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All Eyez On 2Pac Photo Shoot

Posted by Billyjam, June 9, 2014 04:20pm | Post a Comment

The other day while riding BART, I saw an ad for KMEL radio with a collage of images featuring a sampling of artists that get a lot of airplay on the popular Bay Area radio station, including the late great Tupac Shakur. The 2Pac photo (left) was that iconic one you see all the time, culled from the photo shoot for the slain rap artist's album All Eyez On Me. The Death Row / Interscope release was Tupac's fifth album and widely considered the best album of his long illustrious career, both in life and posthumously. 2Pac would be dead seven months after the
release of this album.

The actual photo, one of many shot by celebrity photographer Ken Nahoum (see video below by Nahoum from the 2Pac photo shoot) for the album's art work, was not used for the front cover but instead relegated to the inside gatefold as part of a collage of pictures and text to accompany the four-LP, two-CD set that was divided into "Book 1" and "Book 2." However, since its February 1996 release, it is this image that has been used time and time again in articles and advertisements like KMEL's.

Every time I see this iconic picture of Pac staring upwards I always wonder to myself, what is he looking at or what exactly was going through his mind right then? So over the weekend I passed on this question via my Facebook page to find our what others thought might be the answer. The response was pretty good so I decided to republish the replies below with the name of who suggested them.

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Rest In Peace Rik Mayall of "The Young Ones"

Posted by Billyjam, June 9, 2014 10:31am | Post a Comment

      


As reported a little earlier today by the BBC, beloved British actor/comedian Rik Mayall, best known as one of the four main stars of the alternative offbeat comedy television series The Young Ones, has died at the age of 56 today at his home in London. The exact cause of his death has not been announced but Mayall, who was married with three children, was left seriously ill after a quad bike accident in 1998 that left him in a coma for several days and greatly disabled ever since.  Pictured left in recent times, Mayall also appeared in such other television shows as Bottom, Blackadder (he played Lord Flashheart), and The New Statesman plus movies such as Drop Dead Fred and Guest House Paradiso. But it is for his brilliant role as the obnoxious Rick (prone to extreme slapstick humor) in The Young Ones that he will be best remembered for, followed in close second for the show Bottom that he co-wrote with his close friend/Young Ones collaborator Adrian Edmondson. The comedian/actor co-wrote The Young Ones with Lise Mayer and Ben Elton and although it had a cult huge following that continues to this day the TV show only ran for a total of 12 episodes (two six episode series), originally broadcast between the years 1982 and 1985 on BBC2 in the UK and shown late night on MTV (where most Americans first saw the show) in 1985.
 

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 06.07.14: Top 5, OMCA's VINYL, DJ Platurn, Too $hort, Dregs One @ Slim's, Scratch Cypher in The Town

Posted by Billyjam, June 8, 2014 04:20pm | Post a Comment


During last evening's Bay Area hip-hop themed Talk, Play, and Sip session I hosted at the Oakland Museum of California - as part of OMCA's ongoing Amoeba sponsored VINYL: The Sound and Culture of Records - several participants addressed in their shares the importance of hip-hop as a vehicle for a message of upliftment and/or awareness rather than simply mindless escapism and glorification of consumerism, sexism, and casual violence. Speakers including Bas-One, Adisa Banjoko (below), and Eric Arnold each addressed the topic as did DJ Platurn (pictured above) who observed that to his fellow speakers, who all came up in the era of politicized, positive thinking hip-hop via artists like Public Enemy and the Bay Area's Paris, were all conditioned to view hip-hop as a powerful medium of message and change. DJ Platurn's Talk N Play 45's record selections reflected that too, especially Too $hort's classic 1990 single "The Ghetto" (off Short Dog's In The House) which addresses the poverty and economic disparity of urban areas like Oakland. Also noted at last night's OMCA session was how Bay Area hip-hop has traditionally included many politicized artists. One such current example is Dregs One who, along with host Equipto and a grip of other SF artists and speakers (see flyer for full lineup), take over Slim's tonight in a benefit hip-hop show that will address pressing local community issues such as evictions, gentrification, and police brutality.

Freddie Gibbs and Madlib Complete Video Trilogy With "Deeper"

Posted by Billyjam, June 5, 2014 06:45am | Post a Comment

Part 3: Freddie Gibbs & Madlib "Deeper"  (from Piñata  2014)
 
Indiana emcee Freddie Gibbs and LA musician/DJ/producer extraordinaire Madlib, have just released a video for the song "Deeper" from their collaborative full-length Piñata (aka Cocaine Piñata) on Madlib Ivazion, which delivers Gibbs' 90's gangsta rap style and features guest spots from such artists as Raekwon, Earl Sweatshirt, Danny Brown, Domo Genesis, Scarface, and Mac Miller. The album topped each Amoeba store's hip-hop charts when it was released on CD and also on vinyl back in March. With the publication this week of the music video for the album track "Deeper" (above), they've completed the third part in the Jonah Schwartz-directed trilogy (admittedly a "loose" trilogy, says Schwartz) in which the "Deeper" video was preceded by two Gibbs/Madlib song videos "Thuggin'" and "Shame."

New York State of Mind Amoeblog #84: Janelle Monae, Duck Down BBQ, Puerto Rican Day Parade, All-City Graffiti Archive + more

Posted by Billyjam, June 4, 2014 04:00pm | Post a Comment

Boot Camp Clik "Trading Places" - The legendary BK crew throw a free BBQ/concert tomorrow

Yesterday (June 3rd) was the official launch of this season's annual citywide park concert series SummerStage with a free show by Ty Dolla $ign at Red Hook Park in Brooklyn. The series continues this evening at the same location where Mark McGuire, Marissa Nadler, and Delicate Steve all perform (again for free) at 7:00pm. An excellent triple bill this show is worth it just to check out Mark McGuire alone who plays an array of instruments and musical styles that include mandolin, drum machines, guitars (electric and acoustic), and a Talkbox as witnessed on the former Emeralds member's latest solo album Along the Way whose sound Amoeba.com likened to "early New Age—think Tangerine Dream and Brian Eno." More info.

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