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Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott Among Select Female Hip-Hop Artists (In Continually Male Dominated Genre) To Be Honored by VH1

Posted by Billyjam, July 10, 2016 02:20pm | Post a Comment


In advance of tomorrow's (July 11, 2016) broadcast of VH1's Hip Hop Honors ceremony, honoree Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott discusses in the above preview clip how she figures she personally influenced hip-hop music. The artist, whose 1997 album Supa Dupa Fly is a classic of the genre, will be among several women honored in tomorrow evening's broadcast (9pm on the East and West Coasts and 8pm Centra) that will  be a welcome tribute to women in hip-hop. The  program will also celebrate the respective careers of fellow female hip-hop icons Lil' Kim, Queen Latifah and Salt-N-Pepa featuring DJ Spinderella. The music videos for each of these artists, that appear below, showcase their spectacular respective individual talents. They also remind us, despite the achievements of female artists such as the multi-talented rapper/producer Elliot who has sold 30 million records to date, that women artists, decade after decade, continue to remain a minority within the male dominated hip-hop music industry. I have addressed the topic here before in previous articles such as one in Marcconscious daughtersh 2009 with the heading Why Is Ratio of Female to Male Rappers Still So Uneven?  In that piece former Tommy Boy Records president Monica Lynch, who signed Queen Latifah back in the late 80's and continued to work with the artist after long after both had left the label, offered that, "When you look at rap as a subset of the hip-hop culture at large, you see that a vast vast majority of the Dqueen latifah all hail the queenJs were male, a vast majority of the graffiti artists were guys, the vast majority of the breakdance crews were men, and the vast majority of the rappers were male. So it was just an extension of the origins of hip-hop culture being a predominantly male culture." 

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Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood Saturday, July 16

Posted by Amoebite, July 8, 2016 12:28pm | Post a Comment

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

We're having a Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood on Saturday, July 16th from 12pm - 4pm, right outside the store. We'll have huge bargains on the following:

  • DVD box sets: $5 each or 2 for $8
  • DVDs: $2 each or 3 for $5
  • Blu-ray: $4 each or 3 for $10
  • CDs: buy 1 get 1 [of equal or lesser value] free
  • Freshly stocked 45s for $1 each
  • Magazines, books & comics 3 for $1
  • $1 LPs plus great deals on posters, toys & collectibles

Our friends at Hubert's Lemonade will also be here with free lemonade for our thirsty customers. Come out and treat yourself to some inexpensive new movies and music from Amoeba!

All sidewalk sale items are aggressively sale priced. Therefore, we do not accept store credits, gift certificates, coupons or other offered store sales for any sidewalk sale items. Additionally, we cannot offer customer holds or mail order. All sales are final.

Hubert's Lemonade


Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

Oakland's Mistah F.A.B. & Houston's Slim Thug Unleash Tracks Addressing Police MIsconduct

Posted by Billyjam, July 7, 2016 11:50pm | Post a Comment

Unveiled over the past 24 hours and within a couple of days of the fatal shootings of Alton Sterling by Baton Rouge police and of Philando Castile by Minnesota police, both Oakland's Mistah F.A.B. and Houston's Slim Thug have each unleashed new songs with biting criticism of the rampant police brutality against African American men in their immediate communities as well as nationally. The brand new anti police misconduct track by Mistah F.A.B., who recently released, 21 track, guest-heavy latest album Son of A Pimp 2, is The Mekanix produced "6 Shots" that he posted online earlier today. Hear the new song below along with the new Slim Thug track. That Slim Thug song on the topic of police misconduct is "IDKY (feat. X.O.)" and is culled from the Texas rapper's forthcoming album Hogg Life Vol. 4: American King. That upcoming release, the final in the 4 part CD/DVD series that began in February 2015 with Hogg Life: The Beginning - Part 1 of 4,  is scheduled to arrive via the EMPIRE label into Amoeba on August 4th.

