"No One Can Do It Better" than The D.O.C. As Reminded By "Expanded Edition" of 1989 Dr. Dre Produced West Coast Rap Landmark

Posted by Billyjam, June 5, 2016 09:30am | Post a Comment

  The D.O.C. No One Can Do It Better (Expanded Edition)
Among the releases to arrive at Amoeba Music this week is the newly reissued version of a West Coast hip-hop staple: No One Can Do It Better (Expanded Edition) by The D.O.C. This must-have hip-hop classic, originally released back in 1989 on Ruthless Records and executive produced by Eazy-E, is truly a landmark West Coast Rap album. Coming at a time when N.W.A. were at their career peak and reigned supreme (Ice Cube was still in the group) the album featured the definitive production of Dr. Dre which perfectly complimented the dope flow of this extended family member of N.W.A. Oft overlooked and not given near the same level as props as some of his fellow Golden Era emcees, the Texas born to Compton transplant hip-hop artist was a superbly talented lyrical master of his genre with a unique and commanding style of rapping, coupled with excellent rhyme writing skills.

The D.O.C. "It's Funky Enough" from No One Can Do It Better (Expanded Edition)

Sadly his career as rap vocalist (read more detailed early in following paragraphs) would be cut prematurely short due to an auto accident that destroyed his vocal chords. This late 80's solo debut album of his, that would not have a follow up until the middle of the next decade, offered so many  great songs like the well worn single "It's A Funky Enough" that defined the West Coast golden era sound. In years since "It's Funky Enough" has been commissioned to appear in such games as Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Madden NFL 2005 and True Crime: Streets of LA. In addition to the emcee's flow, credit for this album goes to his producer Dr. Dre who was on fire at this time. This newly released Expanded Edition of No One Can Do It Better record comes via Real Gone Music, the label that reissued the album on LP back in April for Record Store Day 2016. On this new CD version you get seven additional tracks including remixes and some instrumentals. There's an Acappella as well as an instrumental of the artist's best known hit single, "It's Funky Enough." The remixes include "The D.O.C. And The Doctor (Noisy Mix)," "The Formula (Funky FM Mix)" and "Mind Blowin' (Remix)." The remaining two bonus tracks are "Somethingtabumpinyacar" and an instrumental of the album single "The Formula."

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Top Five Hip-Hop Cyber Monday Gift Ideas

Posted by Billyjam, November 30, 2015 11:41am | Post a Comment

Today is Cyber Monday until 11:59pm Pacific Time and Amoeba has slashed prices by 20% on items on! Just enter the special CYBER20 code at checkout to receive the discount. This sale include some truly dope hip-hop records and CDs that would make both perfect holiday gifts for others and treats for oneself. Below is a top ten list of some of the best hip-hop Cyber Monday gift ideas, and all at 20% off plus free shipping in the U.S. All are classic hip-hop recordings, mostly recent re-releases in either original or newly presented packaging. They include both CD and vinyl releases that are all reduced significantly today only for Cyber Monday at Amoeba Music.    

1) Public Enemy's latest, recommended (13th studio) album Man Plans God Laughs + the Chuck D led crew's hits collection Fight The Power: The Collection together as a two CD set make for the perfect introduction to one of the greatest acts in hip-hop history. I cannot recommend PE's latest album Man Plans God Laughs (also available in vinyl) enough. With incredible production ? Gary G Wiz and Carl Ryder (aka Chuck D) the new album manages to capture the PE vibe of old and blend it together on the new tracks on this five star album. Meanwhile the Fight The Power: The Collection  clocks in at one hour, ten minutes with 16 tracks featuring all the classics and more. Included are "Fight The Power," "Don't Believe The Hype," "Public Enemy No. 1," "Rebel Without A Pause," "Night Of The Living Baseheads," "Louder Than A Bomb," "Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos," "Burn Hollywood Burn (feat. Ice Cube)," "By The Time I Get To Arizona" and "Can't Truss It." Regularly priced at $9.98 while the new CD released by SPITdigital is $13.98 = total of $23.96 but with Cyber Monday Amoeba discount = $19.17!

