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Hip-Hop Songs To Celebrate 420

Posted by Billyjam, April 20, 2014 11:06am | Post a Comment

         
                                        Bone Thugs~N~Harmony "Weed Song"

Happy Easter!
Happy 420! Both holidays, which fall today, seem almost equally accepted and mainstream, especially in states such as California, Colorado, and Washington. But it wasn't always that way. The first time I personally became aware of the symbolism of 420 and what it meant was back in the mid '90s when I was over in Amsterdam reporting on the High Times sponsored Cannabis Cup for the San Francisco Bay Guardian. During that week of events in the Dutch city long associated with cannabis, I noticed how at exactly 4:20pm each afternoon without fail everyone would stop whatever they were doing to spark one up. Of course, most stoners don't need an excuse or specific time to remind them to indulge in the sticky icky, but that doesn't stop folks from observing the hour of 4:20 (pm or am) as if it were a religious holiday. Weed lore has it that celebrating 4:20 dates back to the early 1970's when, somewhere in NorCal near Humboldt - longtime the epicenter of California weed-growing, a group of friends chose that time of the day to light up. Since then the time morphed into the date of April 20th as a celebratory time and nowadays it seems everyone, smokers and non-smokers alike, are well aware of the meaning of 4:20. 

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 03.14.14: Top 5 Chart, The Grouch & Eligh, Rick Ross, Army of the Pharoahs, Potluck

Posted by Billyjam, March 14, 2014 08:03am | Post a Comment

Rick Ross "Nobody (Explicit) feat. French Montana, Puff Daddy)" (2014)


Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five: Week Ending 03:14:14


1) Rick Ross Mastermind (Maybach / Def Jam)

2) ScHoolboy Q Oxymoron (Interscope)

3) The Grouch & Eligh The Tortoise & The Crow (Empire)
 
4) Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city (Aftermath)
 
5) Childish Gambino Because the Internet (Glassnote)

Just as last week's number one on the Amoeba Hip-Hop Chart (ScHoolboy Q's Oxymoron) reflected last week’s number one Billboard pop album chart entry so too does this week's number one at Amoeba: Rick Ross’ brand new Mastermind is also the number one seller in the country as per the Billboard Top 200 charts making it Ross’ fifth album to debut at No. 1 nationally. The album features the lead singles "War Ready," "The Devil is a Lie (feat. Jay-Z)," and "Nobody (feat. Diddy and French Montana)" or Puff Daddy as he is ID'ed in the Vevo video version of the single above. The video for the song, which is a homage to Biggie, finds Ross recreated the drive-by shooting attempt on his life a year ago.  Other releases on the latest chart include the recurrent entries from Kendrick Lamar (good kid, m.A.A.d city) and Childish Gambino (Because the Internet).

Hip-Hop Rap Up 06:24:11: Random Axe, Potluck, Beastie Boys, Bad Meets Evil, Face Candy, 4two7 + more

Posted by Billyjam, June 24, 2011 11:36pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five: Week Ending June 24, 2011

1)    Beastie Boys Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 (Capitol)

2)    Randpm Axe Random Axe (Duck Down)

3)    Hail Mary Mallon Are You Gonna Eat That? (Rhymesayers)

4)    Bad Meets Evil Hell: the Sequel (Shady Records)

5)   Blu Her Favorite Colo(u)r (Nature Sounds) 

The top selling hip-hop releases at the Amoeba Hollywood store this week are in perfect sync with what's also popular at the two Bay Area Amoebas. These include the Beastie Boys powerful overdue return (Hot Sauce Committee Part 2) which only gets better with every listen (on a related note check out Mike D's fave NYC eateries), LA hip-hop talent Blu's reissue (Her Favorite Colo(u)r), and Bad Meets Evil's Hell: the Sequel from Detroit rap duo Eminem and Royce Da 5'9." This release is so popular that it is the best selling album in the country this week, landing on the number one Billboard pop albums spot; a feat that may not be new to Emimen but is certainly for a pleasantly stunned Royce who told MTV News this week that, "You know I ain't never sold no records. I knew it had the potential. I just really was more focused on the whole 'critically acclaimed' thing, and I think we achieved that."

