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1990's Promo Pics Pt II: Gravediggaz (RZA, Prince Paul, Poetic, Fruitkwan), Alkaholiks, Goats, Ill Al Skratch, Big Daddy Kane, AWOL +

Posted by Billyjam, July 20, 2016 11:51am | Post a Comment

"The mouths and minds that you loved in Wu-Tang Clan, De La Soul, Stetsaonic, and Too Poetic are here," read part of the 1994 press release (excerpt below) introducing, although they were out for few years already, the rap supergroup the Gravediggaz. The press release, sent out by Gee Street, part of Island Records.for the album 6 Feet Deep was accompanied by a couple of publicity photos by David Corio of the "horrorcore" group comprised of Prince Paul,  RZA, (aka Prince Rakeem), Poetic, and Fruitkwan. Both pics are included in this second part in the new Amoeblog series of paying tribute to artists, photographers, and labels involved in  hip-hop publicity / promo photos back in the 1990's. These are mostly all black and white photos from the mid nineties that accompanied  bio/press releases sent out at the time by record labels to print media, radio and television outlets. Part one included the Beastie Boys Gank Move, DJ QUIK  Above The Law,  King Tee, Black Czer,Kwame, Black Sheep and Jemini The Gifted One. This second part is from the years of 93, 94 and 95 and via such record labels as Relativity, Gee Street/Island, Loud/RCA, One-Way/BEG/Ichiban, Mercury/Polygram, MCA, Profile Records, and Ruffhouse / Columbia.  Daniel Hastings, who was also credited in part one, is among the photographers responsible for the pics here in part two.

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New Hip-Hop Vinyl, Shows, Top 5 Music Videos: Aesop Rock, Blu & Nottz, Damu, Yoni & Geti, Zion I, Mistah F.A.B., Mister Freedom

Posted by Billyjam, July 18, 2016 08:03pm | Post a Comment
Top 5 Hip-Hop Records 07:18:16

1: Blu & Nottz Titans In The Flesh  12" with ten tracks (Coalmine)
 
2: A$AP Ferg Always Strive & Prosper LP (RCA)
 
3: Analog Brothers Pimp To Eat LP reissue (Mello Music Group)

4: Bahamadia Kollage LP (Capitol)

5: Damu The Fudgemonk Untitled V1   7" (Redefinition/Fat Beats)

Future Pick: Atmosphere Fishing Blues LP (Rhymesayers Ent.)  release date 8/12/16 but pre-order now

 
It's mid-summer 2016 and hip-hop is in full on creative mode with a slew of new releases including the top five vinyl releases (LP, 12" and 7") above that include such new releases as Blu & Nottz and reissues such as the 1996 Bahamadia repress of Kollage, and the Analog Brothers (feat. alter egos of Kool Keith and Ice-T). There are also some incredibly innovative new hip-hop music videos out there these days such as the top five that follow below. And right now all over the US there's a rich variety of hip-hop shows and tours to choose from. For example in the Bay Area in the week ahead coming through town will be EPMD at Public Works on Thursday as part of their Strictly Business 30 Year Anniversary Tour in which they'll perform that 1988 album (28 year anniversary?) in full as well as dipping into their treasure trove of golden era hits from other albums including Unfinished Business. Associated with the latter part of that same throwback era, and on that same night but across the Bridge over in Oakland will be The Artifacts and Ed O.G. Unlike EPMD however they'll be playing newer as well as older material. With San Francisco emcee supertalent Z-Man as well as Karen Less, Mike Fish & The Monolyth, Unlearn The World, and Bottled Water also on the bill, the show takes place at Shadow Ultra Lounge/Level 13 located at 341 13th street Oakland, CA. 9pm 21+ $12 at door.  Meanwhile for a taste of some of hip-hop's modern progressive sounds that, at times embrace alt rock, I recommend the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on Saturday (July 23) with  Yoni & GetiYoni & Geti is the duo comprised of brilliant Chicago emcee Serengeti and WHY? frontman Yoni Wolf who he's been down with a good few years. Wolf co-produced Serengeti's  Family & Friends album for Anticon in 2011. In May of this year the two released their collaborative album Testarossa on Joyful Noise (also avail on vinyl). This current US tour, which will end a week later (July 30th) in Denver, CO at the Larimer Lounge, is in support of that new album.

