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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 07.18.14: Madlib, Z-Man, Deltron 3030, DJ Woody, Hieroglyphics, Kid Vishis, Sir Michael Rocks + more

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Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending 07:11:14


1) Madlib Rock Konducta 1 & 2 CD (Madlib Invasion)

2) Madlib Rock Konducta Pt 2 (LP) (Madlib Invasion)

3)  Quasimoto "Planned Attack" / Talkin' Shit" [Picture Disc] (7") (Stones Throw)

4) Riff Raff Neon Icon (Mad Decent)

5) Blu Good To Be Home (Universal)

 
Holding down three of the five positions in the latest hip-hop chart from Amoeba Hollywood is Madlib. In the first two slots are a couple in Madlib's new ongoing Rock Konducta series (Rock Konducta Vol 1 & 2 CD and Rock Konducta Pt 2 LP) which began last year's five-track Rock Konducta 45. Note that they are available in both single volume LPs One and Two and as a double CD set (52 tracks total). An offshoot of the renowned producer's Beat Konducta series these two first full-length volumes, which are rock instrumentals (some instantly recognizable, most not as they are underground ranging from prof to psychedelia to Krautrock and beyond) all given that special Madlib treatment. Clocking in at about 40 minutes per volume with 20 plus tracks they are all totally tweaked out in Madlib's distinctive production style. IE must get material! And knowing the ever prolific producer's track record my bet is that this new Madlib series could well go on for another dozen installments. Read more on these releases on the Stones Throw website. The other Madlib entry is the 7"  picture disc single from Madlib alter-ego Quasimoto (aka Lord Quas) "Planned Attack" / Talkin' Shit" culled in part from the album Yessir Whatever. Other chart entries this week include Riff Raff's Neon Icon care of Diplo's Mad Decent imprint, and Blu's Good To Be Home care of the major label Universal Records.  Bout time the mainstream caught up with Blu!

Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 02.14.14: Top 5, Qbert Galaxxxian Review, 206 Zulu, ILLEST DJ/B-Boy Battles, Valentine's Day Rap + more

Posted by Billyjam, February 14, 2014 07:07pm | Post a Comment


The photo above (as all other pics of show by James Mak of Joysco Studio for the Amoeblog) was taken last night at the Mezzanine in San Francisco with DJ Qbert joined by emcee A-Plus (Souls of Mischief) - one of the several artists that would join the DJ/producer throughout his hour long set that featured artists who appear alongside him on his soon to drop new album Galaxxxian (the rap counterpart to his other new album the instrumental Extraterrestria).  Others included emcees  P.E.A.C.E.  (Freestyle Fellowship), Bambu, Z-Man, and Unity, producer Dan The Automator, and "scratch guitarist" The Genie who like most of the night's guests had collaborated with Qbert. The night, which kicked off at 9pm with a nice hip-hop set from DJ Hard Rich from Thud Rumble, also featured individual sets from P.E.A.C.E. and Bambu (whose 20 minute solo set featured Jus Jones as his DJ), two incredible sets from Qbert's longtime friend collaborator and fellow Invisibl Skratch Piklz (ISP) member DJ Shortkut  who killed it with richly diverse sets that ranged from electro fueled new hip-hop to golden era classics, reggae and new UK garage, plus some nice beat juggling and scratching - including an impromptu quick session with Qbert.

Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 10.18.13: E-Lit, Black Milk, RJD2, Z-Man, AgentSrikeNine, Special Tech DJ

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Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 10:18:13

1) Black Milk No Poison, No Paradise (Fat Beats)

2) Deltron 3030 Event II (Bulk Recordings)

3) RJD2 More Is Than Isn't (RJS Electrical Connection)

4) Devin The Dude One For The Road (E1 Music)

5) Drake Nothing Was The Same (Cash Money)

Thanks to E-Lit for the above chart and accompanying video of the Amoeba Berkeley hip-hop buyer breaking down some of the newest releases in the genre in both CD and vinyl formats. As E-Lit noted there's new vinyl in Amoeba this week of the recently released album from Oddissee, plus a vinyl version of the instrumentals of the latest Apollo Brown offering with O.C. (Trophies), and Black Milk's brand new No Poison, No Paradise. That LP release is in addition to the CD version of No Poison, No Paradise - the highly regarded Detroit artist's first album since 2010's  Album Of The Year -but not his first recording in that time. The producer/MC has been quite busy over the past three years between touring, working behind the scenes as engineer, in addition to working on such other projects as the Black & Brown EP with Danny Brown, Random Axe (with Sean Price and Guilty Simpson), and Jack White's Third Man single ("Brain" b/w "Royal Mega") to name but some of his musical adventures of late. Meanwhile his own new album No Poison, No Paradise pairs his talents alongside such guests as Black Thought, Mel, Dwele, Robert Glasper, and Quelle Chris. Below is the video for the album track "Sunday's Best/Monday's Worst.      

