-- 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?
-- By doubleay
We were so excited to have our very own Brandon Mather wielding the auction gavel and bringing the laughs at Amoeba Hollywood's charity auction for the Los Angeles LGBT Center on Saturday, June 4th. Brandon Mather is an actor and comedian who has appeared in short films, a music video, and on stage in Point Break Live. He deftly (and hilariously!) auctioned off a crazy array of concert tickets, collectibles, and other things you never knew you had to have. As always, Amoeba matched all winning bids up---which means we doubled the money going to charity!
All proceeds from our June charity auction benefited the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the world’s largest provider of programs and services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Their youth center on Highland helps serve homeless LGBT youth by providing housing, meals, showers, counseling and education programs, support groups, employment resources, as well as art and music groups and HIV testing. Visit their center on Highland or their website to find out more and to get involved.
Though Miss May I may be a metalcore band, they don't exclusively listen to metal, vocalist Levi Benton explains. One of his current favorite bands is the English rock outfit The 1975, whose self-titled album he picked up on a recent trip to Amoeba Hollywood. We got a chance to sit down with Benton after he finished record shopping and checked out his cool picks.
Formed in Troy, Ohio while the band members were still in high school, Miss May I soon signed to Rise Records with whom they would release their 2009 debut, Apologies Are for the Weak. The following year Monument was released which charted #76 on the Billboard 200. Soon the band was on the road with Warped Tour, playing with such bands as The Devil Wears Prada, Pierce the Veil, and We Came as Romans. In 2012 the band returned to the studio to record At Heart. Rise of the Lion followed in 2014; their most recent release is 2015's Deathless. The band has been touring North America this spring with upcoming shows at the Amnesia Rockfest and Chicago Open Air festivals.
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!
The D.O.C. No One Can Do It Better (Expanded Edition)
Among the releases to arrive at Amoeba Music this week is the newly reissued version of a West Coast hip-hop staple: No One Can Do It Better (Expanded Edition) by The D.O.C. This must-have hip-hop classic, originally released back in 1989 on Ruthless Records and executive produced by Eazy-E, is truly a landmark West Coast Rap album. Coming at a time when N.W.A. were at their career peak and reigned supreme (Ice Cube was still in the group) the album featured the definitive production of Dr. Dre which perfectly complimented the dope flow of this extended family member of N.W.A. Oft overlooked and not given near the same level as props as some of his fellow Golden Era emcees, the Texas born to Compton transplant hip-hop artist was a superbly talented lyrical master of his genre with a unique and commanding style of rapping, coupled with excellent rhyme writing skills.
The D.O.C. "It's Funky Enough" from No One Can Do It Better (Expanded Edition)
Sadly his career as rap vocalist (read more detailed early in following paragraphs) would be cut prematurely short due to an auto accident that destroyed his vocal chords. This late 80's solo debut album of his, that would not have a follow up until the middle of the next decade, offered so many great songs like the well worn single "It's A Funky Enough" that defined the West Coast golden era sound. In years since "It's Funky Enough" has been commissioned to appear in such games as Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Madden NFL 2005 and True Crime: Streets of LA. In addition to the emcee's flow, credit for this album goes to his producer Dr. Dre who was on fire at this time. This newly released Expanded Edition of No One Can Do It Better record comes via Real Gone Music, the label that reissued the album on LP back in April for Record Store Day 2016. On this new CD version you get seven additional tracks including remixes and some instrumentals. There's an Acappella as well as an instrumental of the artist's best known hit single, "It's Funky Enough." The remixes include "The D.O.C. And The Doctor (Noisy Mix)," "The Formula (Funky FM Mix)" and "Mind Blowin' (Remix)." The remaining two bonus tracks are "Somethingtabumpinyacar" and an instrumental of the album single "The Formula."