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Hip-Hop Rap Up: Bay Area DMC Battle, WFMU Record Fair, Prince + Hip-Hop, New Releases, Yung Jake @ MoMA + more

Posted by Billyjam, April 30, 2016 04:42pm | Post a Comment
DJ TRAPS - once again wins Bay Area DMC Regional - photo from the 2016 DMC Bay battle by James Mak - c/o Joysco Photos and Joysco Studios

Props to DJ Traps (pictured above c/o  James Mak / Joysco Photos) who won the recent 2016 DMC Bay Area Regional DJ Battle. Repeating the feat he accomplished exactly three years ago in the same battle (2013 Bay DMC was held in SF), he will again head to NYC this upcoming August to rep the Bay for a chance to take the USA title. Held in Fremont on April 22nd and presented by both Official Rane DJ and Adisa, the Bishop's Hip-Hop Chess Federation, who hosted the event, the runners up in the battle were AkikoLUV - Akira Funabashi in second place, and Primo, Adrian Primo Silva in third place. Meanwhile the results of the 2016 DMC USA Scratch Finals also held at same venue on the day were winner DJ IQ, with runners up Prolifix in second place and DonPaco in third. Congrats to all the participants! Scroll down to end of this Amoeblog to see group picture of the Bay Area DMC event by hardworking Bay Area hip-hop photographer James Mak. Upcoming 2016 DMC Regional battles include next Saturday, May 7th, in Austin Texas. More info.

 
Shattering the (sometimes true) stereotype that rappers with "Yung" in their stage name are mostly superficial, lacking in intellectual merit, and low in substance, Los Angeles based rapper Yung Jake blew minds and stereotypes last night at NYC's MoMA. There the CalArts grad took part in MoMA’s adventurous Slithering Screens: 10 Years of New Frontier at Sundance Institute: series by performing his engaging multi-social media show that melded Tweets, YouTube viral videos, memes and GIFs, and more including of course rapping. The presentation, that lasted three hours, was s mixed media statement on life in this Internet age by the West Coast artist who hails from Long Island, NY. 

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Prince [1958 - 2016]

Posted by Billyjam, April 21, 2016 12:31pm | Post a Comment

Like everyone I know who's been texting me or posting online regarding this morning's breaking news of the death of Prince, I too am in utter shock. Between the recent passings of David Bowie and Phife Dawg of Tribe and now Prince (all artists I love and whose entire catalogs I own), I don't know how many more of these sudden unexpected deaths of my musical heroes that I can take. In case you somehow missed the news story, it was confirmed by several sources that earlier today the artist born Prince Rogers Nelson, who went by the name Prince as well as that symbol of his, has died at age 57 at his Paisley Park studios in Minnesota. While no exact cause of death has been announced yet, according to TMZ, authorities had responded to a medical emergency this morning at the artist's famed home/studio where reportedly he was found "unresponsive" after collapsing. This is shocking and totally unexpected news since Prince had been very active lately doing shows all over, and making music including his recent two part HITnRUN album series.

Prince's death follows the (possibly related) news from a week ago that he had been hospitalized with the flu. That story made headlines when his private jet was forced to make an emergency landing in Illinois following a show by the artist, one of the many shows he had been doing lately. Just a couple of months ago, in late February, Prince was in Oakland, CA at the Paramount where he dedicated his two performances to former collaborator (and GF) Denise "Vanity" Matthews of Vanity 6 fame who died just ten days earlier. The Bay Area singer was also age 57.  But this news of Prince's passing news is just too sad for me! So rather than dwell on it, I am going to go and put on Prince's music, and listen to it for the rest of the day. Below is a list of some of those albums plus a video of a performance by Prince in NJ from January 1982. Rest in Peace Prince. You really will be missed!

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Countdown To Sale of Prince Concert Tix @ Paramount Oakland (Feb 28) - US Kick Off of Piano & A Microphone Tour

Posted by Billyjam, February 24, 2016 11:31am | Post a Comment

Ever since last night's last minute announcement of Prince's two back to back (7pm & 10pm) concerts at Oakland's Paramount Theater this coming Sunday evening (Feb 28th), fans have been anxiously awaiting the moment to cop coveted tix to see the Purple One. That countdown is in its final half hour now for the paperless-only Prince concert tickets (reportedly no hard tix to limit counterfeiting) that go on sale at 12 noon today, Wednesday February 24th, only through Ticketmaster (so don't go to Paramount box office on Broadway).

Ticket prices range from $99 to $275 for the two "intimate solo setting" Oakland concerts by Prince, who in previous years has played last minute shows at Bay Area venues such as the DNA Lounge, kicking off the artist's North American Piano & A Microphone tour. That new tour coincides with the 57-year-old singer's latest/39th studio album HITnRUN Phase II (the sequel to the September 2015 CD released album HITnRUN Phase One). Famously disgruntled with the music industry for many years now, this latest Prince album is being released digitally only via Jay Z's Tidal music platform. While no one knows (likely even Prince himself) exactly what songs he will perform in Oakland this weekend, odds are they will include a tribute to his Bay Area-based former collaborator Vanity, who recently died at age 57, as well as such Prince classics as “Little Red Corvette” (see video below of song from his 1999 album), “Let’s Go Crazy,” “Raspberry Beret,” and “Controversy.” The artist performed all of these songs at a recent Australian concert as well as a  cover of (another Bay Area act) Sly & the Family Stone’s “Stand.”

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Psych-Soul Trio KING Chat Before Amoeba Performance Jan. 28

Posted by Billy Gil, January 27, 2016 10:39am | Post a Comment

KING band

L.A.-based KING bring their uniquely stirring brand of swirling psychedelic soul to the Amoeba Hollywood stage for a free show Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. They'll also have their debut LP, We Are KING, on sale that day at Amoeba prior to the album's official release on Feb. 5.

KING consist of Anita Bias and sisters Paris Strother and Amber Strother. Paris is the primary producer and instrumentalist of the band, while Amber and Anita's breahty vocals hopscotch over Paris' jazzy concoctions. Together they produce a sound that doesn't skimp on complexity but also exudes warmth, using horns and unabashedly synthy keys for a sound that weaves together classic soul, synth-funk, dream pop and certain something undefinable that gives KING its own essence.

The group has drummed up a vocal fanbase on Twitter even before dropping its first album, one that includes none other than Prince, who asked the group to open for him one night during his 21-night residency at the Forum in Inglewood in 2011. Unfortunately it's also part of their story that as a trio of women writing and producing their own soul music, A&R folks have suggested the group alter their image and essentially dumb down the sound, as they told LA Weekly. I asked them about all of that and more when I caught up with them before their Amoeba show.

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Soul Slam SF 10th Anniversary: Prince & Michael Jackson, 7/11

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 1, 2015 06:41pm | Post a Comment

Soul Slam SF

Amoeba Music is proud to join Massive Selector, fresco, and Keistar Productions in celebrating Soul Slam SF's 10th Anniversary at Mezzanine on Saturday, July 11th. If you've danced your booty off at Soul Slam in the past, then you know it’s more than just a party...It’s an experience! At Soul Slam, New York's DJ Spinna transforms the song books of Michael Jackson and Prince into a dream like journey – part history lesson and part love letter. Also spinning the masters that night are Proof (Massive Selector), Hakobo (fresco), and King Most (SF). Get your tickets NOW!

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