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Hip-Hop Rap Up: DMC World Finals, Return of the BBoy 3, DJ Premier & Royce Da 5'9" + more

Posted by Billyjam, October 10, 2014 01:21pm | Post a Comment

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Return of the BBoy 3 is a true underground Bay Area hip-hop event happening tonight at ClouD 9 community arts space in Berkeley featuring sets from the Living Legends' Sunspot Jonz and Aesop, Nac One, Mel Yel, Dub Esquire and his reunited old crew M.O.S. (Misfitz Ov Stylz). Like the Living Legends M.O.S.'s roots run deep in the East Bay hip-hop annals and date back to 1990 when the group first formed as the short-lived Rhymes In Progress in March of that year when the original members were Dub Esquire, Kid Haavic, a.k.a. The A-Double), Ron, and Deion.

"That didn't last long," the tireless Dub Esquire, who is now in his third decade of making quality - albeit under the radar non commericial hip-hop, said in an 2011 Amoeblog interview when tracing his Bay Area hip-hop history noting how another short-lived group Constant Elevation came next, before then forming M.O.S. M.O.S. member DJ Lex unfortunately will not be at tonight's event due to scheduling conflicts. Showtime is 9pm Friday October 10th. Tickets at door $10. ClouD 9 is located at 1320 9th Street (near Gilman) Berkeley CA 94710

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Essential Records: Nas' 'Illmatic'

Posted by Billyjam, October 9, 2014 10:42am | Post a Comment
Essential Records Nas Illmatic

When it comes to "essential" hip-hop records they don't come much more essential than Nas' 1994 landmark, ten-track debut album Illmatic. The album's 20 year anniversary is being celebrated in grand style this year with a nice vinyl reissue of the album, the recent theatrical release of the award winning documentary about the album, Time Is Illmatic (see trailer below), and an ongoing tour by the famed Queensbridge emcee - fittingly titled the Time Is Illmatic Tour - in which the emcee performs the entire album in track-listing order following a screening of the new documentary. Nas' current California tour dates include two nights at the Fox Theater in Oakland (Oct 19 & 21) and two nights at the Orpheum Theatre in LA (Oct 18 & 22).

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New York State Of Mind #100 of 100

Posted by Billyjam, October 8, 2014 01:30pm | Post a Comment


Welcome to the final installment in the one hundred part weekly New York State of Mind (NYSOM) Amoeblog series that began two years ago. For this 100th Amoeblog I want to run down some events happening in the coming days/weeks ahead as well as include a random series of NYC themed music videos that I have not yet included in the many NYC music videos already posted to this Amoeblog series. Ongoing events of interest include the Greenpoint, Brooklyn weekly No Lights No Lycra (NLNL) which is happens Tuesday evenings for a little over an hour in a church basement hall is the total antithesis of the overpriced bottle-service night clubs of Manhattan. Founded in New Zealand and with satellite parities like this one in Brooklyn dotted round the globe (Chicago and San Francisco are the other two spots in the US), the rules of NLNL are simple and straightforward and posted by the door upon entry. "No watching, no cell phones, no breakdancing" is what is not allowed. What is allowed/encouraged is to make a dancing and having fun - in near darkness except for a dimly lit ceiling light show that takes your eyes a couple of minutes to adjust to.

On the night I attended NLNL the dance music played by the non-billed DJ (a guy dancing who routinely ran over to hit play for the next song off his iPhone that was plugged into the decent sound system) ranged from trap to deep house to past decades pop hits such as Dexys Midnight Runners' "Come On Eileen," Paul Simon's "You Can Call Me Al," Dr. Dre2Pac's "California Luv," Men Without Hats' "Safety Dance," and The Cardigans' "Love Fool." NLNL, NYC happens every Tuesday from 8.15pm – 9.30pm at 129 Russell St, Brooklyn, NY 11222. No alcohol. All ages. $5 donation. More info here.

LA's "Best Rapper" Open Mike Eagle Publishes New Video

Posted by Billyjam, October 6, 2014 12:50pm | Post a Comment

Open Mike Eagle "Informations (feat. Kool A.D.)" (2014)

One of LA's greatest emcees Open Mike Eagle, who the LA Weekly just named Best Rapper of 2014 in last week's issue of the weekly paper, has just today published today the brand new Jay Brown directed music video (above) for his 2014 track  "Informations" which is a commentary on the state of modern technology and how one deals with it all.

The lyrically engaging track from the Project Blowed veteran, which features a memorable guest spot from Bay Area emcee Kool A.D. of Das Racist fame, is culled from Open Mike Eagle's current album, Dark Comedy, that was released jointly by Mello Music / Fat Beats a couple of months ago and is available in both CD and LP formats - and is recommended for those into progressive hip-hop.

DJ Woody's "The Nature of Battle" Dedicated To 2014 DMC World Championships

Posted by Billyjam, October 4, 2014 12:03pm | Post a Comment
       
                 DJ Woody's "The Nature of Battle" dedicated to the 2014 DMC World Championships

In anticipation of this weekend's big battle DJ event in London - the 2014 World DJ Championships in London tomorrow, October 5th - UK battle DJ veteran DJ Woody has just laced up the above killer tribute video/audio mix as his "dedication to all the DJs who ever took their skills to the battle."  Woody, who gave up battling some years ago to concentrate on his career as a mixed media DJ career (he does amazing video sets), knows a thing or two about DJ battling with a  rich resume that boasts such titles as the 2001 World ITF Champion, and the 2002 World Vestax Champion.

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