The Town Part II: Interview with Oakland's Bikes 4 Life's Founder Tony Coleman

Posted by Billyjam, July 24, 2010 02:55pm | Post a Comment
Bikes 4 Life 3rd Annual Peace Ride - July 24th 2010

Oakland's unique Bikes 4 Life, which later today presents its 3rd Annual Bike Ride for Peace & Bike-In Movie Night with a free screening of The Warriors, is yet another thing about The Town (aka Oakland) that helps make this long slept-on East Bay neighbor of San Francisco such a wonderfully unique & special place to live or visit. And the goal of the Amoeblog's The Town series is to focus on many of the Bikes 4 Lifefine Oakland organizations and businesses (for profit & non-profit) that have either been around for a few years such as Bikes 4 Life, or for a good many years such as Rent-A-Relic, or else ones have only just cropped up in the past several months such as Beer Revolution and The Layover (both to be Amoeblogged about here in the upcoming weeks).

Earlier today I caught up with Tony Coleman, who is the founder and executive director of this Oakland bicycle based organization -- someone who I originally met through hip-hop several years ago and who has always been a really cool, positive person-- one with his community always first in his mind. The interview with Tony follows and includes the specifics on this evening's bike ride and movie screening.

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Hip-Hop Rap Up 07:23:10: Rick Ross, Kero One, Curren$y, Take Back the Mic Bay Area

Posted by Billyjam, July 23, 2010 05:46pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Berkeley Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 07:23:10

1) The Roots How I Got Over (Def Jam)

2) Big Boi Sir Lucious Left Foot... The Son of Chico Dusty (Def Jam)

3) Eminem Recovery (Aftermath, Interscope, Shady)

4) Curren$y Pilot Talk (Blu Roc, Def Jam)

5) Tie between three:
  -  Drake Thank Me Later (Cash Money Records)
 -  Rick Ross Teflon Don (Def Jam)
  - Nas + Damian Marley Distant Relatives  
   (Republic, Universal)

Thanks to both Inti and Evan at the Berkeley Amoeba Music, who star in the video below, for this week's hip-hop chart and honorable mentions/picks. As Inti mentions in the clip, still holding steady in sales are The Roots, Big Boi, Eminem, Drake, and Nas & Damian Marley. Meanwhile, the new entries include Rick Ross' Teflon Don, the Miami artist's fourth full length release following 2006's Port Of Miami, 2008's Trilla, and last year's Deeper Than Rap. The new album features such guests as Ne-Yo, members of the Miami-based Triple-C (Carol City Cartel), Jay-Z, Kanye West, Chrisette Michelle, Drake, T.I., and Raphael Sadiq. And in case, like me, you were fooled into thinking that MC Hammer, whose name appears on the sticker on the cover of the new CD, also appears on the new release, he doesn't; instead there is the song "MC Hammer (feat. Gucci Mane)" (audio sample below).

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The Gospel of Hip Hop According to KRS ONE, Part III -- Spellings & Definitions of Hip Hop

Posted by Billyjam, July 22, 2010 09:45pm | Post a Comment
KRS One KRS ONE appears at Amoeba Hollywood on July 28th at 6pm in a special standing room only lecture in celebration of his latest book, The Gospel of Hip Hop!

Of the many memorable lyrics and expressions KRS-One has uttered over the years, perhaps the most often quoted by fans of Hip Hop is: "Rap is something you do. Hip Hop is something you live."

Simple but brilliantly profound, this regularly recited and referenced expression is part of the lyrics from the veteran hip-hop emcee, educator, activist, author's song "Hip Hop Vs. Rap," which was originally released as a B-side of the 1993 single "Sound Of Da Police" off his landmark 1993 solo debut Return Of The Boom Bap (Jive Records). The Teacha, as KRS ONE is commonly known, has long been a spokesperson for and ambassador of Hip Hop. Through his tireless two and a half decades of making Hip Hop music and giving lectures on the topic he has helped define the very meaning of the culture, or kulture, as he spells it. In fact, he has literally written the book on Hip Hop with his third and latest book, the 800 plus page The Gospel of Hip Hop, which is subtitled First Instrument presented by KRS ONE for the Temple of Hip Hop. Not surprisingly, The Teacha spends a good deal of space within these pages dissecting and analyzing the exact meaning of Hip Hop right down to its spelling, which he divides three distinct ways: Hip Hop, hip-hop, and Hiphop.

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The Gospel of Hip Hop According to KRS ONE, Part II

Posted by Billyjam, July 21, 2010 04:55pm | Post a Comment

's recently published The Gospel of Hip Hop is a most ambitious Hip Hop based self-help / life-manual that was tirelessly written by the author, artist, and activist over a fourteen year period. Next Wednesday, July 28th, at 6pm, KRS One will be at Amoeba Hollywood to lecture about the book, sign copies, and field questions in an intimate setting in the SoCal store's Jazz Room. This is the second in a series of Amoeblogs leading up to that instore. Each post includes excerpts from the recent in-depth phone interview conducted with KRS about his 832 page book.The Gospel of Hip Hop

Like most bibles, KRS One's Gospel comes in hardcover with a gold laminated biblical like font on its cover and an attached string to mark its pages. It has lots of reading, no pictures, and sets about laying down the exact meaning and intentions (IE, the gospel) of hip-hop itself. However, unlike the good book, KRS's Gospel comes with a "shout out" section; and, like the Bible, the Gospel is clearly on a spiritual tip.

In the introduction section of the book, titled "A New Covenant," KRS writes about "the voice" that led him to leave home in his mid teens and "drop out of high school to pursue Hip Hop." It was this voice that "recited to me the poetry that I recite to others. It was this voice that instructed me to battle. It was this voice that inspired the Stop The Violence Movement (1989), and the Temple of Hip Hop (1996), and this gospel for Hip Hop."

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The Gospel of Hip Hop According to KRS One, Part I

Posted by Billyjam, July 20, 2010 03:34pm | Post a Comment

Announced just last week, anticipation is already mounting for the very special appearance by KRS One at Amoeba Music Hollywood on July 28th at 6pm. The Teacha himself -- one of hip-hop history's most articulate and prolific spokespersons -- will give a lecture and field questions from the standing room only audience in relation to his most recently published book The Gospel of Hip Hop (Powerhouse Books).

The Gospel of Hip Hop, which is subtitled First Instrument presented by KRS One for the Temple of Hip Hop, is more than simply another book on rap and hip-hop. The tome is something that the longtime emcee/educator/lecturer/activist & author born Lawrence Parker (later known as Kris Parker) has been diligently working on and fine-tuning since the mid nineties.

And unlike, say, Jeff Chang's invaluable hip-hop history book Can't Stop Won't Stop, which examines the history of hip-hop music and culture, KRS One's latest book (the author's third, following The Science of Rap and Ruminations), which does outline the history of hip-hop's elements,  is really more like a Hip Hop Kulture rooted philosophical, spiritual manual/day-to-day living guide for the Hip Hop generation, particularly for those who may feel disaffected with organized religion but can relate to all things Hip Hop.

At next Wednesday's standing room only Amoeba lecture (in the Hollywood store's intimate Jazz Room) the Teacha will discuss The Gospel of Hip Hop, sign copies of the book, and take questions from the audience. Note that due to the intimate nature of this event plus obvious space constraints, Amoeba will sell advance Gospel of Hip Hop packages, which, for the nice price of $25, include a copy of the book on event date (7/28), guaranteed space in signing line to meet KRS One, plus a ticket to hear KRS speak and answer questions. Note that all sales are final.

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