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Hiero Day 2014 Artists Preview

Posted by Billyjam, August 31, 2014 11:20pm | Post a Comment
 
 

Hiero Day 2014 -- happening Monday, September 1st in Oakland in the blocks surrounding 95 Linden Street (Linden Street Brewery) -- may only be in its third year, but this ambitious, annual, refreshingly non-mainstream, all-ages East Bay hip-hop festival has quickly become the best Bay Area hip-hop festival of the year. Hiero Day features the extended Hieroglyphics hip-hop collective along with a slew of equally talented hip-hop friends (mostly Bay and Cali hip-hop acts) performing on three different stages throughout the day.   I attended last year's Hiero Day and was so impressed with how fun and how peaceful this musically rich event was!

Hiero Day is free and all-ages with a truly indie feeling, and no nasty corporate overtones. In fact it is more like an expanded modern day continuation of the Living Legends' Unsigned & Hella Broke jams back in the day. Fittingly, Mystik Journeymen are among those on the bill at Hiero Day 2014 - a day that will attract hip-hop appreciative fans in the thousands to enjoy great music, a variety of tasty food trucks, tables selling cool hip-hop clothing, a skate contest, and (for vinyl fiends and crate diggers) the beat swap meet.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 02.01.13: E-Lit, Dead Prez, Fashawn, Rappin' 4-Tay + more

Posted by Billyjam, February 1, 2013 03:50pm | Post a Comment
         

AMOEBA MUSIC BERKELEY HIP-HOP TOP FIVE WEEK ENDING JANUARY 25, 2013


1) A$AP Rocky Long.Live. A$AP (RCA)

2) Fashawn Champagne & Styrofoam Cups (Fat Beats/Dirty Science)

3) Dead Prez  Information Age (Varese Sarabande)

4) Moe Pope & Rain Let The Right Ones In (Brick Records)

5) Oh No Disrupted Ads (Cash Rock Entertainment)
Once again this week thanks are in order to the ever knowledgeable E-Lit for taking time out to chop it up with the Amoeblog in the video above to do a run down on some of the new hip-hop releases arriving (and soon to arrive) into the Berkeley Amoeba store, and also for supplying the current Amoeba Top Five Hip-Hop Chart - also above. This new hip-hop chart includes the welcome return of Dead Prez and more of their politicized hip-hop on the duo's brand new (released Tuesday) album Information Age on Varese Sarabande. Scroll down below to see a video from Dead Prez ("No Way As The Way") as well as such others as an audio only from the new chart entrant Fashawn, and the brand new video from Chi-Ali x Livin Proof x Maffew Ragazino "Better Known As NYC"  that was recorded in the studio and just got published today.

Jim Browskee's Overview of the San Francisco Fillmore District's Hip-Hop/Rap History

Posted by Billyjam, August 4, 2011 07:32am | Post a Comment
      
Rappin' 4-Tay "Players Club" (1994)


As a follow up to this week's Amoeblog on current attention-grabbing Fillmore rapper DaVinci comes this overview of the San Francisco district's rap/hip-hop past care of Amoeblog reader and longtime SF rap player Jim Browskee who has drawn up this list of Fillmore (aka Fillmoe, aka The MOE, aka Da Filthy Moe) rap acts exclusively for the Amoeblog. While, he admits, not completely inclusive of every rap act to come from this SF hood it does include all of its key players; both high-profile acts such as Rappin' 4-Tay (the Fillmore artist introduced to the world in 1988 by Too $hort on his Dangerous Crew compilation (with the song "She's Hooked") and later to be the first Fillmore rap act to international pop success with his huge 1994 hit "Players Club" (first on the indie label Rag Top Records and then picked up by Chrysalis/EMI) gain  and such lesser known acts as Click Clack Gang who some heard of via their appearance on The Free Messy Marv Movement CD compilation or maybe via San Quinn when they guested on his track "Fillmoe Nigga." 

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Hip-Hop Rap Up 08:13:10: Bun B, Exile, Trek Life, Messy Marv, Jay Z, PE, Doug E Fresh, Rappin 4-Tay, 2Pac, Boots Riley + More

Posted by Billyjam, August 13, 2010 08:08am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music San Francisco Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 08:13:10

Exile
1) Exile Am/Fm (Traffic)

2) Bun B Trill O.G. (Rap A Lot)

3) Slum Village Villa Manifesto (E1 Entertainment)

4) Trek Life Everything Changed Nothing (Mello Music)

5) Messy Marv Thizz City (SMC)

In continuing the theme of his wonderful solo release from last year, Radio, Exile delivers this week's number one album at Amoeba, the brand new AM/FM, which is actually culled from that 2009 release. By reworking and remixing elements of Radio the talented Los Angeles producer born Aleksander Manfredi, who many came to know as one half of the emcee/producer duo of Blu & Exile, has crafted a whole new twenty one track album. In fact some of the tracks on AM/FM sound completely new with nary a trace of the earlier album's sound to them. And while Radio was more of an instrumental album (with the occasional vocal sample off the radio) showcasing Exile's studio chops with little other distraction, AM/FM shines more light on the mic wreckers. These include many of his compadres such as Blu (check out a track featuring Blu, "Love Line," below), Alchemist, The Grouch & Eligh, Evidence, and Aloe Blacc (with whom he formed his first group, Emanon). Standout tracks include the the Shafiq Husayn remix of "It's Coming Down," "Mega Mix" featuring Fashawn, Big Tone, and ADaD, and the DJ Day remix of "In Love." In addition to AM/FM, I would recommend tracking down both Radio and Exile's 2006 album Dirty Science.  

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