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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 03.28.14: Freddie Gibbs, Madlib, YG, JJ Doom, L'orange, Demrick, Young Gully + more

Posted by Billyjam, March 28, 2014 10:30am | Post a Comment

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib "Shame (feat. BJ The Chicago Kid)" (off
Pinata)


Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five: Week Ending 03:28:14

1) Freddie Gibbs, Madlib Pinata (Madlib Invazion)

2) YG My Krazy Life (Def Jam)

3) ScHoolboy Q Oxymoron (Interscope)

4) JJ Doom Bookend EP (Lex Records)

5) Rick Ross Mastermind (Maybach / Def Jam)

The new number one hip-hop album at Amoeba Hollywood this week is the recently released (March 18th) collaborative album  Pinata (also available on LP/vinyl format) from the power duo of Madlib teaming up with Freddie Gibbs. Released through Madlib's Madlib Invazion label this one hour,  seventeen track, hip-hop tour-de-force also features some very well-chosen guests (new school and old school) that perfectly compliment the pair including Danny Brown, Raekwon, Scarface, BJ The Chicago Kid, Casey Veggies, Sulaiman, Mac Miller, and Odd Future's Domo Genesis and Earl Sweatshirt. Another new album featuring numerous guest collaborators is the number two chart entry this week from popular new rapper YG whose just released debut on Pu$haz Ink via Def Jam My Krazy Life features such big name guests as Drake, Young Jeezy, Kendrick Lamar, and Ty Dolla $ign along with his longtime producer DJ Mustard. Scroll down below to see the video for YG with DJ  Mustard's "Left, Right" off the new album. Another new chart entry is the recent (vinyl picture disc DP) Bookend EP from JJ Doom (the duo of DOOM - aka MF Doom, and producer Jneiro Jarel) on Lex Records.

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Graffiti Art Icon KEL1ST Launches New iPad App That Takes A Trip Back In Time In NYC Graffiti History

Posted by Billyjam, March 27, 2014 11:20am | Post a Comment

Self-described "anthropologist technologist" Randy Rodriguez, aka veteran New York City graffiti artist KEL1ST, has just launched his latest project; the unique iPad App titled 2Many2Name that presents what he calls, "a blend of graffiti history and technology, the first in depth view of graffiti wild style" that showcases pieces by some of NYC's graf legends. With the full length title of KEL1ST presents The history of 2 Many2Name this cool, colorful new App he designed takes iPad users on a narrated ride that incorporates new media with the urban landscape and showcases graffiti masterpieces of a bygone era via a whole new platform.  When he started out as a young graf writer KEL1ST, Rodriguez magnificently and colorfully spray-painted NYC subway trains back during the NYC graffiti heyday of the 1970's and 1980's. And as such he was immortalized in such landmark hip-hop history documents as the hip-hop/graffiti documentary Style Wars by the late great Tony Silver, and in the pages of the bible of graffiti art - Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant 1984 pioneering street art book Subway Art. Meanwhile as later day anthropologist technologist, Rodriguez was pioneering by creating (now defunct) VoiceOfTheGhetto.com which was the Internet's first urban outpost dedicated to graffiti and hip-hop way back in the early Internet days of the early 1990's. Also in the 90's Rodriguez became what he claimed to be "hip-hop's first graffiti jeweler" making graffiti rooted jewelry for such big hip-hop and pop star names as Madonna, Busta Rymes, Afrika Bambaataa, and Mariah Carey. His successful freelance design business has racked up an impressive client list that includes The Wall Street Journal, Polo Ralph Lauren, Boeing, T-Mobile, and Microsoft - not bad for someone once considered a delinquent and a vandal. Additionally his art is on permanent exhibit at the  big Brooklyn Museum. And with his new iPad App he brings things full circle back to his beginnings as NYC graffiti master. 2Many2Name is described by Apple as "an immersive experience, with just a swipe of a finger KEL1ST unveils the blueprint of the iconic master pieces that established the standard for Graffiti Wild Style and made New York City the Mecca of Graffiti." To use the new iPad application users will need iOS 6.0 and higher. More info here.

