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Young MC Forever Associated with His 1989 Pop Hit "Bust A Move"

Posted by Billyjam, August 6, 2016 04:18pm | Post a Comment

Despite his other accomplishments, including writing hits for others, and the numerous other songs he's recorded, Young MC will forever be remembered for his global 1989 hit "Bust A Move." The single, that appeared on the British-born/US raised artist's debut album Stone Cold Rhymin as well on some compilations and soundtracks, was the artist's biggest hit: staying on the Billboard Top 100 chart for over nine months. It would go on to win Young MC the 1990 Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance. However instead of being seen as one of the talented artist's many good compositions and recordings, the hugely popular record would rank him among the dreaded "one-hit wonder" category.

Of Jamaican heritage, Marvin Young was born in the Wimbledon suburb of South West London, England.  With family relocating across the pond to the USA, he would be raised for much of his life in the Queens borough of New York City. A good student, he first graduated Manhattan's Hunter College before enrolling across the country at the University of Southern California. At USC Young earned a bachelors degree in economics. He also earned the friendship of two fellow students, Michael Ross and Matt Dike. Dike and Ross were the founders of their then fledgling Delicious Vinyl Records.  The pair would sign Young MC as their first artist. In return he helped put their upstart label on the rap map both as their first artist and as the creative force behind the record label's next artist,Tone Loc. Young MC co-wrote his raspy voiced label-mate's 1989 top-ten mega hit "Wild Thing" and "Funky Cold Medina." These moves would prompt many to later opine that Young had foolishly given away some of his best material.

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Tyler, The Creator's 2016 Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival to include ScHoolboy Q, A$AP Rocky, Erykah Badu, Action Bronson, Death Grips

Posted by Billyjam, August 4, 2016 08:15pm | Post a Comment

Along with such other artist-curated music events as the Hierogplyics' annual Hiero Day, The Roots' Picnic, and Diplo's national touring Mad Decent Block Party, Tyler, The Creator's Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival proves that increasingly artists are taking further control of aspects of their careers. Once the domain of concert promoters, more and more artists have been producing or co-producing their own music festivals. MURS' sadly no longer, high-caliber indie hip-hop Paid Dues festival which, up until 2013, presented lovingly assembled hip-hop shows for the better part of a decade.

Although hard work even when these artists work in collaboration (such as Tyler the Creator whose teamed up with Goldenvoice), these artists are doing a damn good job presenting their own music festivals. Proof is evident in the line-up of artists, announced today, for the Odd Future star's 5th annual Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival taking place in LA in three months from now. Artists confirmed for this year's weekend long music event will include A$AP Rocky, ScHoolboy Q, Lil Wayne, Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson, Erykah Badu, Chance the Rapper, Death Grips, Flatbush Zombies, DJ Mustard, TOKiMONSTA, Pretty Lights, Kehlani, The Internet, Domo Genesis and, of course, Tyler, The Creator himself.  Check the flyer above for some of other artists on the line-up, with more names to be announced later. Tix will go on sale Monday, August 8th, for the two-day event (Saturday/Sunday, November 12th and 13th) that will take place in Los Angeles at Exposition Park.

Now In Its Fifth Year, Hiero Day 2016 (Sept 5th) Will Continue "Celebrating All That Is Good About Oakland"

Posted by Billyjam, August 2, 2016 06:51pm | Post a Comment
With just five weeks until  Hiero Day 2016 takes place on September 5th, tix are now on sale for the high caliber, homegrown Oakland hip-hop festival. The Hieroglyphics curated annual hip-hop festival always delivers a rich and diverse day of hip-hop music and culture. As yet the 2016 lineup has to be announced but, via a Hieros email blast this week, it was promised that, "This year's line up is incredible!" and to "stay tuned for the awesome line-up announcement."

Just five years old, Hiero Day has steadily grown and blossomed to become Oakland's best annual large scale cultural event. By consistently being a peaceful large scale hip-hop event in Oakland, it transcends every negative stereotypes associated with rap shows.

