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Hip-Hop History Tuesdays: What Ever Happened To Hip Hop?

Posted by Billyjam, August 27, 2013 03:10pm | Post a Comment
       

The above Sonali Aggarwal directed documentary with the self-explanatory title What Ever Happened to Hip Hop? poses that eternal question among diehard hip-hop followers about however did hip-hop get from point A (IE the more conscious, thought-provoking and lyrically loaded music of decades bygone) to point B (today's more hook driven popular rap). Even though the little viewed documentary was made a few years ago and on a limited budget it is well worth watching and raises some important points especially on the topic of the commodification of the music by major corporations. Most intriguing are the revelation about the artist no-play list that exists at BET, and the points raised about the consumption of popular rap via exposure to airplay with the theory that what we think we like is what is familiar and recognizable - something repetitive airplay will result in.

Also impressive with this documentary is its list of interviewees including KRS-One, Jean Grae, MC Lyte, Afrika Bambaataa, Busy Bee, Slick Rick, and Kool Keith who jokes about coming up with the basis of a pop rap hit. Although, as with many interviews with well-meaning longtime hip-hop fans on their beloved subject, the conversation sometimes takes on an elitist tone with some old school heads dismissing everything new as "shit-hop" or "hip-pop." I hear where they are coming from but cannot fully agree as the state of hip-hop - now or anytime before in its 40 year history - is not just black and white issue. It's a lot more complex than that with a lot of grey in between with hip-hop continually evolving and incorporating new elements and nuances.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week Ending 08.10.12: Amoeba Top 5, Rick Ross, MA Doom, Karriem Riggins, Kool Keith, Keith Jones + more

Posted by Billyjam, August 10, 2012 12:30pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Berkeley Top Five Week Ending August 10, 2012



1)   Rick Ross God Forgives, I Don’t (Def Jam)

While not pulling quite as huge numbers as anticipated, Rick Ross still takes the crown as this week’s hip hop best-seller and ain’t showing any sign of slowing down in sales with God Forgives, I Don't on Def Jam.  Rick Ro$$ the boss gets my vote as one of the most requested rappers from Amoeba Berkeley customers, so naturally his new official solo joint is a mover. Features songs with Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, Wale and Drake plus the prime cut beat selections you’ve come to expect from Rozay.  The special deluxe edition of album also features bonus jams with Nas and John Legend. As far as mainstream hip hop goes, this album’s loaded so don’t sleep.




2)    La Coka Nostra Masters of the Dark Arts (Fat Beats)

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Weekly Hip-Hop Rap-Up Video Version with E-Lit @ Amoeba, Kool Keith, Phonte, 4two7, Doseone, 14KT, Illus, A-Wax + more

Posted by Billyjam, June 22, 2012 03:13am | Post a Comment
            

Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: Week Ending June 22, 2012

1) Del & Parallel Thought Attractive Sins (Parallel Thoughts)

2) House Shoes Let It Go (Tres Records) (CDLP)

3) Kool Keith Love and Danger (Junkadelic)

4) Big K.R.I.T. Krit Wuz Here (Green Streets Int)

5) Phonte Charity Starts At Home (Hbd Label Group)

Thanks to E Lit for this week's (video version) of the hip-hop report with new videos by artists below (some on the chart, some not) and E Lit doing a run down of releases and upcoming shows in video above.



Phonte "The Life of Kings (feat. Evidence & Big K.R.I.T.)" from Charity Begins At Home (2012)


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. 

N.A.S.A.:The Spirit of Apollo Documentary Screens at Roxie Theater in SF, 11/16

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 7, 2011 05:24pm | Post a Comment
POP/ROX (Noise Pop + Roxie Theater) present a screening of the rockumentary N.A.S.A.:The Spirit ofNASA Apollo at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco on November 16th at 7:30pm and again at 9:30pm.

The filmmakers and the band will be there in person for a post-show party DJ-ed by N.A.S.A.!!! 

A look behind the making of N.A.S.A.’s globetrotting debut album, The Spirit of Apollo, featuring a truly staggering array of talent: David Byrne, Karen O, Tom Waits, Kool Keith, Nick Zinner, Lykke Li, M.I.A., Kanye West, George Clinton, Chuck D, Seu Jorge, and the RZA. The movie features design and animation collaborations by Syd Garon, Shepard Fairey, Splunny, Sage Vaughn, Marcel Dzama, The Date Farmers, Logan, Didiu Rio Branco, Three Legged Legs and Lorenzo Fonda.

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