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Hip-Hop Rap Up: Dream Day 2015, Swift Rock Open Turntable Memorial, Ray Luv, G-Stack and Nump on New N.W.A Movie

Posted by Billyjam, August 14, 2015 09:46pm | Post a Comment

Bay Area hip-hop artists Ray Luv, G-Stack, and Nump were among those to attend a screening of the brand new N.W.A bio pic Straight Outta Compton that opened in theaters today. Part of a large group day outing to the Century Richmond Hilltop movie-complex that was hosted by local rap distributor RapBay, they checked out the new two and a half hour film on the gangsta rap pioneers that covers a lot of ground, starting with how N.W.A originally came together and tracing their ever controversial career, and that of certain members after they went solo including Ice Cube's solo career and Dr. Dre's Death Row days with Snoop and Pac and up until the formation of Aftermath Records.

The movie, whose four central characters are Eazy, Jerry Heller, Ice Cube and Dre, spends a good deal of time towards its end on the tragic death in 1995 of Eazy-E. "I thought it was a pretty good movie and true to the story. CMT went to see it last night and he said it was good so I had to  see it," said longtime Oakland rapper G-Stack (aka Purple Mane) who first came to fame back in the early 90's as part of the duo The Delinquents who, like N.W.A and Ice Cube, were also signed  to Priority Records. Their dealings with the label and its owner Brian Turner were not as dramatic as those of Ice Cube in the film.


New Vinyl Reissues Out This Week from Red House Painters, The Weeknd & More

Posted by Amoebite, August 14, 2015 12:57pm | Post a Comment

Vinyl Reissues

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There have been lots of vinyl reissues out lately, to mark anniversaries or to feature newly remastered audio on heavyweight vinyl. Here are the reissue highlights for August 14, 2015.

Lower Dens Twin Hand Movement

Lower DensTwin Hand Movement

Ribbon Music reissues the difficult-to-find 2010 debut album from Jana Hunter, Geoff Graham, Abram Sanders and Will Adams. Also reissued on CD.

Orbital vinyl reissues Orbital
Brown Album and Green Album LPs [180gm vinyl]

Seminal English electronica duo Orbital’s debut album and its followup have been reissued as double LPs on 180 gram vinyl.

Straight Outta Compton & Fending Off the FBI & PMRC, It Would Be Such Infighting as Ice Cube's Split That Would Bring Down N.W.A

Posted by Billyjam, August 14, 2015 10:00am | Post a Comment

With their highly-anticipated biopic Straight Outta Compton opening in theaters today, August 14th, you can bet that there's gonna be a whole lot more talk about N.W.A's legacy in the history of hip-hop. The highly influential group's unique new take on raw in-your-face hardcore rap changed the rap game forever.

They first grabbed the attention of the hip-hop world in 1987 with "Boyz-n-the-Hood" and "Dope Man" on Ruthless Records via Macola when it was N.W.A and the Posse. That was when this collective of rappers from South Central LA first made people stop and listen to their unprecedented rap sound - a mix of head-nodding, hard, funky bassline beats and grooves with catchy as hell, no-holds-barred stories about life in the ghetto. Then came their landmark 1988 debut album Straight Outta Compton that gave the new film its title and sporting such soon to be classics as "Gangsta Gangsta," "Fuck Tha Police," "Dopeman (Remix)," and its powerful title track. Extra significant is the fact that Straight Outta Compton was recorded in just six weeks for only $8,000. The indie release with its iconic album cover art, that has been copied and parodied a million times since, would go on to sell three and a half million copies and, more importantly, be instrumental in altering the direction of a genre.

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Weekly Roundup: Wavves, Painted Palms, Kevin Morby, Dirty Ghosts, Earl Sweatshirt, Cold Showers, HEALTH

Posted by Billy Gil, August 13, 2015 10:44am | Post a Comment

Wavves – “Heavy Metal Detox”

wavvesNathan Williams and co. have unveiled another new song from the upcoming fifth Wavves album. “Heavy Metal Detox” is a nervy bit of anxiety-laden power-pop, as Williams gets paranoid about all his bad habits, spends too long on WebMD and asks questions like “Have I lived too long? Why does my head hurt?” V is due Oct. 2, and you can preorder it now on LP and CD.

 

Painted Palms – “Refractor”

painted palmsThe next album by S.F.’s Painted Palms promises a sonic repertoire that includes shades of ’60s psych-pop, ’90s Creation bands and the minimalism of Southern hip hop. What! Well, for now we’ve got “Refractor,” a very good single that displays Painted Palms doing what they do best, which is crafting catchy little electro-pop gems that needle you into submission. Nothing too out-of-reach here, and that’s not a bad thing, especially if you’re needing a connector between Hot Chip and Cut Copy in your party playlist. Horizons is due Sept. 4 on Polyvinyl.

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The Jacka Birthday Tribute Concert with Mob Figaz, Andre Nickatina, Paul Wall, Cellski, Keak Da Sneak, Joe Blow, Mistah F.A.B. + more

Posted by Billyjam, August 12, 2015 04:49pm | Post a Comment

As seen in the new documentary below about The Jacka, the widespread outpouring of grief by fans and peers alike of the NorCal hip-hop artist when he was tragically killed earlier this year, in a still unsolved murder, is an indication of just how widely respected the prolific Pittsburg, CA born rapper truly was. That grief for the beloved Oakland-based artist, who initially came to fame in the '90s via C-BO proteges The Mob Figaz, was especially felt in his native Bay Area. In the months since his untimely death on February 2nd when he was shot and killed in a drive-by in Deep East Oakland, there have been many tributes to the artist including concerts, radio specials, and dedicated DJ mixes. And according to E-Lit at Amoeba Berkeley, Jacka fans old and new alike have been seeking out solo and collaborative releases (including track cameos) by the rapper such as his ever-popular, guest-heavy 2009 album Tear Gas, his series with Berner including last year's Drought Season 2, and the collaborative full-length Highway Robbery with Philly emcee Freeway.

Today, August 12th, is another significant day for the artist born Dominic Newton in 1977 since this would have been his 38th birthday. In honoring this date, tonight at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, will be a most impressive line-up of artists presenting The Jacka Birthday Tribute Concert.  This all-star lineup of artists will include his old crew Mob Figaz, as well many others from the Bay (and beyond too) including Andre Nickatina, Cellski, Keak Da Sneak, Paul Wall, Joe Blow, Mistah F.A.B., Mitchy Slick, Laroo, Traxamillion, Lee Majors, Krondon, Zion I, Erk Tha Jerk, Dubb 20, Street Knowledge, and DJ Drama - many of whom have collaborated with the artist over the years including both Andre Nickatina and Traxamillion, who collaborated on The Jacka track "Glamorous Lifestyle." With so many artists on the one stage, it is likely that their sets will be much shorter than usual concert performances. Tickets for this great line-up tonight are only $20 advanced or $25 at the door. Showtime is 8pm for this all-ages show, but get there early as this could be a sold-out show. More info here.

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