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Homeboy Sandman joins L'Orange & Jeremiah Jae

Posted by Billyjam, March 7, 2016 11:04am | Post a Comment

L'Orange & Jeremiah Jae - Ignore The Man To Your Right (feat. Homeboy Sandman)

For the new "Ignore The Man To Your Right" music video, Homeboy Sandman joins the collaborative duo of L'Orange and Jeremiah Jae (who teamed up for their current collaborative Mello Music Group album The Night Took Us In Like Family.)  The Stones Throw, Queens, NY rapper, who recently did an in-store at Amoeba Berekely, is one of two invited guests on the 14 track album. The other guest is Bay Area legend Gift Of Gab who joins North Carolina's L'Orange and Chicago's Jeremiah Jae on the album track "All I Need."  Direction credit for the new "Ignore The Man To Your Right" video is attributed to Mero, who crafts a fitting visual counterpart to the songs offbeat rhythm accentuated by L'Orange's throwback era samples and deep kick drums.

"The alchemy of Madvillain and The Maltese Falcon," was how  the album was accurately billed last year. The album's choice of gangster movie (as opposed to gangsta) samples by L'Orange provide inspiration for the mood and tone of the recommended The Night Took Us In Like Family.  L'Orange continues to be one of contemporary hip-hop's most adventurous producers, as well as one of its most prolific. Four months after the release of his collaboration with Jeremiah Jae, L'Orange released his equally stellar full-length collaboration with Kool Keith, also on Mello Music Group. Time? Astonishing!. Below is the music video for that album's track "The Wanderer" that finds Kool Keith in typical wild and crazy form.

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In Advance of 2nd Annual Women's Empowerment Show, CMG of The Conscious Daughters Reflects on Her Pioneering Career

Posted by Billyjam, March 5, 2016 01:51pm | Post a Comment

Presented by HipHopForChange.org and Venus Rising, tonight's 2nd Women's Empowerment Show at Oakland's Starline Social Club promises a "celebration of Women's contributions in Hip Hop" with a showcase of the Bay Area's best talents, including co-headliners DJ Pam The Funkstress and CMG of The Conscious Daughters (TCD). These two pioneering women in Bay Area hip-hop, whose histories date back three decades, will be joined on the bill by a generation of women artists who look to them as role models in a traditionally male-dominated field. Hosted by Breathless and Charity Clay, tonight's show features Ryan Nicole, Yani, Fem Deadly Venoms, and DJ Deeandroid. While the ratio of women to men in hip-hop has always been unbalanced at least today there are more hip-hop artists overall so the number
is larger. Women DJs in hip-hop, from when Pam TheFunkstress started out as DJ in The Coup, have always been a minority group. Same for emcees like Carla "CMG" Green whose history dates back to the mid-eighties when she would stop by the El Cerrito High studios of KECG to hang out with her future TCD partner in rhyme, the late Karryl "Special One" Smith who tragically died in December 2011.
 

In advance of tonight's Women's Empowerment Show, scheduled during Women's History Month, I caught up with the Bay Area hip-hop pioneer Carla "CMG" Green to reflect back on her long career and her role as a female in a male dominated field, her top favorite female hip-hop artists of all time, and other things too including one that comes to mind during this presidential political season.
 

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Hip-Hop Top 5 LPs, Young Thug, EXT, Ron Jon Bovi, DJ Quest, Macklemore's Hip-Hop Cred, ADA's Megamagic, Tone Tank & Serengeti

Posted by Billyjam, March 3, 2016 08:05pm | Post a Comment
Traditionally in the music industry Tuesday was the day of the week when new albums got released. Back in the pre-Digital era, Tuesdays were when music fans had no option but to go to the record store to buy new albums the day they were released. And, on occasion, anticipated big name releases would result in stores staying open late Monday night//Tuesday morning past 12:01am to sell select new albums at the first possible moment. Times have changed, not just in the way people get new music but also the day new music is officially released. 

