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New Hip-Hop Vinyl: Sammus "Pieces In Space" (Don Giovanni Records)

Posted by Billyjam, October 31, 2016 07:30pm | Post a Comment
              Sammus Pieces In Space LP (Don Giovanni Records) [also avail on CD]

Among the new hip-hop albums on LP/vinyl to arrive into Amoeba this past Friday (10/28) is the recommended Pieces In Space LP (also avail on CD] by supertalented new hip-hopper Sammus. Released by Don Giovanni Records the powerful new album features select guest spots from such artists as Open Mike Eagle, Homeboy Sandman, and Jean Grae who join the Ithaca, NY rapper/producer and PhD student on the 12 song release. A student in the Department of Science & Technology Studies at Cornell University, Sammus (born Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo), manages to find time outside her studies (and gaming) to do shows and record some of the most intelligent and insightful, powerful new hip-hop music out there. While  Pieces In Space is Sammus first big time release with national distribution in place, she's been recording for several years now via Bandcamp and self released limited run CDs and all under the hip-hop subgenre known as nerdcore. Scroll down to see videos both off the new album and from the past four years. As we well know, hip-hop has always been a gender-unbalanced genre. But when further broken into specific hip-hop/rap subgenres, such as nerdcore, that unbalanced ratio of female to male artists is even greater. Hence why Sammus and her new album Pieces In Space is such a welcome addition to hip-hop. Generally nerdcore artists tends to be male and white, while Sammus is an African American woman. She is not the first or the only one but is among the small number of females in the hip-hop subgenre's decade and a half history. Shubzilla is a current example as is MC Random, while retired artist and the self-proclaimed female nerdcore pioneer MC Router was another.

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New Hip-Hop Vinyl: Apollo Brown & Skyzoo "The Easy Truth" (Mello Music Group")

Posted by Billyjam, October 30, 2016 01:22pm | Post a Comment
 Apollo Brown & Skyzoo The Easy Truth LP (Mello Music Group) [also avail on CD]

Among the new arrivals in Amoeba's hip-hop LP crates this week (10/28) is the vinyl version of the highly recommended Apollo Brown and Skyzoo collaboration The Easy Truth. album (since Sept. 30 avail on CD).  Released by Mello Music Group, with whom Apollo Brown is a resident producer, The Easy Truth  is an amazingly tight new hip-hop album that packs a lot of flavor including bringing back that old New York hip-hop, back when New York hip-hop and Nas ruled the world.  Brooklyn emcee Skyzoo's flow and engaging storytelling style, sprinkled with lots of NYC references, is perfectly complimented by the deep soul layered touch of seasoned producer Apollo Brown. We already know that the revered Detroit producer's instrumentals alone make for incredible albums. But even better is when Apollo Brown joins forces with carefully chosen emcee talents, as proven by his myriad of past collaborations up until working with Skyzoo. These have included Ghostface Killah, Ras Kass, Planet Asia, O.C., Guilty Simpson, and Verbal Kent & Redpill: the latter two with whom he records as Ugly Heroes with their latest release been the June 2016 Everything In Between LP. (also on CD). 

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Five Supernatural-Supreme Flicks for All Hallows' Eve

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 28, 2016 04:55pm | Post a Comment

7 Faces of Dr. Lao

-- By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show


Tis’ the season for kicking your feet up on the thrift store ottoman, sipping a small glass of slightly chilled port, and sniffing the pumpkin seeds burning in the oven while watching a spooky-mooky old flick on the tube. Here are my humble suggestions of five “fine” viewing pleasures that one may acquire in the glorious horror movie aisle of your favorite music store.

The Gorgon (1964), Directed by Terence Fisher
The GorgonHey, wait…those aren’t green dreadlocks?!
Set in the year 1910, a Gorgon decides to take a lil’ vacation from Greece and hangs out in an abandoned castle of a small German village where she gets her kicks getting the locals “stoned.” Can the Scooby Doo super-duo of Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing defeat this reptilian-haired problem? I mean really, these guys can pretty much defeat anything…including each other.

Here is a quote from the film that I plan on using the next time my Uncle Fred (who practices astral-projection in Mexico) pokes fun at me for my love of collecting Bigfoot tracks and ghost hunting...

Dr. Namaroff (aka my Uncle Fred): “We are men of science. I don't believe in ghosts or evil spirits, and I don't think you do either.” 

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Thizz Nation Reissues Mac Dre’s "Ronald Dregan - Dreganomics" and "Genie of the Lamp"

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 27, 2016 03:29pm | Post a Comment

Mac Dre, Dreganomics-- By doubleay

Two LP’s from the deceased Bay Area rap pioneer, Mac Dre, receive vinyl reissues.

A list of famed Bay Area hip-hop acts typically includes artists along the lines of E-40, B-Legit, Too $hort, or MC Hammer. While renowned for the success of their music careers, none of them have inspired and influenced hip-hop in the way Vallejo’s Mac Dre has. Born in 1970, Mac Dre established himself among California rap phenomena like Tupac Shakur, NWA, Warren G, and the aforementioned Bay Area veterans in the early '90s. The unique sound, style, and story-telling heard in his music met with his prison-taught business savvy, led him to conquer the Bay Area rap scene, but it was his unapologetic dedication to remain true to himself that propelled him to establish himself beyond.

Mac Dre - “California Livin’” (1993)

Although he suffered a tragically premature death in November of 2004, Mac Dre’s imprint in hip-hop is undeniable. The frenetically rambunctious style of hyphy music and the iconic concept of thizz, which has gone so far beyond a street term for ecstasy, are both well credited to Mac Dre. The off-kilter flows and uniquely original production heard on his dozens of releases have gone on to influence any Bay Area rapper to have taken a stab at the craft in the last two decades. Beyond those he has inspired musically, his Thizz Entertainment label has become an archetypal business model for doing more than simply selling music, packaging it along with branding, merchandising, and media.

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J Dilla, Mac Dre, A Tribe Called Quest & Souls of Mischief among Kevin Durant's Crate Digging Finds @ Amoeba Music Berkeley

Posted by Billyjam, October 26, 2016 08:21pm | Post a Comment


Kevin Durant's Hip-Hop Picks @ Amoeba Music


1: A Tribe Called Quest Midnight Marauders (Jive)

2: Mac Dre  The Genie of The Lamp (Thizz Nation)
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Ronald Dregan: Dreganomics (Thizz Nation)

3: Souls Of Mischief 93 Til Infinity (Jive)

4: J Dilla Donuts (Stones Throw)

5: Ol' Dirty Bastard Return To The 36 Chambers   (Get On Down)

 
As reported here, over this past weekend newly signed Golden State Warriors member Kevin Durant hit the streets to explore his newly adopted home of the Bay Area. The NBA star's Bay exploration, inspired by tips from Warriors fans who responded to KD's online requests for suggestions of things to do in the Bay, included a shopping spree at Amoeba Music Berkeley where his crate diggin' resulted in picking up some Mac Dre and Souls Of Mischief, among many others. And note that all of the picks were on vinyl since Kevin Durant is a serious record collector with a steadily growing vinyl library.

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