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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 05.31.13: The Low End Theory, A$AP Rocky, J-Dilla, Tricky, The Genie, Black Moon, dPress, Kendrick Lamar

Posted by Billyjam, May 31, 2013 09:45am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music San Francisco Hip-Hop Top Five Chart Week End 05:31:13


1) Black Moon Enta Da Stage LP reissue (Nervous)

2) Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city (Aftermath)

3) A Tribe Called Quest The Low End Theory CD reissue (Jive)

4) A$AP Rocky Long.Lve.A$AP (RCA)

5) J Dilla Anthem/Trust vinyl (Pay Jay)

The latest hip-hop top five, a mix of vinyl and CDs, from the San Francisco Amoeba Music store includes some new music plus some classic golden era hip-hop as well as a posthumous release (a single vinyl only) from the late great Detroit producer J Dilla who died seven years ago. The new releases represent both coasts: from the Left Coast is Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city (Aftermath) and from
Harlem, New York is A$AP Rocky's Long.Lve.A$AP (RCA) whose features include the hot new artist Schoolboy Q (on the track “PMW”

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"Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton (This Is Stones Throw Records)" To Premiere At LA Film Festival

Posted by Billyjam, May 29, 2013 03:32pm | Post a Comment

OUR VINYL WEIGHS A TON (This Is Stones Throw Records) Teaser from Gatling Pictures on Vimeo.

A while in the making the anticipated documentary about Peanut Butter Wolf's (PBW) revered Bay Area founded / LA based Stones Throw Records label, previewed above, will get its world premiere screening during next month's 2013 LA Film Festival when Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton (This Is Stones Throw Records) will screen on both June 21st and 22nd. Via concert footage, interviews, never-before-seen archival material, and "inner-circle home video and photographs" the film traces the rich and illustrious history of the label that was founded in 1996 and in the years since has released quality material from such talents as Madlib/Quasimoto, Madvillain, James Pants, Dam-Funk, Karriem Riggins, J-Rocc, Homeboy Sandman, Quakers, Strong Arm Steady, J-Dilla, Aloe Blacc, the late great Charizma (PBW's musical partner who was killed 20 years ago) and Wolf himself - to name but some. Advance tickets and more details on the ten day (June 13 - June 23rd) LA Film Festival.

Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 02.08.13: E-Lit's Picks for Feb 2013, Dead Prez, Dilla, BPos' SuperBowl Alternate Ending, Joe Budden +

Posted by Billyjam, February 8, 2013 11:45am | Post a Comment
AMOEBA MUSIC HIP-HOP TOP FIVE WEEK ENDING FEBRUARY 8th, 2013

1) Joe Budden No Love Lost (Entertainment One)

2) A$AP Rocky Long.Live. A$AP (RCA)

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

4) Fashawn Champagne & Styrofoam Cups (Fat Beats/Dirty Science)

5) Dead Prez  Information Age (Varese Sarabande)

Joe Budden the popular Jersey City, New Jersey rapper, who is known for both his solo work as well as being a member of rap supergroup Slaughterhouse, and to some as a part on the VH1 TV show Love & Hip-Hop: New York, released his brand new album No Love Lost on Entertainment One this week which is in the top slot of the latest Amoeba Music hip-hop chart. Other new and recent releases in this new top five include the eternally popular Kendrick Lamar Good Kid M.A.A.D City  (Aftermath), the latest from Cali hip-hopper Fashawn's Champagne & Styrofoam Cups on Fat Beats/Dirty Science,  and A$AP Rocky whose successful new album Long.Live. A$AP was somewhat bittersweet since on the eve of its release his always supportive father suddenly dropped dead.  Also charting is the new long-awaited album from Dead Prez  (Information Age) - more on it below along with such other items as BPos' alternate ending to last weekend's Super Bowl XLVII and Amoeba Berkeley's E-Lit's picks of new releases for this month.

Donald Byrd 1932 - 2013

Posted by Billyjam, February 7, 2013 11:12am | Post a Comment

Since Monday rumors had been circulating via Twitter and Facebook that legendary trumpeter Donald Byrd had passed away but for the past few days none of these reports of the jazz musician and educator extraordinaire's passing were confirmed and even considered some kind of cruel hoax. However today all those rumors were put to rest when confirmation of Byrd's passing was announced by the artist's nephew Alex Bugnon who said via Facebook and emails that his 80 year uncle had indeed died on Monday, February 4th, adding that for some reason other family members were trying to shroud his passing in secrecy. "I have no more patience for this unnecessary shroud of secrecy placed over his death by certain members of his immediate family," wrote his nephew. So far the exact cause of death has not been made public and, note, there has been no other confirmation beyond Bugnon's of Byrd's passing.

Born Donaldson Toussaint L'Ouverture Byrd II in Detroit, Michigan in December 1932 Donald Bryd was a one of a kind trumpeter whose work spanned several decades and genres. Byrd was known for not only for his indelible work in jazz (in a career in which he played alongside the likes of John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Eric Dolphy, Thelonious Monk, and Herbie Hancock), but also in RnB, soul, and funk. And of course hip-hop fans know his work from the countless times it has been sampled. Large Professor, Organized Konfusion, Black Moon, The Pharcyde, Nas, Public Enemy, Madlib, and Del Tha Funkee Homosapien are among the many that sampled him along with fellow late great Detroit artist  J Dilla was who clearly influenced by Byrd: Byrd's song "Think Twice" (below) was reworked/sampled by Dilla (whose 39th birthday would have been today) on the Welcome 2 Detroit track "Think Twice feat Dwele." Furthermore the once popular acid jazz movement heavily built upon its sound via Byrd's work. In recent decades Byrd was known as an educator lecturing at numerous institutions on music.

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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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