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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 06.07.14: Top 5, OMCA's VINYL, DJ Platurn, Too $hort, Dregs One @ Slim's, Scratch Cypher in The Town

Posted by Billyjam, June 8, 2014 04:20pm | Post a Comment


During last evening's Bay Area hip-hop themed Talk, Play, and Sip session I hosted at the Oakland Museum of California - as part of OMCA's ongoing Amoeba sponsored VINYL: The Sound and Culture of Records - several participants addressed in their shares the importance of hip-hop as a vehicle for a message of upliftment and/or awareness rather than simply mindless escapism and glorification of consumerism, sexism, and casual violence. Speakers including Bas-One, Adisa Banjoko (below), and Eric Arnold each addressed the topic as did DJ Platurn (pictured above) who observed that to his fellow speakers, who all came up in the era of politicized, positive thinking hip-hop via artists like Public Enemy and the Bay Area's Paris, were all conditioned to view hip-hop as a powerful medium of message and change. DJ Platurn's Talk N Play 45's record selections reflected that too, especially Too $hort's classic 1990 single "The Ghetto" (off Short Dog's In The House) which addresses the poverty and economic disparity of urban areas like Oakland. Also noted at last night's OMCA session was how Bay Area hip-hop has traditionally included many politicized artists. One such current example is Dregs One who, along with host Equipto and a grip of other SF artists and speakers (see flyer for full lineup), take over Slim's tonight in a benefit hip-hop show that will address pressing local community issues such as evictions, gentrification, and police brutality.

Dregs One Unveils Latest in Long Line of Hip-Hop Videos Shot At Amoeba Music

Posted by Billyjam, April 16, 2012 11:46am | Post a Comment
 
Dregs One's "Pushin'" video was shot at Amoeba SF Saturday, edited yesterday, & released today

With the release today of his Leo Docuyanan filmed video for "Pushin'" San Francisco hip-hop artist Dregs One is the latest in a long line of hip-hop artists to feature the San Francisco Amoeba Music store in their music videos - a list that includes such hip-hoppers as Drake and Equipto to name but a couple.  But unlike those and most others who typically feature quick shots/edits of Amoeba in their music videos Dregs One's entire video is shot on location at Amoeba SF - both inside and outside the Haight Street, San Francisco store.  Today I reached out to the talented young MC/producer to ask him about the video shoot; how long it took and how the experience was shooting at Amoeba? 

"Well basically I shot the video on Saturday, edited it on Sunday [yesterday], uploaded it on Monday [today]. The entire filming process took about 10 minutes, we only did one other shot before the one we used in the video," said Dregs One of the incredibly fast turnaround in this production, noting that. "All the staff was real cool about us filming in there, and I've been going to that store since I was a kid so it was an honor for me to be able to do a video at Amoeba."

While, as seen in the opening shots of the video above where he is digging in the Amoeba CD hip-hop section, Dregs One's music is available for sale at Amoeba this song "Pushin" is actually a free giveaway track on the free download The Inspiration mixtape from here: http://www.mediafire.com/?6225tj96e6ydkyu or here http://dregs1.bandcamp.com. As for what lies ahead in 2012 for the always productive Dregs One who was interviewed here on the Amoeblog over the past year on two occasions here and here, he told me that, "Right now I'm planning to go on a benefit tour where proceeds from each show go to a local nonprofit organization in each city. That's going to start in late May. I don't want to say too much about my next project but I'm planning on doing an EP with a very special producer and putting it out for free download and vinyl." Stay tuned for updates here on the Amoeblog. Meantime follow Dregs One via his Facebook page and.or on the Dregs1 website.

Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week Ending 03.09.12: Too $hort, Madlib, WZRD, Malik Work, Timbo King, Dregs One, Notoriois B.I.G., Illmaculate, Cash Money & Marvelous + more

Posted by Billyjam, March 9, 2012 06:08pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba San Francisco Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending 03:09:12

1) WZRD wzrd (Universal Republic)

2) Drake Take Care (Cash Money)

3 Tyga  Careless World: Rise Of The La (Cash Money)

4) Too $hort No Trespassing (Dangerous Music)

5) Madlib Medicine Show No. 13: Black Tape (Madlib Medicine Show)

Thanks to Michelle at the San Francisco Amoeba Music store for this week's new hip-hop chart which, with the exception of Drake's steadily selling sophomore album Take Care which was released four months ago, is packed with all brand new releases that dropped last week on Feb 28th. These include the number album of the week at the Haight Street store and the number 3 Billboard albums chart across the country this week: the self titled album from WZRD which is the highly anticipated and slightly overdue new new rock project from Kid Cudi along with producer Dot da Genius which draws inspiration from Pink Floyd and The Pixies.  and featuring songs like "The Upper Room " and "The Dream Time Machine" - both of which are below. Note this is technically not hip-hop music but rather more alternative/prog/rock music made by a rapper. I stress that because there's already been a lot of Cudi fans (ones used to his genre-bending) who are not feeling this album. But even if you are not you are not into the music you gotta give the guy props for always trying new things.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week Ending 01.13.12: E-Lit, The Roots, Planet Asia, Melissa Czarnik, Dregs One, Public Enemy, Z-Man & White Mic + more

Posted by Billyjam, January 13, 2012 11:30am | Post a Comment
         



                          
Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending 01:13:12


1) The Roots Undun (MCA)

2) Common The Dreamer/The Believer (Warner)

3) Pac Div The Div (RBC)

4) Onra Chino Series Pt 2 (All City)

5) Thirsty Fish Watergate (Mush)

Thanks to my man E-Lit for both the above latest top five hip-hop chart and the video interview in which the diehard Berkeley Amoeba employee/ hip-hop fanatic gives a nice run down of both brand new releases and some upcoming 2012 hip-hop releases that we should keep an eye out for. As E-Lit says and I fully agree 2012 looks like it is going to be a really exciting year for new hip-hop. E-Lit mentions some of the upcoming 2012 releases in the video clip above. I also mentioned some, including Gift of Gab's sure to be dope forthcoming 2012 album The Next Logical Progression, in last week's Amoeblog Weekly Rap Up and again in a recent Amoeblog on both Pep Love's forthcoming Rigmarole album on the Hiero label. Other upcoming 2012 releases to keep an eye out for include a new one from Blacastan and a DJ Premier produced joint by Big Shug that features guest spots from both M.O.P. and Fat Joe.

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Artists Unite In Benefit for Mumia Abu Jamal and Leonard Peltier at Eastide Arts Alliance

Posted by Billyjam, January 12, 2012 08:22am | Post a Comment

Dregs One "Wake Up" (2011)

San Francisco's Dregs One, the conscious hip-hop artist featured in the above video for his uplifting 2011 song "Wake Up," will be among the numerous local artists uniting tomorrow night (January 13th) in a performance at the Eastside Arts Alliance in Oakland to both help spread awareness and raise money for  the legal defense funds of Mumia Abu Jamal and Leonard Peltier.  Aptly titled From Oakland to Freedom! Peltier Abu Jamal! Shut It Down! Free 'Em All this fundraiser has been inundated with artists wanting to donate their time and talent for a cause that strikes a nerve with so many. In addition to Dregs One artists scheduled to perform include Aztec, Fly Benzo, De-Colonized Rymerz, Sogorea Te Warriors, Salah Shambe, Eseibio The Automatic, Abdul Malik, Mestiza, Seneca, Jeremy Goodfeather, Mikhael, and Shango Abiola. The organizers, who say that there may even be some last minute additions to this line up, time permitting, in their official statement for the event say that, "We of Labor Black Brown as well as numerous allies are organizing a fundraiser for the Legal Defense of Mumia Abu Jamal and Leonard Peltier." 

Yesterday I caught up with Dregs One to ask him why he and all these other artists were so willing to donate their time and collective talents to this event and what he sees as the importance and implications of this concert? "Even though Peltier and Abu-Jamal were locked up decades ago, it's beautiful that people are still fighting for their releaese - and ugly that they're still in prison," he said. "I think it's important for people to know that there are American citizens who are jailed as political prisoners and it's sad that more folks aren't informed of their story. Hopefully we can change that through the music we make and events like this one!," said Dregs One who did an instore performance at Amoeba San Francisco a couple of months ago for his latest album The Wake Up Call.

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