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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 03.07.14: Talib Kweli, ScHoolboy Q, Verbal Kent, Smif-N-Wessun, J-Dilla, DC Comets + more

Posted by Billyjam, March 7, 2014 12:44pm | Post a Comment
ScHoolBoy Q "What They Want (Explicit) (feat. 2 Chainz)" (2014)


Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five: Week Ending 03:07:14


1) ScHoolboy Q Oxymoron (Interscope)

2) J-Dilla Donuts [8 x 7" Box Set] (Stones Throw)
 
3) Childish Gambino Because the Internet (Glassnote)

4) Talib Kweli  Gravitas  (Javotti Media/Fat Beats)

5) Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city (Aftermath)

In the number slot with a bullet at Amoeba Music this week is the brand new ScHoolboy Q album Oxymoron care of Interscope Records who will be unleashing a vinyl version of the album in a few weeks (pre-order Oxymoron LP version here). This phenomenally successful new major label debut album from ScHoolboy Q, that also bowed at number one nationally on the Billboard 200 charts this week, follows up two extremely well received indie albums from the talented young hip-hop artist: 2011's Setbacks and 2012's Habits & Contradictions - in addition to his 2012 collaboration project with The Alchemist and Danny Brown, Flight Confirmation.  Q is down with Kendrick Lamar and along with the the good kid, m.A.A.d city artist (the 2012 release that is still charting at Amoeba) he is also signed to Top Dawg Entertainment who made a joint-venture deal with Interscope Records to release this first No. 1 for Top Dawg. The lead single “Collard Greens” that dropped mid 2013 features Kendrick Lamar while 2 Chainz cameos on “What They Want" (see new video above), and Tyler, the Creator guests on “The Purge.” In the review of this album Amoeba.com praises  ScHoolboy Q for being, "commercial and weird at the same time, but ScHoolboy Q makes it work with flying colors."

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Amoeba SF & Berkeley's 10 Best In-Stores of 2013

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 20, 2013 07:52pm | Post a Comment
As we all know (because we're living the history as it's being made), the music industry has changed
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dramatically in the past decade and continues to do so rapidly. Everyone still loves music, but the concept of ownership, collecting, and procuring music is constantly evolving for all of us. No matter how you prefer to get music -- in the cloud, on vinyl or CD, downloaded -- one thing hasn't changed; the best way to experience music is live and in the flesh. The Experience of being part of a live performance, giving energy from the audience to the musician while they play their hearts out, can't be stored on any device. You just have to live it. We here at Amoeba Music consider it paramount to continue to provide live entertainment in our stores and keep Experience alive.

Amoeba San Francisco and Berkeley were particularly blessed with great in-store performances in 2013. From legends like Nik Turner, Billy Bragg, and Camper Van Beethoven to new faces on the scene like Lissie and Bastille, each and every show was a fantastic reminder of how thrilling live music can be.  It was daunting to have to pick just ten of these shows, but here they are in reverse chronological order...Amoeba SF and Berkeley's ten best in-stores of 2013!
 
 
-- Lee Ranaldo In-Store Guitar Clinic, 12/11/2013, San Francisco
Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo amazed and mystified the audience with nearly a half-hour of continuous guitar mastery, at the end of which he finally looked up and asked, "Any questions?" Lee was in town with his project Lee Ranaldo and the Dust.

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.

Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 05.10.13: Talib Kweli, Sunspot Jonz & BOAC, The Uncluded, Qwel & Maker, Too $hort, + more

Posted by Billyjam, May 10, 2013 11:15am | Post a Comment
        

Amoeba Berkeley Hip-Hop Chart Week Ending May 10th 2013

1) Talib Kweli Prisoner Of Conscious (Blacksmith)

2) The Uncluded (Aesop Rock + Kimya Dawson) Hokey Fright (Rhymesayers)

3) Qwel & Maker Beautiful Raw (Galapagos4 Records)

4) Sunspot Jonz and BOAC Skywalkers (Outhouse Records)

5) Sole No Wising Up, No Settling Down (Black Canyon)

Thanks to E-Lit at Amoeba Berkeley for his run down (video and chart above) on all the latest in hip-hop releases at Amoeba Music this week that include such new joints as Sunspot Jonz (Mystik Journeymen/Living Legends) who teamed up with Bay Area producer BOAC (founding member of The Earthlings along with DJ Bootleg who used to book the hip-hop shows at the defunct SF venue Maritime Hall) for his latest release Skywalkers - released on the long running Living Legends label Outhouse Records. As E-Lit notes it is a fun, all killer, no filler hip-hop release.  Other new releases include the straight up hip-hop album from Qwel & Maker Beautiful Raw on Galapagos4 Records, and the much more alternative/adventurous hip-hop outing from The Uncluded: Hokey Fright on Rhymesayers Entertainment. The Uncluded is the pairing of Aesop Rock with Kimya Dawson who have worked together before this new collaborative full-length album. You may recall that Kimya Dawson made a cameo on Skelethon - the stellar solo album (following a five year gap) from Aesop Rock last summer (when he did a memorable in-store at Amoeba San Francisco), and that Aesop Rock in turn had made guest appearances on Dawson's album from the previous year Thunder Thighs. Released by Rhymesayers Entertainment it features the single "Earthquake." See the accompanying video below and you will immediately see why E-Lit describes it as like children's music in its production presentation of the 16 track album that, according to the publicity release from the label, "helps to tell the story of two people who are finding therapy through making art together."

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Talib Kweli & Res (Idle Warship) Are Genuine Music Fans as seen in new What's In My Bag?

Posted by Billyjam, April 26, 2012 09:40am | Post a Comment

What's In My Bag? with Res & Talib Kweli of Idle Warship (2012)

I love how both Res and Talib Kweli of super-duo Idle Warship are genuine music fans and true supporters of their fellow artists as proven in the above What's In My Bag? video recently shot at Amoeba Hollywood. In this latest What's In My Bag? segment Res (pronounced Reese), who confided that whenever Talib releases a new CD that she cops six copies of it, picked up such releases as Nikka Costa, Crosby Stills & Nash, and female vocalist Havana who she got turned onto it after hearing it been played over the Sunset Blvd. Amoeba sound system. 

Meanwhile Talib Kweli, who was clearly quite pleased with his Beatles "Yellow Submarine" poster find, picked up a grip of music including some late 2011 releases he was catching up on - the latest releases from  his "friends" The Roots (Undun) and Common (The Dreamer/The Believer) stressing how it is important for him to support music since he asks others to do so of his music.  And you can support Idle Warship by buying their November release Habits of the Heart directly from Amoeba. And for more artists shares of their goodies found at Amoeba check out the numerous other videos in the series What's In My Bag?
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