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Hip-Hop Rap-Up: Top 5 Chart, Killer Mike's Political Career Postponed, New Oakland Party "Wax Poetic"

Posted by Billyjam, June 20, 2015 08:14pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top 5 Chart: Week End 06:19:15


1) Run The Jewels Run The Jewels 2  (LP) (Mass Appeal)

2) Czarface Every Hero Needs A Villain (also in LP) Brick Records)

3) Kendrick Lamar To Pimp A Butterfly (Aftermath)

4) Slum Village Yes! (also in LP) (Nestra Music Group)

5) A$AP Rocky  At.Long.Last.A$AP (RCA)


Thanks to Daniel at the Amoeba Hollywood store for the current week's top five hip-hop album chart (CD and vinyl) that includes the brand new anticipated releases from A$AP Rocky (At.Long.Last.A$AP), and the second comic book-inspired Inspectah Deck and 7L & Esoteric project Czarface's new Every Hero Needs A Villain, which features the sick lead single "Ka-Bang!" with MF DOOM and "The Great" (see new music video below). Also under new hip-hop releases is the just released eighth studio album from late J Dilla's group Slum Village. Entitled Yes!' and available in both CD and LP, this recommended guest-heavy album from the Detroit group features such collaborators as De La Soul and Phife Dawg. The latest hip-hop top five chart also includes two not-so-new albums that are still in demand at Amoeba Hollywood. These are Kendrick Lamar's much heralded album To Pimp A Butterfly that's been out since March and Run The Jewels' Run The Jewels 2  that first arrived in Amoeba back in November, when El-P and Killer Mike dropped their long awaited second collaborative full-length. It's timely too that Run The Jewels 2 is back in the number one slot since one of its creators has been in the news this past week due to his near official entry into politics. 
 
It almost happened! For a minute it looked like Killer Mike might land a job in political office in Georgia’s House of Representatives. Anyone who has read his excellent op-eds or who has heard him speak, including on Real Time with Bill Maher, knows he would have been a refreshingly welcome voice in political office. Exactly what Killer Mike had in his sights was the state rep for Atlanta’s District 55. Guilty of tax, wire, and mail fraud charges, the disgraced and resigned Tyrone Brooks was vacating his seat in a hurry, so Mike saw it and thought to himself, why not go for it. He Instagrammed about it before the June 16th deadline but then afterwards posted a follow up to say he found out that is ineligible for this year's election. He said that he does plan to run for office in the future. He will do it too, I bet, and he is so made for the job. Always informed and engaging on current topics including all angels on race in America, education, the prison complex, militant cops, and the politics behind it all, he's got a good handle on the most important things in need of vital change in America today. I wonder if he had actually landed the political office, would he have found himself getting frustrated with the political system itself? And what about Run The Jewels and his music career?  Hopefully he would become a hip-hop politician by continuing his hip-hop career while assuming his political role.  Meantime, for a refresher on how Killer Mike really feels about Ronald Reagan as president, check out the animated music video for the R.A.P. Music (also avail in vinyl) track "Reagan" off his amazing solo release via Williams Street from 2012.


Pick Up Record Store Day Titles That Haven't Sold Out Yet

Posted by Billy Gil, April 20, 2015 03:00pm | Post a Comment

We had a record-setting Record Store Day this past Saturday April 18, but there are still a few titles lingering on our shelves that you can pick up while supplies last. Here are a few that we still had on hand today.

A$AP Rocky - LPFJ2

asap rocky lpfj2This limited edition white vinyl 7” features the rapper's “Lord Pretty Flacko Jodeye 2” and “Multiply.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bob Dylan The Night We Called it a Day

bob dylan the night we called it a day 7" record store dayThis limited edition 7” has two songs from Dylan’s latest release, Shadows in the Night.

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JFK Assassination In Song

Posted by Billyjam, November 11, 2013 11:11am | Post a Comment

Steinski & Mass Media "The Motorcade Sped On" (1985)

For the past few weeks now JFK's face has been popping up on a lot of magazine covers and on TV (including the PBS documentary JFK: American Experience airing tonight and tomorrow - Nov 11th & 12th)  as we quickly approach the historic 50th anniversary of that fateful day in Dallas, TX when the 35th president of the United States was assassinated. Friday November 22th, 2013 will mark the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination so between now and then you can expect to be hearing/seeing a lot on the topic of the beloved US president. To mark the occasion there is also a free download compilation, care of Turn Me On, Dead Man Recordings, entitled Conspiracy A-Go-Go that consists of over two dozen tracks (mostly punk/garage - some new, some previously recorded) that reference the JFK assassination including tracks by the New Jack Rubys, The Droogs, Buckwheat Catapillar, Dark Fog, and The Bonnevilles. This free downloadable album, used with the permission of the artists through a Creative Commons License for non-commercial purposes, includes one of my all time favorites: Steinski & The Mass Media's "The Motorcade Sped On." I have included a video above set to that cut-and-paste masterpiece by Steinski that was originally issued in 1985 as a promo by Tommy Boy and also as a track on a various artists 7" free EP c/o NME magazine. Five years ago the song was included in the Illegal Art released compilation of Steinski's work - What Does It All Mean? 1983-2006 Retrospective.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 05.31.13: The Low End Theory, A$AP Rocky, J-Dilla, Tricky, The Genie, Black Moon, dPress, Kendrick Lamar

