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"No One Can Do It Better" than The D.O.C. As Reminded By "Expanded Edition" of 1989 Dr. Dre Produced West Coast Rap Landmark

Posted by Billyjam, June 5, 2016 09:30am | Post a Comment

  The D.O.C. No One Can Do It Better (Expanded Edition)
               
Among the releases to arrive at Amoeba Music this week is the newly reissued version of a West Coast hip-hop staple: No One Can Do It Better (Expanded Edition) by The D.O.C. This must-have hip-hop classic, originally released back in 1989 on Ruthless Records and executive produced by Eazy-E, is truly a landmark West Coast Rap album. Coming at a time when N.W.A. were at their career peak and reigned supreme (Ice Cube was still in the group) the album featured the definitive production of Dr. Dre which perfectly complimented the dope flow of this extended family member of N.W.A. Oft overlooked and not given near the same level as props as some of his fellow Golden Era emcees, the Texas born to Compton transplant hip-hop artist was a superbly talented lyrical master of his genre with a unique and commanding style of rapping, coupled with excellent rhyme writing skills.



The D.O.C. "It's Funky Enough" from No One Can Do It Better (Expanded Edition)

Sadly his career as rap vocalist (read more detailed early in following paragraphs) would be cut prematurely short due to an auto accident that destroyed his vocal chords. This late 80's solo debut album of his, that would not have a follow up until the middle of the next decade, offered so many  great songs like the well worn single "It's A Funky Enough" that defined the West Coast golden era sound. In years since "It's Funky Enough" has been commissioned to appear in such games as Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Madden NFL 2005 and True Crime: Streets of LA. In addition to the emcee's flow, credit for this album goes to his producer Dr. Dre who was on fire at this time. This newly released Expanded Edition of No One Can Do It Better record comes via Real Gone Music, the label that reissued the album on LP back in April for Record Store Day 2016. On this new CD version you get seven additional tracks including remixes and some instrumentals. There's an Acappella as well as an instrumental of the artist's best known hit single, "It's Funky Enough." The remixes include "The D.O.C. And The Doctor (Noisy Mix)," "The Formula (Funky FM Mix)" and "Mind Blowin' (Remix)." The remaining two bonus tracks are "Somethingtabumpinyacar" and an instrumental of the album single "The Formula."

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Bonus Hiero Day: Del The Funky Homosapien, Casual, Pep Love, Tajai, Phesto, Opio, A-Plus, DJ Toure & Domino - June 25 @ UC Theatre

Posted by Billyjam, June 3, 2016 12:53pm | Post a Comment


It will truly be a Hiero Day on Saturday, June 25th in Berkeley at the UC Theatre. That's when the entire Hieroglyphics hop-hop ensemble will be performing on stage on the one night. Yep that's all the members of the 25 year strong legendary Oakland collective: Del the Funky Homosapien, Casual, the mighty Souls of Mischief (Opio, A-Plus, Phesto, and Tajai), Pep Love, Domino and DJ Toure.  Having all these Hiero acts on the same stage on the same date doesn't even always happen on the official Hiero Day: the annual hip-hop music and culture festival that the veteran crew curate in their hometown each Labor Day weekend. In its five short years Hiero Day has rapidly grown and blossomed to become an institution, and one to be officially recognized as such by the City Of Oakland

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In NPR Interview on Their New Movie "Popstar" The Lonely Island Shout Out Amoeba As Part of Their Musical Upbringing

Posted by Billyjam, June 2, 2016 11:10am | Post a Comment

During Wednesday's NPR broadcast of Fresh Air, in which host Terry Gross conducted an indepth interview with comedy troupe The Lonely Island about their new mockumentarty Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping that opens Friday, June 3rd Amoeba Music got a nice shout-out. The musical satirical comedy trio of Andy Samberg, and Akiva Schaffer, who came to fame over the past decade with their Digital Shorts (“Dick in a Box,” “Lazy Sunday” etc.) during their popular tenure at SNL,  officially formed The Lonely Island in 2001 in Berkeley where they grew up. But the trio had been inseparable friends from years earlier when they all first met attending Berkeley's Willard Middle School and then afterwards attending Berkeley High School* together.

