Hip-Hop Rap-Up: Amoeba Hip-Hop Top 5 Chart, Hiero Day 4 Preview, New Paris Video/Single From Forthcoming "Pistol Politics"

Posted by Billyjam, September 7, 2015 08:09am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Berkeley Hip-Hop Top 5 Chart: Week Ending 09:05:15

1. Dr. Dre Compton (Aftermath/Interscope)

2. Eligh 80HRTZ (Legendary/Crowsnest)

3. The Foreign Exchange Tales From the Land of Milk and Honey (Foreign Exchange Music)

4. Z-Man & Tahaj the 1rst "Flea Circus" (Solidarity)

5. Method Man The Meth Lab (Tommy Boy) (avail in LP)

Riding high off the buzz surrounding the new N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton, Dr. Dre's new album Compton  which has been selling extremely well despite some mixed reviews on the long awaited solo album (with many mic guest spots including Kendrick Lamar) from the high profile producer/ entrepreneur who first came to fame via N.W.A all those years ago.  Among the other top five chart entries from Amoeba's Berkeley store above include The Foreign Exchange Tales From the Land of Milk and Honey, Living Legends star Eligh's newest release 80HRTZ, Wu-Tang Clan member Method Man's The Meth Lab that is available from Amoeba in both CD and LP/vinyl formats, and Bay Area power duo of longtime unique emcee Z-Man (recently profiled on the Amoeblog) and producer Tahaj the First. These two Bay talents joined forces on Flea Circus that is available at the San Francisco and Berkeley Amoeba stores and is released via legendary underground San Francisco hip-hop crew Bored Stiff's prolific label Solidarity Records. Note that the SF group's main star Equipto (along with Otayo Dubb) will be among the performers at Hiero Day today - read on for more details. 

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Hiero Day 2015 Lineup To Include Alkaholiks, Domo Genesis, Aceyalone, The Coup, Cali Agents, Luniz, CMW, HBK, Zion I, & Equipto

Posted by Billyjam, August 25, 2015 07:50am | Post a Comment

The folks at Oakland's Hieroglyphics hip-hop collective have announced the anticipated lineup for this year's Hiero Day that does not disappoint and happens on Monday, September 7th at 3rd and Chestnut Streets in Oakland. In addition to headlining act the Hieros, whose membership boasts members such as Souls of Mischief, Del the Funky Homosapien, Casual, and DJ Toure, this year's amazing Hiero Day 2015 lineup will feature 45 diverse acts across three stages that covers various eras and subgenres of hip-hop. This impressive lineup will include Tha Alkaholiks, who arrived on the hip-hop scene the same time as the Hieros; Odd Future's Domo Genesis; Cali Agents (Rasco and Planet Asia); Stones Throw founder DJ/producer Peanut Butter Wolf; Boots Riley's legendary Oakland political hip-hop soldiers The Coup; Freestyle Fellowship's super-gifted emcee Aceyalonelegendary Oakland rap duo the Luniz; Raashan Ahmad's group formerly known as The Mission - Crown City RockersMC Eiht's legendary '90s SoCal rap group Compton's Most Wanted; hometown hip-hop heroes Foreign Legion; Rhymesayers' female emcee talent Psalm One (who changed her name for a minute in recent years); Zion I, Phat Kat & Guilty Simpson; Equipto & Otayo Dubb; HBK members Kool John, P-Lo, and Jay Ant in separate sets; and hyphy era stars The Team

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Foreign Legion's Prozack Turner on His New Oakland Bar, The Legionnaire Saloon

Posted by Billyjam, August 6, 2013 05:30pm | Post a Comment

Zack Turner 
talks to the Amoeblog about his new Oakland bar The Legionnaire Saloon

With a name that triggers in your mind the name of his hip-hop group (Foreign Legion) and a storefront design that makes you think it's an Irish pub that's been there for years - Zack Turner's recently opened The Legionnaire Saloon on Telegraph Ave. between 23rd and Grand, also has the feel of a bar that's been there for years. However this latest Oakland music bar/club only opened at the start of March this year, in the space formerly occupied by gay bar Club Paradiso, but since then has taken off big time and established itself as an important component of the vibrant Uptown District nightlife scene of Oakland with entertainment (with a lot of love for the DJ including hosting The 45 Sessions) ranging from hip-hop to rock, comedy to burlesque, and (yes) even Irish traditional music nights.

