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Historic Event For A City That Once Banned Rap, Oakland's Hiero Day 2016 Elevated It To Best Damn Hip-Hop Festival Ever

Posted by Billyjam, September 7, 2016 07:07am | Post a Comment

Oakland's annual all day hip-hop festival, Hiero Day 2016 that took place two days ago, was both amazing and historic. Only in its fifth year, the Hieroglyphics collective curated event has not only already established itself as the best annual music and cultural festival in The Town (Oakland). But this annual Labor Day's sold-out, talent-packed, festival comprised of three different concert stages, each offering top notch and totally diverse hip-hop acts, elevated Hiero Day into the best damn hip-hop festival anywhere! Attended by respectful hip-hop fans of all generations and races, but each sharing an appreciation for all styles of hip-hop, Hiero Day 2016 exuded the most positive, peaceful, uplifting vibe of any hip-hop event of its scale that I have ever witnessed anywhere. And that prevailing positive vibe that permeated the air on Monday all seemed to fuel  the energy of the acts on stage and their tight sets. Monday's diverse list of over 50 performers included Too $hort, Paris, the Invisibl Skratch Piklz, Dilated Peoples, Murs, Mr. Lif, Just Blaze, Young L, and the Hieros themselves.. 

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Hiero Day 2016 Video Preview

Posted by Billyjam, September 5, 2016 01:04pm | Post a Comment

Already underway with things started, there's still time for Bay Area hip-hop fans to head on over to the fifth, latest, and best ever Hiero Day 2016 in Oakland. Previous years have been really good but this one, with all the wonderful diver acts on the bill, looks like it beats all previous years. It's an all ages event and is great for kids too since it has such an incredibly peaceful and positive vibe. Most things run close to their schedules but sometimes, like last year, things can run a bit late, especially later in the day. So be patient realistic and don't take the above schedule literally but rather as good guideline to the running order of acts and their set running lengths. In honor of this unique and wonderful cultural event that the hometown Hieroglyphics hip-hop crew (who headline) produce and present, below are a series of corresponding music videos for several of the acts to hit the three concert stages (Full Circle, Third Eye, and Infinity) later today including Dilated Peoples, Murs, Too $hort, The Beat Junkies, The Grouch, Nef The Pharaoh, Juvenile, Lyrics Born, Invisibl Skratch Piklz and Young L. Note that pre-sale tix are no longer available but you can buy tix at the gate. More info on Hiero Day 2016

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Andre Nickatina, Slick Rick, DJ Abilities, Mac Lethal, Who Cares, and Bukue One Prepare for "White Wizards of Hip Hop" Tour

Posted by Billyjam, January 29, 2016 06:21pm | Post a Comment


Tickets went on sale today for the diverse Andre Nickatina-curated hip-hop concert at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco on March 10th. Joining the Fillmore SF rap legend in the line-up, the kick-off show of a 56 date cross-country  tour, will be Slick Rick, DJ Abilities, Mac Lethal, Who Cares, and Bukue One. Although not on the official flyer issued above, there are some other acts supposedly on the bill too. As per the Regency Ballroom website, Murs will be joining the line-up. In video clip below with Andre Nickatina announcing the tour lineup late last month, he said that Redman was also a strong possibility to be on the tour or at this premiere concert. Andre Nickatina also says in the video clip that there will be a "Fillmoe feel" to the tour, which has the odd name of "White Wizards of Hip Hop." The meaning behind that name is described by the tour producers Go See Em Touring as "White Wizards of Hip Hop are those wizards whose careers have been twisted and turned with difficulty, loss, and extreme circumstance, and yet, they have overcome to become some of the most iconic names in Rap and Hip Hop history." 

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Hip-Hop Vinyl Exclusives For Black Friday Record Store Day 2015

Posted by Billyjam, November 22, 2015 11:30am | Post a Comment
This coming Friday, November 27th, is a big day at Amoeba with another post-Thanksgiving Record Store Day (RSD) on its way. With it comes exclusive releases that span all genres including some really nice hip-hop worth getting. Most of these releases are small run pressings exclusive for RSD at indies stores like Amoeba Music. The growing number of avid hip-hop 45's collectors will be more than pleased with the new seven inch hip-hop pressings that will be available on RSD. Included is a 7" unique pressing of “Egypt, Egypt” b/w “Girls” from friends of Amoeba The Egyptian Lover and Stones Throw Records. Greg Broussard (aka The Egyptian Lover), who earlier this month played both Hollywood and San Francisco Amoeba in-stores in support of his brand new album 1984, said in a pre-instore Amoeblog interview that he will be releasing his anticipated Anthology via Stones Throw next year. It is sure to be a goodie as Peanut Butter Wolf's Stones Throw label never disappoints with its packaging and presentation. This Friday's RSD 7" is proof of this. The limited edition vinyl is described as 7” die-cut “pyramid” shaped white vinyl.   Regal pop-up packaging with folding magnetic panels creates a 4-sided, 3-dimensional pyramid.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 07.05.13: Quasimoto, Deltron 3030, Pete Rock, Iamsu!, Celsius 7, Knuckle Neck Tribe, Murs + more

Posted by Billyjam, July 5, 2013 03:00pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five: Week Ending 07:05:13


1) Kanye West Yeezus (Def Jam)

2) Quasimoto Yessir, Whatever (Stones Throw)

3) J. Cole Born Sinner (Columbia)

4) Mac Miller Watching Movies With The Sound Off (Rostrum Records)

5) Wale The Gifted (Atlantic)

The above new hip-hop chart from Amoeba Music Hollywood includes five albums that have also been selling well at both the Berkeley and San Francisco Amoebas and (I'm guessing) will likely remain popular albums all summer long. These include DC area rapper Wale's guest heavy new album The Gifted,  Kanye West's much talked about latest full-length Yeezus, J. Cole's Born Sinner (Columbia), Mac Miller's Watching Movies With The Sound Off, and Quasimoto's Yessir, Whatever on Stones Throw which, while not brand new recordings, are new to most ears and well worth getting. As E-Lit at the Berkeley Amoeba store noted last week, the Yessir, Whatever cover was designed as a peel-off sticker design as pictured right.

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