Amoeba Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending 12:10:11
1) Doomtree No Kings (Lazerbeak)
2) Eligh & Amp Live Therapy At 3 ( Legendary Music/Live Up/Traffic)
3) Grap Luva Neva Done EP (Redefinition Records)
4) Big Quarters Party Like A Young Commie (Big Quarters)
5) Drake Take Care (Cash Money/Universal)
Thanks to E Lit at the Berkeley Amoeba for this latest hip-hop chart and new releases update that includes super-talented Minneapolis duo Big Quarters latest/third album Party Like A Young Commie on which members Brandon Allday and Medium Zach deliver their best work to date (even better than their previous two memorable works - Cost of Living and From The Home of Brown Babies & White Mothers) with some simple but sick beats like htat on the album track "C'mon" (video below). The album's few guest spots include “Humble Servants” featuring Benzilla and the Julian Fairbanks (Audio Perm) produced “Savings Bonds.” Also new to this week's chart is the long awaited release from Grap Luva AKA The Younger Soul Brother (as in Pete Rock's brother) who, after a decade and a half in the game, the producer/emcee finally releases his own first official solo record. This may only be an EP but it is a great EP featuring collaborations with Kev Brown, Damu The Fudgemunk and Joc Max.
The other chart entries are Eligh & AmpLive's wonderful Therapy At 3 (see "Tattoo Song" video below), Drake's ever popular Take Care and the Mid West's Doomtree collective's collaborative full-length No Kings. Check the recent interview below with the Doomtree family by 89.3 The Current. Also below is the brand new video from Andre Nickatina for the track "Heelz" that features longtime collaborator / fellow SF rapper Equipto.