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1990's Promo Pics Pt IV: The Roots, Ras Kass, Volume 10, Skee-Lo, Rodney O & Joe Cooley, Mack E.L., 12 Gauge, Terminator X + more

Posted by Billyjam, August 10, 2016 02:24pm | Post a Comment
The Roots 1994 DGC publicity photo by T. Eric Monroe was to promote the Philly crew's first album for Geffen Do You Want More?!!!??! released in Jan 1995, and more recently reissued as 2LP vinyl version


Part 4 in the ongoing 1990's Promo Pics Amoeblog series, this installment includes press/publicity photos of The Roots, Ras Kass, Volume 10, Skee-Lo, Rodney O & Joe Cooley, Mack E.L., 12 Gauge, Cruseville Productions, U Know Who, and Terminator X and his various Godfathers Of Threatt collaborators for the Public Enemy member's solo project release Super Bad for RAL (Rush Associated Labels). That 1994 album's numerous contributors included Whodini, DJ Kool Herc, Fantastic Five, Joe Sinister, and the Cold Crush Brothers.  These mid-nineties hip-hop artist photos were sent out by record company press/publicity departments as well as some independent publicists working for the labels or artists. Mailed out to radio, television and print media outlets, they typically preceded album release dates by 4 to 8 weeks and were accompanied by a cassette or CD or vinyl advance copy of an artist's album or its lead-single such as with the Skee-Lo pic and bio.  The promo photos and music (plus videos in the case of TV stations) were accompanied by press releases and bios on the artists.

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Bay Area Hip-Hop Artist L-Love Gives Back To His Community With School Backpack Drive

Posted by Billyjam, August 8, 2016 12:38pm | Post a Comment
In these current divisive times of selfish hate-fueled political rhetoric on a national level, it's refreshing to hear selfless, community-caring stories on a grassroots level.  Longtime Bay Area hip-hop artist L-Love's "Backpack Drive" is such a story. "People are in need [and] I just feel in my spirit that I have been called to action," said the underground artist born Les Mixon.

Mixon's recently set up Go Fund Me: Backpack Drive is, as its name might imply, a fundraiser to purchase backpacks for underprivileged school kids. Now as the school summer holidays near their end, low income parents are faced with often insurmountable back to school expenses. "I'm doing this drive to purchase backpacks and school supplies for kids whose parents can't afford them," said Mixon of the project that is similar to one that another East Bay artist, Oakland rapper Mistah F.A.B., did a couple of years ago in his community. Like F.A.B.'s direct community action, Mixon too didn't want to just talk about helping out his community. He wanted to do something concrete and to witness results.

"I have always believed in giving back. It is something that was instilled within me as a small child. My great grandfather and great grandmother really helped the community from Compton to San Bernardino. I watched their giving spirit and started helping people around my neighborhood at around 8 years old," Mixon told the Amoeblog this week. "I knew everyone in my neighborhood because I would help all of the elderly. If they needed groceries carried inside: I was doing it, if they needed someone to house sit and feed their animals when they were gone: I was doing it. It was a fire within. Selfless acts. No glory just doing what is right."  Just as Mixon's sense of responsibility for his community and willingness to do good deeds for others was handed down from his family elders, he in turn has provided a positive influence on his own offspring. "My [8 year old] daughter and myself have been growing a garden every year since she was born and donating the vegetables to the homeless. We grow things that do not need to be cooked like tomatoes, green beans, celery, snap beans, and wax beans."

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Young MC Forever Associated with His 1989 Pop Hit "Bust A Move"

Posted by Billyjam, August 6, 2016 04:18pm | Post a Comment

Despite his other accomplishments, including writing hits for others, and the numerous other songs he's recorded, Young MC will forever be remembered for his global 1989 hit "Bust A Move." The single, that appeared on the British-born/US raised artist's debut album Stone Cold Rhymin as well on some compilations and soundtracks, was the artist's biggest hit: staying on the Billboard Top 100 chart for over nine months. It would go on to win Young MC the 1990 Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance. However instead of being seen as one of the talented artist's many good compositions and recordings, the hugely popular record would rank him among the dreaded "one-hit wonder" category.

