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Record Store Day 2014 A Big Success, And There's Still Hours Left To Shop For Exclusive Record Store Day Releases

Posted by Billyjam, April 19, 2014 05:03pm | Post a Comment

Diggin' in the Hip-Hop 12" Crates At 18 Months - Record Store Day 2014 Amoeba Berkeley

"It's been the busiest Record Store Day ever!" reported Amoeba Berkeley's Gail at  4pm today - the midway point in the East Bay Amoeba store, that closes at 10pm tonight, during 2014 Record Store Day at which people were lined up outside from hours before the 10:30am opening of the Telegraph Ave. store this morning. And once those early shoppers got inside they gravitated towards the sections where they knew their desired RSD releases would be.  Then they had to line up to buy them. "Boy there was this very long line that started in here and snaked all the way around, up and down those isles, and then on over to the cash register," said Gail pointing all the way across the store from the world music section, not far from where DJ Inti was spinning some Afrika Bambaataa at that moment, while many shoppers (not as many as earlier this morning) were busy digging in the crates. These included the little 18 month old girl with her pops in the above video. One happy record shopper I ran into earlier had copped the special Record Store Day clear vinyl, three record set reissue of the Notorious B.I.G.'s Life After Death while another had picked up the RSD reissue of Sam Cooke's final album Ain't That Good News on vinyl. While many titles may already be gone there are still a lot left and several hours of shopping remain on this Record Store Day 2014. So head over to your local record store, especially if it is Amoeba. Amoeba San Francisco closes at 8pm, Amoeba Hollywood closes at 9pm, and Amoeba Berkeley closes at 10pm today.

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Record Store Day Countdown: Notorious B.I.G. Double LP Vinyl

Posted by Amoebite, April 11, 2013 04:18pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Day is almost here and we're previewing some of the hot exclusive releases. The classic Notorious B.I.G. album, Ready To Die, will be available on double white vinyl. A legendary record, in a numbered edition with rarely seen alternate cover art, it's just too fresh for words. At independent record stores April 20 -- see you there!

Download our menu (.pdf) of exclusive Record Store Day titles available on April 20, 2013.

See our list of events and happenings at all three stores on RSD.

 

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Oakland Rapper Who Embraces Both The "N" Word and the "U" Word Is As Much An Entrepeneur As An Artist

Posted by Billyjam, September 8, 2011 05:00pm | Post a Comment

"Ugly Nigga T's (Slap Version)"
If you thought the late great Ol Dirty Bastard of Wu Tang Clan fame's name grabbed peoples' attention the moment they first heard it, watch the reaction that East Oakland rapper/promoter Ugly Nigga, who headlines for the second week in a row the Best in the Bay Talent Showcase tonight at the Black Rep in Berkeley,  gets out of people when they first see/hear his name.  "Yeah some people are shocked and accuse me of being racist," said the African American Oakland born rap entrepreneur who heartily embraces both the "N" and the "U" words and has parlayed that love into a source of income which comes mainly from T-shirt sales.  "But I get mostly positive feedback from the Ugly Nigga t-shirts," he told me recently, recalling as the best example, "There was a guy who told me it took him two months to wear the shirt after he bought if from me. He said he wanted to save it for a special occasion. So he wore it at this party and people started coming up to him and saying - Man you're not ugly. And he told me how he had a lot of personal demons and had problems with talking to people and how this changed it. He told me how his stepfather had blamed him for his mother's death and he had kept that bottled in but that night he told me, Man I just kept on talking and the shirt kept drawing attention. He said, Thank-you for making that shirt!"

BIGGIE'S BIG SCREEN BIOPIC: NOTORIOUS

Posted by Billyjam, January 18, 2009 03:39am | Post a Comment
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Biggie's the word this weekend. Biggie Smalls, aka The Notorious B.I.G. (born Christopher Wallace but more commonly known as Big Poppa), whose big screen biopic, the George Tillman Jr. directed Notorious arrived in theaters nationwide on Friday to across-the-board deserved good reviews. Biggie Smalls, who has been named the greatest rapper of all time by many, including The Source magazine, has never been my personal favorite emcee (I like him, sure, but always felt he was way overrated and that there are many far better skilled lyricists out there), but I still really enjoyed this film and give it a 3 out of 5 rating. I like most movies dealing with hip-hop, especially a well filmed and acted one like this, even if it doesn't delve as deep in some areas as I would have liked it to have gone.

In a nutshell Notorious is the tale of a drug dealer from the rough and tumble, do-or-die, Bed-Stuy district of Brooklyn, a man of girth with a wandering eye for the ladies but ever respectful of his moms. This man rises to fame (thanks to a shrewd fella named Puffy) and become a world renowned hip-hop recording artist, all the while rapping in his unique flow about the street life that he just left behind. Within his way-too-short life, during which he only got to see the release of one of his albums, he famously got into a beef with the West Coast artist/one-time friend Tupac Shakur (played by Anthony Mackie) that spiraled out of proportion to become the center of the (media fueled) East vs West coast rap feud. And in March, 1997 at the young age of 24, Biggie was tragically shot and killed in LA while leaving a party, his unsolved murder coming exactly six months after 2Pac's murder in Las Vegas.

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Sh*t I Slept On

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, January 11, 2009 11:15pm | Post a Comment
People tell me I have good taste in music. I have to disagree with them. It’s not that I’m humble, because I’m not, it’s that I’m a natural-born skeptic and my cynicism gets the best of me, especially with music. Most people can like a band, song or album instantly. I have to scrutinize it until I see everything that is wrong with music before I see what is right. This is especially true when I see an artist perform live without knowing anything about them. Without having the knowledge of an artist’s music beforehand, I’ve denounced many artists that later on I've found myself loving. Here are a few of my worst blunders, in no order.

Latryx @ The House Of Blues (1996)

I went to check out DJ Shadow, who was opening for Jeru The Damaja & De La Soul. When the curtains opened, Lateef The Truth Speaker & Lyrics Born, otherwise known as Latrx, came out, rapping simultaneously with two different rhymes. I thought, “What is this weak shit?’ The truth was I just wanted Shadow to do his Endtroducing jams and I wasn’t in the mood to hear anything new. I remember some kid in the audience scolding the L.A. crowd after their lackadaisical response to the group’s performance. “Yo kids, ya’ll sleeping on them!” A year later I couldn’t put the Latyx CD down, as well as the Blackalicous e.p. I guess I was sleeping.


Bikini Kill
@ Jabberjaw (1992)

L.A. was the home of The Runaways, The Go-Go’s, The Bangles, L7 and Hole. Frightwig, The Mudwimin, and Tribe 8, and Spitboy from The Bay area played in Los Angeles years before the arrival of the Riot Girl movement. So what was the big deal about Bikini Kill? Most people at the show were there to antagonize them for their outspokenness. We also had to suffer through one of the worst opening bands in the history of music, a short-lived band called Pussy Willow, who droned and wailed for more than an hour. The show was just a back and forth with the audience, who tried hard to break the spirit of the group. The show ended with the band exhausted and in tears. It was like seeing the Sex Pistols in Texas on their first tour. Since I really didn’t know their music at the time, I lost out on Bikini Kill's barrage of Black Flag licks with Exene meets Poly Styrene vocals. To top it off, the band wrote best punk songs to come out of the 90’s...in retrospect, of course.

Helios Creed
@ Raji’s (1990)

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