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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 05.09.14: Iggy Azelea, Nas, Drake, Eminem, YG, Dre's Beat$, PUTS, Zion I, Premier & Jakk Frost + more

Posted by Billyjam, May 9, 2014 08:57am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: Week Ending 05:09:14


1) Nas Illmatic XX (Sony Legacy)

2) YG My Krazy Life (Def Jam)

3) Iggy Azelea The New Classic (Island/Def Jam)

4) Drake Nothing Was The Same (Cash Money)

5) Eminem The Slim Shady LP (Interscope)

Celebrating its twenty year anniversary is Nas' flawless, classic 1994 album Illmatic which has been especially reissued by Sony Legacy for the occasion as  Illmatic XX. The album, which includes such hip-hop timeless gems as "N.Y. State of Mind," "It Ain't Hard To Tell," and "The World Is Yours," by the Queensbridge emcee is this week's number one chart entry at the Hollywood Amoeba Music store, where also charting in the latest top five is another 90's rap classic: Eminem's 1999 megahit The Slim Shady LP (Interscope) which finds itself back in top sales this week at the SoCal store. Other current top five chart entries include Drake's Nothing Was The Same on Cash Money, and YG's My Krazy Life (Def Jam) which drew inspiration from various West Coast hip hop classics as Dr. Dre's The Chronic. Speaking of Dr. Dre, the famous former N.W.A. member/influential solo artist who has made a huge impact as a hip-hop producer, looks about to make his biggest (financial) mark as co-creator of the audio equipment and music-streaming service Beats Electronics known for the headphones that carry his name (Dre Beats) if the company, as has been reported over the past 24 hours, gets purchased by Apple at a reported $3.2billion price tag!

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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #80: WTC BASE Jumpers, F Train's F Grade, Bob Dylan Art Show, Slick Rick + Other Concerts

Posted by Billyjam, May 7, 2014 12:00pm | Post a Comment

Just released video of Marko Markovich's BASE Jump off the 1 WTC (Freedom Tower)
 3 am on September 30, 2013. Yesterday Markovich and his fellow jumpers were in court


Above is a brand new video, posted to YouTube a couple of days ago, of the controversial NYC BASE jump in the wee hours of September 30th last from the Freedom Tower at the location of the World Trade Center. This latest video was take from the point of view (head cam) of jumper Marko Markovich who was the first of the three base jumpers to parachute from the 1,776-foot-tall building before getting arrested for the daredevil stunt - but not at the time of the incident, only in recent weeks when the first video of the jump was uploaded to YouTube. This second video, which is much longer than the previous one posted, captures both the amazing view from so high up above Downtown Manhattan floating downwards as well as the nervous anticipation by the 27 year old Markovich and his fellow jumpers. In the video you can hear the three jumpers (who were all arrested along with their lookout person) say how they hope they won't end up in the local NYPD Precinct arrested for felony charges. Unfortunately for them the posting of that first video in late March was exactly what led to their arrest on felony charges. Meanwhile Monday's posting by the jumpers of this second video to YouTube, which asked viewers to donate to their legal fund and to help make BASE jumping legal, was a strategic one since the following day (yesterday May 6th) all four would be in court on charges of burglary, reckless endangerment, and jumping from a structure - that could result in them serving some serious time behind bars. They all pleaded not guilty with their lawyer stating that his hope that the charges would be reduced from felony to a misdemeanor. The case continues in six weeks when they all return to court.

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Hip-Hop History Tuesdays: Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Posse On Broadway"

Posted by Billyjam, May 6, 2014 09:34am | Post a Comment

Sir Mix-a-Lot "Posse On Broadway" (1988)

