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The Strypes, Liam Geddes with Class A'z, Rubberbandits, Jinx Lennon, RiRa, Sultans of Ping F.C. and Other Irish Music, New and Old

Posted by Billyjam, March 17, 2014 08:45am | Post a Comment

The Strypes "Hometown Girls" from the Irish band's debut album Snapshot

Tomorrow is the Stateside release date of Irish rock group The Strypes' 12 track debut album Snapshot, featuring such tracks as "Hometown Girls" above. To date only the September 2013 import version of Snapshot has only been available from Amoeba. The young retro styled rock quartet from Cavan,  who Sir Elton John scooped up and signed to his Rocket Music Management, is currently on tour in the States including three gigs at SxSW. And with their stellar debut album Snapshot been released this week in the US - already available to pre-order from Amoeba - you should expect big things from the Strypes Stateside in 2014. They play Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco on March 29th and the El Ray Theatre in LA on March 31st.

The other clips below include a random array of different genre music videos - both new and old - from Ireland. Included immediately below is the brand new music video for the soon-to-drop, Irish single "Lifeboat" by Ireland's 2007 Irish Idol champ Liam Geddes and featuring members of the talented Dublin rap crew Class A'z with production by John Gibbons and Scimon Tist.   "25 O'Clock In The Mornin" is the track below by RíRá - the supertalented veteran Irish emcee who came to fame two decades with pioneering Irish hip-hop crew Scary Eire. The track was single on All City single and an album track on the artist's 2008 album Horses Work For Donkeys Wages (Maddaxxe). For their latest The Rubberbandits (the Limerick absurdist comedy/rap/hip-hop duo who rocketed to fame 3 years ago when their "Horse Outside" Republic of Telly skit went viral) take things to the darkside with their compelling latest, , "Dads Best Friend."

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Contemporary Irish Hip-Hop

Posted by Billyjam, September 21, 2013 07:03pm | Post a Comment
      
                    Rob Kelly "Jack The Ripper" (2013)

Since its humble beginnings in the 1980's Irish hip-hop has gradually grown and developed to its current vibrant state.  From starting out as a predominantly derivative genre hip-hop in Emerald Isle has, over the years, clearly found its own voice and distinctive style. And while this identity first took root in the 90's, with acts like Scary Eire showcasing a unique Irish take on the genre, it is really only in the past five or six years that Irish hip-hop has become a most distinctive sub-genre of the global hip-hop movement with more artists than any previous time in its short history contributing to the art form.

As an Irish born hip-hop fan, who left the country just as hip-hop was taking root there, upon each return visit I have been actively following hip-hop in Ireland and can report that it is currently enjoying its healthiest & most innovative state with a slew of excellent new songs and albums been released over the past twelve month period alone - many from artists who just arrived on the scene in the past half decade. Over the past few decades it has been interesting to watch this Irish strain of the American born musical genre go through its slow but steady development. For this Amoeblog I have selected a brief sampling of Irish hip-hop videos from the past year or so to give an overview of the scene over there.

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PAPOOSE, WHAT WERE YOU THINKING? + OTHER RAP TALES

Posted by Billyjam, May 17, 2008 08:10am | Post a Comment

Earlier this week upon hearing the news involving the highly emotional but equally ridiculous actions of hip-hopper Papoose, the fiancĂ© of jailed rapper Remy Ma, the voice of Dr. Phil popped into my head and I could just hear the TV psychologist uttering his trademark words to the "Mix Tape King" Papoose: "What were you thinking?" 

Really though! On Monday when he was scheduled to wed his lady behind bars, Papoose (born Shamele Mackie) attempted to sneak a skeleton handcuff key into Rikers Island where he was headed to the New York City jail's altar.

Once guards found the key on him he got ejected from Rikers and banned from the facility for six months.  What a dummy!  Everyone (especially gangsta rap aficionados) should know that whenever you go visit someone in jail or prison that they search you thoroughly from head to toe, and often beyond. What were you thinking, Papoose? 

And if that ain't enough, then the following day when Remy Ma (born Reminisce Smith), who was arrested for last summer outside a downtown NYC club allegedly shooting her former friend Makeda Barnes-Joseph (who she said robbed $3000 cash out of her purse), got sentenced in the New York Supreme Court to eight years in prison, Papoose was in the (court) house and was not happy. "Fuck you. Put me in jail muthafuckers!" and "Lock me up! Fuckin lock me up" were among the impassioned wishes the visibly emotional Papoose shouted towards court officers upon Remy's sentencing.

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