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Kottonmouth Kings Among Those Celebrating 420 Today, April 20th

Posted by Billyjam, April 20, 2011 05:54pm | Post a Comment

Today (4/20) the Kottonmouth Kings unveiled their weed celebratory video, "My Garden"

For marijuana activists and active cannabis smokers today, April 20th (aka 4/20), is a holiday of sorts; it's a day that is celebrated and recognized by tokers (whether medicinal or recreational) from Oaksterdam to Amsterdam and every other place around the world where the oft controversial plant is enjoyed, whether inhaled or ingested. Many of those who partake in the greenery are artists (lots of hip-hop, reggae, and rock) including the SoCal rock/rap/reggae group the Kottonmouth Kings who, in honor of 4/20, today are celebrating with the release of their video "My Garden," the relaunching of their website KottonmouthKings.com, plus playing a big concert tonight titled Ganja Dayz 420 Celebration in Pomona, CA at the Fox Theatre. They'll play two other gigs later this week too: Friday, Apr 22, at House of Blues in San Diego, and Saturday, Apr 23rd at Fremont in Las Vegas, NV.

The new video/song "My Garden" is taken from the Kottonmouth Kings' EP Legalize It which is a digital only release and prequel to their full-length studio album The Sunrise Sessions which will drop in physical and digital formats in July 19th on the band's Suburban Noize label. Other songs on the EP, which has the same title as the famous Peter Tosh pro-weed anthem, include the reggae flavored protest track "Soon Come." A little earlier this afternoon I caught up with Brad Xavier, better known by his stage name Daddy X, who is the front man for the Kottonmouth Kings and is a man who enjoys life and this holiday and what it stands for. He promised that at tonight's Pomona show, "It will be a great party, a massive celebration of freedom and positive vibes." Does he think that marijuana will ever be fully legalized in the USA? "Without a doubt," he replied. "This prohibition will come to a end and freedom will reign supreme." In honor of Daddy X's commitment to weed and the 4:20 holiday, below are videos for some of the best pro-weed anthems from a variety of artists. These include the Kottonmouth Kings' labelmates Potluck, Peter Tosh, The Toyes, The Luniz, RBL Posse,  and Tha Alkaholiks.

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Hip-Hop Rap Up 09:03:10: KRS-One & True Master, DJ Muggs vs Ill Bill, Madlib Medicine Show 8, DJ Inti, Mr E, Dave Chappelle, Doin' It In The Park 2010, Hoodstock, Jay-Z & Eminem, Potluck + More

Posted by Billyjam, September 3, 2010 04:20am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Berkeley Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 09:03:10


1) The Roots How I Got Over (Def Jam)

2) Big Boi Sir Lucious Left Foot... The Son of Chico Dusty (Def Jam)

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

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

5) TIE:

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

Rick Ross Teflon Don (Def Jam)

Cut Chemist Sound of the Police (A Stable Sound/Soul Kitchen)

El P Weareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixxx3 (Gold Dust Media)

The anticipated new KRS-One and True Master collaboration Meta-Historical on Fat Beats is among the new entries to this latest Amoeba Music hip hop chart. The record puts the Teacher and the Master together for the first time -- blastmaster KRS-One and Wu-Tang Clan producer True Master. This cross-pollination of these two legendary talents works on many levels; True's sharp production brings out the best in KRS, and will appeal to fans of both camps, including the army of Wu Tang fans who will automatically gravitate towards such tracks as "Here's What We Gonna Do (feat. RZA)" and "Street Rhymer (feat. Cappadonna)." Longtime BDP/KRS fans will appreciate the fact that the new album, with tracks such as "Knowledge Reigns Supreme" (hear below with the great line, "I'm not on the radio coz I don't rap about coke or reefer"), "Old School Hip Hop," and the title track, is a continuation of so much of KRS-One's previous work and sounds perfectly compatible next to a track off, say, his 1993 classic Return Of The Boom Bap (Jive).

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