Hiero Day's positive vibe is fueled by a love of both hip-hop culture and the longtime collective's hometown.  It's slogan "Celebrating All That Is Good About Oakland" perfectly sums up the uplifting, all day, all ages event. There's always rows of interesting booths, as well as lots of food trucks spread across the few block area of the festival. There will be three performance stages providing non stop music and entertainment. It kicks off early too, by around noon when it tends to be gettin
g hot. Warning: the festival area is minus any shade, so best bring a hat or umbrella and drink lots of water. The main stage on 3rd always features a strong lineup of local and national acts including, of course, members of the extended Hiero crew. As to who will be there usually depends on who is on tour or in town that weekend. But true Hiero fans in the Bay likely already checked out one or both of the full collective's two recent concerts on their home turf: the packed to capacity Stern Grove in San Francisco set they headlined a month ago, plus the all star Hiero show two months ago in Berkeley at the UC Theatre.  That event featured sets from Del the Funky Homosapien, CasualSouls of Mischief (Opio, A-Plus, Phesto, and Tajai), Pep Love, Domino and DJ Toure.

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DJs Platurn, Cutso, Teeko, Apollo, GoldenChyld & Umani Join Forces In Homage To Bay Area Music's Rich History with B.A.R.T.

Posted by Billyjam, July 29, 2016 07:58pm | Post a Comment

Not to be confused with the public transit system in the Bay, the party entitled B.A.R.T. happening tonight at the Uptown in Oakland is a heartfelt homage to the rich music history of the Bay Area. Presented by a killer lineup of homegrown DJs who were raised on the music of the Bay, tonight's party entitled B.A.R.T. stands for Bay Area Rockin’ Together. It is presented by DJ Platurn Productions and DJ Cutso who, along with fellow longtime Bay Area DJs Goldenchyld, Teeko, Umami and DJ Apollo, will be throwing down a night of strictly Bay Area music spanning decades and "from hip-hop to rock to funk/soul and all things in between." Which begs the question, what songs or what artists?  DJ Cutso, whose set begins at 1am, told the Amoeblog that "I'd say we're doing it all from Too Short to Sly Stone to Metallica."

Former Amoeba Berkeley hip-hop staffer DJ Platurn, when asked by the Amoeblog what records might get spun tonight, sent over the collage (above) of 12" singles record covers that includes records by Ray Luv, Digital Underground, Casual, Capital Tax, and Souls of Mischief. Among the Bay Area artists that Teeko said he will be playing tonight are Little Bruce, Ruckazoid, and Mr Carmack GoldenChyld said that among his tracks to play tonight are Spice 1 "Strap on the Side, " Brotha Lynch Hung "Locc To the Brain," and RBL Posse's "Bounce to This."  Meanwhile a glance over the poster for tonight, with artist names worked into its artwork, provides even more clues on what artists' music will be played tonight. These include Con Funk Shun, E-40, En Vogue, The Coup, 2Pac, Mac Dre, Sheila E, The Doobie Brothers, and N2Deep. You have to love the depth and diversity of music from the Bay Area. In tribute to, and in anticipation of the tracks by these Bay Area artists mentioned by Cutso, Platurn, Teeko, and GoldenChyld and on their show flyer, below are a series of Bay Area music videos for tracks that might be played tonight at B.A.R.T. at Uptown. More club/show info.

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1990's Promo Pics Pt III: A Tribe Called Quest, O.C., The Beatnuts, Masta Ace Inc., Milkbone, Sha-Key, Sham & The Professor +

Posted by Billyjam, July 27, 2016 03:26pm | Post a Comment
A Tribe Called Quest JIve/Zomba 1994 photo by TAR
The above A Tribe Called Quest press photo by TAR and sent out by the publicity department at Jive Records/Zomba in 1994: the year following the release of their landmark 1993 hip-hop album Midnight Marauders, (avail LP/vinyl) and a couple of years before 1996's Beats, Rhymes and Life (avail LP/vinyl) by the legendary crew featuring Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammed, and the late great Phife Dawg who tragically passed back in March of this year.  Other artists included in this third of a five-part Amoeblog series of 1990's Promo Pics include The Beatnuts, O.C.Masta Ace Incorporated, MC Madness, Milkbone, Sha-Key, DJ Smurf and P.M.H.I., and Sham & the Professor.  Like 1990's Promo Pics Part 2 and 1990's Promo Pics Part 1, that included such artists as Tha Alkaholiks, Big Daddy Kane,  Beastie Boys, DJ QUIK, and Black Sheep this installment is from the mid nineties (1993 - 1995) and is a tribute to artists as well as the photographers and record labels responsible for sending them out at the time.

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