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Mykki Blanco's 'Gay Dog Food'

Posted by Billyjam, October 14, 2014 10:14am | Post a Comment

The talented, unique, and often provocative NY hip-hop artist Mykki Blanco transcends simple definition and is a lot more than an emcee or "a gay rapper" as Blanco is so often labeled.  More descriptively accurate is the artist's own self-definition of being a musician, an activist, a performance artist, and experimentalist. Hence why the artist's forthcoming new 14 track project Gay Dog Food (to arrive in Amoeba on Oct. 28 via UNO NYC - his third release for the label) encompasses all aspects of the multifaceted individual that is Mykki Blanco. Gay Dog Food, which precedes Blanco's anticipated official debut album Michael by several months (slated for a Spring 2015 release), is an ambitious project that was recorded in studios in Eastern Russia, London, Berlin, and New York City and is a most diverse recording that goes way beyond the restrains of hip-hop to encompass such other genres as punk, noise, experimental, industrial, and Riot Grrrl.

Riot Grrrl Kathleen Hanna, whom Blanco counts as a major musical influence, collaborates on the album track "A Moment With Kathleen" for a spoken word collage. Other project collaborators include Chicago MC Katie Got Bandz, and Cities Aviv while producers include Sasha DZA, and Supreme Cuts. "You can choose to call me a gay rapper," said Mykki Blanco of himself in a prepared statement sent out today to announce the new release and who he is an (often misunderstood) artist. "I'm a punk, a creative punk and I'm going to continue to create and entertain without boundaries. Gay Dog Food is just the start of where I hope to go creatively and commercially, this moment now is really the beginning."  Look for Gay Dog Food in Amoeba on October 28th. Meantime peep a preview of the album track Mykki Blanco "Moshin' In The Front (feat. Cities Aviv)" via Soundcloud. Below is the video for Blanco's 2012 track "Wavvy."

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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

Prhyme teaser

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.
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