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Foreign Legion's Prozack Turner on His New Oakland Bar, The Legionnaire Saloon

Posted by Billyjam, August 6, 2013 05:30pm | Post a Comment

Zack Turner 
talks to the Amoeblog about his new Oakland bar The Legionnaire Saloon

With a name that triggers in your mind the name of his hip-hop group (Foreign Legion) and a storefront design that makes you think it's an Irish pub that's been there for years - Zack Turner's recently opened The Legionnaire Saloon on Telegraph Ave. between 23rd and Grand, also has the feel of a bar that's been there for years. However this latest Oakland music bar/club only opened at the start of March this year, in the space formerly occupied by gay bar Club Paradiso, but since then has taken off big time and established itself as an important component of the vibrant Uptown District nightlife scene of Oakland with entertainment (with a lot of love for the DJ including hosting The 45 Sessions) ranging from hip-hop to rock, comedy to burlesque, and (yes) even Irish traditional music nights.

The Legionnaire Saloon is the lifelong dream of Zack Turner (AKA talented hip-hop emcee Prozack Turner) the former co-owner of Oakland's Layover bar/club and member of longtime Bay Area hip-hop act Foreign Legion. In fact a few weeks ago he and Foreign Legion partner in rhyme Marc Stretch, along with current DJ Tim Diesel, performed upstairs at the venue during the premiere presentation of the monthly Blunt Club Oakland. Even though Zack and his wife just had their first born (a baby boy named Cassius) about a week earlier (Marc Stretch became a new dad a week later) Zack was full of energy and seemed like the happiest man on the planet or at least in the room. At the end of the above interview video is a short clip of Foreign Legion that night doing their 2002 single "Happy Drunk" which, with its references to drinking and partying in Oakland, seemed it was prematurely written as the theme song for Turner's new bar.  

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 10.26.12: Kendrick Lamar, Styles Of Beyond, Vinnie Paz, Action Bronson + more

Posted by Billyjam, October 26, 2012 01:28pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Chart Week Ending 10:26:12

1) Kendrick Lamar Good Kid M.A.A.D City CD (Aftermath)

1) Kendrick Lamar Good Kid M.A.A.D City Deluxe CD (Aftermath)

1) Kendrick Lamar Good Kid M.A.A.D City LP (Aftermath)

2) Vinnie Paz God Of The Serengeti (Enemy Soil)

3) Macklemore The Heist (Macklemore, LLC.)

4) Styles Of Beyond Reseda Beach (Dirty Version Records)

5) Karriem Riggins Alone (Stones Throw)

Just how popular an item is the brand new Kendrick Lamar album Good Kid M.A.A.D City  at Amoeba Hollywood? So popular that the SoCal artist's release, which arrived in Amoeba on Monday this week (Oct 22nd), is in a three way tie with itself for the number one chart position. That is the three formats it comes in: regular CD version, the Deluxe CD version, and the LP version of Good Kid M.A.A.D City all tying for that coveted number one slot in the latest Amoeba Hip-Hop Top Five chart. I think of this album as Straight Outta Compton Version 2012 aka the return of the West Coast. XXL magazine has dubbed it "a future classic" while Ameoblogger Billy Gil called Good Kid M.A.A.D City "the sound of extraordinary promise achieved" and  "as intricate, strange and thoroughly addictive an album as anyone could have hoped to hear" citing as part of the reason for the artist's major label debut's success as Kendrick's list of accolades such as his acclaimed Section.80 mixtape from last year and his work with such icons as Drake and Dr. Dre. In fact it is Dre's Aftermath label who released the artist's twelve track major-label (via Universal) debut featuring the popular lead single "Swimming Pools (Drank)" (see video below) that Dr. Dre both executive-produced and mixed. Clocking in at one hour, eight minutes both the regular CD and the LP versions offer twelve tracks while the (much longer) Deluxe CD version contains an extra five bonus tracks.
 

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Remembering Matthew Africa Through the Music He Loved

Posted by Billyjam, September 11, 2012 10:30am | Post a Comment
 

"RIP to one of the best beat diggers, djs, and all around nicest dudes in the game. You will be missed, but your spirit will live on brotha."

The above comment, posted by Tha Megatron online yesterday, is just one of the literally hundreds of tributes  that have been written about beloved Bay Area DJ Matthew Africa who was tragically killed last Monday (9/3) in a car crash. Since Thursday last, when the shocking news of this well-known and well-liked DJ's sudden death began circulating, friends and fans from the Bay and beyond have been mourning his passing through memories of the music that Matthew himself loved so much and happily shared via his radio shows, blogs, 2 Busy Sayin’ Yeah or Stay Hatin podcasts, club sets, and mixtapes. That comment by Tha Megatron was posted on the MixCrate page for Matthew Africa's final mix, "Matthew Africa: Plays Seven Inches," made a few weeks ago. On August 14th, the tireless crate-digging Bay Area DJ made what would be the last entry on his blog. And in true Matthew Africa fashion, it was all about music and records, and about how he was really looking forward to spinning 45s at the upcoming weekend's 45 Sessions - both to play records and to hang out with fellow music fanatics/DJs like DJ Platurn, E Da Boss, DJ Enki, and Joe Quixx.