The folks at Oakland's Hieroglyphics hip-hop collective have announced the anticipated lineup for this year's Hiero Day that does not disappoint and happens on Monday, September 7th at 3rd and Chestnut Streets in Oakland. In addition to headlining act the Hieros, whose membership boasts members such as Souls of Mischief, Del the Funky Homosapien, Casual, and DJ Toure, this year's amazing Hiero Day 2015 lineup will feature 45 diverse acts across three stages that covers various eras and subgenres of hip-hop. This impressive lineup will include Tha Alkaholiks, who arrived on the hip-hop scene the same time as the Hieros; Odd Future's Domo Genesis; Cali Agents (Rasco and Planet Asia); Stones Throw founder DJ/producer Peanut Butter Wolf; Boots Riley's legendary Oakland political hip-hop soldiers The Coup; Freestyle Fellowship's super-gifted emcee Aceyalone; legendary Oakland rap duo the Luniz; Raashan Ahmad's group formerly known as The Mission - Crown City Rockers; MC Eiht's legendary '90s SoCal rap group Compton's Most Wanted; hometown hip-hop heroes Foreign Legion; Rhymesayers' female emcee talent Psalm One (who changed her name for a minute in recent years); Zion I, Phat Kat & Guilty Simpson; Equipto & Otayo Dubb; HBK members Kool John, P-Lo, and Jay Ant in separate sets; and hyphy era stars The Team.
At Webster Hall in New York City this evening the heated national annual turntablist battle for the best DJ in the USA, the prestigious 2015 DMC US Finals, took place with Queens' own DJ Precision winning the title at the East 11th Street venue. The DJ has won three times (including this latest battle) in the six minute battle, plus he also won in this year's DMC US Supremacy, which adds up to an impressive four DMC US titles in all.
An icon within the turntable community and a regular DMC battle participant and winner, Precision (born Perrin Wright ) won the national title last three years ago at the 2012 US DMC US Finals DJ battle. At that DMC US Finals battle, also held at NYC's Le Poisson Rouge on the west side of Greenwich Village, the runner up was Virginia's DJ I-Dee, but then last year won the US Finals (the previous year's 2013 US DMC Finals winner was DJ Esquire). At that 2012 US DMC Finals, the third place slot was earned by LA representative Manwell who made it back into the finals again this year where he took second place. Meanwhile, in third place this year was DJ Dwells - the supertalented young winner of the NYC Regional battle for two years in a row. In last year's US Finals, Dwells, who is now only 15, took second place. This year, despite been tipped by many as a potential winner of tonight's battle, he was overtaken in the heated turntable showdown in which other talented participants included DJ Ambideckstriks, DJ Ease, and DJ Throwdown.
Vallejo, CA DJ/producer ADA is carrying on the hip-hop production tradition of such groundbreaking Bay Area instrumental hip-hop DJ/producers as Eddie Def, DJ Shadow, Mix Master Mike, and DJ Qbert - whose approach to music reconstruction is rooted in the 80's cut-n-paste/megamix scratch DJ style. Born Adam Butler, ADA is a talented turntablist and part of the Bay Area's healthy skratch scene, as well as a gifted sound artist; one perpetually crate digging and looking for that perfect sound to sample. Like the DJ/producer pioneers before him, he approaches every new sound (often the least likely) as potential material for some new production. That new production for ADA is his recently published mixed media piece UFOLOGY that is both a video piece (above) and an audio-only production. ADA, whose day at ArtistWorks includes overseeing QSU (Qbert Skratch University) for one of his key DJ/producer musical heroes, shares Qbert's deep interest in aliens and UFOs - the themes of both of Qbert's albums Wave Twisters and Extraterrestria.
With just a quick glance over the forty records included in the rap/hip-hop chart, courtesy of the defunct Gavin Report radio trade magazine from the week of July 5th 1991, it's evident that this period in the still growing urban music genre was a truly incredible time in hip-hop history with so many soon-to-be classics being recorded and released! These include singles and album tracks, all very popular to this day 24 years later, from such legendary, influential hip-hop acts as De La Soul, Gang Starr, KMD (featuring a young MF Doom), Leaders of The New School, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, EPMD, Main Source, and Brand Nubian. Also included are such hip-hop legends as Big Daddy Kane, Chubb Rock, LL Cool J, Kool Moe Dee, Ice T, Rodney O & Joe Cooley, Naughty By Nature, 3rd Bass, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Ice Cube protege/female rapper Yo-Yo and the late great NJ producer/rapper Tony D to name but some.
Bay Area hip-hop artists Ray Luv, G-Stack, and Nump were among those to attend a screening of the brand new N.W.A bio pic Straight Outta Compton that opened in theaters today. Part of a large group day outing to the Century Richmond Hilltop movie-complex that was hosted by local rap distributor RapBay, they checked out the new two and a half hour film on the gangsta rap pioneers that covers a lot of ground, starting with how N.W.A originally came together and tracing their ever controversial career, and that of certain members after they went solo including Ice Cube's solo career and Dr. Dre's Death Row days with Snoop and Pac and up until the formation of Aftermath Records.
The movie, whose four central characters are Eazy, Jerry Heller, Ice Cube and Dre, spends a good deal of time towards its end on the tragic death in 1995 of Eazy-E. "I thought it was a pretty good movie and true to the story. CMT went to see it last night and he said it was good so I had to see it," said longtime Oakland rapper G-Stack (aka Purple Mane) who first came to fame back in the early 90's as part of the duo The Delinquents who, like N.W.A and Ice Cube, were also signed to Priority Records. Their dealings with the label and its owner Brian Turner were not as dramatic as those of Ice Cube in the film.