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Amoeba Curates '80s Album Art Exhibit at Leimert Park Book Fair Aug. 1

Posted by Amoebite, July 27, 2015 05:57pm | Post a Comment

leimert park book fairAmoeba Music has curated the vintage album exhibit “Salute to ’80s Vinyl We Love,” featuring cover art from across the decade. It will be on display at the Ninth Annual Leimert Park Village Book Fair on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw.

whitney houston self-titled albumFeatured albums includes Whitney Houston’s self-titled debut album (1985), Tina Turner’s Break Every Rule (1986), the Do the Right Thing soundtrack (1988), Jungle BrothersStraight Out the Jungle (1988), N.W.A.’s Straight Outta Compton (1988), Soul II Soul’s Club Classics Vol. One (1989), Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation (1989) and more.

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Hip-Hop History Tuesdays: The Roots of Gangsta Rap

Posted by Billyjam, May 26, 2015 09:00am | Post a Comment

N.W.A are routinely credited with creating the genre known as gangsta rap, which is a fair summation since it was these West Coast rappers who inspired a whole new unstoppable generation of hardcore gangsta rap recording artists. However, these LA rappers are predated by fellow LA-based artist Ice-T who in turn was predated by the true O.G. (Original Gangsta) -- Philadeplhia's Schoolly D who in 1985 unleashed the original gangsta rap record. Entitled "P.S.K. What Does It Mean?" and released on his own small indie label, Schoolly D Records, the record with cutting by DJ Code Money was an ode to the Philly street gang that the rapper (born Jesse B. Weaver, Jr.) was associated with. The initials P.S.K. stood for the Park Side Killas gang and their song dedication was brimming with references to gangsta activity: guns, violence, sex, and drug use, with usage of the N word ("sucka ass nigga tryna sound like me"), which was something uncommon though not totally unheard of in rap records up to that point.

Although originally considered a regional rap record with likely little appeal beyond its immediate hood, the distinctly hardcore rap record struck a nerve with music fans well beyond Philadelphia. The NJ-born, LA-based Ice-T adapted its style for his single, "6 In The Mornin" (later entitled "6 'N the Mornin'), released a year later in 1986. It was also included on his 1987 debut album Rhyme Pays.

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Hip-Hop History Tuesdays: Remembering Compton's Short-Lived C.P.O.

Posted by Billyjam, April 7, 2015 12:01pm | Post a Comment

In the aftermath of the success of N.W.A.'s Straight Outta Compton, record labels were rushing to sign West Coast SoCal acts in any way related to N.W.A. or even just hailing from their Compton neighborhood. Compton's C.P.O. were such an act. Down with N.W.A. and from Compton, the rap group was comprised of rapper Lil Nation and DJ Train (plus some extended posse members). Formed in 1989, they were signed soon after, thanks to N.W.A.'s MC Ren, by Capitol Records who released their debut album To Hell And Black the following year. However, the major label dropped the rap group from their roster that same year. 

The short-lived Compton-based C.P.O., whose name stood for Capital Punishment Organization, was primarily just its front person - the robust rapper/MC Ren protege Lil Nation (aka 'CPO' or Boss Hogg) who, at 6'2" and 357 pounds, was far from 'lil' back in 1990 when the former gang-banger emerged on Ren Records/MC Ren Productions. To Hell And Black spawned the two funky singles "Ballad Of A Menace" and "The Beat Is Funky" and their accompanying videos.

DJ Train, who added all the turntable scratching and cutting, had previously worked with both J.J. Fad and MC Ren, and had been down with N.W.A. for some time. He was among those included on the album cover photo of 1987's N.W.A. & the Posse.  Meanwhile the C.P.O. entourage was rounded out by The Chip, Donovan, and Young D who co-produced the group's sole album with Ren (who also rapped on the release). Lil Nation, as Boss Hogg, would later appear on N.W.A,'s 1991 Niggaz4life on the track "Findum Fuckum and Flee."  C.P.O. was in the right place at the right time, arriving on the music scene just as gangsta rap, still a relatively new and primarily West Coast phenomenon, was, to the chagrin of many, proving itself to be more than just a passing fad. They were presented alongside the major players of the new hip-hop shock sub-genre of that era.

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