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Hip-Hop Rap-Up: 11.09.12: Paul Wall, Saigon, Lushlife, Hip-Hop & Obama, Too $hort Hip Hop Dance Experience, Genie Does Wu + more

Posted by Billyjam, November 9, 2012 08:43am | Post a Comment
Amoeblog Hip-Hop Rap Up Top Five Chart Week Ending 11:09:12

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

2) Paul Wall No Sleep Til Houston SMC Recordings

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)

There was a lot of celebration in hip-hop circles this week since the man known to many as "the first hip-hop president" got re-elected on Tuesday. Among those celebrating the loudest was longtime Obama supporter emcee/mogul Jay-Z who had performed at the president's Ohio rally (along with Bruce Springsteen) on the eve of the election. During his set Hova did his ever-popular "99 Problems" song (off 2004's The Black Album) but when he got to the line “I got 99 problems but a bitch ain't one" he replaced the word B word with “Mitt." And when he go the line "I got 99 problems and Mitt ain't one" the packed Democratic audience roared in loud approval. Throughout social networking sites this past week the support for both parties was accelerated to an unprecedented level with hip-hoppers (almost) unanimously showing support for the candidate dubbed "the first hip-hop president" four years when he won the first time. Loose knit Obama supporters included "DJs for Obama" who shared the photo below on social networking sites over the week leading up the election day.

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Paul McCartney's Gershwin Prize Concert on PBS 7.28

Posted by Amoebite, July 27, 2010 12:06pm | Post a Comment
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On June 2, 2010, Amoeba fan and friend Sir Paul McCartney was presented with the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song by President Obama at the White House. McCartney also performed several of his hits to mark the occasion, including "Michelle," which was of course dedicated to Mrs. Obama, and artists like Jack White, Elvis Costello, Stevie Wonder, Dave Grohl, Emmylou Harris and many more performed tracks from McCartney's deep catalog, plus remarks were made by Jerry Seinfeld!

Luckily for those of us who were not invited to the event, this award ceremony was captured on tape for all to enjoy, with performances, behind the scenes footage and interviews! It is set to air on PBS tomorrow -- July 28. Check local listings for exact air times!

To whet your appetites, here's a balls to the walls performance of "Mother Nature's Son" (with a bit of "That Would Be Something") by Jack White:


R.E.M. LENDS SONG TO MOVEON.ORG FOR POWERFUL MESSAGE VIDEO

Posted by Billyjam, September 8, 2009 12:34pm | Post a Comment

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just gave their song "You Are the Everything" -- which first appeared on the group's 1988 album Green (Warner) --  to MoREM GreenveOn.Org to use as the soundtrack to the recently completed moving message video that tackles the stalemate that American health care reform currently finds itself in. The video, co-edited and compiled by Laura Dawn, is a slide show of average Americans who need health care or have family members and friends who need it but simply (like so many of us) cannot afford it under the current system. 

Laura tells me that the video, which was made out of desperation to alert people to the seriousness of the need for adequate health care immediately, has a very straightforward message: "We can't afford to wait for real health care reform, that our friends and neighbors and fellow citizens should never have to get sick or die due to an inability to get health care--if you believe health care is a right and not a priviledge only for the wealthy." She added that the video includes "Thousands and thousands of MoveOn members submitting the pictures in this video," but due to the overwhelming response only a small percentage made the final cut. For more info on this issue click here.

Ten Questions For Amanda Diva

Posted by Smiles Davis, June 17, 2009 09:52am | Post a Comment

The first roommate I had here in LA was completely out of her mind. We’re talking a real nut. I won’t go too far into details, but I will say skydiving without a parachute would have been more pleasurable than living with that woman. Her little sister, on the other hand, who used to frequently visit from NY, was the polar opposite; she was well read, sociable, easy to please, giggled perpetually, she didn’t steal my stuff, and she found enjoyment in sharing things. One thing she shared with me was here love for a local emcee from her hometown, Amanda Diva. I was unaware of her at the time, but completely open to discovering new music. She played this track for me called “40 Emcees,” and my head spun.


It was like seeing a unicorn for the first time. It was such a breath of fresh air, since, for the most part, female emcees -- female performers, period -- at that time, had been reduced to floss, glitter and stilettos, to say the least. Not exactly my meat and potatoes. But, I digress. Amanda Diva is the TRUTH, and she comes fully equipped with a Master’s degree, bubbling personality, mad lyrical flow, wit, charm, the gift of gab and crazy talent.

Now, nearly three years after my first encounter, I see and hear Amanda Diva almost everywhere, from her show on her YouTube spot, Diva Speak TV, to here guest appearance on Q-tip’s album, to her blog, to The Roots, to Floetry. I tracked Miss Diva down to chat her up about female emcees, the First family, the Internet and her new EP Spandex, Rhymes, & Soul.

What is a diva to you?


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WHEN RAP GETS EVEN SCARIER: YOUNG CONSERVATIVES WITH MICS

Posted by Billyjam, June 14, 2009 02:51pm | Post a Comment

The above video, which, note, is serious, not ironic, has been making the rounds since it first surfaced on YouTube a couple of weeks ago and after the pair of young conservative "rappers," Serious C and Stiltz (aka The Young Cons), recently got airtime on -- big surprise -- FOX News. On the network, they expounded upon their political rap, which includes lyrics such as "Terrorists were imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, now they’re in our neighborhoods, planning out doomsday" (for more of their distorted logic, see full song lyics below). 

The pair appeal to the legions of disgruntled, Obama-hating, anti-abortion, anti-socialist, right wing conservatives (many not rap fans but who are drawn in by the Cons' politics). There appear to be many of these types of people, judging by the majority of the almost 6000 YouTube comments the pair has received to date.

Admittedly, I do not agree with their political views, but that's not why I dislike the Young Cons. It's because their mic skills totally suck. Please peep the video above and/or read the lyrics below and post your opinion in the "comments" box below. And for more background info on the duo, visit the Young Cons' MySpace.

"Young Con Anthem" lyrics:

Yo this one's for all the young conservatives.
I rep the Northeast and I’m still a young con,
Let your voice release, you don’t have to be Obamatrons.
I debate any poser who don’t shoot straight,
Government spending needs to deflate,
Your ideas are lightweight,
Ya careers in checkmate
I frustrate. I increase the pulse rate
I hate when,
government dictatin, makin statements, bout how to be a merchant,
How to run a restaurant, how to lay the pavement
Bailout a business, but can’t protect an infant
Deficiencies are blatant, young con treatment
I stand one man, outnumbered at my college
Thank you Miss Cali for reminding us of marriage
Can’t support abortion, and call yourself a Christian
I support life, you’re a puzzled politician
Terrorists were imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay,
Now they’re in our neighborhoods, planning out doomsday
No such thing as utopia,
no government can control ya, baby ya,
Reap the benefits hard work, self reliant
Listen to Stiltz, my dude’s a lyrical giant

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