Three Decades Into His Illustrious, Prolific Rap Career: E-40 Prepares To Drop New Two Album Set: "The D-Boy Diary Books 1 & 2"

Posted by Billyjam, October 5, 2016 04:35pm | Post a Comment

E-40 has enjoyed an illustrious, prolific career (mostly as a solo artist) since embarking on his unique rap career in the latter half of the 1980's with family group MVP who would soon after morph into The Click featuring fellow members B-Legit, D-Shot, and Suga T . And that long-running successful career of the artist / entrepreneur born Earl Stevens (also the name of his popular wine brand) shows no sign of slowing down. On November 18th E-40 will drop his latest solo project: the two album set The D-Boy Diary Books 1 & 2 (scroll down for complete track listing).
This upcoming E-40 release will unleash over forty new tracks and feature guest spots from such (mostly Cali) collaborators as G-Eazy, Stresmatic, Gucci Mane, Lil B, Nef The Pharaoh, Droop-E, Jay Rock, Kid Ink, B-Legit, Mistah F.A.B., Casey Veggies Husalah, Turf Talk, Ricco Barrino, and Joe Mo. The follow-up to his last two-part release in December 2014: the dual albums Sharp On All 4 Corners: Corner 1  and Sharp On All 4 Corners: Corner 2 these upcoming new pair of albums from "Forty Wata" will bring his total number of solo album project releases to 27 albums! Add to that his recordings with The Click such as their now legendary Down and Dirty CD that was re-released by Sony Classics,  and all the compilations he's appeared on plus the countless cameos he's made on so many other artists albums, and you have one mind boggling back catalog! Not bad for an artist who, when he first started out his rap career, was written off by most hip-hop elitists who could not get with his most unusual rapid fire lyrical flow.
As for the new album's content E-40 says of his upcoming two-part release, "What's happening at this point in my career defies logic. I still spit the realest and rawest shit of anyone in the rap game right now. The D-Boy Diary will lace the unlaced, will tutor the truant--it's a guidebook for a street life." To be released in regular and DeLuxe versions, the new two-part release will feature the two previously released singles "Slappin'" and "Petty (feat. Kamaiyaha)" in the deluxe version.Like fellow Bay Area rap veteran Too $hort, with whom he's collaborated many times including on the 2012 album History: Mob Music, E-40 defies is another anomaly in the notoriously fickle rap world where careers are lucky to last past a couple of hit albums, the artist displays unusual longevity. While most artists begin their careers with a bang and then trail off, both 40 and $hort somehow continue to beat the odds and get more popular with time. In May of this year for example the RIAA certified his 2015 national hit single "Choices" as a Gold Record. And already the aforementioned single "Slappin' (feat. Nef The Pharaoh and D.R.A.M.)" has garnered over 1.1 million views on its official YouTube channel. See the "Slappin'" video below along with some other classics from E-40's long and illustrious career plus the full track listing for the two new albums. And be sure to pick up the two new E-40 albums when they arrive into Amoeba Music next month on November 18th, 2016.

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Hip-Hop History Tuesdays: Bay Area Hip-Hop Shows 1984 - 1996

Posted by Billyjam, November 12, 2013 01:13pm | Post a Comment

For this Hip Hop History Tuesdays Amoeblog the focus is on some select Bay Area hip hop/rap concerts from two and three decades (80's/90's) ago and their corresponding advertisement flyers - a time before social networking and free access by all to the Internet. Covering the years from 1984 to 1996, these are a selection of show fliers such as the one left from September 1989 when LA crossover rap artist Young MC was at his prime as were the Bay Area rap acts who opened for him including APG Crew at the long gone, once very active, club spot in North Oakland the Omni  ("the Bay Area's largest showcase nightclub" on Shattuck at 48th near Telegraph).

In addition to APG Crew, who were voted hottest local/Bay Area act of that same year of 1989, other acts on this bill included East Bay act Step G with M.C. Sirgeo, and two Bay Area acts that would go on to national acclaim: producer/political rapper Paris thanks to signing with (and later getting dropped over political controversy) with Tommy Boy Records and East Bay hip-hop crew Capital Tax who in the following few years would go from being on the small indie local T-Cap Productions to being signed to MCA Records.   Another time within about a year of that show, Too $hort headlined at the Omni -- doing his typical no-frills, straight up rap concert. (This was a time when another Oakland rapper, MC Hammer's stage shows were huge choreographed events -- Too $hort was the proud antitheses of that.)