While Sir Mix-a-Lot is often wrongly dismissed as a rap one hit wonder for his international crossover mega-hit single "Baby Got Back" the Seattle rapper/producer actually boasts a rich catalog of quality posse on broadwayhip-hop - much of it in the years, on his own Nastymix Records label, leading up to his well worn 1992 hit single about him "liking big butts and I don't know why" and the Def American released album Mack Daddy from where it was culled. In fact he released his very first record seven years before "Baby Got Back." And four  years before his big hit propelled the now 50 year old artist born Anthony Ray into mainstream status he released his debut full-length album Swass which included the hip-hop 'golden age' classic "Posse on Broadway."  A single off the album released on the successful North West indie rap label that he himself founded, "Posse" struck a nerve with rap fans not just in Seattle but everywhere at the time. This was thanks to such factors as its great lyrics, the track's irresistibly powerful 808 kick-drum fueled beat, and also because listeners made the song lyrics relate to their own town's "Broadway" (every city has a Broadway it seems) whether they were in Oakland, San Francisco, New York City or wherever. Of course, the "Broadway" Sir Mix-a-Lot (who called the Bay Area his second home and spent a lot of them there) was referencing in "Posse On Broadway" was the street in his own hometown of Seattle.  Located in Seattle's Capitol Hill district, it was on Broadway where he and his "posse" famously "stopped at Taco Bell for some Mexican eatin' But Taco Bell was closed, The girls was on my tip. They said go back the other way we'll stop and eat at Dick's. Dick's is the place where the cool hang out. The Swass like to play and the rich flaunt clout. Posse to he burger stand so big we walk in twos." (Scroll down to see full song lyrics.)  A few years back when I interviewed more recent era Seattle underground hip-hop artist D. Black and asked him if Dick's Drive-In, the famed Seattle fast food institution immortalized in "Posse On Broadway," was still in business? "Yes, Dick's is still there on Broadway, although I don't eat there anymore cos it's not Kosher," added the next generation Seattle emcee, who practices Judaism. In fact today's best known Seattle rapper Macklemore filmed his (The Heist featured track) "White Walls" video at Dick's. 

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New Study Examines the Largest Vocabulary in Hip-Hop Based on Rap Lyrics

Posted by Billyjam, May 5, 2014 03:52pm | Post a Comment

NYC based designer, coder, and data scientist at Undercurrent Matt Daniels has just unveiled his latest project, an in-depth examination of the vocabulary of hip-hop emcees which, for any fan of the genre or of the English language, is well worth checking out. The results, just published on Amazon News under the heading The Largest Vocabulary in Hip Hop, are the results of Daniels' quest to study and compare some of hip-hop's most prolific artists and determine their use of words in raps while comparing them with William Shakespeare’s vocabulary "across his entire corpus" noting how "he uses 28,829 words, suggesting he knew over 100,000 words and arguably had the largest vocabulary, ever." He also uses as a comparison test the first 35,000 words of Herman Melville's book Moby Dick, and states that he decided to compare "this data point against the most famous artists in hip hop" and that for this study that he "used each artist’s first 35,000 lyrics. That way, prolific artists, such as Jay-Z, could be compared to newer artists, such as Drake." As a data source he utilized Rap Genius (website that comprises most rap song lyrics) that, even though the study is just published now in May 2014, are only current to 2012. Among the artists included in his study are E-40, Too $hort, LL Cool J, Rakim, Beastie Boys, and standout study subject Aesop Rock who ranks as user of the most unique words in his rhymes clocking in at a total of 7392 unique words as compared to say Snoop Dogg (3974 unique words), or Blackalicious (5480 unique words used). He also goes into a deeper look at Wu-Tang (see above excerpt) for a look at each members "total words" (as distinct from "unique words"). For further in-depth results of this study click here.

Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 05.02.14: DMC Battles, Supa Dave West on Dilla, Dopestyle 1231, Hip-Hop In The Park, + more

Posted by Billyjam, May 2, 2014 11:18am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: Week Ending 05:02:14


1) Army of the Pharaohs In Death Reborn (Enemy Soil)

2) Freddie Gibbs & Madlib Pinata LP (Madlib Invazion)

3) YG My Krazy Life (Def Jam)

4) DJ Quik Safe + Sound  (SONY)

5) ScHoolboy Q Oxymoron (Interscope)

Clocking in a just under an hour is Army Of The Pharaohs anticipated new joint and this week's number one hip-hop chart entry at Amoeba In Death Reborn which is the fourth studio album by the non-commercial yet hella popular Army of the Pharaohs featuring the all-star lineup of Vinnie Paz, Apathy, Blacastan, Block McCloud, Celph Titled, Crypt The Warchild, Demoz, Des Devious, Doap Nixon, Esoteric, King Magnetic, King Syze, Planetary, Reef the Lost Cauze, and Zilla with production from various studio talents including Apathy, C-Lance, Leaf Dog, Panik, and Stu BangasThe release, which is the group's first new studio album in four years, is packed with rapid fire wordplay by this talent-packed collective and features such memorable tracks as the lead single/video “God Particle” (below). Also below is the video for YG's Drake featured single "Who Do You Love?" off his current chart entry My Krazy Life on Def Jam. Other chart entries at Amoeba this week are Freddie Gibbs & Madlib's Pinata ScHoolboy Q's Oxymoron, and (in throwback style) DJ Quik's 1995 album Safe + Sound  which is one of two older releases that have been moving at Amoeba Hollywood this past week. The other older release that, for some reason, began selling briskly over the past week at the SoCal Amoeba is Lauryn Hill's 1998 post Fugee's solo classic The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

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