-- By doubleay
As grime continues to blow up globally, Skepta seems to be comfortably sitting at the top of the game after the release of his fourth studio album, Konnichiwa. Although North America has been fairly aware of prominent UK MC’s like Wiley and Dizzy Rascal, the hard hitting, nitty gritty grime scene has been popping off in the UK since the early 2000’s. Ushered in by Skepta and his Boy Better Know crew, there has been a massive boom in North America for the sub-genre, almost coinciding with the 2014 release of Skepta’s “That’s Not Me (feat. JME)" single.
As North America finally began catching on to the UK’s hottest Hip-hop sound, Skepta did not slow down. From 2014 to the release of Konnichiwa (2016), singles like “That’s Not Me,” “Shutdown,” and “It Ain’t Safe (feat. A$AP Mob’s Young Lord)” all charted in the top 50’s on the UK singles chart, while simultaneously running up millions of SoundCloud plays. Through the great success of his recent music, his association with A$AP Rocky’s A$AP Mob, and a historical performance with Kanye West at the 2015 BRIT Awards, Hip-hop fans everywhere are Skepta’s for the taking.
-- By doubleay
"My twelve-year old self kinda' took over and I ended up just getting a bunch of colorful, bright albums," says Will Toledo, frontman of the Seattle-based Car Seat Headrest. "I don't even think I like this band, but I like the album cover," he says while holding up the Pet Shop Boys' latest album, Super. Toledo was record shopping at Amoeba Hollywood and we got a chance to sit down with him and check out his picks, not all of which were chosen by the cover.
Originally from Williamsburg, VA the indie band takes its name from Toledo's decision to record vocals in the back of his car for privacy. Self-releasing four albums in 2010, and steadily releasing more over the following years on Bandcamp, Toledo's music gained a cult following on the internet, which resulted in a contract with Matador Records in 2015. That year's Teens Of Style was his first release for the label. Car Seat Headrest's second album with Matador, Teens Of Denial, is out now digitally, with CDs and LPs out July 29. (You may have read about a Cars sample not being approved and delaying the physical release of the album until July.)
The tracklist is below. It includes one of the biggest hits of recent memory, “Hotline Bling,” plus recently leaked song “Controlla.”
Amoeba is proud to sponsor The Drop: Kenny Lattimore at The GRAMMY Museum April 20. R&B singer Kenny Lattimore will appear at the museum’s Clive Davis Theater for an intimate performance and discussion about his career and new album. The show starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are $20.
Lattimore’s soulful vocals and romantic tunes with contemporary touches have won him a wide-ranging audience, as well as the NAACP Image Award for Best New Artist and nominations for the Soul Train and Stellar Awards. He’s hip enough to have had his song “Lately” sampled by Kanye West on Yeezus’ "I'm In It," and he’s worked with artists as diverse as Musiq Soulchild, Rachelle Ferrell, Nancy Wilson and Brian Culbertson. Lattimore will release his new album, Anatomy of a Love Song, April 14, featuring "Love Me Back," which has charted on Billboard's Adult R&B National Airplay chart.
The love and obsession for Dilla's work is unparalleled in the underground world of hip hop. J Dilla is and was a rare gem of a musical icon whose work influenced artists from all areas of the industry. Producers from Kanye West to Madlib will tell you Dilla was the best at capturing the right drum sound. Any time a collector can get their hands on some rare Dilla, it's always a big deal. Dilla's oeuvre was made for vinyl.
Nine years after the beloved producer and rapper's untimely passing, the Detroit native's classic, long out-of-print single "Fuck the Police" is being reissued as a badge-shaped 7" picture disc. Remastered from J Dilla's original mixes, the single is being put out by Pay Jay Productions, an imprint revived by the Estate of James Yancey. Originally released as a 12", the forthcoming 7" will be released backed with the instrumental track "Funk the Police." The picture disc comes in a Japanese-style clear plastic sleeve suitable for display.