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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week Ending 08.17.12: 2 Chainz, Dopestyle, Nas, La Coka Nostra, Ron Artiste, Has-Lo + more

Posted by Billyjam, August 17, 2012 07:07am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending 08:17:12


1) Nas Life is Good (Def Jam)

2) 2 Chainz Based on a T.R.U. Story (Def Jam)
 
3) Nas Illmatic (Columbia)

4) Aesop Rock Skelethon (Rhymesayers)

5) Nas Life Is Good Deluxe edition (Def Jam)

Nas rules everything around him this week at Amoeba Hollywood where life is good for the legendary Queesnbridge NY artist. The emcee once known as Nasty Nas' latest album Life is Good on Def Jam is both number one and number five on the SoCal store's latest Top Five Hip-Hop Chart. The latter entry is the Life Is Good Deluxe CD edition of Life Is Good which boasts four bonus tracks over the regular version. Note that there is also a Life Is Good LP vinyl version (it has exact same 14 tracks as regular CD version) available of this tenth studio album by Nas with featured appearances by Rick Ross, Mary J. Blige and the late great Amy Winehouse. On top of this Nas' landmark 1994 critically acclaimed debut Illmatic has re-entered the chart where it is on the number three slot this week. The other two chart entries are 2 Chainz Based on a T.R.U. Story on Def Jam from the Playaz Circle rapper formerly known as Tity Boy,(see his new video for album track with Nicki Minaj cameo down below) and Aesop Rock's much heralded return after a five year hiatus with Skelethon on Rhymesayers Entertainment which is also available from Amoeba in LP/vinyl format. 

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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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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week Ending 06.03.12: E-Lit, El-P, Killer Mike, J-Stalin, Cadence Weapon, B-Pos, Nio Tha Gift, Hieros, Dopestyle

Posted by Billyjam, June 3, 2012 09:30am | Post a Comment
         


Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five: 06:03:12


1) El-P Cancer4Cure (Fat Possum)

2) Killer MIke R.A.P. Music (William Street)

3) J Stalin The Body Snatchers (CR)

4) Cadence Weapon Hope In Dirt City (Upper Class Records)

5) BPos Pos Tapes Volume 3 (One League)

Thanks to E-Lit at Amoeba Music Berkeley for the latest Amoeba Hip-Hop Top Five chart and new releases overview that include the two El-P albums Cancer4Cure on Fat Possum which is his own first full solo length album in several years which as E-Lit notes in video above, is dedicated to his friend/lebel-mate/fellow band member the late Camu Tao who died four years ago at age 30 from lung cancer (hence the title), and the highly recommended album R.A.P. Music on William Street that El-P produced for Killer Mike - both of which are among the best albums released this year so far. Although technically mostly a collection of previous year releases that new Madlib Medicine Show The Brick box set with all 13 CDs (and nicely priced at $95) is another great new arrival in Amoeba that E-Lit outlines in the video above that compiles all of the super-talented producer's Medicine Show installments - the ambitious once a month release series he unleashed in 2010.  


J Stalin "Ball Hard" from The Body Snatchers (2012)


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Hip-Hop Rap Up 09:16:11: E-Lit's Hip-Hop Report, Astronautalis, EquiptOtayo, Zion I + Hella Fresh Fest 4, Hip-Hop Empowerment Panel, 2Pac Art Memorial, Myka 9, Dopestyle, DJ Swamp, Andre Nickatina + more

Posted by Billyjam, September 16, 2011 09:54am | Post a Comment

E-Lit @ Amoeba Berkeley Wk ending Sept 16th, 2011


Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending 09:16:11

1) Lil Wayne  The Carter IV (Cash Money/Universal)

2) Blu & Exile Below The Heavens (Sound In Color)

3)   Candy's 22 A Girl and Her Gun
                   (Grimm Image Records)

4) Qwazaar & Batsauce Bat Meets Blaine
          (Galapagos4)

5) Blu Jesus (Nature Sounds)

Thanks to E-Lit at the Amoeba Berkeley store for the latest Top 5 Hip-Hop chart plus overview of what's new and what's hot in his opinion. These include two of the E-Lit's favorite releases for all of 2011; Qwazaar & Batsauce's Bat Meets Blaine on Galapagos4, and Astronautalis' This Is Our Science in whose indie rock meets hip-hop hybrid E-Lit hears traces of both Tom Waits and Nick Cave. Other new/recent releases of E-Lit's include Oddisee's Rock Creek Park (Mello Music) which is named after an area in the now Brooklyn, NY based Washington DC artist's home, and Otayo Dubb's Cold Piece Of Work. This San Francisco Bay Area MC, who is part of the Beatrock Music collective is teaming up with Equipto tonight for a double record release party - combined they've dubbed themselves EQUIPTOTAYO. As you'll recall about five weeks back San Francisco's ever prolific Equipto (known for his solo work, longtime membership of Bored Stiff, and collaboration series with Andre Nickatina) had an Amoeba San Francisco instore for his just dropped latest solo album, Ilyich.

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Hip-Hop Rap Up 07:16:10: Big Boi Bashes Jive, Black C Keeps RBL Posse Legacy Alive, Die Antwoord Sells Out Rickshaw Stop, Lineage's New Video, Dopestyle's Afro Themed Video Shoot, Big L Reissue + Much More

Posted by Billyjam, July 16, 2010 02:16pm | Post a Comment
Luis @ Amoeba San Francisco with run-down of new & noteworthy hip-hop, mid July 2010

Special thanks to my man Luis (above video) at the San Francisco Amoeba Music store for doing a nice in-depth run-down of the new and noteworthy hip-hop CDs and vinyl releases, including reissues, at the Big BoiHaight Street store this week. As the ever knowledgeable hip-hop buyer (and DJ) notes, right now is a perfect time to stop by Amoeba SF and dig for vinyl in the vast hip-hop section of the store.

As with the Hollywood and Berkeley Amoebas, the new releases from Big Boi, Eminem, Drake, Nas + Damian Marley, Madlib, and The Roots are all in demand in San Francisco. And as noted by Luis, Phonte, who guests on the new Roots album How I Got Over, will be at the San Francisco Amoeba in one week when his group Foreign Exchange plays a free instore next Friday, July 23rd at 6pm.The critically acclaimed group (rapper/singer/songwriter Phonte + producer Nicolay), whose still in-production third album Authenticity is scheduled for an October release, play Yoshis SF later that night as well as the previous night (July 22nd) when they are billed to play with YahZarah, Darien Brockington, Zo! and live band.

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