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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 01.05.13: E-Lit's Picks N Predictions, BPos, First Light (Opio + Pep Love), Sean Born, Skillz

Posted by Billyjam, January 5, 2013 04:20am | Post a Comment
The music business may close down for the holidays with hardly any new releases in early January but there are still new videos coming out like the three below.  Also below E-Lit at the Amoeba Berkeley store shares his top ten picks of the past year as well as his predictions for 2013 in hip-hop. Skillz just dropped "2012 Rap Up" but announced publicly and in the song that it will be his very last annual "rap up" after ten years and doing his anticipated year in review songs - and seen others enter the year-rap up field like popular YouTube rapper DeStorm

The videos below include the new Kev Brown produced track from Sean Born "Grandeur," and the brand new (two day old) video for the newest Hiero joint: Opio + Pep Love's (aka First Light) song "Lighters" from the duo's forthcoming debut album Fallacy Fantasy which will arrive in Amoeba March 12th. Immediately below is  the new video from SF hip-hop crew BPos for their song "Balance" (from the group's last release Pos Tapes Volume Three). The video was filmed by Inkfat and BPos during BPos' 2012 Super Hero Pool Party Tour, and the song's beat is by Aspect McCarthy (ghosNOTES) while the video itself was made by BPos member Goodword.

       
BPos "Balance" (2012)
E-Lit's Predictions for 2013:

Hip-Hop Rap Up 06:18:11: Top Five with E Lit, Jean Grae, Family Vacation Tour, Random Axe, Vans Warped Tour's Bring It Back Stage + more

Posted by Billyjam, June 18, 2011 10:18am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five: Week Ending June 18, 2011

1)    Hail Mary Mallon Are You Gonna Eat That? (Rhymesayers)

Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz top the charts this week with their deservedly popular collabo, which combines their abrasive Def Jux aesthetic with some fun party vibes. 

Hail Mary Mallon represents some of Aesop Rock’s strongest material in a minute, and really showcases his talents as a producer through some neck-snapping beats.  Aesop Rock and Rob Sonic have got great vocal chemistry, and are local SF-dwellers these days as well.  Worth peeping!






2)    Beastie Boys Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 (Capitol)

The Beastie Boys continue to prove that they’re one of the most universally popular groups in hip hop by coming in second this week after a long run of topping the charts. 

Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 is a return to form from To the 5 Burroughs that proves that you can still record a grimy sounding album on a million dollar budget.  The sort of raw, playful rap music you’ve come to expect from these guys.

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Hip-Hop Rap Up 05:13:11: Foreign Legion, Young Montana?, Blueprint, Beastie Boys, Equipto, Hopie @ Hip Hop in the Park, Skratchpad Moves to LA + More

Posted by Billyjam, May 13, 2011 08:40am | Post a Comment
Billy Jam's Top Five Hip-Hop Songs of the Week Ending May 13, 2011


1) Blueprint "My Culture" (Rhymesayers Entertainment)

2) Beastie Boys "Too Many Rappers (feat NAS)" (Capitol)

3) Foreign Legion "Son of a Gun" (Quality Control)

4) Equipto feat Mike Marshall "Heart and Soul" (Solidarity Records)

5) Young Montana "Sacré Cool" (Alpha Pup)

For this week's Hip-Hop Rap Up I am supplying my personal fave top five hip-hop songs -- new tracks that I am really feeling this week. These include, in the number one slot from the man who can do no wrong, Blueprint's "My Culture," taken from his highly recommended latest album Adventures in Counter-Culture on Rhymesayers Entertainment. At last Sunday afternoon's amazing Blueprint Amoeba Berkeley instore the MC/singer/producer/multi-instrumentalist delighted lucky fans like myself, Eligh and E-Lit to several tracks off this diverse album that redefines what hip-hop is in 2011. And for insight into what a cool guy he is, check out my Blueprint Amoeblog interview.

Since it came out last week I have fallen in love with the new Beastie Boys album Hot Sauce Committee Part Two on Capitol and in particular the song "Too Many Rappers (featuring NAS)" which, like the rest of this flawless release, has a killer throwback retro Beasties feel to it. An Instant classic! Another instant classic but on a much more down-tempo, laid back tip is Limerence on Alpha Pup, the debut from 21 year old Coventry, UK production wizard Young Montana? who, unlike the legions of J-Dilla wannabe copycats out there who fail at imitating their hero's sound, can do J-Dilla style production on the same level as the late Detroit great. Furthermore, that strain of instrumental hip-hop & electronica is only one style in this promising young producer's bag of tricks. The song "Sacré Cool" is pure awesomeness. Check it out below.

Blueprint Killed It at Amoeba Berkeley Instore Today

Posted by Billyjam, May 8, 2011 05:51pm | Post a Comment

  Excerpt of "So Alive" by Blueprint at Amoeba Berkeley today

Just came from Amoeba Berkeley where I got to see/hear Blueprint up close and personal. An amazing Amoeba instore set from the Columbus, Ohio emcee/singer/producer, who is one of my favorite current artists and whose new album, Adventures in Counter-Culture, is among the top five best albums of the year to date. Currently on the Family Tour with Atmosphere headlining (they played the Greek Theater in Berkeley last night), Blueprint's set is so good that he has even been upstaging the main act along the way with his unique sound -- an effortless blend of hip-hop, rock and other sounds all engagingly delivered care of a backing duo of a bass player and DJ Rare Groove plus Print's own impressive multi-instrumentation (various keyboard instruments, an effects pedal & computer manipulation).

Two weeks ago when the Family Tour stopped in New York to play the cavernous Terminal 5 venue, I caught the show and was blown away by Blueprint's set. But at that packed, sold-out NYC show I was vying for a good view of the stage stuck behind about 3,000 excited bobbing heads -- not the best scenario. In direct contrast, this afternoon at Amoeba on Telegraph I was right up front with the perfect view and sound.

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The Blueprint of Hip-Hop: Interview with Rhymesayers Producer/MC Blueprint

Posted by Billyjam, May 7, 2011 03:15pm | Post a Comment

The song "My Culture," found on Blueprint's highly recommended new album Adventures In Counter-Culture (Rhymesayers Entertainment), is one of the most accurately biting commentaries on the state of hip-hop culture today. In it, the ever-observant Columbus, Ohio producer & emcee shoots off lines at today's stereotypical rappers who "sound like broads rhymin' bout the clothes you got," warning them to "look around you. We livin' in some troublin' times"  and then rightfully observing, "So when those rappers only rap about a home or a broad [it's] coz they don't know what's happening at home or abroad."

"My Culture" is just one of the fifteen great tracks from Counter-Culture, the acclaimed artist's long overdue follow up to his last solo outing, 2005's 1988. But Blueprint, who plays Berkeley's Greek Theater tonight and Amoeba Berkeley tomorrow afternoon, May 8th, at 3pm, has been far from idle. The artist born Albert Shepard is an integral part of the Columbus music scene. As well as being signed to Rhymesayers, he is also the founder and owner of Weightless Recordings. And in addition to being an accomplished solo artist, he is also one half of the group Soul Position with producer RJD2. Additionally, he is one half of the group Greenhouse Effect alon with Illogic. Last week, when Blueprint was in New York as part of the Atmosphere-headlined Family Tour, I met up with him in a cafe to ask him about his many projects, the new album, what to expect at tomorrow's Amoeba Berkeley instore and his views on the state of the USA today. Amoeba Berkeley's E-Lit contributed some questions to this Amoeblog interview and also supplied his personal favorite Blueprint top five track list in chronological order, which appears at the end of this post.

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