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 08.30.13: Amoeba Hollywood Top 5, Hiero Day in the Bay, 33 RPM @ Radio Bar, Stones Throw Soul Tour + more

Posted by Billyjam, August 30, 2013 08:00am | Post a Comment
The big hip-hop event in the Bay Area this weekend is the second annual Hiero Day with a stellar lineup that includes performances from the longtime Oakland hip-hop ensemble The Hieroglyphics themselves along with an impressive array of their friends including Latyrx, Murs & Fashawn, Strong Arm Steady, The Bangerz, Mystic, LuckyIam, Dan The Automator, Erk Tha Jerk, CMG, and Nate The Great to name but some of the scheduled acts (see flyer left for the others). The event, that will include food and drink (lots of beer), takes place on Labor Day, Monday September 2nd from 11am to 6pm but not where it was last year for the premiere event (Oakland's Uptown district near the New Parish). This year it will be held at the (comparatively smaller) space owned by Linden Street Brewery at 95 Linden Street in Oakland - which is within walking distance of both the Jack London Ferry Terminal and the West Oakland BART (good to know since there is no parking on site).  The day is listed as an "all ages, free" event but this week the Hiero Day website has  been listing it as "sold out."  Huh?

New Oakland Femcee Glam I. Rock Was Born Into Hip-Hop And Born To Rock The Mic

Posted by Billyjam, April 9, 2013 08:05am | Post a Comment

Glam I. Rock "Feel" (2013)

At Glam I. Rock's in-store performance at Oaklandish last Friday evening the new female rapper from The Town delighted the hometown audience at the downtown retail store, that transforms itself in a concert space every first Friday of the month, as she ran through a string of songs off her recently released debut EP, The Feel (Savvie1ent/The Olive Street Agency). The 21 year old rapper was literally born into hip-hop since her mom is Oakland female rapper Nic Nac who came to fame two decades ago when she recorded with such artists as The LOX and Eve but most notably with Dru Down and the Luniz, and toured and performed with such legends as Too $hort, Ice Cube, and 2Pac.  Nic Nac has been a consistent positive influence in her daughter's artistic growth. "She's played a huge part in influencing me from a young age even before I was rapping.  Just being everywhere she was -- show rehearsals, video shoots, sessions. She had already put me in that element," Glam I. Rock told the Amoeblog in a recent interview noting that, in addition to her mom's music, some of the very first rappers she heard (and likely influenced her) from a  young age included A Tribe Called Quest, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Big Daddy Kane, The LOX, Jay-Z and Nas.

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DJ Eddie Def and MC Dopestyle Team Up To Form Supreme Raw

Posted by Billyjam, July 9, 2012 02:40pm | Post a Comment

Supreme Raw (Eddie Def + Dopestyle) "Salty The Clown!" (2012)

Collaborating as a duo for the first time DJ Eddie Def and emcee Dopestyle are currently in the midst of finishing up recording a new album project together that the two longtime Bay Area hip-hop artists have christened Supreme Raw.

And Supreme Raw pretty much sums up the vibe of this raw, no-holds-barred, lo-fi hip-hop project as witnessed in the above video for "Salty The Clown!" - the first track to be leaked off the album that is scheduled to be released by summer's end.

This, as yet untitled, new full-length is described by Eddie Def as, "grimy hip-hop, old school 90's with chopped up samples," adding of its sound that it is, "in tradition of Gang Starr, Cypress Hill, Wu Tang type beats, ya know lo-fi hip-hop."

Although the DJ/producer and the emcee are both longtime Bay Area hip-hop artists it was only two years when they first met. "I met Dopestyle at a Casual show when me and DJ Quest were performing a set with Z-Man," said Eddie Def. "I gave him some beats and he responded back and we started working on some shit." Before long they had the makings of an entire album - one that features lots of cameos (not officially announced just yet but should be of interest to fans of West Coast underground hip-hop). "His flow is unlike any other," said Eddie of Dopestyle, "What I love him is that he is a topic rapper; interesting topics too! He raps about cancer. He raps about spousal abuse. He raps about people dying; serious shit and not the typical stuff people usually rap about."

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