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Legendary West Coast Rap Producer DJ Crazy Toones (WC and the Maad Circle) Dead at Age 45 Following Heart Attack

Posted by Billyjam, January 9, 2017 07:54pm | Post a Comment

Legendary West Coast producer / DJ Crazy Toones passed away earlier today from a heart attack as confirmed by several sources including Ice Cube. The artist born Lamar Dupré Calhoun, who was the brother and collaborator of WC (WC and the Maad Circle and Westside Connection) came to national fame initially via his membership of WC and the Maad Circle (along with Coolio, Chilly Chill, Big Gee, Sir Jinx, and his sibling WC). Crazy Toones had additionally worked with such other key 90's West Coast hip-hop figures as Kurupt, Mack 10, Daz Dillinger, Coolio, MC Ren, and Xzibit. But the DJ/turntablist and producer was perhaps most associated with both WC and  Ice Cube and Cube's Lench Mob Records whom he and his brother worked extensively with. Further the talented turntablist was Ice Cube's tour DJ in recent years.

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Hip-Hop Rap Up: Kamaliyah Braves Storm @ Treasure Island, Cypress Hill 25th Anniversary Skull, Mr. Lif & L'Orange Collaboration +more

Posted by Billyjam, October 16, 2016 05:20pm | Post a Comment
New Hip-Hop Arrivals @ Amoeba Oct 14th 2016

1: Mr Lif & L'Orange The Life & Death Of Scenery (Mello Music Group)

2: Swet Shop Boys Cashmere (Customs Records) (aval as LP)

3:  Derek Minor Reflection (E1 Music)

4: Wax Tailor By Any Beats Necessary  CD (LAB Records Ltd.) (avail as 2LP)

5: Grand Tapestry Grand Tapestry (Grand Tapestry)


Five-Star Vinyl Reissue of the Week:
Licensed To Ill:30 Year Anniversary LP The Beastie Boys (Def Jam/Columbia)

Upcoming Week Release Top Pick:
Cypress Hill 25th Anniversary Skull

This week's new releases include the Swet Shop Boys Cashmere (avail also on vinyl/ LP),  Derek Minor's Reflection, and the self-titled release Grand Tapestry. Also just arrived in Amoeba is Wax Tailor's By Any Beats Necessary  The producer's new full-length, that is also avail as 2LP set, features the advance single "Worldwide (feat. Ghostface Killah)."  Released by LAB Records Ltd.and filed under either electronic dance or hip-hop, and features such other guests as the emcees Rashaan Ahmad and RA The Rugged Man

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Treasure Island Music Festival, October 15-16

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 25, 2016 07:50pm | Post a Comment

Treasure Island 2016

Treasure Island Music Festival returns to the Bay to celebrate its 10th anniversary on Saturday, October 15th - Sunday, October 16th Treasure Island 2016with performances from Ice Cube, Sigur Ros, James Blake, Purity Ring, Mac Demarco, Glass Animals, Tycho, Hinds, and many more. With Bay Area cuisine, no overlapping sets, and the gorgeous, panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay serving as the festival’s backdrop, Treasure Island Music Festival is like no other festival experience in the U.S.

Two-Day, Single Day, and VIP tickets are available HERE!

Additionally, Treasure Island presents their Night Shows, happening at venues around San Francisco. It all starts on October 13th with Dan Deacon at Treasure Island's pre-party at NightLife at California Academy of Sciences. Then you can hang with Pantha Du Prince at The Independent on October 14th, followed by Deerhunter at Mezzanine on October 15th, and Kero Kero Bonito capping things off at the Swedish American Hall on October 16th. 
 

Ice Cube + N.W.A's MC Ren & DJ Yella To Co-Headline Treasure Island Music Fest (Oct 16/17) for Last Year on Island [+ Sigur Rós]

Posted by Billyjam, June 15, 2016 09:51am | Post a Comment

Looking like an almost N.W.A reunion (sans Dr. Dre and the late Eazy-E), Ice Cube "featuring"  MC Ren and DJ Yella at this October's Treasure Island Music Festival has been generating a buzz among hip-hop fans in the Bay Area since the lineup announcement yesterday. The tenth and final San Francisco Bay island located music festival on October 16 & 17, the festival will feature co-headliner Sigur Rós. Many rap fans have taken to social media to project their thoughts/hopes for the Cube & co. set. Some have suggested that the anticipated performance by the star rapper-turned-actor along with his two former N.W.A rap crew mates could result in an N.W.A reunion of sorts. All it would take would be to arrange for Dr. Dre to fly into town to join his former Compton rap crew and arrange for that hologram of Eazy-E that was premiered at Rock The Bells three years ago. See video below of that 2013 performance by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony featuring the life like hologram of the late Eazy-E plus Yella onstage.

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Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp A Butterfly" Wins Grammy in Best Rap Album Category (Video)

Posted by Billyjam, February 15, 2016 05:47pm | Post a Comment

Congrats to Kendrick Lamar for winning a Grammy for Best Rap Album of the year in the ongoing (started at 5pm PST) 2016 Grammys for his album To Pimp A Butterfly (also avail on explicit CD version and 180 gram vinyl LP version). See video clip below in which Ice Cube announces the win for the fellow Compton, CA rapper who also won Grammy Awards for rap performance, rap song, and rap sung/collaboration categories.

Presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, the 58th Grammy Awards saw the gifted hip-hop artist receive eleven nominations, bypassing such other big music stars as The Weeknd and Taylor Swift (both of whom got seven nominations each). In the Best Rap Album category Kendrick Lamar beat out other nominees J.Cole (2014 Forest Hills Drive), Dr. Dre (Compton), Drake (If You're Reading This It's Too Late), and Nicki Minaj (The Pinkprint).


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