For this week's Hip-Hop History Tuesdays Amoeblog installment we continue with more on the topic of the first decade of LA/West Coast Rap. Above is a continuation of the video interview with DJ Flash and Captain Rapp and below is the entire film of the little-seen 1983 documentary on LA Hip-hop's early history: the 84 minute film Breakin' N Enterin. In the above video interview with Flash and Rapp, they discuss both LA rap history and their latest release, Westcoastin featuring Ronnie Hudson along with a slew of legendary West Coast rappers, which has been selling well at Amoeba Hollywood since its recent release on CD. Meanwhile, the out-of-print 30-year-old documentary on LA Hip-hop made by Topper Carew is a refreshing West Coast counterpart to such NYC hip-hop films as Wild Style and Style Wars. It showcases LA's vibrant early b-boy, poplockin, graffiti, DJ, and MC scenes. Among the many highlights of this engaging documentary told by the practitioners of the art form is the Blue City Crew out of Carson, CA featuring members of what would later become the Boo Yaa Tribe. A young Ice-T, who would not appear in the hip-hop film Breakin' until a year later, is also featured here.
For those of you not fortunate enough to live within traveling distance to one of Amoeba Music's three retail stores - Berkeley, San Francisco, and Hollywood - and to have taken advantage of Black Friday Record Store Day, today you can make up for it with Amoeba's Cyber Monday deal: 20% off everything you purchase online. Just use the special code CYBER20 today, December 2nd, to get your discount.
The deal also includes 20% off on pre-orders so you can get the big discount on albums that are coming soon! These include anticipated releases such as Lady Gaga's upcoming anticipated album ARTPOP that drops on December 24th and features guest spots from Too $hort, Twista, and T.I.
1) Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP2 (Interscope)
2) Drake Nothing Was The Same (Cash Money)
3) Dom Kennedy Get Home Safely (The Other Peoples Money Co.)
4) Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d city (Aftermath)
5) Deltron 3030 Event II (Bulk Recordings)
This week's hip-hop top five chart from the Hollywood Amoeba store confirms something that I had mentioned in my recent year end/best of 2013 in hip-hop Amoeblog about how several 2012 releases, most notably Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d city album that originally dropped 13 months ago back in October of last year, have been carrying over and keep re-charting this year due to a steady continued interest in these popular albums. Other chart entries this week include other albums that likely will have long shelf lives too such as, the current number one on both the Billboard albums chart and at Amoeba, Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP2, and Drake's Nothing Was The Same. The other two chart entries are the Dan The Automator produced Deltron 3030 Event II that also comes in an instrumental version and Dom Kennedy Get Home Safely which is doing real well at the LA emcee's hometown Amoeba branch. The album from the Leimert Park district of Los Angeles raised artist, who since he started out just five years ago with his first mixtape (25th Hour) has steadily risen in popularity and demand (by fans and other artists who want to collaborate with him) is truly the feel-good rap recording of the year and proof that we will be hearing a lot more from Dom Kennedy in 2014 and beyond. Other recent hip-hop releases at Amoeba that have been in demand include Greenhouse (Blueprint & Illogic)'s Bend But Don't Break on Weightless Recordings, the dope Stones Throw Records "rap" release from Jon Wayne Rap Album One, and Anticon co-founder/producer/MC Jel's Late Pass on Anticon.
Happy Thanksgiving 2013 from a chilly (37 degree) but dry morning here in New York City where the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade now in its 87th year, that began at 9am uptown at 79th Street before slowly snaking its way downtown here to the Herald Square area by Macy's flagship store, is well underway with thousands upon thousands of spectators (a great many of them tourists visiting New York for the holiday) clogging the police barricaded streets on either side of Sixth Avenue to catch glimpses of the floats with exhibits and performers such as Joan Jett (the PETA supporting rocker who got bumped from the meat-proud South Dakota float and moved to another one), giant balloons including a huge inflated Snoopy with Woodstock and a giant Spiderman. This is good news for all since, due to previously forecast heavy wind gusts of up to 30 mph that might cause some big balloons to be grounded, so far nothing has been cancelled. Like New Year's Eve or any other huge scale event here in NYC, that blocks streets and grinds traffic to a halt, the crowds that turned out this morning are truly overwhelming, dozens deep packing sidewalks for the entire route from the Upper West Side on Central Park West at 79th Street and downtown via across Central Park South to Sixth Ave and slowly down the Avenue of The Americas to 34th Street where Macy's original big store stretches one long city block across to 7th Avenue.
Chico Hamilton Quintet - "Blue Sands (live)"
This week the jazz world lost one of its greats when jazz drummer Chico Hamilton died Monday (November 25th) as reported yesterday by the New York Times who noted how back in the 1950's the drummer and bandleader helped put California on the modern-jazz map, was instrumental in shaping the smooth Los Angeles modern-jazz style, and how the 92 year old Los Angeles born Hamilton, who got his start in jazz while still in his teens touring with Lionel Hampton’s big band before touring with Lena Horne’s backup band, been an original member of Gerry Mulligan’s quartet, and then forming his own highly revered cool jazz quintet, had remained musically active up until last year.
Read the full Peter Keepnews penned NYT obit here. Meanwhile, look for Chico Hamilton's music at Amoeba including such releases as budget priced Seven Classic Albums (seven LPs condensed onto 4 CDs for only $14.98 from Amoeba!), and Chico Hamilton: Man of Two Worlds - both released earlier this year, or such other Hamilton albums as Different Journey, Nomad, Hamiltonia, Montreux Festival, The Dealer, El Chico, and The Film Music Of Chico Hamilton [Sweet Smell of Success / Repulsion]. The above clip, culled from the documentary Jazz On a Hot Summer's Day, is of the Chico Hamilton Quintet performing "Blue Sands" live while the video immediately below is of Hamilton and his quintet from the 1957 film Sweet Smell of Success.