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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 06.28.13: Wale, Dessa, Quasimoto, Evidence, E-Lit, Skrip, De La Soul, Blunt Club Oakland + more

Posted by Billyjam, June 28, 2013 11:19am | Post a Comment
     
E-Lit @ Amoeba Berkeley with new Hip-Hop for week ending June 28, 2013


Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five: Week Ending 06:28:13


1) Kanye West Yeezus (Def Jam)

2) Dessa The Parts of Speech (Doomtree)

3) Wale The Gifted (Atlantic)

4) The White Mandingos The Ghetto Is Tryna Kill Me (Ingrooves/Fat Beats)

5) Quasimoto Yessir, Whatever (Stones Throw)

 Thanks again this week go out to my man E-Lit at Amoeba Berkeley for both providing the new Top Five Hip-Hop chart for Amoeba Berkeley and the video breakdown (also above) of the latest hip-hop releases (CD and vinyl) to arrive into Amoeba over the past week. Scroll down to see accompanying/corresponding videos for many of these new chart entries and new releases referenced by E-Lit including Dessa ("Call Off Your Ghost" from The Parts of Speech on Doomtree), Quasimoto ("Youngblood" off of  Yessir, Whatever on Stones Throw), Wale's "Bad" featuring Tiara Thomas from The Gifted on Atlantic), and The White Mandingos' "Mandingo Rally" off The Ghetto Is Tryna Kill Me on Ingrooves/Fat Beats. Also below is brand new video from Skrip for the new song "Stop It" of which the artist said, “Music was made for more than perpetuating negativity, and if you’ve got the gift you don’t need to try to copy anyone else; give people a breath of fresh air," adding that, "Music with a meaning is what lacks in popular Hip Hop, and “Stop It” is bound to step on some toes-deservedly.” Yes indeedy! Scroll down to see this and the other new music videos - plus the EPK (electronic press kit) for the classic from De La Soul taken off their (recently reissued on double vinyl) Prince Paul produced golden era hip-hop album 3 Feet High & Rising. (also re-reissued on CD)

In Oakland tonight there's a lot of shows and parties happening including the premiere East Bay presentation of (Arizona founded) Blunt Club Oakland at hot new Oakland spot The Legionnaire Saloon (Telegraph near 22nd) with DJs Saurus, Max Kane, Platurn, Teeko, Pickster plus Pep Love (Hieros) and Foreign Legion both performing (FL's Prozack Turner is one of the new club owners). There will also be art on display by Dump La Rock and Griffin and the new East Bay monthly party will be hosted by The Night Clubber Lang. 21+ more info here. Meanwhile about 18 blocks down towards Oakland's Jack London Square on Broadway near 3rd/4th Streets at The Night Light will be Aztlan Nation alum DJ Delgado spinning party music with friends from early evening late into the night. Starting at 5pm and going non-stop until 2am there is no cover for this night of an eclectic mix of hip-hop, various schools of reggae, funk, breaks and beats - all billed as the Fresh Jamz Friday party. 21+ More info here.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week Ending 11.11.11: E-Lit, Lateef, PUTS, Wale, Creme De La Ultra w/ Azeem, League 510, Dub Esquire, K.O. The Legend, Mac Miller + more

Posted by Billyjam, November 11, 2011 11:11am | Post a Comment
         

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



1) Wale Ambition (Warner Bros.)

2) Black Milk & Danny Brown Black and Brown (Fat Beats)

3) Lateef The Truthspeaker Firewire (Quannum)

4) People Under The Stairs Highlighter (Piecelock 70)

5) Mac Miller Blue Slide Park (Ingrooves)

Thanks to my man E-Lit at Amoeba Berkeley for taking time out of his day in video above to run down all the new and recent hip-hop releases for this week's Hip-Hop Rap Up which includes longtime Oakland emcee & Solesides/Quannum star Lateef The Truthspeaker's first solo outing: the star-studded Firewire on Quannum which includes such Bay Area hip-hop greats (and longtime collaborators) as DJ Shadow, Dan The Automator, Lyrics Born (his partner in Latryx), The Grouch, Del the Funky Homosapien, Headnodic, and Chief Xcel (who handles production). The new Lateef the Truthspeaker album track "Oakland" that features Del The Funky Homosapien & The Grouch and appears below in audio play mode, I predict will soon become the new Oakland anthem.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week Ending 11.04.11: Freestyle Fellowship, Idle Warship, M.E.D., Wale, Statik Selektah, Dessa, Platurn + John Coyne, & Peace Out to Amoeba's Luis F. Soria

Posted by Billyjam, November 4, 2011 07:44am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music San Francisco Hip-Hop Top Six Week Ending 11:04:11


1) Freestyle Fellowship The Promise (Decon)

2) Idle Warship (Talib Kweli & Res) Habits of the Heart (Element 9/Blacksmith Records)

3) M.E.D. Classic (Stones Throw)

4) Wale Ambition (Warner Bros.)

