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Hip-Hop Rap Up: New Releases, Reissues, Top 5, The Pharcyde, Too $hort, The People's Tree, Sketch McGuiney feat Sean Price & Ras Kass

Posted by Billyjam, February 1, 2016 05:55pm | Post a Comment
 

Now that February has arrived, 2016 hip-hop will officially kick into full gear with lots of new releases dropping. January is traditionally a slow month for new releases. This year was a little different since there were additional January releases that were reissues of older classic material, mostly on vinyl but some on CD too. These included latest (and there's been a few!) reissue of KMD's storied second album Black Bastards. The new 2LP pressing comes with gatefold pop-up album cover design and booklet included. Released by MF DOOM's record label Metal Face Records, it was recently profiled here on the Amoeblog.  Another 2016 vinyl reissue is Lil Ugly Mane's Mista Thug Isolation LP c/o Hundebiss, which is among the entries on the latest Amoeba Berkeley Top Five hip-hop chart (see below). That chart, courtesy of E-Lit, also includes the must-get 2LP reissue of the classic 1995 album from The Pharcyde, Labcabincalifornia, c/o Bicycle Music Company

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Andre Nickatina, Slick Rick, DJ Abilities, Mac Lethal, Who Cares, and Bukue One Prepare for "White Wizards of Hip Hop" Tour

Posted by Billyjam, January 29, 2016 06:21pm | Post a Comment


Tickets went on sale today for the diverse Andre Nickatina-curated hip-hop concert at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco on March 10th. Joining the Fillmore SF rap legend in the line-up, the kick-off show of a 56 date cross-country  tour, will be Slick Rick, DJ Abilities, Mac Lethal, Who Cares, and Bukue One. Although not on the official flyer issued above, there are some other acts supposedly on the bill too. As per the Regency Ballroom website, Murs will be joining the line-up. In video clip below with Andre Nickatina announcing the tour lineup late last month, he said that Redman was also a strong possibility to be on the tour or at this premiere concert. Andre Nickatina also says in the video clip that there will be a "Fillmoe feel" to the tour, which has the odd name of "White Wizards of Hip Hop." The meaning behind that name is described by the tour producers Go See Em Touring as "White Wizards of Hip Hop are those wizards whose careers have been twisted and turned with difficulty, loss, and extreme circumstance, and yet, they have overcome to become some of the most iconic names in Rap and Hip Hop history." 

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Anticipation Builds for Release of New Sia album "This Is Acting"

Posted by Billyjam, January 28, 2016 11:45am | Post a Comment
 

In the lead up to tomorrow's anticipated new Sia album, This Is Acting (Monkey Puzzle/RCA), avid fans of the enigmatic Australian singer-songwriter born Sia Furler have been anxiously following any activity by the artist and seeking further preview tastes of tomorrow's release that can be pre-ordered here now. 

Sia fans are already familiar with half of This Is Acting's dozen tracks. "Alive," "Cheap Thrills," "Unstoppable," "Bird Set Free," "One Million Bullets," and “Reaper" have all been pre-released in some format already. Then yesterday, January 27th, the artist shared the new album track "Broken Glass" on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show. She then stopped by the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night where, for the first ever public performance of the song,  she delivered a rousing rendition of the This Is Acting album track "Cheap Thrills." See video clip below of that performance from last night. Also below is the clip Sia recorded earlier at the Tonight Show studios. It's the (already viral) video of "Iko Iko" being performed along with the talk show host, house band The Roots, and Natalie Portman who are  all decked out in matching trademark Sia wigs.

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The Big Bong Theory, Two and a Half Grams? Untitled New Chuck Lorre Comedy To Lead Network TV's Next Wave: The Potcom

Posted by Billyjam, January 27, 2016 07:19pm | Post a Comment

Should we need further proof that weed's gone mainstream, as per The Hollywood Reporter, TV comedy super-producer Chuck Lorre is currently shopping his new Warner Bros. Television-backed weed comedy script to network television executives.  This latest from the creator of such successful TV comedies as The Big Bang Theory, Mike & Molly, Two and a Half Men, and his latest creation Mom on CBS, is a continuation in style of his previous shows. Co-written with David Javerbaum (The Daily Show), it is described as a situation comedy about a group of potheads in a legal marijuana dispensary in Colorado.  The as yet unnamed show inspires such potential potcom titles as The Big Bong Theory or Two and a Half Grams.  But not Buds. That stoner show title has already been snagged by NBC who, via a joint venture with Naomi Scott and husband Adam Scott (NBC's Parks and Recreation) are in development stages of their pot comedy Buds that's reportedly also set in a Colorado pot dispensary.  Another husband and wife pot comedy creative team are Ben Sinclair (Sisters) and Katja Blichfeld (30 Rock), who in 2012 unveiled the popular Vimeo web series High Maintenance about Brooklyn, New York marijuana deliveryman "The Guy" and all the characters he meets. HBO commissioned six episodes of High Maintenance to air in 2016.  Meanwhile Amazon Prime's streaming outlet will be producing the  "marijuana-themed family dramedy" starring Margaret Cho. Variety described it as about Cho, "who after court-ordered rehab gets a chance to start over, but has to move in with her dysfunctional family who now runs a pot dispensary."

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MF DOOM's Metal Face Records Releases 2016 2LP Repressing of KMD's Storied "Black Bastards" Album

Posted by Billyjam, January 25, 2016 01:20pm | Post a Comment

New 2016 hip-hop releases at Amoeba, many of them wax represses, include the latest vinyl re-issue of KMD's ever storied and controversial album Black Bastards (aka Bl_ck B_st_rds). Intended to be the follow-up to their 1991 debut Mr. Hood on Elektra Records, this album was famously shelved by its major label in 1994 over its title and cover art. The album, that became an instant classic, did get released (and re-released) over the years since in CD and vinyl formats.  The vinyl repressings, now out of print, are not always easy to find. The new 2016 2LP version of the album distinguishes itself from previous pressings by its packaging: newly designed gate-fold pop-up album cover (above) plus an excellent 32-page booklet inside. Further, this release is care of Metal Face Records, the label owned by KMD founding member Daniel Dumile (aka widely beloved hip-hop artist MF DOOM). Essentially, this album and the events surrounding it are what shaped DOOM's whole career and his ever-intriguing persona of a masked super villain. 

Back in 1993 in his young KMD days, DOOM was known as Zev Love X.  The British-born NYC hip-hop artist and his brother DJ Subroc as the group KMD were working on their second album, which was to be a stylistic departure from their more fun, lighthearted first record. Then right before they were to finish up production on the album, DJ Subroc was killed, the pedestrian in an auto accident. He was only 20-years-old. It was devastating for DOOM who lost not just his brother but his musical partner. To make things worse, when time came for the album to be released the label said they didn't want to release it because of the cover art, the attention-grabbing "hanging sambo" art that was created by Subroc. Elektra handed the surviving brother back the master tapes for the album along with a nominal sum of money and told him they were done with him. The whole negative experience caused Dumile to spiral downward and drop out of hip-hop for a few years. Then, like a phoenix from the ashes, in 1997 Zev Love X re-emerged as MF DOOM (Metal Face Doom). As such he has become a respected prolific artist introduced to many via such collaborative projects such as Madvillain (with Madlib), DANGERDOOM (with Danger Mouse), JJ DOOM (with Jneiro Jarel), DOOMSTARKS (with Ghostface Killah), and 2014's NehruvianDOOM (with Bishop Nehru).

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