-- By doubleay
As grime continues to blow up globally, Skepta seems to be comfortably sitting at the top of the game after the release of his fourth studio album, Konnichiwa. Although North America has been fairly aware of prominent UK MC’s like Wiley and Dizzy Rascal, the hard hitting, nitty gritty grime scene has been popping off in the UK since the early 2000’s. Ushered in by Skepta and his Boy Better Know crew, there has been a massive boom in North America for the sub-genre, almost coinciding with the 2014 release of Skepta’s “That’s Not Me (feat. JME)" single.
As North America finally began catching on to the UK’s hottest Hip-hop sound, Skepta did not slow down. From 2014 to the release of Konnichiwa (2016), singles like “That’s Not Me,” “Shutdown,” and “It Ain’t Safe (feat. A$AP Mob’s Young Lord)” all charted in the top 50’s on the UK singles chart, while simultaneously running up millions of SoundCloud plays. Through the great success of his recent music, his association with A$AP Rocky’s A$AP Mob, and a historical performance with Kanye West at the 2015 BRIT Awards, Hip-hop fans everywhere are Skepta’s for the taking.
-- By doubleay
-- By doubleay
Sacramento rapper Chuuwee has been smashing the underground scene for over seven years now and it's about time Hip-hop fans caught on. He is most known for his solo project South Sac Mack and his Amerikka’s Most Blunted (AMB) collaborations with East Los Angeles rapper Trizz. Between indie projects and working with Amalgam Digital, a digital record label who's artists have included the likes of Lil B and Max B, Chuuwee has a stacked discography under his belt. Chuuwee and Trizz’s collaborative album Amerikka’s Most Blunted was released in March of 2014 and generated a ton of positive buzz. Now, two years later, the duo is back with the sequel, Amerikka’s Most Blunted 2, via Below Systems Records. To learn more about the killer project and duo, I reached out to Chuuwee for an interview; we discussed everything from the artistic direction behind AMB2 to him being the first artist to film a fully volumetric virtual reality music video.
Amoeblog: Prior to Americas’s Most Blunted, you had an onslaught of solo projects. How did you and Trizz link up and start working together and collaborating?
June is LGBT Pride month. Whether you plan to celebrate Pride in Los Angeles from June 10-12, in San Francisco from June 25-26, or anywhere in the world, Amoeba Music has your fashion covered. We are proud to reveal our limited edition Rainbow Logo Tote Bag and Rainbow Logo T-Shirt, the perfect accoutrements for your Pride festivities. Both will be on sale Thursday, June 9 through Sunday, June 12, in-store only at Amoeba Music! (Discount not valid online.)
The Amoeba Rainbow tote bag is 100% cotton and tough as nails. It's just the right size to carry a grip of LPs and 12"s without breaking a stitch, but it's also perfect for carrying around just about anything from groceries to books. Regularly priced at $12.98, these purple sensations will be on sale for just $8.00 June 9-12! The Amoeba Rainbow T-shirt is a stylish way to show your Pride in any situation. These bad boys are made of a quality cotton blend and retail at $17.98, but June 9-12 it will be on sale for just $12.00!
Can't get into one of our three Amoeba Music locations to pick up a Pride tote or shirt? Order from us online and browse all our Amoeba merch HERE!
-- By Brett Stillo
1960 was a year of change for the horror film. Alfred Hitchcock drove a knife into the collective consciousness of movie audiences with Psycho, and movies soon followed that twisted the blade. Peeping Tom, Eyes Without a Face, House of Usher...these films took a darker, twisted path, going further than most contemporary horror movies of the era. Two standout films of this seminal year, the supernatural thrillers Black Sunday and City of the Dead will play Tonight, Wednesday, May 25th, at San Francisco’s historic Balboa Theatre at 7pm.
Black Sunday is the stunning directorial debut of legendary Italian director Mario Bava It’s an old-fashioned tale of witches, ghosts, and vampires set amid rotting Victorian splendor, but Bava conjures a grisly visual style that’s bold and shocking. It's a bit ironic that this master of vivid color cinematography launched his directorial career with a black and white movie, and yet the color seems abundant in this gothic-goes-to-the-Drive-In opus. Bava crafts a tapestry of shadows, layer after layer of dark images from a palette that ranges from thick walls of black to opaque shades of pale grey. These monochromatic layers create a weird pseudo-3D effect that makes the backgrounds seem to reach out beyond the screen. Add the haunting beauty of a 23-year-old actress named Barbara Steele and you have one of the true classics among horror films.
The Bay Area Book Festival, Amoeba Music, and Matatu invite you to an evening with Saul Williams, who is performing selections from Martyr Loser King on Thursday, June 2 at Duende (468 19th Street, Oakland) at 10:30pm. Tickets are available HERE. This is a special an encore performance to his nearly sold-out show earlier that evening at Berkeley's Freight & Salvage. For last minute secret tickets to the earlier show, click HERE, scroll to the bottom of the screen, click "Enter promotional code," and use the code MATATU16.
Written and recorded between Senegal, Reunion Island, Paris, Haiti, New Orleans,and New York, Williams’s Martyr Loser King is a multimediaproject that engages the digital dialogue between the First and Third Worlds and the global street sounds that yoke the two. He cites Beyoncé, Fredo Santana, and Haitian field recordings as the musical inspirations for this self-produced 6th album, which strains trap hi-hats and mbira strokes together for a nuanced, entirely original sound. “I’m just letting you know what I’m reading and seeing while I’m writing,” says Williams. “When I’m writing, the music leads.”