Posted by Billyjam, May 31, 2013 09:45am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music San Francisco Hip-Hop Top Five Chart Week End 05:31:13


1) Black Moon Enta Da Stage LP reissue (Nervous)

2) Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city (Aftermath)

3) A Tribe Called Quest The Low End Theory CD reissue (Jive)

4) A$AP Rocky Long.Lve.A$AP (RCA)

5) J Dilla Anthem/Trust vinyl (Pay Jay)

The latest hip-hop top five, a mix of vinyl and CDs, from the San Francisco Amoeba Music store includes some new music plus some classic golden era hip-hop as well as a posthumous release (a single vinyl only) from the late great Detroit producer J Dilla who died seven years ago. The new releases represent both coasts: from the Left Coast is Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city (Aftermath) and from
Harlem, New York is A$AP Rocky's Long.Lve.A$AP (RCA) whose features include the hot new artist Schoolboy Q (on the track “PMW”

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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #21: Deep Cuts Record Store/Barber Shop, The Return of NY Hip-Hop, V-Day in NYC, Concerts + more

Posted by Billyjam, February 13, 2013 04:02pm | Post a Comment


In this week's New York State of Mind Amoeblog is a preview from the forthcoming XXL magazine on the return of New York hip-hop, a review of a unique new record store/barber shop  Deep Cuts at the Silent Barn in Bushwick Brooklyn, plus a novel, budget conscious, way to celebrating Valentines Day in New York City, as well as a righteous rewarding way to participate in V-Day's  One Billion Rising in NYC,  plus concerts picks and happenings for the week ahead.

Concerts include gospel great Mavis Staples (pictured right) on Feb. 14th as part of the American Songbook series in the Allen Room, Jazz At Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall at Broadway at 62th Street. 8pm show. More info 212 721-6500 and at AmercianSongbook. Also on Feb 14th (Valentine's Day) soul singer Freddie Jackson plays BB King's on 42nd Street in the Times Square area. More info. On Friday, Feb 15th heavy metal masters Meshuggah headline a bill at Roseland Ballroom on W 52nd near 8th Avenue with both Animals As Leaders and Intronaut opening. Tickets and info. Big Head Todd & The Monsters play Irving Plaza on Saturday, Feb 16th. More info. Longtime homegrown hip-hop acts M.O.P. and Smif-N-Wessun, both from Brooklyn, team up to play a show at the Highline Ballroom at 431 West 16th Street in the Chelsea district on Sunday Feb 17th. More info.
On Friday and Saturday (Feb 15 & 16) in celebration of Black History Month 2013 Reg E Gaines will present three performances of his multimedia one-man show The Last Celebrity  which is billed as a "non-linear look at Reg’s accidental brush with fame and his journey from obscure street poet to writer of the Tony Award winning musical, Bring in da Noise/Bring in da Funk." For each of his three performances (two on Saturday and one on Friday) he will have a different opening act. For the 7pm Friday show NJ to the Bay to NY artist Azeem will do a performance of his acclaimed one man show Rude. Technically it is not a New York event since it happens across the river over in Jersey City at Art House Productions at 1 McWilliams Place. But Jersey City is only a five minute PATH train ride from WTC station in Lower Manhattan. Tickets are $10 and you can buy them here.

"New York is back" - that's the word according to New York City based Harris Publications hip-hop magazine XXL who, in celebration of this proclamation, feature on the cover of their brand new (March/April) issue both Harlem’s A$AP Rocky and The Bronx’s French Montana in both solo covers and the joint cover (left). These two newcomer NYC rap stars, "are sure to be two of 2013’s most celebrated MCs" write XXL's editors. A$AP Rocky’s debut album (as distinct from his mixtapes), LONG.LIVE.A$AP, debuted at No. 1 on the Amoeba chart and on Billboard 200 upon its release last month. Meanwhile fellow NY rapper French Montana's debut disc, Excuse My French, will drop on April 16th and is expected to do extremely well. In the new XXL issue, which hits stands nationwide on February 19th, both artists give intimate in-depth interviews with Rocky talking about such things as his former drug dealing days and the recent death of his father, and Montana discussing such things as his relationship with 50 Cent and his feelings on that almost deadly day he was shot in the head.

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