BPos "Dope" (2011)
Above is the Strive Films produced video for the new track "Dope" by underrated Bay Area hip-hop crew BPos which is dedicated to the late great Dub Star (aka Rick Flare/Kwanz/K-Dub) of Bored Stiff fame (fellow Bored Stiff member Equipto is among the many folks making cameos in the above video). "Dope" is the first of a series of music videos off of the San Francisco group's' brand new album Pos Tapes Vol. II. It is available as a free download but the crew's Vincente Goodword tell the Amoeblog that. "We will have some 45's in Amoeba for it in a couple months." And on Sunday, July 17th, BPos will be performing at Clux Six (60 6th st (@ Mission St.) at Hip-Hop, Hope & Harmony - the official SF AIDS Walk after-party! The $10 door ticket gets you both entrance to the event a copy of the benefit CD with proceeds going to SF AIDS Walk Foundation. General club info & ticket info for event and for general info on BPos including how to download latest free mix album.
Serengeti's anticipated new album, Family & Friends on Anticon, had its release date pushed back to August 9th when both CD and vinyl versions of this excellent album will arrive in Amoeba. Look for an Amoeblog interview with the unique Chicago area emcee on that same date. Also coming next month is a hot new collaborative project called Flash Bang Grenada which is the combined forces of LA alternative MC Busdriver and Low End Theory MC Nocando. Their 10 track album 10 Haters will drop August 23rd and should be a popular item with fans of underground hip-hop. As well as production from such Low End regulars like Nosaj Thing, Free The Robots, and Shlohmo there will be guest mic spots from Del the Funky Homosapien and Open Mike Eagle.
New releases in the coming week (July 19th) include Orange County's Kottonmouth Kings new album Sunrise
Sessions on the weed loving, self-described "psychedelic hip-hop punk rock" group's own Suburban Noize record label (also home to Potluck and others). The album is the prolific group's twelfth studio album and, compared to much of their previous output, has a lot more reggae flavors in its mix including tracks like the dubstep infused "Love Lost" (video below).
The hard working crew will also be releasing an EP later this year featuring outtakes from the sessions for this album which is the follow up to last year's Long Live The Kings album by the SoCal group. In the meantime, this month and next, the Kottonmouth Kings will embark on their Welcome To Stonetown tour with sets by the band plus special solo performances by Dirtball, Johnny Richter, Kingspade, DJ Bobby B and D-Loc.. For tour details and general band info click here.
Kottonmouth Kings "Love Lost" (2011)
Pete Rock & Smif N Wessun "Monumental (feat. Tyler Woods)" (2011)
Above is the new Derek Pike directed music video for the title track from Pete Rock & Smif N Wessun's recommended new album Monumental (Duck Down Music) featuring Tyler Woods which is ever popular at Amoeba and elsewhere. With underwriting by Red Bull the video portrays the NYC hip-hop supergroup as they play tour guides of their hometown aboard a Greyline double-decker bus filled with unsuspecting tourists.
Dregs One ft. Patience "Timeless" (2011)
For the brand new video for his self-produced song "Timeless" San Francisco's Dregs One headed out to the desert with the song's guest emcee Patience to offer a fresh visual change from the usual Bay hip-hop videos. "The video was shot at Subino Canyon, near Tucson, AZ. The rest is footage from our trip out that way when we did two shows in Tempe and Tucson," said the multi-talented Dregs One of the video that was filmed by Reynaldo Cayetano with additional filming and cinematography by Boom. You can download this song for free on The Wake Up Call Mixtape
And finally I leave you with the brand new track and video "Work That Body" from Oakland rapper Dolla Will with a cameo appearance by the Godfather of Oakland rap Too $hort. Last Will, was featured on Too $hort's albums Independence Day and You Nasty and has collaborated over the years with such other notables as E-40, Petey Pablo, Lil' Jon, Beeda Weeda, San Quinn, and Casual. In fact Casual, who will be interviewed here on the Amoeblog tomorrow, produced the video below which is the lead single from the forthcoming Last Will album Boss Flow to be released through Clear Label Records the label, on which all types of rap is released, that is overseen by Casual's fellow Hiero crew member Tajai of the mighty Souls of Mischief fame.
Dolla Will "Work That Body (feat Too $hort)" (2011)