Nowadays Friday is new release day. And last Friday, Feb 26th, was the day that Macklemore Ryan Lewis released their new album This Unruly Mess I've Made (Macklemore), which is the long-awaited follow up to the Seattle duo's 2012 release, the break-out surprise hit album The Heist. Unruly Mess's title no doubt refers to the mess as he sees it in Macklemore's life since he blew up huge and became more popular than everyone, and most likely even he, ever anticipated. In his personal life he's faced demons too, famously relapsing. The mainstream pop rap star has struggled with maintaining the respect of hip-hop fans, no matter how hard he's tried. Everyone recalls, following the 2014 Grammys in which The Heist spun a ton of awards, how the "Thrift Store" rapper publicly shared his private text to Kendrick Lamar, telling the Compton rapper he was "robbed" for not getting Best Rap Album of the year for his good kid, m.A.A.d city.  That Instagram share of his text to the Compton rapper backfired in the court of public opinion. Hence it wasn't surprising when, after this year's recent Grammys in which Lamar eventually won in that category for To Pimp A Butterfly, many could not pass the opportunity to take to social media to joke how "Macklemore was robbed."  Getting so much grief from hip-hop fans for not being true to the genre has to sting Macklemore since the guy obviously loves hip-hop to the core. And with the new album he has gone out of his way, it seems, to demonstrate his respect for hip-hop culture and its pioneers. This began with the new album's lead single and its accompanying video from last summer, that featured the three hip-hop pioneers Grandmaster Melle Mel, Grandmaster Caz, and Kool Moe Dee on the track "Downtown." Note Big Daddy Kane was in the video but not on the track. That video ended up getting over 100 million YouTube views and has likely given more deserving shine to these hip-hop icons (especially the largely slept on Caz) that they've received in their respective careers. Of the 13 track album, another love letter to hip-hop's history is the head-nodding song "Buckshot" in which  Macklemore reached out to two other hip-hop heroes of his. Hip-hop legends KRS-One and DJ Premier collaborate on this track that is an ode to graf art and hip-hop culture.


Hip-Hop History Tuesdays: Old School Indie Bay Area Records By Acts With Names Identical Or Similar To National Stars

Posted by Billyjam, March 1, 2016 07:44pm | Post a Comment
While recently digging in the 12" crates of Bay Area rap/hip-hop from the late eighties / early nineties I realized how there were a few artists with twelve inch singles at that time who had stage names similar to or exactly the same as other hip-hop artists. One of them I remembered. It was Diamond D who had releases out in late eighties and early nineties including his 1989 single "Diamond Sez." I remember this because when I interviewed DITC (Diggin In The Crates) founding member Diamond D (or technically "Diamond") he told that it was because of  the East Bay rapper that he had to change his name. That was in 1992 when the DITC producer/rapper released his classic hip-hop album Stunts, Blunts, & Hip-Hop along with his crew and under the artist name Diamond and the Psychotic Neurotics. Note that Diamond D's record (on Crystal Ball Records out of Hayward) was billed as Diamond D featuring Deryck "D."

Meanwhile back in mid 1988 when Compton rapper The Game was 8 going on 9 years of age, up in the Bay Area Power Records, out of Hercules when that area code was still 415, Bay Area artist The Game released the 12" single "Savin It All For You."  Boasting a total of five different versions the 12" single was produced at Richmond's Starlight Studios which was a popular spot with Bay Area artists for many years. Of course by the time the better known artist The Game first appeared on the rap scene in the first half of the 2000's the other The Game had gone. [Note The Game's latest release is the late January four LP set The Documentary 2/2.5 LP - pictured left]

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Kosha Dillz Preps for Another "OY VEY SXSW" Showcase + Upcoming 2016 Album "What I Do All Say And Pickle"

Posted by Billyjam, February 29, 2016 12:39pm | Post a Comment

2016 looks like it will be an even better year for hard-working, talented and unique rapper Kosha Dillz. "I'm already crushing it. I've been so busy lately. And I'm really lucky on many levels including just being a working rapper and making a living from doing what I love," he told the Amoeblog yesterday by phone while taking a break from planning his upcoming popular annual showcase in Texas. The one of a kind Jewish freestyle rapper is returning to Austin in a couple of weeks for the annual SxSW music festival to throw another one of his popular OY VEY! SXSW showcases, happening March 17th at Sledge Hammer. Dubbed the "#1 Jewish rapper in Korea Town that raps in Spanish Hebrew and English" (see last year's entertaining video for "SPAN-HEBRISH" down below) has been working hard and building his career for the past decade, and building an arsenal of accolades along the way. Last month he was at the Sundance festival for the screening of the indie movie Scumbag that he made his acting debut in. While in Park City he made a point of doing some of his trademark street performances. Both fun and lucrative, they're a key part of how the 100% independent hip-hop artist has managed to carve out his unique career path, and make a good living from it. A year ago outside the 57th Grammy Awards, he figures his street performance netted him over $50,000. It also landed him in a Chevrolet commercial where he said "pretty dope dude." A few years back his song "Cellular Phone" was licensed for a Budweiser ad that premiered during Superbowl. And last year he landed a spot on Vans Warped Tour, performing all over the US on over forty concert stops.

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