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Illogic & Blockhead Discuss Their Brand New Album "Capture The Sun" (Man Bites Dog)

Posted by Billyjam, April 16, 2013 08:03am | Post a Comment

Columbus, Ohio poet/emcee Illogic and New York City producer Blockhead, who first collaborated back in 2000, recently teamed up again to record two EPs and their first full length album project together - the TK via Man Bites Dog release Capture The Sun which arrives in Amoeba Music today. The 16 track album is an all killer, no filler hip-hop release that finds these two talented artists at their best with select special features from such artists as Slug (of Atmosphere), Blueprint, and Abstract Rude. I recently caught up with both Blockhead and Illogic to chop it up with them about the new album that I learned is dedicated to Illogic's grandmother who, he told me, passed away just a few weeks ago after battling cancer for the past few years. "Even before that [though] I was planning on dedicating this record to her because the whole album title and the concept is inspired by something she would always tell me. And that is that your dreams that are delayed are not denied. And that is something I try to impart to my family as well; just to go after their dreams and no matter how long it takes that they can always achieve them. And that is something that my family has imparted in me as well," said the father of three sons who holds family dear to his heart. In fact his mother, who when he was just a little kid used to give him the  dictionary to study, has being perhaps the most influential person in his life as an artist. "My mom is an interesting person," shared the emcee/poet. "She was a black nationalist in college. She studied Islam. She was very intellectual. And I actually learned to speak French before I could speak English. She always made sure that I understood the power of language and the power of words. And that is something to this day that I am grateful for because here I am: Illogic the rapper, the writer, the poet. And that is mainly because of what my mother instilled in me at a young age."

"With the concept for Capture The Sun Blockhead was the perfect producer for what I was trying to accomplish," said Illogic noting that what has always attracted him to Blockhead's production style is his meticulous attention to detail. "He will take a two-second part of a song and put it into a beat. And he will take a whole bunch of those; two, five, ten second parts and create a complete backdrop of something completely beautiful that you have never heard before…..he just makes a symphony out of everything that he does!" 

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up Week End 03.22.13 Dark Time Sunshine, Demigodz, Murs & 9th Wonder, Denver DMC, Kendrick Lamar Rap Lib + more

Posted by Billyjam, March 22, 2013 10:10am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Hollywood Hip Hop Top Five Week Ending March 22: 2013


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

2) Swollen Members Beautiful Death Machine (Suburban Noize)

3) The Demigodz KILLMatic (Dirty Version)

4) Murs & 9th Wonder The Final Adventure (It's A Wonderful World Music Group)

5) Souls Of Mischief '93 Til Infinity (Traffic reissue)

Some real good quality releases on the latest hip-hop chart from Amoeba Hollywood above including the brand new The Demigodz KILLMatic featuring such talents as the ever prolific member Apathy (more on him in videos below), the return of Canada's Swollen Members  with the brand new Beautiful Death Machine on Suburban Noize, and the recent (out a minute but still charting) collab from Murs & 9th Wonder The Final Adventure on It's A Wonderful World Music Group which note will be their fifth and final collaborative effort. Too bad as these guys have a great chemistry together.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week Ending 07.27.12: Aesop Rock, Nas, Masta Ace & MF DOOM + more

Posted by Billyjam, July 27, 2012 01:01am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five Wk ending 07:27:12

1)  Aesop Rock Skelethon (Rhymesayers Entertainment)

By far the current bestselling hip-hop title in the store is this new self-produced solo album from Aesop Rock, which really shines a spotlight on the man’s originality and talents. This one is possibly his strongest offering to date, with superb production
that really matches his vocals and carves a niche in hip hop that is all his own. One  listen through this, and my immediate thought was “no other person in hip hop makes  music that sounds like this.” Support brilliant original music and pick this up!

Skelethon is available from Amoeba in both CD format and album/LP format.





2) Nas Life is Good (Def Jam)

The latest from [Nasty] Nas is more of what fans should expect from the man: some hot singles, raps about his daughters and his current state of mind, plus his signature voice and flow. Production credits include No I.D, Buckwild and Salaam Remi. This is grown
man rap music that reflects Nas’ life in an honest way that most mainstream artists steer away from. Cool stuff.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week Ending 07.20.12: Top 5, Psycho Realm, Aesop Rock, Nas, Public Enemy, Kyle Rapps, QBert + more

Posted by Billyjam, July 20, 2012 06:06am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending 07:20:12


1) J Dilla Rebirth of Detroit (Yancey Music Group)

2) Psycho Realm Presents Sick Jacken & Cyni In Terror Tapes 2 (Mb Recordings)

3) Nicki Ninaj Pink Friday Roman Reloaded (Cash Money)

4) The Pharcyde Bizarre Ride II: The Pharcyde [Expanded Edition] (Delicious Vinyl)

5) Aesop Rock Skelethon (Rhyemsayers Ent.)

Thanks to Ray Ricky Rivera at the Hollywood Amoeba store for this latest Hip-Hop Top Five chart that includes such new or recent releases as J Dilla's posthumous, emcee guest heavy Rebirth of Detroit, Psycho Realm's Presents Sick Jacken & Cyni In Terror Tapes 2 - Sick Jacken with Street Platoon artist Cynik which is another, refreshingly hardcore rap presentation from the no-holds-barred Psycho Realm who never fail to disappoint (check out down below the party-hard video for the album track "I'm Gone" Recordings), and
Aesop Rock's Skelethon just released by Rhyemsayers Entertainment - his killer return that, as witnessed by the turnout & crowd reaction at his Amoeba San Francisco in-store earlier this week is a universally crowd favorite.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 07.13.12: Top 5, Aesop Rock, AeroSoul 3, Pharcyde, Darkest Before Dawn, Cut Chemist, Roach Gigz, + more

Posted by Billyjam, July 13, 2012 07:36am | Post a Comment

Aesop Rock "ZZZ Top" (2012)


Hip-Hop Top 5 Week ending 7/12/12


1) Aesop Rock Skelethon (Rhyemsayers Ent.)

2)  El-P Cancer4Cure (Fat Possum)

3) Killer Mike R.A.P. Music (Williams Street)

4) J Dilla Rebirth of Detroit (Yancey Music Group)

5) Azealia Banks 1991 EP (Interscope)

Like El-P, whose Cancer4Cure is his first album since 2007, another hip-hop artist who can patiently keep fans waiting five years before dropping a new album is Aesop Rock. And this week Aesop Rock, who used to be on El-P's currently on hiatus Def Jux label, returns triumphantly after half a decade between albums with a stellar new full-length: Skelethon on Rhymesayers Entertainment.. The album does not disappoint with powerful songs like "ZZZ Top" (video above), the opening “Leisureforce,” “Homemade Mummy,” and the lead single “Zero Dark Thirty.” With Aesop's usual barrage of intricate lyrics luckily the physical release comes with a lyrics sheet. Another new release this week is a re-release of an older hip-hop album: The Pharcyde's 1992 Bizarre Ride II: The Pharcyde [Expanded Edition] which differs from the original two-decade old classic in that it is a triple disc set with the original album in its entirety, plus two additional discs including instrumentals, remixes, and “B-cydes” plus really nice packaging that include some classic old photos of the legendary SoCal hip-hop crew and enlightening liner notes from producer J-Sw!ft.  And in honor of this most welcome reissue/extended set here is one of the great tracks from that hip-hop classic: "Passin' Me By,"

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