"This shit happens in the ghetto cos we're poor",  raps Mistah F.A.B. on his new protest song that includes other lyrics like “Same situation, black victim, white cop / same scenario; 6 months later, case dropped” and "shot Oscar [Grant] in the back with his hands up" with the haunting refrain "Mr. Officer, Mr. Officer. Death and jail the only thing they offer us."  And as Ice Cube had done 28 years earlier in N.W.A's landmark protest rap song "Fuck The Police" ("Black police showing out for the white cop"), F.A.B. also calls out black police officers. "What got me hot is there ain't no black cops speakin' out/coulda been your son, coulda been your daughter out there bleedin' out/tell me what good is having arms if you ain't reachin' out/tell me what good is having a tongue if you ain't speakin' out," raps Mistah F.A.B. on the track that, note, ends with a clip from a speech by African-American police officer Nakia Jones who did speak out against fellow officers.  As for a solution Mistah F.A.B: offered that, "Police forces need to invest more in prevention. And they need to be held accountable for their actions as well. We have to stop the 'bro-code' of police and courts standing in so
lidarity with each other just because they wear the same badge." He advises civilians to be fully aware of their rights and "how to react in escalating situations with the police."

"I was born and raised in the USA / Where we see cops killing blacks on the news every day / And they do it like it’s okay, like they know they gon' get away / To stop myself from thinking reckless I just ignore it and pray," raps  Slim Thug on the "IDKY" which he was going to wait until his new album dropped in four weeks before unveiling. But in light of the fatal shootings by police earlier this week the artist rushed released the album track as a preview single. "I remember thinking in the last few weeks this song might be too late cause it's been a minute since the last one and look here we go again twice in less than 24hrs," said Slim Thug in reference to the fatal shootings this week of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling who were the 558th and 560th people respectively killed by the police in the US in 2016.

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Essential Records: Suicide’s Self-Titled Debut

Posted by Amoebite, July 7, 2016 03:00pm | Post a Comment

Essential Records Suicide

Originally released in 1977, NYC duo Suicide’s self-titled LP is more punk rock than the Sex Pistols, TelevisionRamones, or any other band typically identified with the era. Eschewing raucous guitar riffs for primitive drum machines beats and distorted synths, Alan Vega and Martin Rev had been making music together since 1970, long before the concept of punk was even a remunerative gleam in Malcolm McLaren’s eye. Lots of punks hated them, in fact, with an audience member at a 1978 gig supporting The Clash in Glasgow going so far as to throw an axe at Vega’s head. Rolling Stone called the album “absolutely puerile.” (The magazine later recanted and listed the LP at number 441 on their list of the best 500 albums of all time.)

The first time I heard album opener “Ghost Rider,” I was on my way home after a night out with a friend--a moment that wouldn't have been at all remarkable, except for its soundtrack. “What is this?” I asked, with a barely restrained urgency. Asking this question was no small feat; I was twenty-one, the youngest person working at my hometown’s best record store, and one of the few girls on staff. As a matter of pride, I did NOT want to admit that I didn’t know something about music — especially when everyone else seemed to already know about it. But this was more important than pride. It was inventive, bold, paranoid, intelligent, and very, very dark. It was, as my friend told me, Suicide’s first album.

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Trap Music Titan Future Releases Evol on Vinyl

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 6, 2016 07:58pm | Post a Comment

Future, Evol on vinyl-- By doubleay

Future is a definitive Hip-hop titan who has garnered sky-high numbers in all aspects of his business and has established a platform that ascends from trap music to the mainstream in a way few artists could ever hope to achieve. The past two years of his career have been a wildfire run to say the least and he is currently sitting comfortably at the highest pinnacle he's ever known. As for touring he opened up for Drake’s Jungle tour, then his own international Purple Reign tour, and is now about to embark on another tour with Drake for his huge Summer Sixteen tour. In addition to the rigorous touring, Future has managed to release three studio albums, four solo mixtapes, a collaboration project with Drake, and host DJ Esco’s recent Esco Terrestrial mixtape. At this point Future’s discography has become rather hearty and reliable collaborators say there is tons more unreleased material in the vault. Among his three albums released in the past two years, the most recent, Evol, was just released on vinyl.

Prior to the vinyl pressing, it was originally released digitally back in February of 2016. Evol is 11 cuts highlighting Future’s iconic dark and twisted stylings. Always known for his somber grittiness, Future keeps Evol thematically depressive and street-oriented, but features a more cohesively melodic approach to the album. Future’s vocal capabilities are historically stand-out, but in the past his singing and rapping have seemed less calculated. On Evol his approach is more formulaic, providing more fluidity as he goes from spitting to singing in his tracks. This vocal presence creates a moody introspective body of music that provides so much more physical depth to the project compared to that of an average Hip-hop album.

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