After releasing a series of sought after 10” singles, DJ Nu-Mark of Jurassic 5 drops his long-awaited official long-player. The album pits Nu-Mark’s simple funky production next to a diverse range of soul and hip hop artists, including Charles Bradley, Aloe Blacc, J-Live, Quantic, and Large Professor! Soul with a twist. Broken Sunlight on Hot Plate Records is a triple disc release that includes a second disc with instrumentals, acapellas and clean versions and a DVD with a feature film on Nu-Mark’s life on the road. All in time for the holidays!
2) S3Supa Soul Shit (Melting Pot Music)
This new import CD/LP is the brainchild of Kansas City soul singer Miles Bonny and European beat maven Brenk Sinatra. Miles Bonny croons some smooth soulful tunes over Brenk’s equally buttery production, which mixes dreamy electronic beats with some nice soul samples. Fans of Frank Ocean will likely lose their shit over this one!
Thanks to Michelle at the Haight Street store for the above latest Amoeba Music San Francisco Hip-Hop Top Five chart which features in the number one slot the brand new release from longtime hometown rap hero Black C of RBL Posse fame whose new solo album is Still Ruthless on Rightway Productions. As you know RBL Posse, who hailed from the Hunters Point district of San Francisco, released some popular rap albums back in the nineties including their 1992 debut A Lesson To Be Learned on In-A-Minute featuring the hit and future dank anthem "Don't Gimme No Bammer" (Black C's brand new video below for the new album track "I Smoke" is a kind of sequel to that classic even referencing its lyrics), and RBL Posse's second album Ruthless By Law" on In-A-Minute in 1994. Their next album, An Eye For An Eye on Big Beat came out in 1997, a year after Black C's partner in rhyme Mr Cee was shot and killed in cold blood on New Year's Day 1996.
Verbal Assassinz, who are among performers at today's 4-20 The Smokeout "Highliday" Hip-Hop Fest, along with Young and Greedy on the song "That Good" - brand new video uploaded this week
Sure 420 (today's date, April 20th) may not be an official holiday but it sure seems like one to the legions of medical (and non-medical) marijuana advocates out there who have for many years been treating this date like any other important annual holiday with 420 events organized around today's date. This so-called "highliday" has also become closely intertwined with hip-hop music and culture, especially on the Left Coast, as witnessed by the number of weed themed hip-hop events happening today. I personally only first became aware of 420 back in the mid nineties when I was over in Amsterdam reporting for the SF Bay Guardian on the High Times sponsored Cannabis Cup when, at exactly 4:20pm every afternoon, everyone would stop what they were doing to spark one one up. But weed-lore has it that the time of 4:20 to celebrate goes all the way back to the early 1970's when, somewhere in NorCal near Humboldt, a group of friends some folks chose that time of the day to light up, take two, and pass Since then the time morphed into the date of April 20th as a celebratory time.
Fast forward to April 20th, 2012 and this year's 420 has evolved into almost a national holiday with this year, it seems, having even more events planned around it than any previous year, especially hip-hop related ones, and especially in California where medical cannabis laws are more progressive than most states - even despite the recent confrontations with the Feds under the Obama Administration that Richard Lee and his Oaksterdam University endured (read more here c/o Huffington Post). Of course anyone who listens to hip-hop can tell you that with hip-hop music, just like with reggae, it seems like every other song has some reference to the sticky icky, and that since even before the early nineties blunted hip-hop craze hip-hop/rap had readily embraced weed culture dating all the way back to its roots in the Boogie Down Bronx.
In honor of 420, 2012 I've listed a few of the hip-hop and other music themed 420 events happening today and tomorrow, in the Bay Area. Additionally below I have posted some weed inspired hip-hop music videos - a few classics from over the years. This evening starting at 7pm, including a free BBQ until 9pm, is The Smokeout with RBL Posse's Black C (who will do the classic RBL "Don't Gimme No Bammer" at least once), 11/5 (who will do "Garcia Vegas"), Dru Down, Young Dru, M-Dash, Illa Sevearr, Verbal Assassinz (see their brand new video above), and reggae act Tom Slick & Sofa Kin Tight. 21+ $10 At Time Out at 1822 Grant St. Concord, CA. Billed simply as 4/20 tonight at SOM Bar on 16th in the Mission district of SF is a reggae, dancehall, and bass music DJ night with sets from the South Rakkas Crew (Mad Decent - DJ Set), DJ Daneekah, DJ Sep, Kush Arora, Bootklap, Manitous vs Matt Haze, and U9Life live. 21+ 9pm - 3am. $5 before 10:30pm, then $10. More details here.
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.
Luis @ Amoeba San Francisco with run-down of new & noteworthy hip-hop, mid July 2010
Special thanks to my man Luis (above video) at the San Francisco Amoeba Music store for doing a nice in-depth run-down of the new and noteworthy hip-hop CDs and vinyl releases, including reissues, at the Haight Street store this week. As the ever knowledgeable hip-hop buyer (and DJ) notes, right now is a perfect time to stop by Amoeba SF and dig for vinyl in the vast hip-hop section of the store.
As with the Hollywood and Berkeley Amoebas, the new releases from Big Boi, Eminem, Drake, Nas + Damian Marley, Madlib, and The Roots are all in demand in San Francisco. And as noted by Luis, Phonte, who guests on the new Roots album How I Got Over, will be at the San Francisco Amoeba in one week when his group Foreign Exchange plays a free instore next Friday, July 23rd at 6pm.The critically acclaimed group (rapper/singer/songwriter Phonte + producer Nicolay), whose still in-production third album Authenticity is scheduled for an October release, play Yoshis SF later that night as well as the previous night (July 22nd) when they are billed to play with YahZarah, Darien Brockington, Zo! and live band.