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Hip-Hop DJ Heaven In Hollywood Today with RockWalk DJ Inductions +Hollywood GC DJ Concert

Posted by Billyjam, March 6, 2014 08:53am | Post a Comment
It's gonna be hip-hop DJ heaven in Hollywood today over by the Guitar Center on Sunset Blvd. (not too far from Amoeba Hollywood) where both the big RockWalk induction ceremony at 3pm will take place followed at 5pm by the Hollywood GC DJ event with a list of great DJs appearing and performing. The free two-part event begins at 3pm (but get there earlier to both get parking a secure a good spot) with an induction ceremony of the first ever hip-hop DJ artists to the RockWalk:  Grand Wizzard Theodore, GrandMixer DXT and Grandmaster Flash. Then at 5pm another turntablism legend DJ Jazzy Jeff will both perform and host a killer DJ concert featuring sets by such other greats as D-Styles, DJ Nu-Mark, DJ Rhettmatic, Mr Choc, P-Trix, Shortee, The Gaslamp Killer, Mike Relm, and Dynamix. The event ends at 11pm.
Unveiled in 1985, the RockWalk, which is located in front of the Sunset Blvd Guitar Center in Hollywood, is a musical alternative to the nearby movie themed Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Chinese Theater. With its mission statement, that is literally written in stone (see pic right), of being for "individuals who have made significant contributions to The Music Business" the RockWalk celebrate rock, jazz, blues, and (few) hip-hop artists are all honored in handprints and autographs in cement. Additionally in the window of Guitar Center they've  guitars and other memorabilia once owned by musicians honored on the RockWalk. The long list of those honored to date includes Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Les Paul, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, B.B. King, and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Todays three inductees Flash, DXT, and Theodore, who will be introduced by DJ Qbert, have each long believed in and envisioned the turntable as an instrument. Even back four decades ago when no one in the mainstream took hip-hop DJ'ing (long before the word turntablism had been coined to define the sub genre - by DJ Babu in 1995), or even hip-hop itself, seriously these three artists had the foresight to project ahead and imagine what the turntable as instrument would become what it is today and that the practitioner of that instrument be given the same respect as any musician would.

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Our Top 13 "What's In My Bag?" Episodes Of 2013

Posted by Amoebite, December 27, 2013 10:50am | Post a Comment

Best WIMBs of 2013We are wrapping up our 6th season of What's In My Bag? and we wanted to take a look back at the year that was 2013. It's been a fantastic year for us (we won a Webby Award!!) and this season featured a number of outstanding WIMB firsts.

Lots of love and countless hours of editing goes into making each video happen. They're a bit like our children, so picking our favorites is a daunting task. We tried to make a list of our Top 5 episodes, but that seemed impossible. Then we attempted a Top 10 list, but we couldn't narrow it down. So we settled on our 13 favorite episodes of 2013.

These are the episodes that surprised, excited and engaged us the most. These are the episodes that make us laugh upon repeat viewings. These are the episodes that we send to our friends to make them jealous about the work we do. These are the best “What’s in My Bag?” episodes of 2013. Enjoy!

 

#13. Clairy Browne

The Australian soul singer may not be super well-known in the States yet, but she thoroughly charmed and entertained us. She talks about albums by strong women including PJ Harvey and Queen Latifah, deconstructing Frank Ocean songs, and shares some of her famously misheard lyrics. And then there's her fashion...

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 08.02.13: Crooked I, Tech N9ne, Pete Rock & Camp Lo, B-1, Ricky Rude, Z-Trip & Jazzy Jeff

Posted by Billyjam, August 2, 2013 11:56am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Top Five Week Ending 08:02:13


1) Jay-Z Magna Carta Holy Grail (Def Jam)

2) Diplo & Tripledouble Aeiou Two (no label)

3) Tech N9ne Something Else (Strange Music)

4) J.Cole Born Sinner [DeLuxe version] (Columbia)

5) Crooked I Apex Predator (Empire Dist)

The above latest hip-hop top five chart from Amoeba Hollywood includes some current releases like Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail on Def Jam and the deluxe version of J.Cole's June release Born Sinner on Columbia. The re-entry from sometime back is Diplo & Tripledouble Aeiou Two.  The chart also include includes a couple of brand new releases including Slaughterhouse rapper Crooked I's solo album Apex Predator via Empire Dist. which fans seem to really digging since it dropped Tuesday this week. The album a real varied production sound too thanks to the numerous producers lending their talent including Cardo, Denaun Porter, Jonathan Elkaer, Luxe Beats, Sarom, Snaz, Street Runner, and Tabu - not too mention the guest mic wreckers that include K-Young, Tena Jones, and longtime Kansas City rapper Tech N9ne whose latest release Something Else (on the artists Strange Music label) is also among the new chart entries this week. The album features such tracks as the single "So Dope" with guest shots from Wrekonize, Twisted Insane, and Snow Tha Product. See the video below for this song along with a video trailer for Crooked I's album that offers a nice flavor of the recommended new release. Also below, along with a quickee review of the Pete Rock and Camp Lo mixtape release show in NYC the other night,  are a couple other new hip-hop music videos worth checking out that include B-1 (aka One) and Ricky Rude, as well as (in case you missed it) the must see latest What's In My Bag? video featuring DJs Z-Trip and Jazzy Jeff.

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