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Schumer & Pelosi Revamp Alice Cooper's "Make America Sick Again" Slogan

Posted by Billyjam, January 4, 2017 04:28pm | Post a Comment

Earlier today when Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi unveiled their "Make America Sick Again" slogan, aimed at the anticipated actions of the GOP, they inadvertently revamped Alice Cooper's similarly worded, albeit tongue in cheek, slogan from the veteran rocker's most recent presidential run. That fun run from last year culminated in Cooper's performance of "Elected" on Jimmy Kimmel Live! a week before the 2016 election. See video below of that fun rockin' performance, which mocked the Trump/Clinton presidential race and was part of Cooper's months long joke run for US president (as well as UK Prime Minister) with a tagline of "A Troubled Man for Troubled Times" on a platform of "no platform" except for that promise to "Make America Sick Again." However Alice Cooper's faux 2016 presidential campaign did feature a 10 point "manifesto." Included in those ten points were such election promises as no more pencils, no more books, getting Brian Johnson back in AC/DC, adding the face of Motorhead's Lemmy to Mount Rushmore, putting Groucho Marx on the $50 bill, and a ban on taking selfies, except on a designated National Selfie Day.

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With "2016 Rap Up" Contemporary Culture Observer Skillz Surmises Highs & Lows of The "Bummer" Year That Was

Posted by Billyjam, January 1, 2017 11:59am | Post a Comment

"This past year was a bummer," is how  Skillz, (aka Mad Skillz) kicks off his just published annual year in review rap: "2016 Rap Up" (audio of song below).  From that opener through its closing line about "2016 you can go, and I'm glad you're gone Felt like a long bad dream" this contemporary culture observer accurately surmises the highs and lows of 2016 while simultaneously channeling how many of us feel at this year's end. Hear the full audio below, uploaded yesterday to SoundCloud, of the artist's latest year-in-review rhyme: something that began accidentally 14 years ago. "It was originally a freestyle for the end of a mixtape that I did in '02 over all Neptunes beats," he told the Amoeblog in an interview last year, adding how "It just grew legs of its own." By now his annual "Rap Ups," that are typically recorded and uploaded in the final two days of December have become anticipated rhyme recaps of the year. 

Skillz' two-decade career dates back to his killer 1996 debut From Where??? on Big Beat f
eaturing production from The Large Professor and Jay Dee (aka J Dilla).  But so popular are Skillz' annual "Rap Up" reviews, they tend to overshadow his other work. They're funny, short, and cater to a short-attention span generation. As Skillz shared in his Amoeblog interview the formula for his annual rap recap is simple:  "Get to it, give 'em the facts, make it humorous, make 'em think, make 'em reminisce, and get out!"  For the backtrack to his newest production Skillz utilizes Young M.A’s ’ “Summer Story (instrumental).” 

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1990's Promo Pics Pt V: Guru's Jazzmatazz, Dove Shack, P.M. Dawn, Das EFX, Special Ed, Mac Vo, Prince Markie Dee + more

Posted by Billyjam, December 27, 2016 11:33pm | Post a Comment

GURU's Jazzmatazz Chrysalis/EMI 1996 promo pic by Thierry Le Goues


The above Jazzmatazz promo pic by Thierry Le Goues for Empire Management was sent out by the Chrysalis/EMI publicity department in 1996 as part of the press package for GURU's Jazzmatazz Volume II The New Reality. That was the side project by Gang Starr's GURU (Gifts Unlimited Rhymes Universal) in which he collaborated with over 20 different talented artists including Donald Byrd, Ronny Jordan, Freddie Hubbard, Chaka Khan, Ramsey Lewis and Kool Keith. It's one of eleven photos in this latest installment of the 1990's Promo Pics Amoeblog series. The series is a tribute to artists as well as the photographers and record labels responsible for sending them out at the time. The previous posts in this series (1990's Promo Pics Part I Part II, Part III , and Part IV)  included such artists as The Roots, Ras KassA Tribe Called Quest, Tha Alkaholiks, Big Daddy Kane,  Beastie Boys, DJ QUIK, The Beatnuts, O.C.Masta Ace Incorporated and Black Sheep.  This latest installment series, featuring mostly 1995 and 1996 promos shots, includes such artists, photographers, and labels as the Mercury Records photo of Blahzay Blahzay by Sue Kwon, Profile Records pictures of both Special Ed (by Micheal Benabib) and MT (by Tim Carter), Relativity's promo shot by B+ of Mac Vo, Gee Street's photo of P.M. Dawn by Chris Cuffaro, East West's pic of Das EFX by Butch Belair, and Prince Markie Dee of the Fat Boys fame pic for Motown. Others include Panther the Apache's pic by Brian Jahn for Boom Sonic Records, The Justin Warfield Supernaut's pic by Stephen Stickler for Quest/Reprise, and The Dove Shack for the Def Jam/Rush Associated Labels (RAL).



Rest In Peace George Michael [Christmas Day 2016]

Posted by Billyjam, December 25, 2016 11:11pm | Post a Comment

Earlier today, Christmas Day, pop star George Michael was reportedly found dead at his Oxfordshire home in England. He was only 53 years of age. According to the Hollywood Reporter, who quoted the singer's manager Michael Lippman, the former member of Wham! and solo singing superstar died of a heart attack at his Goring-on-Thames home in the early afternoon. Meanwhile Michael's publicist Connie Filippello issued a statement today that read, “It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period. The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage.”


George Michael first came to fame along with Andrew Ridgeley as part of the dance pop duo Wham! that formed in 1981. An outgrowth of a little known, short-lived (1979 - 1980) ska quartet called The Executive, the pared down duo of Wham! scored a string of hits in their five years together in which they sold 25 million records around the world. Their hit singles (more in the UK than in the US) included "Young Guns (Go For It)," "Wham Rap," "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go," "Freedom," "Last Christmas," and "I'm Your Man." Following the breakup of Wham! in 1986, Michael first collaborated (thanks to Clive Davis) with one of his heroes, Aretha Franklin, on the duet "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)." Then he threw himself fully into writing and recording what would be a more mature sound than Wham! and a an even more successful solo career (selling 80 million records!) beginning with his 1987 landmark debut solo album Faith. However it should be noted that back in 1984, while still a member of Wham!, he released his first solo single: the hit "Careless Whisper" which is sometimes also credited to Wham! as it appears on the group's 1984 album Make It Big.

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Chance the Rapper's Hella Hectic Christmas Music Week

Posted by Billyjam, December 22, 2016 06:00pm | Post a Comment

Topping off an incredibly successful year, that included recently nabbing seven Grammy nominations including Best New Artist and Best Rap Album for his critically and commercially acclaimed 2016 album Coloring Book, Chance the Rapper threw himself into the Christmas music spirit this past week. The 23 year old Chicago born and proud rapper has had a hella productive past five days in the Christmas music spirit that began with his viral hit performance of "Jingle Barack" on SNL, included a special Christmas music DJ set (and interview) at BBC1 radio yesterday, and topped it all off today with the surprise release of a Christmas mixtape with fellow Chicago artist, the Def Jam singer/producer Jeremih. Posted to Soundcloud this morning (two days later than initially planned) under the title  Merry Christmas Lil' Mama, it's a (free) nine track mixtape of newly recorded tracks with some mic guests joining in the festive musical mix. It's a real nice laid back 32 minute mix too, which you can hear below, with such tracks as "Chi Town Christmas," "I'm Your Santa," "Snowed In," "All The Way (feat. Hannibal Buress)," "The Tragedy (feat. Noname),"  and “I Shoulda Left You (feat. Lud Foe)."

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