Weekly Rap Round Up: 2 Chainz, Open Mike Eagle, and Adisa The Bishop

Posted by Billyjam, March 27, 2016 03:24pm | Post a Comment

With this week's release of the latest Open Mike Eagle album Hella Personal Film Festival,  Mello Music Group (MMG) continue their role of curating some of today's best and most progressive hip-hop. Last year  the Tuscon, Arizona-based indie label unleashed hip-hop gems from such artists as Semi Hendrix (Ras Kass and Jack Splash), L'Orange with both Jeremiah Jae and Kool KeithApollo Brown, Oddisse, and Open Mike Eagle.  That was 2015's  A Special Episode Of Open Mike Eagle: Split Pants at Sound Check. However Mike considers his just released album, that was recorded in London, to be a continuation of where his critically acclaimed 2014 Mello Music release Dark Comedy left off. With this new album, which will be celebrated with an Amoeba Hollywood in-store on April 5th, both the record label and gifted LA based wordsmith knock it out the park. For that thanks go to Mike's always impressive clever wordplay and the rich production of the new release.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 06.07.14: Top 5, OMCA's VINYL, DJ Platurn, Too $hort, Dregs One @ Slim's, Scratch Cypher in The Town

Posted by Billyjam, June 8, 2014 04:20pm | Post a Comment

During last evening's Bay Area hip-hop themed Talk, Play, and Sip session I hosted at the Oakland Museum of California - as part of OMCA's ongoing Amoeba sponsored VINYL: The Sound and Culture of Records - several participants addressed in their shares the importance of hip-hop as a vehicle for a message of upliftment and/or awareness rather than simply mindless escapism and glorification of consumerism, sexism, and casual violence. Speakers including Bas-One, Adisa Banjoko (below), and Eric Arnold each addressed the topic as did DJ Platurn (pictured above) who observed that to his fellow speakers, who all came up in the era of politicized, positive thinking hip-hop via artists like Public Enemy and the Bay Area's Paris, were all conditioned to view hip-hop as a powerful medium of message and change. DJ Platurn's Talk N Play 45's record selections reflected that too, especially Too $hort's classic 1990 single "The Ghetto" (off Short Dog's In The House) which addresses the poverty and economic disparity of urban areas like Oakland. Also noted at last night's OMCA session was how Bay Area hip-hop has traditionally included many politicized artists. One such current example is Dregs One who, along with host Equipto and a grip of other SF artists and speakers (see flyer for full lineup), take over Slim's tonight in a benefit hip-hop show that will address pressing local community issues such as evictions, gentrification, and police brutality.

Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 02.07.14: Step Brothers, Dag Savage, Dilla Day, Hip Hop, Chess and The Psychology of The Battle

Posted by Billyjam, February 7, 2014 08:08am | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five for Week Ending February 7th 2014

The Step Brothers Lord Steppington (Rhymesayers  Entertainment)

2) Dag Savage E&J (Dirty Science)

Blu & Exile Below The Heavens  (Sound In Color)

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

5) Kayne West Yeezus (Def Jam)

7-Year-Old Girl Takes Title at the HHCF-Hosted Step Up Revolution All Styles Dance Competition in San Jose

Posted by Billyjam, July 23, 2012 03:45am | Post a Comment
Yesterday (July 22nd) in San Jose, CA the wonderful Hip-Hop Chess Federation (HHCF) organization hosted the first ever Step Up Revolution All Styles Dance Competition at which a talented young seven year old girl who goes simply by her first name Sarah wowed everyone and took the title with an impressive routine that blended various dance styles.

This hip-hop rooted dance battle was designed to help "get kids off the street and showcase the amazing dance talent in the Bay Area," said HHCF mainman Adissa Banjoko (pictured left with Sarah) who, for many years, has tirelessly worked as a mentor with youth via his hip-hop chess organization & other outlets. Yesterday's worthy event, in which the HHCF joined forces with Step Up Revolution Movie for Hip-Hop Dance Battle, helped raise money for school supplies for at-risk youth - something that is more important than ever in these financially challenged times for inner city school systems.

Sunday's event, which took place at San Jose's Alum Rock Youth Center, kicked off with a workshop by A-Game from the Hybrid Crew/Style Elements in which the renowned Bay Area Bboy taught an eager to learn young audience fundamental Bboy moves. Then came the all styles dance competition which was DJ’ed by Kool DJ Dizzy of All Tribes Zulu Nation chapter and judged by San Jose Bboy Anonymous and Funkee Asiatic of All Tribes Zulu Nation. The competition was, according to Banjoko, "conducted in an Iron Man format that came down to a face-off  between poppers Shez and Maze, both representing San Jose. After a grueling 5 rounds Shez and Maze tied for first."

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Marathon Runner/Rapper T-K.A.S.H. Records "Run" To Encourage Physical Fitness Among Oakland Youth

Posted by Billyjam, March 22, 2012 03:35pm | Post a Comment

T-K.A.S.H. "Run" (2012)

Oakland rapper/runner T-K.A.S.H., who will be among those running 26 miles in this Sunday's (March 25th) marathon at the Oakland Running Festival, has decided to utilize the event as a way to help bring awareness of the epidemic of gun violence in Oakland by recording the above song "Run" as heard above. "Oakland had 2000 victims of gun violence in 2011," noted T-K.A.S.H. who recorded the song as way to motivate young people to stay focused and fit, and hence maintain a more positive (IE non violent) outlook on life. The Hip-Hop Chess Federation, which is run by Adisa Banjoko, is among those sponsoring T-K.A.S.H. in the upcoming marathon. You can also sponsor him in the Marathon (as well as find out other info) by visiting the artist/activist's Facebook page. And for general info on the two day (Sat 24th & Sun 25th) Oakland Running Festival with the marathon on day two click here. 
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