Amoeba Music is pround to sponsor Cal Students for Hip-hop's 16th Annual Hip-hop in the Park, Saturday May, 5th noon - 5pm! This FREE Hip-hop festival in Berkeley's People's Park features music, live graffiti art, and more!
Check out this all-star line-up: Dumbfoundead Gift of Gab of Blackalicious
Ladies First: Raw G, Aima the Dreamer, Persia, Maya Songbird, and DJ Pam the Funkstress
Ameish and the Society
Understudies vs Candlespit
DJ Platurn and Jern Eye will be hosting part of the breakdance cypher!
People's Park is located in Berkeley between Haste and Dwight off of Telegraph.
Most artists, as their lifelong music careers develop, tend to taper off in terms creating new material. Not longtime Vallejo rapper/Bay legend E-40 whose latest release in another multi-album release - the triple CD set Block Brochure:Welcome to the Soil 1, 2 & 3 that offers a stunning total of 60 new tracks! (You can buy as three individual CDs or as a single packaged 3CD set for $34.98,including free shipping, from Amoeba..com. ) 60 new tracks is a lot of new music from the ever innovative Bay Area legend whose been putting it down for a quarter of a century now and showing no signs of ever slowing down. In that same unique position (especially for rap music in which careers don't traditionally last beyond one decade) is fellow Bay Area rap pioneer Too $hort who is similarly prolific and even longer in the game - clocking three decades into his long successful career. Recently Too $hort released his 19th albumNo Trespassing (Dangerous Music) on which coincidentally E-40 makes a cameo. Another longtime Bay Area hip-hop artist with a new release is the Quannum Projects' Gift of Gab who just relased The Next Logical Progression. Check music sample of this and all the chart entries in the videos below.
Above is the brand new video/song from NJ native Shawn Lov who has been hard at work to bring in the new year with a bang by releasing a music video as part of an underground Hip-Hop coalition of pioneering artists from Trenton, NJ area called 7 Immortals which consists of many members that regularly recorded with the late, veteran Trenton NJ producer (and emcee) Tony D who is best known for his work with Poor Righteous Teachers and YZ. Produced by The Custodian of Records "Thursday Night Live" is the lead single from the forthcoming 7 Immortals album - one of the many new releases to drop in 2012.
Welcome to the new year of 2012 in hip-hop when there should be some real good releases (and lots of them) dropping; albeit most will be digital files since, of all genres, hip-hop seems to be releasing the least physical copies - ironic considering that the genre was built on vinyl records. As with the past numerous years 2012 got off to a start with Skillz (formerly MC Skillz) doing his always fun, annual wrap of the main happenings (hip-hop and mainstream news) of the previous year in a nicely wrapped up rap song. Uploaded on January 1st below is Skillz' "2011 Rap Up" with references to such folks as white Oakland rapper Kreayshawn and the late great golden era hip-hop star Heavy D.
Skillz "2011 Rap Up" (2012)
Due out later this month is Kid Cudi's anticipated new album which will feature the popular Dot Da Genius produced-song "No One Believes Me" that was released in advance several months ago. The video below, directed by Craig Gillespie (Mr. Woodcock), was featured on Fright Night movie soundtrack. Note that the album is not the follow up to 2010's Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager but rather the first release from the rock band he and Dot da Genius formed called WZRD (formerly Wizard).
While at Zanzibar in Santa Monica for Afro Funke’ last night I overheard a partygoer compliment the host of the evening for his mic swag: “He’s got the gift of gab!” What a genius way to describe someone's oratory skills. Coincidently enough, just a few hours earlier, Blackalicious rapper and Quannum Projects member Gift of Gab performed on TheAmoeba Hollywood stage. Blackalicious, a duo comprised of Gab and DJ/Producer Cheif Xcel, found a nice comfy position in the heart of underground hip-hop and has remained there since its inception in 1992. Quannum Projects is a hip-hop collective/ independent record label out of the San Francisco Bay Area comprised of DJs and Mcs. Ever heard of DJ Shadow or Lyrics Born? They’re some of the more notable members of the small unified group. Gift of Gab, although very much still a part of the duo, has been doing solo projects and collaborations with other hip-hop heavies like Lateef The Truth Speaker and Grouch and Eligh since 2004. Last night's zealous show was mind-blowing yet short lived, and nonetheless enjoyable.
Amoeba Music San Francisco Hip-Hop Weekly Top Ten: 11:06:09
1) GIft of GabEscape 2 Mars (Cornerstone Ras)
2) Masta Ace + Edo GArts & Entertainment (Traffic Entertanment)
3) Mr. ChopFor Pete's Sake (Now Again Records)
4) Sene & Blu A Day Late & A Dollar Short (Shaman Work)
5) R.A. the Rugged Man Legendary Classic Vol 1 (Green Street)
6) CunninLynguistsStrange Journey Vol Two (Piece So Strange Music)
7) Jern EyeVision (MYX)
8) ThemselvesCrownsDown (Anticon)
9) Killa Keise Yellow Tape Zone (Step It Up Entertainment)
10) Kam Moye (aka Supastition)Splitting Image (MYX)
Special thanks to Luis (pictured below) at the San Francisco Amoeba Music for this week's Amoeba Music Hip-Hop Top Ten Chart. The chart has a really nice, diverse mix of new releases, including several homegrown Bay Area albums such as the Haight Street store's top selling rap album this week, GIft of Gab's Escape 2 Mars. This is the second official solo album release, a follow up to 2004's 4th Dimensional Rocketships Going Up, from the talented Quannum emcee. Gab is also is one half of Blackalicious(with Chief Xcel) and a founding member of Bay Area rap-supergroup The Mighty Underdogs (with Lateef the Truth Speaker of Latyrx and producer Headnodic of the Crown City Rockers). To help celebrate this new release, which hit Amoeba shelves on Tuesday, the much loved Bay Area MC did an Amoeba SF instore on the release day. "It was really cool and he [Gift of Gab] was awesome on the mic," reported Luis of Tuesday evening's free concert. The artist was joined onstage by Dnae Beats who produced Escape 2 Mars, which was released by Cornerstone Ras.