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Detroit's Stereo Boyz Build Via Underground Releases, Tours, & "Monkey Barz" Cipher

Posted by Billyjam, August 23, 2012 10:20am | Post a Comment

Stereo Boyz "RayBanz (feat. Shoua Kue)" (2012)

Detroit underground hip-hop crew the Stereo Boyz just dropped a new single/video (above) titled "RayBanz" with a vocal feature from Shoua Kue and production by Nick Speed (G-Unit) with scratches and cuts by DJ Los. "RayBanz" is the lead single off the upcoming album Carz, Clubz & Theaterz (the follow up to last year's Live from the Ghettoblaster EP) from the Michigan duo that features the two MCs Mixo (aka Applauze Beetz) and Mic Audio (aka Perfect Hell) who for close to a decade pre-Stereo Boyz were part of another Detroit group called Rhyme Asylum. Wholeheartedly embracing the  DIY hip-hop ethos the Stereo Boyz have traveled round the US and also over to Europe to do a series of underground shows - all the while slowly building their rep and fan-base. I met up with the pair a few months ago when they traveled by car from Detroit to New York City to do a series of shows including one at the Bowery Poetry Club and another in the park. That (informal) park set was one of their infamous Monkey Barz cipher sessions - a true traditional hip-hop event that they hold on a weekly basis back in their hometown. See the video below of their first 2012 Monkey Barz session. For the one-off NYC Monkey Barz session the visiting Stereo Boyz headed to Union Square on a balmy Saturday afternoon with their big white boombox in tow to provide beats, and there attracted a huge crowd - many of them also emcees who joined in the freestyle session.

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Special DJ Set At Amoeba San Francisco @ 2pm Today by DJ/Producer/Detroit Hip-Hop Ambassador House Shoes

Posted by Billyjam, June 16, 2012 08:25am | Post a Comment

Michael "House Shoes" Buchanan
, the noted Detroit DJ/producer & hip-hop mentor who plays a special DJ set at 2pm at Amoeba San Francisco today in celebration of his new album Let It Go (available in both CD and vinyl formats at today's Amoeba in-store in advance of Tuesdays June 19th release), has long been Detroit hip-hop's greatest ambassador. Most notably back in 1996, via his small but influential House Shoes Recordings label, he released J Dilla's (then known as Jay Dee) Unreleased EP.

House Shoes was also central in promoting a whole slew of other hip-hop artists from Detroit. This he has done over the past couple of decades both while he was living in the Motor City (he left in 2006) and since he moved to LA several years ago. In LA House Shoes was a part of the LA Fat Beats store right up to its closing events two years ago but wherever he goes, it seems he can't but rep his hometown city of Detroit which he travels back to frequently.

The long list of Detroit artists he has worked with include Guilty Simpson and Elzhi.  And no doubt today's Amoeba DJ set by House Shoes will include a lot of Detroit hip-hop - many of his own productions including tracks off his brand new anticipated, long overdue debut album. Note that he also recently released the 12" EP The Time which was a hot seller at the Hollywood Amoeba store - it went straight into the top five chart the week it was released. He has also released a couple of records two years ago - one via Dublin, Ireland indie label All City (profiled on the Amoeblog here). On Tuesday next, June 19th, Tres Records will release House Shoes official debut album Let It Go and today only at Amoeba San Francisco you can purchase advance copies of the album (and get them signed) at the in-store DJ set which begins at 2pm. More details here.

Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week Ending 06.15.12: E-Lit, J Dilla, Oddisee, Oh No, Curren$y, Kool Keith

Posted by Billyjam, June 15, 2012 08:24am | Post a Comment
              

Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top 5 Chart: 06:15:12

1) J Dilla Rebirth of Detroit (Yancey Music Group)

2) Oddisee People Hear What They See (Mello Music)

3) Oh No Ohnomite (Traffic Entertainment)

4) Curren$y The Stoned Immaculate (Warner Brothers)

5) Kool Keith Love and Danger (Junkadelic Music)

Thanks to E Lit at Amoeba Berkeley for supplying both the new top five chart left and the video above in which he breaks down both the new chart entries and all of the brand new hip-hop releases this week at the East Bay music store where, as with the both the San Francisco and Hollywood Amoeba Musics, the new J Dilla release is the top item in demand. The anticipated latest posthumous release,  Rebirth of Detroit , from the late great, highly revered Detroit artist once known as Jay Day but widely known as J Dilla was overseen by his mom Ms Yancey, aka Ma Dukes, and is released via her Yancey Music Group. 

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Celebrate National Doughnut Day with Dilla's Donuts

Posted by Billyjam, June 1, 2012 12:18pm | Post a Comment

J-Dilla "Last Donut of The Night" (off the Stones Throw album Donuts)

If today you notice a lot more people eating donuts than usual, you are not imagining things. Today is National Doughnut Day. And sure doughnuts (or donuts as they are more commonly spelled) may not the healthiest thing to eat all the time, but they are tasty and if there is only one day in the year you indulge in donuts... today is the day. This unofficial "holiday," which includes free donuts been given away from local donut spots and also national companies like Krispy Kreme and Dunkin Donuts, was established back in 1938 when The Salvation Army kickstarted this annual unofficial holiday that many credit for spreading the popularity of donuts in America.

National Doughnut Day, which for the past 74 years happens on the first Friday of each June, was initially created by the Salvation Army to commemorate all the early 20th Century wartime female volunteers who served doughnuts and coffee to troops during the First World War. The short video clip below briefly outlines the history. Also below are videos of the Swedish Chef of the Muppet Show's approach to getting the holes in the donuts and the famous "Donut Hell" clip from The Simpsons, featuring the number one donut fan Homer Simpson. Also below is a how-to bake doughnuts tutorial while up above is a video for the last track ("Last Donut of the Night") off the late great J-Dilla's excellent 2006 album Donuts - released (in two different covers - the "donut" and the "smile" covers) a few days before his untimely death. Made by Tuomas Vauhkonen and Jeremias Nieminen, the clip was the winning video in a contest held by Stones Throw Records last year.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week Ending 05.25.12: Amoeba Hollywood Top 5: El-P, Psycho Realm, Killer Mike, House Shoes, Three Loco, 45 Sessions + other Memorial Day Weekend happenings in the Bay Area

Posted by Billyjam, May 25, 2012 07:17pm | Post a Comment

El-P "Stay Down (feat Nick Diamonds)" live on Letterman last week (May 2012)


Amoeba Hollywood Hip-Hop Top 5 : Week Ending May 5th, 2012


1) El-P Cancer4Cure (Fat Possum)

2) Psycho Realm Presents Sick Jacken & Cyni In Terror Tapes 2 (MB Recordings)

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

4) House Shoes Time EP (Tres Records)

5) Odd Future The Of Tape Vol. 2  (Odd Future)

Lots of great new releases on the brand new Amoeba Hip-Hop Top Five chart from the Hollywood Amoeba store this week including in the number one slot El-P's welcome return, after 5 years with no new releases, with his all killer, twelve track album Cancer4Cure (aka C4C which is avail in both CD and LP formats) via the Fat Possum record company (he folded his Def Jux record label a while back). The Amoeba website store calls this latest El-P release "his strongest work since his debut, Fantastic Damage" and praising the supertalented East Coast producer/emcee for sounding "as energized as he did on that decade-old debut, matching Killer Mike (whose own excellent R.A.P. Music also recently came out and was produced by El-P) rhyme for rhyme on standout “Tougher Colder Killer,” also featuring fellow Def Jux alumnus Despot."

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