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 09.13.13: E-Lit with New Releases, Goodie Mob Returns, True Skool 14 Year Anniversary, Z-Man interview

Posted by Billyjam, September 13, 2013 10:00am | Post a Comment
           

Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending 09:13:13

1) Earl Sweatshirt Doris (Columbia)

2) Big Sean Hall Of Fame (Universal)

3) Damu The Fudgemunk Spur Momento Trailer (Redefinition/Fat Beats)

4) Goodie Mob Age Against The Machine (The Right Records)

5) A$AP Ferg Trap Lord (RCA)

Thanks to E-Lit, holding it down at the Berkeley Amoeba store's hip-hop department, for the latest news in recent hip-hop arrivals at the Telegraph Ave. store via the above. new top five sales chart and the video in which he runs through many of the new CD and vinyl releases - many of them indie label releases that are not always easy to find in stores. In addition to the nationally popular Earl Sweatshirt's Doris (Columbia) and A$AP Ferg's Trap Lord - both of which I wrote about in previous weeks - other new top five entries include Big Sean's Hall Of Fame, Damu The Fudgemunk's Spur Momento Trailer (via Fat Beats and also on vinyl), and the return of Goodie Mob with the album Age Against The Machine on The Right Records.  Once one of the main crews out of Atlanta’s lengendary Dungeon Family hip-hop collective, the Goodie Mob haven't done anything new as a full quartet (recording wise - they did reunite to perform) in fourteen long hip-hop years. Of course in the meantime Cee-Lo Green became a breakout bona fide pop star via his music (both solo with the huge hit "Fuck You" and with Danger Mouse as one half of Gnarls Barkley with the runaway hit "Crazy") and his TV role as a cat stroking judge on The Voice.  So is the new Age Against The Machine any good you ask? I am still not 100% sure (I like it but don't love it like their earlier work) after needle dropping my way through it twice but it appears to these ears to be recorded out of a desperation (for three of the four members at least) to score a pop hit along the lines of Cee-Lo's solo work. Hence such hook driven songs as “Power” which addresses race relations. But it is at its best when it doesn't sound like it is trying to be pop but on such songs as “Special Education” and “Pinstripes.” Below is the video for the album track "I'm Set" to give you a better feel of how the comeback album by this once very unique and influential Southern group sounds.

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DJ Eddie Def and MC Dopestyle Team Up To Form Supreme Raw

Posted by Billyjam, July 9, 2012 02:40pm | Post a Comment

Supreme Raw (Eddie Def + Dopestyle) "Salty The Clown!" (2012)


Collaborating as a duo for the first time DJ Eddie Def and emcee Dopestyle are currently in the midst of finishing up recording a new album project together that the two longtime Bay Area hip-hop artists have christened Supreme Raw.

And Supreme Raw pretty much sums up the vibe of this raw, no-holds-barred, lo-fi hip-hop project as witnessed in the above video for "Salty The Clown!" - the first track to be leaked off the album that is scheduled to be released by summer's end.

This, as yet untitled, new full-length is described by Eddie Def as, "grimy hip-hop, old school 90's with chopped up samples," adding of its sound that it is, "in tradition of Gang Starr, Cypress Hill, Wu Tang type beats, ya know lo-fi hip-hop."

Although the DJ/producer and the emcee are both longtime Bay Area hip-hop artists it was only two years when they first met. "I met Dopestyle at a Casual show when me and DJ Quest were performing a set with Z-Man," said Eddie Def. "I gave him some beats and he responded back and we started working on some shit." Before long they had the makings of an entire album - one that features lots of cameos (not officially announced just yet but should be of interest to fans of West Coast underground hip-hop). "His flow is unlike any other," said Eddie of Dopestyle, "What I love him is that he is a topic rapper; interesting topics too! He raps about cancer. He raps about spousal abuse. He raps about people dying; serious shit and not the typical stuff people usually rap about."

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