Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 05.24.13: French Montana, Jahzel, Has-Lo, Indecent The Slapmaster, Kings Of The Mic Tour + more

Posted by Billyjam, May 24, 2013 08:20pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Hollywood Hip Hop Top Five Week Ending May 24: 2013

1) French Montana Excuse My French (Bad Boy/Interscope)

2) Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city (Aftermath)

3) Kid Cudi Indicud (Dreamworks)

4) Tyga Hotel California (Cash Money)

5) Tyler, The Creator Wolf (Columbia)

In the number one position with a bullet on this week's Amoeba Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five chart is French Montana's Excuse My French. Pretty impressive considering that this is the first release by French Montana- well the first official release following a dizzying string of over two dozen mixtape releases by the rapper - all of which paved the way for this major label (Interscope Records) debut. Excuse My French by the Moroccan-born, American rap artist known as French Montana (not to be confused with UK hip-hop instrumental artist Young Montana?) comes in both the regular 13 track Excuse My French CD edition and the 19 track Deluxe Excuse My French CD version. Of the new album the reviewers write, "French’s flow comes out like melted butter over the popping “Ain’t Worried About Nothin’,” one of the album’s catchiest songs, and the eerie, slow-motion “Marble Floors,” which finds French bragging about how his exquisite flooring lures the ladies alongside a winning roster of collaborators". Indeed one of the advantages, it would seem, of upgrading from DIY mixtape status to major label official release status is that you can afford to pay some high profile artists to make cameos on your album. And on his new release French Montana does that does that, and some, with an impressive long list of collaborators lending their talents. These include such rap and RnB artists as Raekwon, Ne-Yo, Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz, Snoop Dogg,Birdman, Rick Ross, DiddyFabolous, Trey Songz, The Weeknd, DJ Khaled, Mavado, Ace Hood, Jerimih, Scarface, Machine Gun Kelly, Red Café, Los, Chinx Drugz, Young Cash, and Max B. But what is truly noteworthy about this is that he didn't have to pay any of these guests (with the exception of the latter incarcerated Max B) since, according to an MTV News story published this week, they all gladly did their cameos for the love. So that was what he must have meant when he rapped "money don't mean nothin'" in the aforementioned "Money Don't Mean Nothin.'" However, it is hard not to notice in the popular cameo-heavy video below (including Diddy whose Bad Boy Records with distribution via Interscope he has this major label deal) for this lyrically repetitive single that there is over the top product placement of the vodka brand Ciroc that Diddy has a vested interest in.

French Montana "Ain't Worried About Nothin' (explicit)" (2013)

Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 03.29.13: Blu, Uptown XO, Eric Lau, Lil Wayne, Paid Dues, Dead Prez, Kyle Rapps, Planet Asia

Posted by Billyjam, March 29, 2013 05:59am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Berkeley Hip Hop Top Five Week Ending March 29: 2013

1)   Blu No York! (New World Colour/Greenstreets)

This long lost experimental album from Blu finally gets an official
release.  The album No York! was originally supposed to be released by Warner Bros Records, but a change of staff got it lost in the woodwork and the project was eventually shelved.  The album has been floating around as a bootleg for some time now, but this is an official fully mastered version of it that’s sure to satisfy Blu fans worldwide. Features production from Exile, Flying Lotus, Samiyam, Daedelus, Dibia$e and more.  Get it!

2)        Eric Lau Makin’ Sound (Octave)

Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 09.14.12: E-Lit, Dark Time Sunshine, Indecent the Slapmaster, Diggaz With Attitude, De Camp, Son-Ray +

Posted by Billyjam, September 14, 2012 01:40pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five: Week Ending 09:14:12

1) Casual Respect Game Or Expect Flames (Nature Sounds)

2) JJ DOOM Key to the Kuffs (Lex Records)

3) 2 Chainz Based on a T.R.U. Story (Deluxe Edition) (Def Jam)

4) Blu & Exile Give My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them (Dirty Science)

5) Thavius Beck The Most Beautiful Ugly (Plug Records)

Thanks to the ever knowledgeable E-Lit at the Berkeley Amoeba for this latest top five chart and run down of many of the great new hip-hop releases dropping around now. These include the highly recommended new Casual album Respect Game Or Expect Flames on Nature Sounds in which he wisely teams up with skilled producer J-Rawls (J-Live, Black Star, Count Bass D etc.) plus some mic collaborators like fellow Hiero crew member Del The Funky Homosapien who appears on the title track of Respect Game or Expect Flames.  As usual E-Lit has many great tips on new music in both CD and vinyl formats, including lots of indie/underground hip-hop, in this week's video clip above. These include the new A-Trak 12" single (one side has a collab with Danny Brown), the new anticipated Blu & Exile album Give My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them on Dirty Science, Dark Time Sunshine's full length (scroll down to see newly released music video from this Four Tet released ANX album), and the very underground CD (at a budget price too) from Mind + US & DJ Hoppa Everything is A-OK which, as E-Lit points out, includes tracks such as one dedicated to a dead cat and another to girls who like to smoke weed.

For his latest release the ever-evolving San Francisco turntablist / producer and "synth-freak"  Teeko Shimon (aka DJ Teeko) has taken things a little further and deeper into the land of funk via his new collaboration with fellow San Francisco artist B. Bravo (of Bayonics and solo fame): The Starship Connection EP on Frite Night. Teeko describes the collab, that drops next week on September 18th, as " West Coast-inspired funk, modern dance music and classic analog electronics."

Teeko has really advanced and grown as an artist over the years from his days on the skratch DJ scene to his role in 4OneFunk and F.A.M.E.   B. Bravo has appeared on compilations from Gilles Peteresonʼs label, Tokyo Dawn as well as solo release on Londonʼs Earnest Endeavours label and together with  Teeko (for this new Frite Nite release) he finds good company. Together B. Bravo and Teeko serve up a nice fat slab of funk on The Starship Connection EP which is being released by Frite Nite next Tuesday.