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Hip-Hop Rap-Up: Top 5, Vince Staples, JMJ Son's Direct Marketing, "Local Produce 2" Among Final Hip-Hop Shows @ Elbo Room SF

Posted by Billyjam, July 31, 2015 06:50pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: Week ending 07:31:15

1) Vince Staples Summertime 06 (Def Jam)

2) A$AP Rocky  At.Long.Last.A$AP (RCA)

3) Drake If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late   (Republic)

4) Slum Village Yes! (also in LP) (Nestra Music Group)

5) Pete Rock Petestrumentals 2 (Fat Beats) (also avail on vinyl)

One of the summer of 2015's signature hip-hop albums, especially those in the same SoCal locale as its talented 22 year old Long Beach creator Vince Staples whose Summertime 06 continues to outsell every other new hip-hop album at Amoeba Hollywood this week where it's holding the number one slot for hip-hop albums sold. The Def Jam release, which had one of the year's most innovative rap videos for the album track "Seorita," this month published another video from the album for track "Norf Norf." While totally different style, it's another really great video from the rapper who deserves all the accolades he gets. The new music video (see below) perfectly matches the downtempo moody head-nodding beat driven track. Throughout the video, as Vince raps the song's eerily repetitive refrain "I ain't never ran from nuthin but the police," he does so as he is seen being pushed and mistreated by the po-po, rapping from the back of the police car, and later down at the station as the cops shove his head into the ground. In a time when so many mainstream and major label artists tend to shy away from anything deemed slightly offensive to any group, Vince Staples is a breath of fresh air and an artist who will be around for a long time to come, I would bet.

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DJ AM Documentary Followed by Mix Master Mike Tribute/After Party @ SF Jewish Film Festival Today & Tom.

Posted by Billyjam, July 30, 2015 01:50pm | Post a Comment

During last year's San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (SFJFF), the curators of the festival presented by the Jewish Film Institute dedicated a whole event to "the original American Jewish rappers" the Beastie Boys.  The music theme continues this year during the upcoming 35th annual 2015 SF JFF (July 23 to August 9th)  when among the screenings will be the California premiere of the documentary on the tumultuous life and death of Adam Goldstein (better known as the late DJ AM) that is entitled As I AM: The Life and Times of DJ AM.  The bio-documentary tells the bittersweet tale of the life of the DJ/remixer/producer/musician's rise to fame as superstar DJ on the Vegas strip, his early tireless, crate digging days, his underground club DJing days in LA in the 90's, his self-destructive substance abuse problems that he had put behind him, and his later membership of  both Crazy Town, and of TRV$DJAM along with Travis Barker. Naturally the film spends time on the 2008 South Carolina Learjet 60 fiery plane crash that killed four passengers. That's the well publicized airline disaster that somehow Goldstein, along with the blink-182 member, miraculously survived. The tragedy of this tale is that, due to the post traumatic stress of the plane crash, that Goldstein lost his sobriety and, less than a year later, was found dead of a drug overdose in his NYC apartment. He was only 36 years old. Not to be confused with an earlier documentary on the same subject (Gone Too Far that aired on MTV back in the months following his death) this new documentary, which is directed by Kevin Kerslake (trailer below), draws its content from interviews with family and friends as well as, according to the filmmaker, "Goldstein's searing Alcoholics Anonymous confessions" [hmmm, so much for sacred anonymity of the 12 step program!] which Kerslake apparently  included to stress "the downward spiral" of his addict subject "who was always willing to help others but took little time to confront his own demons." 

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Hip-Hop History Tuesdays: Early '90s Hip-Hop Record Label Promo One Sheets To Radio DJs

Posted by Billyjam, July 28, 2015 11:59pm | Post a Comment








Revolutionary Rapper Paris Announces September 11th Release Date For "Pistol Politics"

Posted by Billyjam, July 27, 2015 09:53am | Post a Comment

Never one to back down or shy aware from controversy, outspoken veteran Bay Area rapper Paris continues to stay true to both his revolutionary rap style and his core political beliefs. The controversial artist, who famously got dropped by his record label over political content early on in his career and has since stayed true to his often unpopular convictions, announced that September 11, 2015 will be the release date of his newest politically charged hip-hop album, Pistol Politics

9/11 and what it symbolizes has been a topic close to Paris's heart since the history-changing 2001 event, and one that he has openly questioned in his music, being among the few hip-hop artists to label 9/11 an inside job. On his 2003 album Sonic Jihad, which showed on its original cover art a plane crashing into the Pentagon, he featured the "truth" music track "What Would You Do" (see video below) that addressed his theories on 9/11 as well as the Illuminati's agenda, asking listeners "Would you stand up for truth? Or would you turn away too? And then what if you saw All of the things that's wrong?" 

Another funk-fueled production, the album (his eighth album since his 1990 debut The Devil Made Me Do It) was first announced seven months ago with the release of the single and video for the album track "Night of the Long Knives" that addresses police brutality, racism, and other issues (video below). It is being described by the artist as both a condemnation of society's ills and a celebration of its virtues, emphasizing themes promoting unity, progression, and community upliftment, and a "musical statement of solidarity" with a wide range of guest collaborators that include Chuck D, George Clinton, E-40, WC, Kam, Tha Eastsidaz, Dead PrezT-K.A.S.H., and The Conscious Daughters that is "a much needed united front against oppression and institutional racism in an age almost devoid of meaningful commentary in urban entertainment."

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Rest In Peace Don Joyce of Negativland and KPFA's "Over The Edge"

Posted by Billyjam, July 23, 2015 02:30pm | Post a Comment

Yesterday Don Joyce of Negativland and KPFA's pioneering "Over The Edge" died at age 71. Today his longtime creative collaborator Mark Hosler posted the following touching and factually comprehensive tribute/obituary to the cut-and-paste /sound collage/culture jamming pioneer of the highly prolific Bay Area group:

"Words cannot do justice to the loss of Donald S. Joyce, Crosley Bendix, C. Eliot Friday, Omer Edge, Izzy Isn’t, Bud Choke, Leland Googleburger, Wang Tool and Dr. Oslo Norway, who all died yesterday in Oakland, CA of heart failure at age 71. Perhaps a loud, mournful squawk from Don's “Booper” feedback oscillator would better sum up the feelings of Negativland, his comrades and partners in art for 34 years, who are devastated. It was Don who coined the term “culture jamming”, and who devoted his life to the art of sound collage and his weekly live radio program, "Over the Edge," on KPFA FM in Berkeley, where it has continuously lived on the dial on Thursday nights at midnight since 1981, without interruption.

Don was a DJ at KPFA when a mutual friend, Ian Allen (who died this past January), introduced him to a group of Contra Costa County noise artists called Negativland, who entered the station one night armed with stacks of recordings and electronic gear, and immediately transformed Don’s “normal music show” into a free-form collage sound odyssey. It totally blew open his idea of what a radio program could be and what a DJ could “do.” And in Don Joyce (whose initials were conveniently also “DJ”), Negativland had found its “lead vocalist” without even realizing they were looking for one. It was Don who took the idea of reshaping previously recorded words – in a pre-sampling age – and ran with it to an extent and depth never before heard, and never equalled. “Recontextualization” became his weapon, with the 1/4” tape machine and razor blade his ammunition, and the radio “cart player" – an entirely forgotten piece of broadcast history using endless-loop tape cartridges, which he used until he death – his delivery system.

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