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Pick up the 2014 Grammy Winners on CD and LP

Posted by Billy Gil, January 28, 2014 11:41am | Post a Comment

The 2014 Grammy Awards took place over the weekend, with big winners including Daft Punk and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. We were excited to see Grammy love given to Amoeba friends like La Santa Cecilia and The Civil Wars, while best alternative album went to Pitchfork and Rolling Stone's favorite album of 2013, Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires Of The City. A lot of people were talking about Imagine Dragons' performance with Kendrick Lamar, while our favorite has to be Beyonce's opening performance of "Drunk in Love" with her husband, Jay Z.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 06.07.13: Digable Planets , Ugly Horses, Kendrick Lamar, Aceyalone, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Posted by Billyjam, June 7, 2013 08:48am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending June 7th, 2013


1) Digable Planets Blowout Comb LP  (Modern Classics)

2) Macklemore & Ryan Lewis The Heist (Macklemore LLC)

3) Ugly Heroes Ugly Heroes (Mello Music/Fat Beats)

4) Aceyalone Leanin' On Slick (Decon)

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

In case you did a double take on the new number one album and its corresponding cover art image in the latest hip-hop chart from Amoeba Hollywood, yes that is the same 1994 album from jazz hip-hop trio Digable Planets who broke up a year after the release of this sophomore release of theirs. The current Amoeba album chart entry version of Blowout Comb is a new vinyl only 2LP set (originally released by Pendulum/EMI Records) from Modern Classics which is a part of Light in the Attic Records - the Seattle based reissue label that is tight with Amoeba Music (their road trips from Seattle down the West Coast always stop into Amoeba where their quality releases are stocked). Coincidentally Seattle is also the home of Ishmael "Palaceer Lazaro" Butler of Shabazz Palaces who formerly recorded/performed  under his "Butterfly" moniker. That was when he had teamed up with Mary Ann "Ladybug Mecca" Vieira and Craig "Doodlebug" Irving as the short-lived but influential Digable Planets who were based out of Brooklyn, NY two decades ago. They also heavily identified with the NYC borough as is evident throughout this incredible reissued album of theirs - check out the video below of the album track and single (the group's third) "9th Wonder (Blackitolism)" with all the great shots of BK. (Also note that the graffiti-ed  subway and street images also marked the end of the "old New York City" the city would experience a dramatic makeover under new Mayor Rudy Giuliani who got into office that same year and would soon after begin to gradually transform the whole city).

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' Incredible Year

Posted by Billyjam, December 10, 2012 08:55am | Post a Comment
To say that this has been a good year for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis would be an understatement. 2012 has been an incredible year for the Washington State hip-hop emcee/producer team whose widely popular new, independently released album The Heist has been a top five hip-hop release at Amoeba since its October 9th release, and whose San Francisco concert tonight (Mon Dec 10th) at The Regency Ballroom, similar to other dates on the Seattle pair's current tour, sold out well in advance. Also this year Macklemore & Ryan Lewis got a feature on the cover of XXL’s Freshman Class of 2012.

After years of grinding away with recording and tirelessly performing the pair suddenly went from playing small clubs to headlining and selling out big halls like tonight's Bay Area show. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis managed to build their wide fan base with songs/videos like last year's hit  "Wings" (an excellent statement on consumerism) and the their viral hit "Thrift Shop:- the hilariously entertaining video featuring Wanz  (video below) which has racked up almost 28 million YouTube hits since its release three and a half months ago. Then there's the much talked about video for "Same Love (feat Mary Lambert)," which takes a stand against discrimination against gays and a stand for marriage equality. Since its release two months ago this video has grabbed nearly 9 million views. More importantly the powerful video has not only won high praise from many groups and individuals but it has instigated discussion and (often heated) debates on the topic.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 11.02.12: Kendrick Lamar, P.O.S., Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Lupe Fiasco + more

Posted by Billyjam, November 2, 2012 09:23am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music San Francisco Hip-Hop Top Five Chart Week Ending 11:02:12


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

2) Macklemore The Heist (Macklemore LLC)

3) P.O.S. We Don't Even Live Here (Rhymesayers)

4) Lupe Fiasco Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 (Atlantic)

5) MellowHype Numbers (Columbia/3 Ent)

This latest hip-hop top five chart from the San Francisco Amoeba store includes many of the same new releases that have been selling well in recent weeks at both the Berkeley and Hollywood Amoeba stores including Odd Future spinoff MellowHype Numbers , Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 - the sequel to the Chicago emcee's 2006 debut Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor, and Kendrick Lamar's universally popular major label debut Good Kid M.A.A.D City   on his mentor Dr. Dre's Aftermath label via Interscope. The album, which looks set to bring Compton back to the center of the rap map, is not only extremely popular at each of the Amoeba stores where it went straight to number one since its recent release but also across the nation. It debuted at No. 1 on both Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop and rap albums charts, and at No. 2 on Billboard's Top 200 albums chart (Taylor Swift's latest mega-hit Red edged it out for the number one pop chart position).

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