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Dirty Roots: Southern Hip-Hop Part I -- The 12" Era (1979-1983)

Posted by Eric Brightwell, February 16, 2015 07:21pm | Post a Comment

As far as my ears can tell, pretty near every rapper from Inglewood to Plumstead nowadays owes more than a little something to the rise of the Dirty South sound that pretty much took over hip-hop in the late 1990s. As anyone with more than a passing familiarity with the genre knows, however, southern hip-hop was for many years primarily a regional concern. In the 1970s the hip-hop scene was firmly centered in the Northeast. In the early 1980s it made its way to the West Coast but as far as mainstream audiences were concerned, skipped the third and fourth coasts. In the 1990s, many casual fans and scholars alike will tell you, there was a war between the East and West Coasts during some Southern upstarts crashed the party and, despite the efforts of the backpack Taliban, restored a sense of fun to a genre which had increasingly grown joyless and conservative. 

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Weeknight Deals at All Three Stores Feb. 23-27

Posted by Amoebite, February 16, 2015 11:00am | Post a Comment

Weekly Deals at Amoeba

Amoeba is holding sales at all three stores every night Monday through Friday the week of February 23-27! From 5 p.m. to closing each weeknight, we’ll have 20% off sales on the following:

Monday: 20% off all used DVDs and Blu-ray discs
Tuesday: 20% off all books and posters
Wednesday: 20% off headphones
Thursday: 20% off turntables
Friday: 20% off T-Shirts

It’s just for one week only. Break up that rush hour commute and come shop with us!

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Next Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood Features 45s, LaserDiscs and More Feb. 21

Posted by Amoebite, February 16, 2015 10:30am | Post a Comment

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Come to Amoeba Hollywood Saturday Feb. 21 from noon to 5pm for our next Sidewalk Sale!

We’ll have the following sales:

  • Restocked 45s at $1 each
  • LaserDiscs at three for $1
  • Single DVDs for $3, or buy three get one free
  • DVD box sets at $7, or two for $10
  • Blu-rays at three for $12
  • Books and comics at three for $1
  • Classical deals

And more!

Plus, Hubert's will be here giving out free lemonade. Stop by and get some great deals with Amoeba!

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Music History Monday: February 16

Posted by Jeff Harris, February 16, 2015 07:30am | Post a Comment

To read more Behind The Grooves, go to http://behindthegrooves.tumblr.com.

Born on this day: February 16, 1935 - Singer, songwriter, and producer Sonny Bono (born Salvatore Phillip Bono in Detroit, MI). Happy Birthday to Sonny on what would have been his 80th Birthday.
 


Born on this day: February 16, 1952 - Singer, songwriter and musician James Ingram (born James Edward Ingram in Akron, OH). Happy 63rd Birthday, James!
 

Born on this day: February 16, 1958 - Rapper and actor Ice-T (born Tracy Lauren Marrow in Newark, NJ). Happy 56th Birthday, Ice!
 


On this day in music history: February 16, 1980 - "The Second Time Around" by Shalamar hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for one week, also peaking at #8 on the Hot 100 on March 22, 1980. Written by Leon Sylvers III and William Shelby, it's the biggest hit single for the Los Angeles-based R&B vocal trio. Co-writer and producer Sylvers will write the melody and bassline, while Shelby (a member of the band Lakeside) will write the chords in the verse section with both collaborating on the lyrics. The song will be the first to feature new lead singer Howard Hewett who  replaces previous lead vocalist Gerald Brown in the group. Released as the first single from the group's third album Big Fun, it will give the trio their most successful single in the US. The song's popularity will extend to the dance floor when it becomes a club smash by way of an extended mix that is released as a 12" single. This remixed version will also be added to revised copies of Big Fun, replacing the original single version featured on the first pressing, during the single's run on the charts. "The Second Time Around" is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
 

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Malcolm X Home Firebombed On This Day 50 Years Ago

Posted by Billyjam, February 14, 2015 07:21pm | Post a Comment

In the early morning hours of this date fifty years ago -  February 14, 1965 -  Malcolm X's New York home was firebombed with him, his pregnant wife, and four young daughters in the home at the time. The African American civil rights leader and his family managed to get out of the building safely. And later that same day he would travel to Detroit to make a speech in which he would address the house bombing "by the black Muslim movement upon the orders of Elijah Muhammad" according to Malcolm X (see video of speech below). However exactly a week later, after his return to New York, on February 21st, 1965 he would be assassinated at the age of 40.

  
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