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New York State Of Mind Amoeblog #98

Posted by Billyjam, September 24, 2014 11:00am | Post a Comment

Billie Holiday "Autumn In New York" (1952)

NYSOM #98 of 100: Since Fall or Autumn officially arrived a couple of days ago here in New York City (and you can feel it in the air especially with chilly cold evenings this past days) Billie Holiday's classic "Autumn In New York" comes to mind.  Hear the song, that is found on such collections as The Best of Billie Holiday, above in homemade slide show video of NYC over the decades. Speaking of weather and NYC the big event here over the past weekend was the huge Climate Change March that attracted (depending on which news source you can believe) anywhere from a quarter of a million to 450,000 participants. The big march included numerous well known actors and musicians including the Bay Area's Michael Franti of Spearhead - seen in photo left that also includes movie stars Edward Norton and a barely recognizable bearded Leonardo DiCaprio. That was Sunday but the following day's Flood Wall Street protest down on Wall Street (also in the lead up to the UN Climate Summit 2014 that began yesterday here in New York), which drew much fewer protestors, had more arrests numbering about a hundred when more vigilant protestors gathered to voice opposition to the corporations who aren't investing in green initiatives.


Hip-Hop Rap Up 02:11:11: Slaughterhouse, Dregs One & Equipto, Philthy Rich, Michael Franti, DJ Mpenzi, Blueprint + More

Posted by Billyjam, February 11, 2011 07:07am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music San Francisco Weekly Hip-Hop Top Six Chart: 02:11:11


1) Talib Kweli Gutter Rainbows (101 Distributions)

2) Philthy RIch Trip N 4 Life (Town Thizzness/LiveWire Records/SMC)

3) Dregs One and Equipto The Generation Gap (mixed by DJ BeatsMe (Pocketwatch Productions/Solidarity Records)

4) Slaughterhouse The EP (E 1)

5) Elusive Hip-Hop For Hipsters (Elusive)
 
6) Buckshot The Common Knowledgy of The Entertainment Industry (Duck Down Music)

Thanks to Luis at Amoeba San Francisco for this week's Top Six, which includes five new hip-hop albums and one new hip-hop book/CD package. That unique combo is The Common Knowledgy of The Entertainment Industry -- the neatly packaged, well presented, and most informative 80-page book with CD by Buckshot of legendary Brooklyn hip-hop group Black Moon / founder of Duck Down Records fame -- that was among the new releases showcased here on the Amoeblog Hip-Hop Rap Up a few weeks ago.

Number four this week on the chart is the brand new, long overdue (supposed to drop six months ago) latest offering from Slaughterhouse, the four-member rap supergroup comprised of Joe Budden, Crooked I, Joell Ortiz, & Royce da 5' 9," who have been tipped to be signing with Eminem's Shady Records ever since they made a cameo in Em's "Forever" music video.

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Hip-Hop Rap Up 09:10:10: Nate Dogg's G-Funk Mix, Fabolous' Pre Album Mixtape, Power to the Peaceful Festival, Too $hort Unplugged, Del & Mixmaster Mike Free Show, QBert Voted Best US DJ, Bootie SF's iPad DJ + More

Posted by Billyjam, September 10, 2010 05:05am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 09:10:10

NATE DOGG
1) Nate Dogg G-Funk Mix (Thump Records)

2) DJ Muggs vs Ill Bill Kill Devil Hills (Fat Beats)

3) KRS-One & True Master Meta-Historical (Fat Beats)

4) Fabolous There Is No Competition 2: The Grieving Music Mixtape (Def Jam)

5) Madlib Madlib Medicine Show #8: Advanced Jazz (Stones Throw)

Thanks to Michael at the Hollywood Amoeba Music for this week's hip-hop top five chart, which includes new releases from both Fabolous and Nate Dogg. Well, technically Nate Dogg's CD is a new release but it is actually all classic material from the Long Beach, CA legend who suffered a stroke three years ago. In his prime the singing/rapping Nate Dogg was kind of like the T-Pain of his day and this dozen track collection features most (but not all) of his G-Funk era classics. Included in this guest-heavy collection are "Friends (feat. Snoop FabolousDogg & Warren G.)," "Bag O' Weed (feat. Tray Deee)," "Me & My Homies (feat. 2PacNancy Fletcher)," "Sexy Girl (feat. Big Syke)," and "First We Pray (feat. Kurupt)." Def worth copping if you don't already have the 1998 2CD Nate Dogg release G-Funk Classics, Vol. 1 & 2.

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AMOEBA MUSIC WEEKLY HIP-HOP ROUND UP: 09:11:09

Posted by Billyjam, September 11, 2009 11:18am | Post a Comment
jay-z blueprint 3
Amoeba Music San Francisco Hip-Hop Top Five: 09:11:09

1) Jay-Z The Blueprint 3 (Roc Nation/Atlantic)

2)  Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Links Pt II (ICEAL)

3) Large Professor The LP (Red Line)

4) D. Black Ali'Yah (MYX)

5) Dr Dre The Chronic Re-Lit & From The Vaults (Wideawake/Death Row)

Amoeba SF Soul Pick of Week 
Mayer Hawerthorne A Strange Arrangement (Stones Throw)

Not too surprisingly, the anticipated, brand new, star-studded Jay-Z album The Blueprint 3, (aka TB3), which originally was scheduled to come out last year, is this week's number one release on the new hip-hop chart at Amoeba Music. The album features a slew of guest collaborators, including Young Jeezy, Kanye West (in producer mode mainly), Rihanna, Drake, Kid Cudi, Mr Hudson, Swizz Beatz, Pharrell and Alicia Keys, and is the final release in the Blueprint trilogy that began exactly eight years ago on September 11th, 2001 -- the day the Twin Towers were attacked. In fact, that was why initially Jay-Z had scheduled the release of TB3  for today (Friday, September 11th), but then he changed his mind at the last minute, reverting to the typical Tuesday date release. The fifteen track TB3 is the artist's 11th studio album and his first on his own new label Roc Nation.raekwon only built 4 cuban linx pt ii

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AMOEBA MUSIC WEEKLY HIP-HOP ROUND UP 09:19:08

Posted by Billyjam, September 19, 2008 04:20pm | Post a Comment
                                        Ameoba Music Berkeley  Hip-Hop Top Five  09:19:08
Spearhead
1)  Michael Franti & Spearhead All Rebel Rockers   
     (Amer-I Can/Unity One/Anti)

2)  Diplo Top Ranking Santogold (Mad Decent)

3)  The Game LAX (Geffen/Interscope)

4) Young Jeezy The Recession (Def Jam)

5)  eLZhi The Preface (Fat Beats)

The number one selling album at the Berkeley store this week is from the Bay Area's very own veteran political musician Michael Franti and his group Spearhead. Recorded in Kingston, Jamaica and produced by Sly and Robbie, this brand new full length titled All Rebel Rockers is the anticipated follow-up to the acclaimed Yell Fire!, released two years ago on Anti. This new album may not possess that same sense of urgency as its predecessor and hence, takes a little longer to get into, but All Rebel Rockers is still a very good album. (Yell Fire! is a hard one to top because it was so powerful a release.) Naturally, with Sly & Robbie at the controls, it has more of a reggae feel than the other genres it incorporates (mainly hip-hop and soul). 

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