New York State of Mind Amoeblog #74: Lady Gaga NYC Residency, New York in the 70's, New Museum Breaks Barriers + more

Posted by Billyjam, March 26, 2014 09:49am | Post a Comment

Lady Gaga sings "Alejandro" live on Today Show in her hometown of New York City


Hometown mega pop star Lady Gaga, seen in video above a few years ago playing a free outdoor NYC show for the Today Show on NBC, plays kicks off a residency series at the Roseland Ballroom (just a matter of blocks from Rockefeller Center where NBC is located) for an eleven night consecutive residency series beginning this Friday night (March 28th). The series, that ends on April 7th, will be a kind of primer/practice run for Lady Gaga before she heads out of NYC on her upcoming big stadium tour ArtRave: The Artpop Ball. that coincides with her recently released album ARTPOP. The concert series at the 52nd Street venue is significant in that it will also mark the end of the Roseland Ballroom which, after many decades in operation, will close its doors for good after Lady Gaga's closing night performance. 8pm showtimes. Tickets range in price from $52 to $202. Roseland Ballroom is located at 239 W. 52nd St. New York,NY 10019. More info
relatively small (by her standards)

Currently in its midway point the indie film New Directors/New Films festival showcases up-and-coming filmmakers in this annual springtime mini film fest that takes place at such indie movie houses as Walter Reade Theatre at Lincoln Center, and MoMA.

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Hip-Hop History Tuesdays: Rare Early 90's Interview with E-40 and The Click

Posted by Billyjam, March 25, 2014 01:01am | Post a Comment

The Click "Tired of Being Stepped On"

Recently uncovered the early days interview in the careers of E-40 and The Click  - his family group that featured D-Shot, B-Legit, and Suga T - that I conducted with the legendary Vallejo family rap crew on KUSF radio in San Francisco (interview below)  around the time of the release of The Click's group album Down & Dirty that featured the above track "Tired of Being Stepped On," and the E-40 solo album Federal on the crew's label Sick Wid It. This was before they signed with Jive Records and when D-Shot would still go by the name Mac D Shot.and B-Legit would still be sometimes referred to as Legitimate B.

For this 22 year old radio interview the group were joined in the studio by their producer Studio Ton and it was an exciting time for them as they were regionally popular - both in the Bay Area and down south and in the mid west where they built up a grassroots following from tirelessly trekking out to these other parts of the US to sell their tapes. In the interview they talk about their first (pre Click) group MVP who, in 1988, released a 4 song 12" EP featuring such tracks as "Thought I Could Trust A Girl." Note that with their later record label Sick Wid It they had a habit of printing the following year's date on their releases (IE if an EP or LP dropped in 1990 it would read 1991 on the label) hence there's often confusion about the exact years of the early era Sick Wid It releases like Federal and Down & Dirty that are often listed as 1993 instead of 1992.

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Harmonizing Siblings The Belle Brigade Play Amoeba SF and Hollywood This Week

Posted by Billyjam, March 24, 2014 11:30am | Post a Comment

The Belle Brigade - Belt of Orion (Live at Amoeba Hollywood, 2011)


Over the past several decades in popular music there's been frequent reminders that bands featuring siblings usually offer a special musical synchronicity, a flawless fusion of two signing voices - perfectly in sync with one another on a musical level. Examples of brothers, or sisters, or brothers and sisters together in bands over the years include The Kinks, Tegan and Sara, The Everly Brothers, The Bee Gees, and The Belle Brigade who play two Amoeba in-stores this week (tomorrow Tuesday at Amoeba San Francisco, and Thursday at Amoeba Hollywood) in support of their brand new album Just Because (also available on LP format). It will not be the first time that the LA brother-sister duo, comprised of Barbara Gruska and Ethan Gruska, graced Amoeba with their irresistible melodic rock and pitch perfect harmonies. Check the video above from Amoeba Hollywood from a few years ago, around the time of the release their critically acclaimed self-titled debut The Belle Brigade featuring such sunny and satisfying slices of pop rock as "Belt of Orion" above (see the full May 18th, 2011 Amoeba Hollywood in-store here).

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