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Pete Rock Readies To Release PeteStrumentals 2

Posted by Billyjam, May 10, 2015 06:00pm | Post a Comment

Legendary hip-hop producer Pete Rock, who originally came to fame in the early '90s via the power duo Pete Rock & CL Smooth, will release  PeteStrumentals 2 next month via Mello Music Group. It is the long-awaited sequel to the 2001 BBE Records release PeteStrumentals, which compiled beat-driven compositions recorded over the previous decade.

The NY-born producer has just unleashed the music video for the album track "Cosmic Slop." The video captures the producer alone in a room, lost in the music as he creates magic with his MPC. "The video just gives you a lil' knowledge on the vibes I was feeling when I was making the track," said Pete Rock who did a memorable performance and interview at Amoeba Hollywood in 2008. He described the track as a beat he designed for creating the feeling of "cruising down the highway on a very nice day or night in the summertime seeing all kinda people outside enjoying themselves!"

Considering that the late great J Dilla credited Pete Rock as his key influence it only seems fitting that the 20 track Petestrumentals 2 features a  touching requiem to Detroit's favorite son via the touching song “Dilla Bounce (R.I.P)” in which Pete Rock pays tribute to his prodigy. Petestrumentals 2 will arrive in Amoeba Music on June 23rd in both CD and vinyl formats. In addition to the brand new "Cosmic Slop" video below is Pete Rock & CL Smooth's hip-hop classic "They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)" off 1992's Mecca and The Soul Brother.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up: Tyler, The Creator, Kendrick Lamar, Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$, KMD, DMC LA

Posted by Billyjam, May 8, 2015 09:15am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Chart 05:08:15


1) Tyler, the Creator Cherry Bomb (Odd Future)

2) Kendrick Lamar To Pimp A Butterfly (Aftermath)

3) Action Bronson Mr Wonderful (Atlantic)

4) KMD Bl ck B st rds (Metal Face)

5) Joey Bada$$ B4.DA.$$ (Cinematic Music)

Topping this week's hip-hop chart at Amoeba Music Hollywood is the latest solo full-length from hometown, super-talened member of OFWGKTA (Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All) - Tyler, the Creator's Cherry Bomb. The self-produced album has been well received by both dedicated fans of the artist and his collective, as well as new fans just now catching up with the artist's trademark cacophony of in-your-face sounds and his off-the-wall, typically explicit lyrical assault. Among fans' favorite album tracks are "F**king Young" (see video below) and the song "Smuckers" that features verses from both Kanye West and Lil Wayne and clocks in at just under six minutes. According to Billboard magazine, Tyler had originally planned on the song being used by Jay-Z and Kanye West, but then at last minute decided that he would include it on his own album.

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Digging Deep In The Crates Of Latest Record Collection Acquisition By Amoeba

Posted by Billyjam, May 7, 2015 05:12am | Post a Comment


As a music fan and lifelong record collector, I love the opportunity to join Amoeba buyers when they travel to check out large privately-owned record collections to potentially scoop up and get onto the shelves at Amoeba Music's three stores. For me, flipping through record collections is always fun. I get a kick out of looking at album covers, spotting records that I already know and/or own, along with ones I have never seen nor heard of. Such was the case earlier this week  when I joined Amoeba Marc just outside of New York City to check out a moderate sized record collection consisting of mostly LPs from the '70's through the early '90's and ranging in genres. Our job was to check out the collection to see if it had records Amoeba customers would want (it did) and then to pack it up and ship it back safely (there's an art to shipping large quantities of records without them encountering any damage) to Amoeba's Hollywood store where they will begin making their way into the vinyl isles within a week. 