Of Jamaican heritage, Marvin Young was born in the Wimbledon suburb of South West London, England.  With family relocating across the pond to the USA, he would be raised for much of his life in the Queens borough of New York City. A good student, he first graduated Manhattan's Hunter College before enrolling across the country at the University of Southern California. At USC Young earned a bachelors degree in economics. He also earned the friendship of two fellow students, Michael Ross and Matt Dike. Dike and Ross were the founders of their then fledgling Delicious Vinyl Records.  The pair would sign Young MC as their first artist. In return he helped put their upstart label on the rap map both as their first artist and as the creative force behind the record label's next artist,Tone Loc. Young MC co-wrote his raspy voiced label-mate's 1989 top-ten mega hit "Wild Thing" and "Funky Cold Medina." These moves would prompt many to later opine that Young had foolishly given away some of his best material.

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Tyler, The Creator's 2016 Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival to include ScHoolboy Q, A$AP Rocky, Erykah Badu, Action Bronson, Death Grips

Posted by Billyjam, August 4, 2016 08:15pm | Post a Comment

Along with such other artist-curated music events as the Hierogplyics' annual Hiero Day, The Roots' Picnic, and Diplo's national touring Mad Decent Block Party, Tyler, The Creator's Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival proves that increasingly artists are taking further control of aspects of their careers. Once the domain of concert promoters, more and more artists have been producing or co-producing their own music festivals. MURS' sadly no longer, high-caliber indie hip-hop Paid Dues festival which, up until 2013, presented lovingly assembled hip-hop shows for the better part of a decade.

Although hard work even when these artists work in collaboration (such as Tyler the Creator whose teamed up with Goldenvoice), these artists are doing a damn good job presenting their own music festivals. Proof is evident in the line-up of artists, announced today, for the Odd Future star's 5th annual Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival taking place in LA in three months from now. Artists confirmed for this year's weekend long music event will include A$AP Rocky, ScHoolboy Q, Lil Wayne, Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson, Erykah Badu, Chance the Rapper, Death Grips, Flatbush Zombies, DJ Mustard, TOKiMONSTA, Pretty Lights, Kehlani, The Internet, Domo Genesis and, of course, Tyler, The Creator himself.  Check the flyer above for some of other artists on the line-up, with more names to be announced later. Tix will go on sale Monday, August 8th, for the two-day event (Saturday/Sunday, November 12th and 13th) that will take place in Los Angeles at Exposition Park.

Now In Its Fifth Year, Hiero Day 2016 (Sept 5th) Will Continue "Celebrating All That Is Good About Oakland"

Posted by Billyjam, August 2, 2016 06:51pm | Post a Comment
With just five weeks until  Hiero Day 2016 takes place on September 5th, tix are now on sale for the high caliber, homegrown Oakland hip-hop festival. The Hieroglyphics curated annual hip-hop festival always delivers a rich and diverse day of hip-hop music and culture. As yet the 2016 lineup has to be announced but, via a Hieros email blast this week, it was promised that, "This year's line up is incredible!" and to "stay tuned for the awesome line-up announcement."

Just five years old, Hiero Day has steadily grown and blossomed to become Oakland's best annual large scale cultural event. By consistently being a peaceful large scale hip-hop event in Oakland, it transcends every negative stereotypes associated with rap shows.

Hiero Day's positive vibe is fueled by a love of both hip-hop culture and the longtime collective's hometown.  It's slogan "Celebrating All That Is Good About Oakland" perfectly sums up the uplifting, all day, all ages event. There's always rows of interesting booths, as well as lots of food trucks spread across the few block area of the festival. There will be three performance stages providing non stop music and entertainment. It kicks off early too, by around noon when it tends to be gettin
g hot. Warning: the festival area is minus any shade, so best bring a hat or umbrella and drink lots of water. The main stage on 3rd always features a strong lineup of local and national acts including, of course, members of the extended Hiero crew. As to who will be there usually depends on who is on tour or in town that weekend. But true Hiero fans in the Bay likely already checked out one or both of the full collective's two recent concerts on their home turf: the packed to capacity Stern Grove in San Francisco set they headlined a month ago, plus the all star Hiero show two months ago in Berkeley at the UC Theatre.  That event featured sets from Del the Funky Homosapien, CasualSouls of Mischief (Opio, A-Plus, Phesto, and Tajai), Pep Love, Domino and DJ Toure.

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