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Hip-Hop Rap-Up: Video Version featuring MC Lyte & Common, Apollo Brown & Ras Kass, Kilz, Bobby Brackins, Zion I feat Sadat X etc.

Posted by Billyjam, October 24, 2014 07:20pm | Post a Comment

Zion I "Get Urs" (2014)
 

Above is the first of five videos in this all-video version of the weekly hip-hop rap up: "Get Urs" by Zion I and featuring an all star line up of guests including Mr. Lif, Kev Choice, Deuce Eclipse, Opio, and Sadat X. It is the brand new music video, published earlier this month, from the hard working Bay Area based duo of Zion I who, although constantly touring and recording, still find time to produce the annual Hella Fresh Fest that is happening this year at The Metro in Oakland on Halloween night. See the full Amoeblog preview here. Also just recently posted is a DL of the Vibe SquaD remix of the new Zion I song "Fresh," available here.
 

                                     MC Lyte "Dear John (feat. Common & 10Beats)" (2014)
 
 
Another brand new video is the latest from legendary golden era hop-hop female emcee MC Lyte who we havent heard from (album wise) in a minute. Her new track is entitled “Dear John” and features a guest spot from non other than fellow legend Common (make sure you peep his What's In My Bag? post from this week). Like so much of Lyte's work, this track and video has a message. In addition to being the first single from MC Lyte’s forthcoming album - her first studio album in 11 years that will drop in 2015 - "Dear John" is the anthem for #EducateOURMen, which is the signature scholarship initiative of MC Lyte's Hip Hop Sisters Foundation. To date, the foundation has presented two $100,000 university scholarships during the Soul Train Music Awards Red Carpet Pre-Show each year since the organization's founding. Russell Simmons, Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Faith Evans are some of the celebrities who've shown support to date.
 

Apollo Brown & Ras Kass "Humble Pi" (2014)
 
The above video is a nice preview of power duo Apollo Brown and Ras Kass - the teaming of Detroit producer with the West Coast rap legend - from the pair's collaborative album Blasphemy that will be dropping next week via Mello Music Group (that's the CD version - the vinyl will drop a couple of weeks later on November 11th). Mello Music, who have an impeccable track record, promise that the album will deliver the duo's undeniable synergy and that "their sacred writ is the same, their blasphemy for those who want to think as they nod to the rhythm. When Ras Kass crucifies supposed facts over Apollo’s beats, it’s clear he is the West Coast’s preeminent philosopher. When Apollo’s blaring suites soothe your soul, it’s an ontological fact that he ranks among the best producers in the game. With Blasphemy, the duo has delivered the truth."
 

Kilz - "Conceited (feat. Luke-O & Pyrex Pre$$)" (2014)
 
Above is the brand new video from Southwest PA producer and sometime rapper Kilz for his track "Conceited" that features guest spots from his Moola Gang Ca$h Cow$ cohorts Luke-O and Pyrex Pre$$ as they all take video viewers on a tour of Fayette County. The new underground video follows hot on the heels of the artist's popular Krak Kilz mixtape that is aptly described as "a dark, dingy, drug dealer's dream" lyrically while sonically (all production by Kilz) ranges in styles from traphouse to chilled out relax beats made for smoking weed to. Kilz has recently released a string of diverse sounding singles including "Have Some Fun" that features Mac Miller's REMember Music signees The Come Up.


AMOEBA MUSIC HIP-HOP WEEKLY ROUND UP: 08:21:09

Posted by Billyjam, August 21, 2009 06:26pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music San Francisco Hip-Hop Top Six: 08:21:09 (c/o Luis)
Gas Mask Colony
1) Gas Mask Colony Genuine Masters of Ceremony (Gurp City)

2) The Boy Boy Young Mess Prices On My Head Vol. 2 (Click Clack Records)

3) J-Billion The Beautiful Loser (Risky Bizness Productions)

4) Kaz-Well FIsh Outta Water (Tape Vault Records)

5) Heliocentrics Fallen Angels (Now Again)

6) Slaughterhouse self-titled (E1 Entertainment)

As my man Luis @ Amoeba Music San Francisco points out in his quick run-down of the new hip-hop top six CDs of the week, two thirds are Bay Area homegrown releases, proving the Bay (and SF in particular these days) is in a most healthy and prolific state of rap creativity. In the number one chart position is Gurp City's own Gas Mask Colony with the brand new full-length Genuine Masters of Ceremony. Also repping the Bay is Messy Marv under his alias The Boy Boy Young Mess and his second installment in the mixtape series Prices On My Head (The Money On Yo Family) Vol 2 with an impressive lineup that includes guests Lil Wayne, Gucci Mane, Young Jeezy & Lil Webbie. Meantime, SF rap artist Kaz-Well -- self described “hip-hop geek" -- has a nice retro hip-hop feel to his brand new CD Fish Outta Water which, note, is titled exactly the same as the new release from SoCal hip-hopper Chali 2na. Great minds think alike, I guess.

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AMOEBA MUSIC HIP-HOP WEEKLY ROUND UP: 07:17:09

Posted by Billyjam, July 17, 2009 01:05pm | Post a Comment
Mista B
Recently ran into Mista B at Amoeba Music San Francisco (as pictured left) as the famed turntablist and member of SF's 4OneFunk crew (with Teeko, B.Cause, Max Kane) was dropping off copies of his tight new independently released CD SonicSoulSpace.

This latest production by  Mista B comes hot on the heels of his collaborative mix CD with fellow 4OneFunk'er B.Cause titled Record Haterz. That ol skool Bay Area rap mix dug deep in the vinyl crates to deliver a flawless mix punctuated by forgotten gems by such bygone Bay rap greats as Totally  Insane, 415 (feat. RIchie RIch), and 11/5.

Mista B will be flying out to New York in a couple of weeks to represent the Bay Area in the 2009 DMC US Finals Battle - the legendary DJ battle where skilled turntablists from all over, usually with endless hours upon hours of practice, converge in a heated battle that only last minutes but whose results go down in the history books forever. This will be Mista B's fifth time to enter a DMC battle.  "I have mixed feelings upon competing again. Usually, DJs compete just once and [then] they're done.  For me, it's not just about the competition but it's about sharing this so called art of turntabilism," he told me. "I feel that DJ battles are one of very few platforms to showcase the art.  So with me, I still practice because I like to work on my craft, my skill if you will.  Specifically beat juggling for me.  I don't do it to be better than the next guy, but to be better than what I was yesterday and to show how graceful sounding this art is" Always pushing himself to improve and to innovate the SF who has been honing his diligently DJ'ng since 1993, told me that.  "I took a class in college and a professor came up with the concept, "sound art." That concept stuck with me since so I like to consider what I do "turntable sound art."  So now I just look for a medium to showcase the art.  So here I am again, competing on a high level versus the country's best DJs, The DMC USA Finals again."

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