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1990's Promo Pics: Beastie Boys, DJ Quik, Black Sheep, Black Czer, Gank Move, Above The Law, King Tee, Jemini The Gifted One +

Posted by Billyjam, July 16, 2016 01:44pm | Post a Comment
Beastie Boys (Grand Royal/Capitol Records) 1995, photo by Ari Marcopoulous

First in a series, this is a selection of mid 90's hip-hop publicity / promo photos (all black and white) sent out by record labels to print media, radio and television.The labels that sent them out these press packages in the years 1994 and 1995 included MCA, Mercury, Profile, Priority, WRAP/Ichiban, and such Relativity distributed labels as Ruthless and Lifestyles.The ten artists featured range from the iconic such as the Beastie Boys to the lesser known hip-hop acts as female rapper K-Nock whose 1994 album on WRAP Records Escape From Quad City was her only album released. Hence the publicity photo for her and the press release/bio that accompanied it was likely the only ones made for this artist. Also noteworthy is that the mid 1990's was a still a (pre digital download) period when the music industry was in a healthy state with ample extra dollars to put into promotion and publicity. Not only did record labels, both major and independent, send out advance promo CDs/records/tapes/videos but they were typically accompanied by nicely presented press packages: stylized folders with one or more professionally staged, glossy publicity photos, along with an in-depth bio and artist press clippings.

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Born out of Remains of KUSF & Recently Granted FCC License, SFCR Now Readies For Set Up of New San Francisco Radio Station

Posted by Billyjam, July 13, 2016 07:24pm | Post a Comment

Old habits die hard. Hence whenever I'm driving round the Bay Area and scanning the left side of the radio dial (where the quality stations tend to cluster), I stop the tuner at 90.3FM subconsciously expecting to hear KUSF. But then the flood of sounds of bad classical that fill my speakers quickly remind me of the fact that the beloved San Francisco college radio station KUSF of old is gone. It's been gone for five and a half years. However recently fans of the station learned some good news when the FCC announced that it would be granting a (shared) low-powered FM license to SFCR, the station that's an outgrowth/continuation of the old KUSF.  

The Jesuit run University of San Francisco (USF) radio outlet, that began in 1963 as a campus-only AM station, had by 1977 morphed into the new music and community programming FM station that it became known and loved for. As such, for over three and a half decades, it broadcast from Phelan Hall on the USF campus via the 90.3FM frequency up until January 18th, 2011 when the  signal was suddenly and unceremoniously taken off the air, as first reported on the Amoeblog. A few weeks later, in an act of solidarity with the newly formed Save KUSF movement and the legions of KUSF 90.3FM supporters, Amoeba  Music San Francisco hosted a special KUSF DJs (including DJ Irwin and DJ Schmeejay) live broadcast on WFMU that was relayed/rebroadcast live on a slew of other stations including KFJC, KALX, KZSU locally, and KVRX Austin, WITC NY, WREK Atlanta, and KRFP Idaho nationally.

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Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott Among Select Female Hip-Hop Artists (In Continually Male Dominated Genre) To Be Honored by VH1

Posted by Billyjam, July 10, 2016 02:20pm | Post a Comment


In advance of tomorrow's (July 11, 2016) broadcast of VH1's Hip Hop Honors ceremony, honoree Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott discusses in the above preview clip how she figures she personally influenced hip-hop music. The artist, whose 1997 album Supa Dupa Fly is a classic of the genre, will be among several women honored in tomorrow evening's broadcast (9pm on the East and West Coasts and 8pm Centra) that will  be a welcome tribute to women in hip-hop. The  program will also celebrate the respective careers of fellow female hip-hop icons Lil' Kim, Queen Latifah and Salt-N-Pepa featuring DJ Spinderella. The music videos for each of these artists, that appear below, showcase their spectacular respective individual talents. They also remind us, despite the achievements of female artists such as the multi-talented rapper/producer Elliot who has sold 30 million records to date, that women artists, decade after decade, continue to remain a minority within the male dominated hip-hop music industry. I have addressed the topic here before in previous articles such as one in Marcconscious daughtersh 2009 with the heading Why Is Ratio of Female to Male Rappers Still So Uneven?  In that piece former Tommy Boy Records president Monica Lynch, who signed Queen Latifah back in the late 80's and continued to work with the artist after long after both had left the label, offered that, "When you look at rap as a subset of the hip-hop culture at large, you see that a vast vast majority of the Dqueen latifah all hail the queenJs were male, a vast majority of the graffiti artists were guys, the vast majority of the breakdance crews were men, and the vast majority of the rappers were male. So it was just an extension of the origins of hip-hop culture being a predominantly male culture." 

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