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Weekly Hip-Hop Rap-Up: Jeezy, Wiz Khalifa, Dilated Peoples, Los Rakas, Band of Broken Puppets, Cougnut Memorial, L'Orange + more

Posted by Billyjam, September 12, 2014 03:26pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending 09:12:14

1) Jeezy Seen It All: The Autobiography (Def Jam)

2) Wiz Khalifa  Blacc Hollywood [Deluxe Edition] (Atlantic)

3) Dilated Peoples Directors of Photography (Rhymesayers)

4) Madlib Rock Konducta  (Madlib Invazion)

5) Childish Gambino Because The Internet (Glassnote)

Southern rap icon Young Jeezy who is now known as simply Jeezy went straight to the number slot on the latest Amoeba Hollywood hip-hop chart, as well as on the latest Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart,  with his brand new twelve track Def Jam release  Seen It All: The Autobiography.  Also released in a Deluxe CD version, that sports three bonus tracks, the album finds the rapper serving up more of his self-described "diarrhea flow." Jay-Z, who joins Jeezy on the lead single track "Seen It All," is among the several guests who collaborate on Seen It All. The others include Rick Ross, Akon, Game, Lil Boosie, and Future. The music video for the album track "Me Ok" appears down below, as does the music video for "KK" featuring Project Pat and Juicy J by weed fan Wiz Khalifa off his new joint  Blacc Hollywood [Deluxe] on Atlantic that is this week's number two chart entry. Along with Madlib's Rock Konducta  and Childish Gambino's Because The Internet, the other chart entry this week is the highly recommended new Dilated Peoples album Directors of Photography which is not just a five-star album (not one bad song on here) but is also nicely packaged with a whole set of polaroid like pictures with info on the back of each. Also below is the just produced video for the current L'orange album track "I Need You (feat. Blu)" Other videos below include the brand new ones from new group Band of Broken Puppets' (Azeem + Ancient Astronauts) fun rocking track "When Bruce Willis Had Hair," and Oakland's now major label duo Los Rakas ("We Dem Rakas (Hola)"). Speaking of Bay Area based artists and new music videos San Francisco rap crew BPos will be shooting their new video for "Party Mardigra" tomorrow, Saturday September 13th at 8pm, at the corner of Ashby and California (one block up from Sacramento) in Berkeley. It is also a potluck BBQ - or rather a "Pos Luck" BBQ so bring some eats to throw on the grill. Also happening in the Bay tomorrow is a tribute concert to late great Cougnut - the much beloved old school local rapper who tragically was killed in a car accident thirteen years ago on his way home from a fishing weekend. The memorial concert party will include performances from Equipto, Michael Marshall, Cellski, Black C, Baldhead Rick, Shag Nasty, and TC. 9pm at Brick & Mortar Music Hall in San Francisco. $10. 18+ More info.

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John Mellencamp Announces 80 Date Tour To Support New Album "Plain Spoken"

Posted by Billyjam, September 11, 2014 12:42pm | Post a Comment

The longtime reigning king of heartland rock John Mellencamp has just announced dates for his upcoming Plain Spoken tour (the title of his forthcoming album) that kicks off in January 21st in South Bend and runs all the way through next summer. Tickets go on sale on September 19th at 10am Tickets available at axs and at johnmellencamp.com.  The months long 2015 North American tour will feature eighty different shows including multiple dates in the artist's hometown of Bloomington, Indiana as well as duplicate dates some other tour destinations including New York City where in late April he will split four dates between two Manhattan venues - Carnegie Hall on 7th Ave. at 57th St. and The Apollo on 125th Street in Harlem.

Mellancamp's four California dates of the tour include July 23rd at Fresno's William Saroyan Theatre, July 25th at at the Oakland Paramount Theatre, July 26th at Sacramento's Community Theatre, and July 28th at LA's Nokia Theatre. Mellancamp's special guest on tour will be Carlene Carter.