5) Statik Selektah Population Control (Duck Down)

6) Dessa Castor the Twin (Doomtree)

Special thanks to Luis F. Soria (aka Lou) at the Amoeba San Francisco store for this week's top six chart which sadly will be Lou's final contribution to this Amoeblog and to Amoeba Music too since he has just announced that he is moving on from Amoeba for good to focus all his time and energies on the other worthwhile projects he has going in his life. Like so many of his co-workers at the Haight Street store, who counted on Lou for not just music knowledge, but genuine friendship and support when things troubled them (he's one of that rare breed that actually give a damn about his fellow humans), I always enjoyed dealing with Lou. Whenever we spoke we would talk at length and in great detail about something we both love, hip-hop music. And it is that genuine love and passion for hip-hop by Lou, who is also a DJ, that will be missed the most. If it were not for Lou the hip-hop isles at Amoeba on Haight Street would not have showcased so many amazing (often well under the radar) hip-hop releases. And of all the regions represented none got more love from Lou than San Francisco and the Bay Area. Responsible for getting in so many homegrown hip-hop acts into Amoeba Lou will be missed not just by his co-workers at Amoeba Music on Haight but by the Bay Area hip-hop community at large. Good luck in all you do Lou and thank-you for being you! And please stop by Amoeba Music from time.

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AMOEBA MUSIC WEEKLY HIP-HOP ROUND UP: 11:20:09

Posted by Billyjam, November 20, 2009 05:48am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Berkeley Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five: 11:20:09

Wale Attention Deficit

1) Wale Attention Deficit (Interscope Records/Allido Records)

2) FELT FELT 3: A Tribute to Rosie Perez (Rhymesayers)

3) Wu-Tang Meet the Indie Culture, Vol. 2: Enter The Dubstep... (Ihiphop Distribution)

4) Gift of Gab Escape 2 Mars (Cornerstone/RAS)

5) Wyclef Jean From The Hut, To The Projects To The Mansion  (R.E.D. Distribution)

It may seem like Washington DC rapper Wale has been around for quite a while already and that he should be up to his third or at least second album by now, but in actuality the justifiably hyped emcee is only just now releasing his debut, Attention Deficit on Allido via Interscope. The album has been much anticipated and has numerous big name collaborators (particularly production), including Mark Ronson, Cool & Dre, The Neptunes, 9th Wonder, and Green Lantern, and Lady Gaga, who lends her MIA inflected vocals to the single "Chillin" (already out many months and a big hit -- see video below), which seems to be everyone's favorite new hip-hop release. Since it dropped last week, Attention Deficit has been selling really well everywhere, including at the Berkeley Amoeba Music store, where it shot to number one with a bullet on the latest Weekly Hip-Hop chart. The album, which distinctly packs much crossover appeal, features Wale tackling many topics, including feelings of insecurity ("Contemplate"), the trials & tribulations of the everyday grind for a hard working rapper ("World Tour" featuring Jazmine Sullivan -- another already released single, one that revisits A Tribe Called Quest's song of the same name), and the reality of reality shows ("TV in the Radio").

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FIVE THINGS KANYE WEST COULD HAVE SAID INSTEAD AT THE VMA'S

Posted by Billyjam, September 15, 2009 03:18pm | Post a Comment
Kayne West vs Taylor Swift
Kanye West
's well publicized little outburst at Sunday night's MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs), in which he bum-rushed the stage during country singing teen Taylor Swift's acceptance speech to grab her mic and offer his uninvited opinion on how unfair he felt it was that Beyonce didn't win in the Best Female Video category, gave the media some fodder complete with a good headline for their report on the otherwise ho-hum awards show. And the fact that there suspiciously was no security whatsoever to stop West from storming the stage merely proved what many have long speculated: that MTV's producers secretly encourage any kind of controversy to spice up and give some edge to their show.

But by now Kanye's attention grabbing stunts are beyond tired. On Sunday night, even Beyonce, whose honor he somehow believed he was defending, wasn't impressed by his rude gesture. Neither was anyone else it seemed. And why should they be? Beyond the disrespectful act itself, it's not like he was sticking up for some totally underrated, slept-on artist. It was Beyonce -- one of the world's biggest stars, who a little bit later on in the same show would be bestowed with the Video Of The Year award. If Kanye is going to bum rush the stage and grab someone's mic, he should use the opportunity to say something of substance or worth.  Here are five suggestions for Kanye of what he could have said instead:

1) Talk about something really important or of social/political relevance like he did four years ago in his infamous post-Katrina "George Bush doesn't care about black people" comment (see video below). Or take Beyoncethe opportunity to comment on the growing thinly veiled tide of racism towards Barack Obama, or question why a FOX News host is getting away with calling the president "a racist." Or how about offering some opinion on health care? Note that even the host of the evening, Russell Brand, addressed this issue. However, like everything else that this English host-with-an-acquired-taste uttered throughout the long evening, it simply didn't register with the VMA audience.

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