The Legionnaire Saloon is the lifelong dream of Zack Turner (AKA talented hip-hop emcee Prozack Turner) the former co-owner of Oakland's Layover bar/club and member of longtime Bay Area hip-hop act Foreign Legion. In fact a few weeks ago he and Foreign Legion partner in rhyme Marc Stretch, along with current DJ Tim Diesel, performed upstairs at the venue during the premiere presentation of the monthly Blunt Club Oakland. Even though Zack and his wife just had their first born (a baby boy named Cassius) about a week earlier (Marc Stretch became a new dad a week later) Zack was full of energy and seemed like the happiest man on the planet or at least in the room. At the end of the above interview video is a short clip of Foreign Legion that night doing their 2002 single "Happy Drunk" which, with its references to drinking and partying in Oakland, seemed it was prematurely written as the theme song for Turner's new bar.  

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 10.26.12: Kendrick Lamar, Styles Of Beyond, Vinnie Paz, Action Bronson + more

Posted by Billyjam, October 26, 2012 01:28pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Chart Week Ending 10:26:12

1) Kendrick Lamar Good Kid M.A.A.D City CD (Aftermath)

1) Kendrick Lamar Good Kid M.A.A.D City Deluxe CD (Aftermath)

1) Kendrick Lamar Good Kid M.A.A.D City LP (Aftermath)

2) Vinnie Paz God Of The Serengeti (Enemy Soil)

3) Macklemore The Heist (Macklemore, LLC.)

4) Styles Of Beyond Reseda Beach (Dirty Version Records)

5) Karriem Riggins Alone (Stones Throw)

Just how popular an item is the brand new Kendrick Lamar album Good Kid M.A.A.D City  at Amoeba Hollywood? So popular that the SoCal artist's release, which arrived in Amoeba on Monday this week (Oct 22nd), is in a three way tie with itself for the number one chart position. That is the three formats it comes in: regular CD version, the Deluxe CD version, and the LP version of Good Kid M.A.A.D City all tying for that coveted number one slot in the latest Amoeba Hip-Hop Top Five chart. I think of this album as Straight Outta Compton Version 2012 aka the return of the West Coast. XXL magazine has dubbed it "a future classic" while Ameoblogger Billy Gil called Good Kid M.A.A.D City "the sound of extraordinary promise achieved" and  "as intricate, strange and thoroughly addictive an album as anyone could have hoped to hear" citing as part of the reason for the artist's major label debut's success as Kendrick's list of accolades such as his acclaimed Section.80 mixtape from last year and his work with such icons as Drake and Dr. Dre. In fact it is Dre's Aftermath label who released the artist's twelve track major-label (via Universal) debut featuring the popular lead single "Swimming Pools (Drank)" (see video below) that Dr. Dre both executive-produced and mixed. Clocking in at one hour, eight minutes both the regular CD and the LP versions offer twelve tracks while the (much longer) Deluxe CD version contains an extra five bonus tracks.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week Ending 05.18.12: E-Lit, REKS, I Self Devine, Mac Mall, Foreign Legion, Bay Area Freshmen Class of 2012, + more

Posted by Billyjam, May 18, 2012 02:42pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending 05:18:12

1) I Self Devine The Sound of Low Class America (Rhymesayers)

2) Big K.R.I.T. Return of 4Eva (Greenstreet Ent)

3) ) Death Grips The Money Store (Epic)

4) B.O.B. Strange Clouds (Atlantic)

5) KA Grief Pedigree (Iron works)

Good to catch up with my man E-Lit again over at the Berkeley Amoeba Music store where the tireless ambassador of underground, indie hip-hop brings his vast knowledge and shared a run down (in video above) of all the new releases available at Amoeba - with the new chart topper being from Rhymesayers crew veteran member I Self Devine and his brand new album The Sound of Low Class America which includes a great track with Brother Ali. Other new chart entries include ones from the ever popular B.O.B. (Strange Clouds), Big K.R.I.T. who is readying for his official major label release next month, and the beautifully twisted rap/rock hybrid  Death Grips' The Money Store - the Sacramento crew's lo-fi major label masterpiece on Epic.

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