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Return To The Classics: Organized Konfusion's 1991 Debut

Posted by Billyjam, September 10, 2014 06:55am | Post a Comment
organized konfusionThe years 1990 to 1993 seem to many in retrospect like a time when hip-hop was at a high point because it simply was a great time for hip-hop releases. A strong case in point would be the amazing 1991 self-titled debut from Organized Konfusion on Hollywood Basic. The Organized Konfusion album, which sadly got slept on by the mainstream upon its release 23 years ago, has been lauded and held high by hip-hop fans in the years since. The album, that was also made available in LP formats,  is truly a classic hip-hop album. And people recognized that at the time - diehard hip-hop fans and critics at least, although the larger mainstream audience didn't make it a commercial hit by any means. Interestingly though as the years goes on, this album has gained more and more accolades, meaning more listeners are going back and discovering it in retrospect.

Better late than never then those listeners are discovering the power duo of Organized Konfusion in their young days - Pharoah Monch and Prince Po. The album, which the two also produced, just focuses on the mic talents of the two members and is not weighed down with a multitude of mic guests to distract from the duo itself. The exception to the rule was guest O.C. of DITC fame who makes a cameo on the single "Fudge Pudge." Other undeniably great album tracks include "Walk Into The Sun," "Releasing Hypnotical Gases," "Audience Pleasers," "Prisoners of War," "Organized Konfusion," and the single "Who Stole My Last Piece of Chicken" (see video below).
Three years later in 1994 Organized Konfusion returned with the follow up album, Stress: The Extinction Agenda, which was another great album. Commercially it even did better than their debut but this 1991 album remains their greatest work.

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Hip-Hop History Tuesdays: The Longest Running Hip-Hop Radio Show "The Eclipse Show" on KGNU

Posted by Billyjam, September 9, 2014 06:24pm | Post a Comment

Amoeblog interview about "The Eclipse Show" with Denver's DJ A-L


It was long assumed that Kevvy Kev Stanford radio KZSU's long-running hip-hop radio show The Drum (showcased on the Amoeblog five years ago) was the longest running radio show, but according to Colorado DJ A-L that distinction goes to Boulder CO radio station KGNU's hip-hop program The Eclipse Show is "the longest running hip-hop show in the world!"  Furthermore it is one that even predates KZSU's The Drum by a full half dozen years.

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, which note is no longer on the air, began in 1984 while The Eclipse Show started out in 1978 as, what DJ A-L called in the Amoeblog video interview above, "an alternative black radio show" that played all types of black music including rap/hip-hop as it began to get released on vinyl in the late seventies. Soon after, as hip-hop releases became more and more commonplace, The Eclipse Show gradually morphed into an all hip-hop music radio show. Fast forward a decade to 1990 and The Eclipse Show looked like it was about to go off the air due to lack of time commitment from those producing the show at that time. But that was when DJ A-L's mentor Chris Nathan stepped in to save the day, or rather the legacy of this radio show, by taking it under his wing and bringing in numerous other DJs/contributors over the years, and up to this day.

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Portland Duo Priory's "Weekend" Has Makings Of A Breakout Pop Hit

Posted by Billyjam, September 8, 2014 06:08am | Post a Comment

Priory "Weekend" (2014)

Portland duo Priory's new single "Weekend" and its accompanying just published video (above) perfectly capture the oft visited in pop music topics of teenage angst and yearning for the weekend. The song by the talented duo comprised of Brandon Rush and Kyle Sears has all the elements of a pop hit in itself. But with the engaging David Vincent Wolf (AKA White Ghandi) directed music video  in a throwback era roller rink setting, starring Nick Krause (The Descendants, Boyhood) and Bailey Noble (known to many as Adilyn of True Blood) can only further the single's exposure and climb to mass popularity. The group formed five years ago and in 2011 released their self-titled debut album Priory on Portland's indie Expunged record label. Earlier this year Warner signed them. The single will be included on their new major label album slated for release later this year. Meantime Priory are preparing to go out on an eleven date US tour with Britpop quartet The Kooks, that kicks off at the Observatory in Santa Ana, CA on September 24th and stops in LA the following night at The Wiltern.
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