That friendship, bonded by a love of music, comedy, skateboarding, and graffiti, continued after they graduated Berkeley HIgh in 1996 and heading off to college. [*Note that the successful comedy trio generously donated funds to Berkeley High a few years back to help with needed renovations of the school buildings.]

It was growing up in Berkeley where the three would make trips to Amoeba Music on Telegraph Ave. to find new music. In their NPR interview earlier today when Terry Gross asked if they ever had aspirations of being actual music artists when they all growing up, they responded that they were always into the satirical aspect of looking at pop and rap music but fans of music nonetheless. "I was into doing jokey rap stuff in high school but it was never serious. It was always, it would be cool to do this as a form of comedy," offered Samberg with Schaffer adding, "We were just kids who liked comedy and we liked music. We were nerds about that stuff. We were the kids who would go out of our way to find the new song, the new record at Amoeba." Little did they realize that years later Amoeba Music would be carrying their albums including Incredibad, Turtleneck & Chain (also on vinyl), and The Wack Album.

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Tell Me When To Vote: The E-40, Bernie Sanders, Golden State Warriors Connection + Bernie Wata's Top Five E-40 Covers

Posted by Billyjam, May 31, 2016 02:20pm | Post a Comment
It's not often that E-40's name is linked to that of Bernie Sanders. Maybe with fellow Bay rapper Berner, wtih whom he's recorded, but not Bernie the Senator from Vermont  who is running for Democratic nomination for President of the United States.  And in the case of Bernie, his name might be linked with another hip-hopper, Run The Jewels' Killer Mike who is a big supporter, but not E-40 the Vallejo rapper/savvy businessman.

But in local Bay Area news reports this morning both the Vallejo rapper and the Democratic presidential primary candidate's names got equal top billing in stories on the Golden State Warriors victorious win last night. Each basketball fans, both the rapper and the politician were in attendance at Oakland's Oracle Arena for last night's exciting game where, following their 96-88 win, the Warriors won the NBA Conference Finals against Oklahoma City Thunder 4-3. As well as reporting on the Warriors improbable win following the home team been down 3-1, local Bay Area news outlets reported on both E-40 and Bernie Sanders been among those in attendance at the crucial game.

Sanders, who is busy campaigning in California this week with a stop in Emeryville today, had two big events in Oakland yesterday including a packed rally outside Oakland City Hall, where the Secret Service jumped in to defend him when protesters hopped the barriers and bum rushed the podium. But even after his stressful busy day Sanders still had energy left to attend the Warriors game. Meanwhile E-40 is a longtime diehard basketball fan, especially the Warriors.

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Pink Floyd To Be Honored Next Month With Postage Stamp Series by The Royal Mail + Vinyl Reissues by Pink Floyd Records

Posted by Billyjam, May 27, 2016 03:23pm | Post a Comment



While the US Postal Service continues to honor American musicians in its ongoing Music Icon series as reported here last month in the Amoeblog Sarah Vaughan's New "Commemorative Forever Stamp" Almost Looks Like A Record Store Day Release, over in the UK their postal service The Royal Mail will paying tribute to English band Pink Floyd this summer in a new series. This forthcoming ten stamp series, honoring the legendary progressive rock band and coinciding with the 50th anniversary of when they turned professional, will feature album covers by the group that was founded in England in the mid sixties by Roger Waters, Richard Wright, Nick Mason, and the late Syd Barrett. (David Gilmour would join the group a couple of years after their initial formation, and after Barret had exited).

To be unveiled in British post offices on July 7th the ten stamps will include both live concert images (some capturing the group's trademark impressive stage productions) and album covers by Pink Floyd, who released fifteen studio albums. These album covers as future postage stamps, that span five decades, will include Wish You Were Here (1975), The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967), The Dark Side of the Moon (1973), Animals (1977), Atom Heart Mother (1970) and the recent The Endless River (2014). In addition to the Royal Mail celebrating the rock legends via stamps, Pink Floyd will also be celebrated on vinyl when, next week on June 3rd, Pink Floyd Records will be reissuing in LP format the following albums that you can now pre-order from Amoeba by clicking the corresponding album titles: The Piper at the Gates of Dawn LP, Ummagumma LP, More LP, and A Saucerful of Secrets LP.  Below is the video for "Money" from The Dark Side of the Moon .

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