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Historic Event For A City That Once Banned Rap, Oakland's Hiero Day 2016 Elevated It To Best Damn Hip-Hop Festival Ever

Posted by Billyjam, September 7, 2016 07:07am | Post a Comment

Oakland's annual all day hip-hop festival, Hiero Day 2016 that took place two days ago, was both amazing and historic. Only in its fifth year, the Hieroglyphics collective curated event has not only already established itself as the best annual music and cultural festival in The Town (Oakland). But this annual Labor Day's sold-out, talent-packed, festival comprised of three different concert stages, each offering top notch and totally diverse hip-hop acts, elevated Hiero Day into the best damn hip-hop festival anywhere! Attended by respectful hip-hop fans of all generations and races, but each sharing an appreciation for all styles of hip-hop, Hiero Day 2016 exuded the most positive, peaceful, uplifting vibe of any hip-hop event of its scale that I have ever witnessed anywhere. And that prevailing positive vibe that permeated the air on Monday all seemed to fuel  the energy of the acts on stage and their tight sets. Monday's diverse list of over 50 performers included Too $hort, Paris, the Invisibl Skratch Piklz, Dilated Peoples, Murs, Mr. Lif, Just Blaze, Young L, and the Hieros themselves.. 

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Recently Reunited Invisibl Skratch Piklz Pitch Perfectly Recreate "The 13th Floor" @ Packed Amoeba Berkeley In-Store Performance

Posted by Billyjam, September 5, 2016 01:14pm | Post a Comment

The Invisibl Skratch Piklz, featurnig the talented trio of DJs Qbert, D-Styles and Shortkut,  did a mind blowing in-store set followed by a meet-and-greet for a packed-to-capacity Amoeba Music Berkeley on Saturday evening. Coinciding with the pioneering Bay Area turntablist crew's anticipated soon-to-drop new album, The 13th Floor on Galactic Butt Hair, they effortlessly delivered a jaw-dropping, next-level turntable manipulation performance to wild loud applause. All the more impressive of their half-hour set, was that it was a flawless, pitch-perfect reworking of the reunited group's new nine track LP. Note that the album does not officially get released until Friday (September 9th) but Amoeba shoppers had the opportunity to buy it early and get the record signed too. The unprecedented huge crowd turnout not only packed the jazz-room performance area of the Telegraph Ave. store but spilled into the next room too with fans eager to catch in person these three local legends. In fact so many were jammed into Amoeba that some fans went back outside onto the street to peer through the window for a glimpse of these living legends. Most fans of the Piklz  thought would never perform again after they broke up at their peak back up in the late nineties.

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Hiero Day 2016 Video Preview

Posted by Billyjam, September 5, 2016 01:04pm | Post a Comment

Already underway with things started, there's still time for Bay Area hip-hop fans to head on over to the fifth, latest, and best ever Hiero Day 2016 in Oakland. Previous years have been really good but this one, with all the wonderful diver acts on the bill, looks like it beats all previous years. It's an all ages event and is great for kids too since it has such an incredibly peaceful and positive vibe. Most things run close to their schedules but sometimes, like last year, things can run a bit late, especially later in the day. So be patient realistic and don't take the above schedule literally but rather as good guideline to the running order of acts and their set running lengths. In honor of this unique and wonderful cultural event that the hometown Hieroglyphics hip-hop crew (who headline) produce and present, below are a series of corresponding music videos for several of the acts to hit the three concert stages (Full Circle, Third Eye, and Infinity) later today including Dilated Peoples, Murs, Too $hort, The Beat Junkies, The Grouch, Nef The Pharaoh, Juvenile, Lyrics Born, Invisibl Skratch Piklz and Young L. Note that pre-sale tix are no longer available but you can buy tix at the gate. More info on Hiero Day 2016

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Leroy Moore's Krip-Hop Nation Planning Anniversary Compilation, Book, Documentary, and Tour of South Africa

Posted by Billyjam, August 30, 2016 11:48pm | Post a Comment

The Krip-Hop Nation has a busy upcoming six month period ahead with a planned krip-hop book, a documentary, and a tour of South Africa all planned for late 2016 and early 2017. He also has a compilation of the best of the past decade of Krip-Hop Nation's music planned for sometime in 2017. According to artist/activist Leroy Moore, the founder of the Berkeley CA based international organization of hip-hop artists with disabilities, the first item on the agenda is the tour of South Africa. "Thanks to This Ability Newspaper and Simon Manda, we're going to be going to South Africa on November 5th through December 10th when we're going to do a whole South African tour," Moore told the Amoeblog recently in an interview conducted at his Berkeley apartment/office. "I am raising $8000 for the tour documentary and new book," he added of the recently set up Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign that will finance a documentary about the tour as well as a book by Krip-Hop Nation artists. He said that the network of krip-hop artists in South Africa, with whom he's been communicating closely with with for a while, are hooking up everything from the venues to play to places to stay." In addition to going toward the production expenses of making a documentary of the upcoming tour and the publishing of the future book (a collection of essays, poetry and lyrics by US and African krip-hop artists), the Indiegogo campaign will also fund equipment that will make the tour more accessible for wheelchairs etc.

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Hip-Hop Rap Up: New CD + LP Releases, Events, News, Videos [De La Soul, ATCQ, PUTS, A$AP Rocky, Prophets of Rage, Hiero]

Posted by Billyjam, August 28, 2016 03:06pm | Post a Comment

New Hip-Hop Vinyl Releases

1: De La Soul And The Anonymous Nobody (A.O.I. LLC) (colored vinyl LP)

2: 2 Chainz Collegrove (Def Jam) (avail in CD)

3: A$AP Rocky  At Long Last A$AP (RCA) (avail in CD)

4: People Under The Stairs  The Gettin' Off Stage Step 2 [EP] (12") (Redefinition/Fat Beats)

New hip-hop vinyl releases for this week above include the highly anticipated new  De La Soul album And The Anonymous Nobody which A.O.I. LLC also released in a colored vinyl LP) LP version as well as on CD (as per the CD releases list below. Impressive is how both the LP version got dropped at same time as the CD since often the LP/vinyl version of releases comes one or two months or more later than the initial CD album version release. Such is the case with both the new vinyl releases this week for the 2 Chainz album Collegrove (Def Jam) which initially came out on CD back in March and the A$AP Rocky  At Long Last A$AP  vinyl LP version of the album that initially got released by RCA ON CD back in May.  Speaking of new CD only (so far) releases this week: the list below includes Mello Music Group's latest offering from Red Pill Instinctive Drowning (scroll down to see music video for title track), and old pal of the late great Mac Dre J-Diggs California Livin Part 3: Chasin My Dreams. Released on Thizz Entertainment it takes its "California Livin'" title part from an early career Mac Dre single that was produced by Khayree.

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