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Rock The Bells Primer For The Hip-Hop Festival's Two Days In The Bay

Posted by Billyjam, September 14, 2013 01:50pm | Post a Comment

With the summer's Rock The Bells mega traveling  hip-hop festival rolling through the Bay Area this weekend (both today and tomorrow) I thought it only fitting to salute some of the many artists performing at the artist-packed, two-day event by including (below) music videos from a sampling of some of the talents performing. These include E-40 and Too $hort, Wu-Tang Clan, Talib Kweli, Action Bronson, and Dilated Peoples. Meantime see the flyer above for detailed listing of this year's most impressive line-up of acts performing across the different stages at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View where Rock The Bells is once again this year. Note that both the late great Ol' Dirty Bastard and Eazy E will be kind of present via hologram technology a la the 2Pac at Coachella hologram. Also note that Deltron 3030's performance is tomorrow Sunday only. For Rock The Bells tickets and more info click here.

More Additions to Rock The Bells 2012

Posted by Billyjam, July 31, 2012 10:18am | Post a Comment
The organizers of the 2012  Rock The Bells summer festival series have just announced some new additions to this year's stops on the traveling three city, 2-day hip-hop fest. These include DMX (left) and Eve who have now been added to the Bay Area stop, August 25 & 26 at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, and Slaughterhouse, French Montana + Red Café, Chief Keef, and Tinie Tempah all been added to the sole East Coast date at Holmdel New Jersey on September 1st & 2nd. Meanwhile for the opening festival tour dates, August 18th and 19th, at the San Bernardino NOS Events Center, the star-studded line-up will now include KRS-One, Xzibit, Hieroglyphics, El-P, Killer Mike, Kid Ink, Machine Gun Kelly, Casey Veggies, I Self Devine, Chief Keef, and Slim da Mobster. The long list of artists for this tour, see flyer down below,  also include such acts as Nas, Rza, Slick Rick, Salt N Pepa, Atmosphere, Mix Master Mike, Wiz Khalifa, Kid Cudi, Asap Rocky and Action Bronson.

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Hip-Hop Rap Up 09:02:11: E-Lit's Weekly Report, Lil Wayne, Casual, Paranoid Castles, Kreayshawn, Mistah F.A.B., Too $hort, Rock The Bells, Moe Green, Doin It In The Park, Thud Rumble's Fader Fest 2011 + more

Posted by Billyjam, September 2, 2011 12:28pm | Post a Comment

E-Lit @ Amoeba Berkeley Wk ending Sept 2nd, 2011


Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending 09:02:11


1) Lil Wayne  The Carter IV (Cash Money/Universal)

2) The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West)
   
  Watch The Throne (Def Jam) 

3) Casual The Hierophant (F.B.M.G.)

4)  Game The R.E.D. Album (Geffen)

5)  Smoke DZA Rolling Stoned (Fat Beats)

Again this week much thanks go to E-Lit at Amoeba Music in Berkeley for taking time to talk with the Amoeblog for the latest Hip Hop Top Five chart entries plus an overview of the numerous new underground hip-hop releases, in both CD and vinyl formats.  These include Open Mike Eagle's Rappers Will Die of Natural Causes, the full-length by Candy's 22 in CD format, A Girl and Her Gun ("drugged out country & western rap music" - as E-Lit describes the unusual rap release), the ever prolific Blu's (of Blu & Exile fame) latest remastered version of Jesus, and Kirby Dominant & Factor's Champagne Nightmares on Fake Four Recordings. Scroll down a bit to check out the video for the album track "Orca" off the duo (also named Champagne Nightmares) off this fine latest pairing of the unique East Bay emcee with the Canadian producer who first joined creative forces back in 2004 on One Way Ticket on Side Road Records. Their new video was directed and produced by Stuey Kubrick in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

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W.R.E.A.M. (Wu Rules Everything Around Me)

Posted by Billyjam, August 30, 2011 05:41pm | Post a Comment
Wu rules everything around me, or so it seems of late since the legendary Wu-Tang Clan appear to be everywhere these days between their own popular recently released album, Legendary Weapons which dropped a month ago on eOne Music; the WU's distinctive presence on the ongoing Rock The Bells tour where they host the 36 Chambers stage; the proliferation of Wu-Tang mashup projects such as the recently Amoeblogged-about Wugazi: 13 Chambers project; plus the seemingly endless amount of cameos on other artist's projects that the ubiquitous Wu Tang members have been making of late. Indeed, there seems to be no end of the amount of guest spots that the numerous members of this influential Staten Island (aka Shaolin) NY crew (who redefined hip-hop with their landmark 1993 debut Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)) have been making lately. Even though their latest album is noticeably missing GZA, not to mention Masta Killa, it still became a fave with both critics and fans.


Anything Wu Tang do seems to command widespread attention. Case in point was when, a few weeks ago, within hours of their NYC offices posting an ad for an unpaid intern position, the ad went viral and got picked up and repeated by endless online, print, and TV outlets. Meanwhile, the popular official Wu Tang Facebook fan page has close to one and half million avid followers and appears to be increasing at a steady pace, undoubtedly spurred on by the Wu members' inclusion on this year's Rock The Bells. On the tour, numerous Wu soldiers perform, including Raekwon and Ghostface doing Only Built For Cuban Linx and GZA/Genius performing Liquid Swords. Indicative of their draw, the festival includes the WU's own 36 Chambers stage on which crew members and Wu Tang-endorsed acts like Mobb Deep perform.  At this past Saturday's Rock The Bells stop in the Bay Area at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, Rae and Ghost's set was one of the festival highlights and proved why these vets can still command such a dedicated following two decades later.

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Hip-Hop Rap Up 08:26:11: E-Lit's Report, Rock The Bells, Illus, Apathy, Oddisee, Las Rakas, Larry Brite, Under Raps, Shock G, DJ Shortkut + more

Posted by Billyjam, August 26, 2011 07:51am | Post a Comment

E-Lit @ Amoeba Berkeley 8-26-11


Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending 08:26:11


1) The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West)
   
  Watch The Throne Deluxe (Def Jam) 

2)  The Game The R.E.D. Album (Geffen)

3)  Elzhi & Will Sessions Elmatic (Over The Counter)

4)  Ski Beatz 24 Hour Karate School Pt II
     
(Dd172)

5)   The Cool Kids When Fish Ride Bicycles (Green Label Sound, C.A.K.E. Recordings) 

Thanks once again to E-Lit at the Berkeley Amoeba Music store for taking time to talk with the Amoeblog for this week's Hip Hop Top Five chart and also for running down (in video above) some of the cool new releases and recent arrivals in the Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley store. The new  Watch The Throne Deluxe  version of Jay Z and Kanye West's The Throne project now joins the original regular Watch The Throne CD version, both on Def Jam.  A close second place on the chart is the latest from Left Coast rapper The Game, The R.E.D. album, which is produced by Dr. Dre and Pharrell and features the the single cameoing Chris Brown --"Pot Of Gold."

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