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Hip-Hop Rap Up 08:20:10: Camu Tao, Spinderellla, Concrete Dreams Bay Compilation, Wu-Tang Clan Documentary, Rock The Bells, Ray Ricky Rivera, The 45 Sessions, MC Hammer and More

Posted by Billyjam, August 20, 2010 08:04pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 08:20:10

Big Boi OutKast
1) Eminem Recovery (Aftermath, Interscope, Shady)

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

3) Rick Ross Teflon Don (Def Jam)

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

5) Drake Thank Me Later (Cash Money Records)

Thanks to Marques at the Hollywood Amoeba Music for this week's hip-hop top five chart which, as he notes, "has a lot of the same releases from the past few weeks" still holding it down, including Drake, Eminem, The Roots, Big Boi, and Rick Ross. But by next week expect some changes when, no doubt, the just released and already much hyped Camu Tao debut album King of Hearts takes over.

The album is already one of Amoeba SF's Luis' hot picks. The posthumously released album is the debut from this talented Brooklyn-via-Ohio emcee, singer, & producer, who died two years ago after a protracted battle with lung cancer. The late artist's CD, which could as easily be filed Camu Taounder rock as rap, is an effective blend of hip-hop sensibilities with melodic pop/rock & electropunk and may even remind some of a grittier version of B.O.B. and (longtime fan) Kid Cudi. Had King of Hearts been released when it was first recorded it would have been ahead of the curve. Knowing that these recordings, which executive producer El-P deliberately kept in their raw original form, date back many years only adds to their greatness.

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Anda Returns!

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, November 5, 2008 11:13pm | Post a Comment
Thursday, November 6th!!!

Anda returns for our monthly soiree and we have lots to celebrate! Obama is now the President Elect, Mando Fever will be joining us again on the turntables and Anda welcomes AfroBeat Down to our stage!
AfroBeat Down: L.A.'s Premier Afrobeat Ensemble, delivers driving, raw, un-cut African Funk straight to your Nyash, making your body move and shake to the rhythms of Nigeria circa 1970. ABD is 10-15 members strong and each is inspired and dedicated to maintaining the Afrobeat musical tradition-- the legacy of Fela Anikulapo Kuti. ABD's message is fused in Power packed, Political, Polyrhythmic Consciousness focused on bringing people together to fight Oppression and enjoy a peaceful, light filled life. Aloha.
 
Joining them will be Anda’s resident DJs,
Ray Ricky Rivera (spinning Retro Salsa & Cumbia)
Gomez Comes Alive! (spinning Afro-Beat, Champeta & Cumbia)
&
Mando Fever (Descarga & Real Wednesdays)
Spinning Latin & Brazilian House

All this is happening at Mal’s Bar:

Mal's Bar
 
2331 S. Hill Street.
Los Angeles, Ca. 90007.
(213) 746-2177
$8/21 & Over
Starts at 9:30

DON’T MISS THIS!!!!!

Rebellion!

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, June 24, 2008 09:34am | Post a Comment
Come and join us for a night of rebellious music -- Dance floor Afro-Beat, Reggae, Hip-Hop, Salsa & Cumbia classics, all with messages of freedom and rebellion. Amoeba employees Gazoo (Edwin), Askari (Eric) and myself will be on the turntables with Ray Ricky Rivera as our host. Special guest will be East Los Angeles Reggae En Español band Umoverde.

All of this for only five bucks!

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The Scene
806 E. Colorado St.
Glendale, California
Cost: $5

We Go Til' 6 In The Morning

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, May 10, 2008 11:40pm | Post a Comment
Last week it was Eric's (also known as Majix to some) birthday. You might know him as the guy who works in Amoeba Hollywood's Reggae & Soul sections. A few of us got together on a Tuesday night at his pad to celebrate the birth of this very righteous gentleman. We had turntables, courtesy of DJ Doleak who works in our Hip-Hop section. Doleak just destroyed it on the turntables for most of the night while Ray Ricky Rivera, Eric and myself jumped in from time to time to give Doleak a breather. Some members of local bands Aztlan Underground and Buyepongo (more on this amazing group later) showed up as well.

Being a gracious host, Eric supplied a great spread & there were plenty of spirits. It was a Tuesday night that felt like a Friday night. Some of us (well..not me) even started a little freestyle session. Can't say anyone was that inspired at four in the morning, but it was fun nonetheless.

Wednesday, however...was a little rough on some of us who had to work the next day.

Check out some photos that I took at the party:



In Memory Of DJ Dusk

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, April 26, 2008 11:14am | Post a Comment

Back in 2000, when I used to perform at The Temple Bar on a regular basis, DJ Dusk was the resident DJ. I knew him as one of the Root Down DJ's and I heard him spin funk, hip-hop & reggae. On those Temple Bar nights when East L.A. would invade Santa Monica, he would unload the best Salsa, Cumbia and Latin Funk Jams. I figured with with his dark features, musical tastes and his command of Spanish slang that this his was one of us. Turned out he was born Tarek Habib Captan, son of a Lebanese father and a German/Irish mother. I wasn't the only one fooled. In an article in Los Angeles City Beat Magazine, close friend and Root Down co-founder Carlos "Loslito" Guaico didn't know either:

"For the longest time I was convinced he was a Puerto Rican from New York. Not just because of his smooth-operator and accent status, but for his understanding, love, and education for all types of music from hip-hop to house, funk, soul, reggae, and salsa."

Two years later for those who knew him personally or knew him from the music he played, he is still missed very much. The DJ Dusk Art & Music festival is not as much an anniversary of his death as a celebration of his life. The festival is being held at The Mar Vista Family Center, a place where Dusk mentored hundreds of kids that passed through those doors over thirteen years. Also performing tomorrow will be East L.A.'s very own (and Amoeba employee) Ray Ricky Rivera with a full band.