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1st Annual Community Indie Fest (July 3) To Provide Community with Vehicle For Change Say Organizers Mic-T & DJ True Justice

Posted by Billyjam, June 17, 2016 09:24pm | Post a Comment

Embracing the current renaissance of conscious hip-hop music and culture being used a positive tool for change, particularly in the Bay Area, will be the 1st Annual Community Indie Fest on July 3rd at West Oakland's One Fam Community Event Center. The two main organizers behind the all-day, all ages, all encompassing cultural event are DJ True Justice and emcee Mic-T who say that their main goal is to provide their community with a vehicle for change through a positive gathering. As outlined in their mission statement for the eleven hour, two stage event: "From the #Frisco5 to the Black Lives Matter movement, it is evident that the indie hip-hop community from the 90's have grown to be mothers, fathers, and some even grandparents. It is their children who are in danger of police brutality, black on black crime, and drug abuse. Now more than ever we are using our influence as artists, community figures, and just everyday people to organize vehicles of change."

The 1st Annual Community Unity Indie Fest will encompass "art, culture, culinary greatness, and the great unifier-music" promise the two longtime respected Bay Area hip-hop artists who will be among the many performers on the day. Others include Paris, Equipto, Mystik Journeymen, Scarub, Myka 9, Rifleman, Dub Esquire, Sinestro Enigma, Vocab Slick, and the "Bay Area's finest DJ line up" featuring Ras Cue, DJ Ready, DJ D, Kevvy Kev, DJ Styles, DJ Squareopolis, plus DJ J-Cutt from legendary Oakland act APG Crew.. Additionally there'll be an open mic session, comedy performances, plus an 8 group talent battle.

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Ice Cube + N.W.A's MC Ren & DJ Yella To Co-Headline Treasure Island Music Fest (Oct 16/17) for Last Year on Island [+ Sigur Rós]

Posted by Billyjam, June 15, 2016 09:51am | Post a Comment

Looking like an almost N.W.A reunion (sans Dr. Dre and the late Eazy-E), Ice Cube "featuring"  MC Ren and DJ Yella at this October's Treasure Island Music Festival has been generating a buzz among hip-hop fans in the Bay Area since the lineup announcement yesterday. The tenth and final San Francisco Bay island located music festival on October 16 & 17, the festival will feature co-headliner Sigur Rós. Many rap fans have taken to social media to project their thoughts/hopes for the Cube & co. set. Some have suggested that the anticipated performance by the star rapper-turned-actor along with his two former N.W.A rap crew mates could result in an N.W.A reunion of sorts. All it would take would be to arrange for Dr. Dre to fly into town to join his former Compton rap crew and arrange for that hologram of Eazy-E that was premiered at Rock The Bells three years ago. See video below of that 2013 performance by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony featuring the life like hologram of the late Eazy-E plus Yella onstage.

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Moby's Companion Album to New Book “Music From Porcelain” Is A 2CD Collection of Both His Music + Some of His Fave Artists

Posted by Billyjam, June 13, 2016 10:39pm | Post a Comment

Moby's just released 29 track Music From Porcelain 2CD set is a unique retrospective collection that combines both newly re-mastered versions of his own music along with a nicely curated mixed collection of some of his favorite electronic dance and hip-hop tracks from the 90's and 80's.  The new release on Thrive Music is the companion album to Moby's recently published memoir Porcelain (Penguin Press). Next week (June 21) friend of Amoeba San Francisco The Booksmith will present Moby and his memoir  "Porcelain" at DNA Lounge. The new double CD set, that clocks in at two hours, twenty minutes, includes the hit that inspired the book title as well as such other Moby classics as  “Go!,” “Honey,” “Natural Blues,” "Why Does My Heart Hurt So Bad" and “Bodyrock." Meanwhile the second CD is a mix of other peoples music by the artist who will be doing a special DJ set at this summer's talent packed FYF Fest in LA. It  includes such dance club classics as "Break 4 Luv" by Raze, "Plastic Dreams" by Jaydee (not Dilla), "Follow Me" by Aly-Us, "Set It Off" by Strafe, and the pioneering hip-hop house track by The Jungle Brothers: "I'll House You."

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New Hip-Hop Albums & Videos: Oddisee, Apathy, Craig G, Homeboy Sandman, Rob Kelly + Analog Brothers reissue

Posted by Billyjam, June 11, 2016 08:13pm | Post a Comment
Below is the Ryan Calavano directed music video for the new Oddisee track "Brea" from the artist's brand new album The Odd Tape that arrived into Amoeba this week in CD and vinyl versions: regular LP and  Deluxe LP. The 55 minute, twelve track album from the renowned Brooklyn based, Maryland hip-hop artist was released by Mello Music Group yesterday. A day earlier the video, that appears below along with other new videos, was published by director Calavano who described the Oddisee accompanying visual as a "tribute to the unseen soul......a companion piece to living."

This latest Oddisee album that's technically a mixtape comes from the multi-talented emcee and producer who is both a solo artist and member of the hip-hop trio Diamond District. It is his follow up to 2015's The Good Fight. Unlike that last album, The Odd Tape is an all instrumental outing. Also yesterday Mello Music released Oddisee's seven-track EP Alwasta that he had originally posted for free online a few months back. 

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Ice T Documentary "The Art Of Rap" Inspired Tour Returns To CA July 2016 With Acts Including Public Enemy, EPMD & MC Lyte

Posted by Billyjam, June 9, 2016 01:32pm | Post a Comment

The excellent star-studded The Art of Rap Tour hits the road again this summer with two California dates, returning to the Bay Area (Warfied July 24th) and Los Angeles (Hollywood Palladium July 22).  A revamped line-up from last summer, the 2016 tour features Public Enemy headlining along with many others including of course Ice-T who curated the acclaimed 2012 documentary Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap that inspired this tour. The hip-hop documentary itself focuses on the rap/rhyme element of hip-hop with the tour's acts all subjects of the film. The documentary Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap is available from Amoeba in DVD. Additionally available is the recommended accompanying The Art of Rap  soundtrack (also in LP) that features lots of the freestyle and live versions of songs featured throughout the documentary). Executive produced by British filmmakers and curated/directed by Ice T, the film won rave reviews in both the UK and USA. The long list of artists featured in the documentary include Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick, and the Cold Crush Brothers featuring Grandmaster Caz.

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