The first record collection buy for Amoeba that I was a part of was a few years back in Queens, NY when we packed and shipped a 30,000 unit (mostly vinyl) collection cross country back to Cali. That was a large collection but not compared to one that Amoeba Marc and crew shipped from Ohio earlier this year. That one numbered 80,000 records, which is a lot to pack and ship. In comparison, this latest collection acquired by Amoeba was relatively modest in scale. It numbered 3,200 12" records (90% albums with the balance in 12" singles) and around 750 7" singles, plus a short stack of 10" singles/EPs. That' a little over three quarters of a ton in weight; something I learned from Peanut Butter Wolf who released the 2001 album My Vinyl Weighs A Ton. That album's title, he informed me in a previous Amoeblog on this topic, was based on not just a play on words of the famous Public Enemy album but also his personal experience when he had to move and determine the weight of his vinyl for the trucking company.  4,000 LPs = 1 ton. The U-Haul "small" size box (the best size box for record packing/shipping) holds approx 100 albums and weighs approx 60 lbs.

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Soul Singer Errol Brown of Hot Chocolate Has Died

Posted by Billyjam, May 6, 2015 10:55am | Post a Comment

As reported by the BBC and other UK media outlets this morning Errol Brown - the lead singer with the popular UK-based soul group Hot Chocolate - has died from liver cancer at his home in the Bahamas. He was 71.

Errol Brown's powerful voice drove such Hot Chocolate hits as "You Sexy Thing," "Emma," "It Started with a Kiss," "Brother Louie," and "Every 1's a Winner" during the group's heyday throughout the '70s and up through the middle of the '80s. In fact, Hot Chocolate holds the distinction of being the only group in the UK to have racked up a top 40 hit singles for 15 consecutive years during that time frame (1970 - 1984). Twelve years ago, Errol Brown was made an MBE by the Queen for his contributions to the British music arts. And the following year he received an Ivor Novello award for his "outstanding contribution to British music."



Of all the hits that Brown and Hot Chocolate are associated with, "You Sexy Thing" (which Brown co-wrote) remains their best known song of all, one that had enjoyed a few lifespans. It was a Top 10 hit single in the 1970s, and again in the 1980s, and then again in the 1990s when it appeared in the soundtrack for the 1997 film The Full Monty and on its accompanying soundtrack. Meantime, the Hot Chocolate song perhaps most personal for the Jamaican-born Brown, who moved with his single mother to the UK at the age of 12, was the group's 1974 hit "Emma," which reportedly was written about his mom who died from cancer at the young age of 38 when Brown was only 20 years old. Music videos for both "Emma" and "You Sexy Thing" appear below. 
 
In 2009, Errol Brown performed for the last time at his career farewell tour in the UK. At the time he told the BBC that he was most satisfied with his music career and all he had done in life but was glad that he was officially retired once that tour ended. He told the BBC that even though he would never perform again, "the music will be there, so that won't go away!" Look for Errol Brown/Hot Chocolate releases, such as the 2012 released collection You Sexy Thing: The Best of Hot Chocolate, from Amoeba's online store.
 


Hot Chocolate "Emma" (1974)

Hip-Hop Rap-Up: Hip Hop In The Park, Souls of Mischief in NYC, Top 5, E-Lit's New Releases, Amoeba Converse Exhibit + more

Posted by Billyjam, May 1, 2015 09:05am | Post a Comment

This weekend marks the nineteenth year of Hip Hop In The Park - Berkeley's annual free, all ages, all elements inclusive, hip-hop event in Peoples Park, located behind Amoeba Berkeley. Since 1997, the Students For Hop Hop @ Cal have been presenting this always fun afternoon celebration of hip-hop culture. This year's headliner is Fashawn who has been winning over a whole wave of fans since connecting with Nas and the Queensbridge rapper's new label,  Mass Appeal, on which he released the critically acclaimed The Ecology two months ago. Just in the past week, the Fresno rapper unleashed the album's second single and accompanying video, "Higher."

The Souls of Mischief along with their childhood friend and director of the engaging documentary on the Hiero crew, 'Til Infinity, Shomari Smith are all in New York City right now for the screening of the film tonight at the Helen Mills Theater on West 26th Street as part of the New York City International Film Festival (NYCIFF 2015). So far, the veteran Oakland hip-hop crew have included doing an interview with Birthplace magazine, and stopping by an old friend's radio show. 

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