behind bars and there are cameos many from his Young Money crew, including Drake, who makes five appearances here. As an album that was rush-recorded, it is a damn good offering but my guess is that once Lil Wayne gets out of jail and is free to go into the studio to record The Carter IV that he will truly appreciate his freedom and deliver perhaps the best work of his career.

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Hip-Hop Rap Up 09:24:10: Black Milk, Slaine (La Coka Nostra), Rob Swift, Roc Raida Tributes, Cool Nutz, Donwill, Ill Bill + DJ Muggs + More

Posted by Billyjam, September 24, 2010 11:00am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 09:24:10


1) Black Milk Album of the Year (Fat Beats)

2) Eminem Recovery (Aftermath, Interscope, Shady)

3) The Roots How I Got Over (Def Jam)

4) Big Boi Sir Lucious Left Foot... The Son of Chico Dusty (Def Jam)

5) Black Eyed Peas The E.N.D. (Interscope)

Thanks to Ricky Ray Rivere at the Hollywood Amoeba Music for this week's hip-hop top chart, which features some releases that have been out for a minute -- most notably the still-going-strong Black Eyed Peas' summer 2009 album The E.N.D. "It's a singles driven market," noted Ricky, adding that the Peas "always have a current hit single it seems." One of the newer chart entries is Black Milk's recently released follow up album to Tronic, the twelve track Album of the Year on Fat Beats that most people seem to be feeling.

Last Sunday, Sept. 19th, 2010, marked the one-year anniversary of the tragic death of New York DJ extraordinaire Roc Raida of the X-Men/X-Ecutioners fame. He was a much loved champion DJ & gifted turntablist (and really nice guy). The occasion has been marked by many over the past week both online and in the clubs.

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