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Hiero Day 2015 Lineup To Include Alkaholiks, Domo Genesis, Aceyalone, The Coup, Cali Agents, Luniz, CMW, HBK, Zion I, & Equipto

Posted by Billyjam, August 25, 2015 07:50am | Post a Comment


The folks at Oakland's Hieroglyphics hip-hop collective have announced the anticipated lineup for this year's Hiero Day that does not disappoint and happens in two weekends on Monday September 7th at 3rd and Chestnut Streets in Oakland. In addition to headlining act the Hieros, whose membership boasts  such members as Souls of Mischief, Del the Funky Homosapien, Casual and DJ Toure, this year's amazing Hiero Day 2015 lineup will feature 45 diverse acts (over three stages) that covers various eras and subgenres of hip-hop that is sure to please any hip-hop fan. This impressive lineup will include Tha Alkaholiks who arrived on the hip-hop scene the same time as the Hieros, Odd Future's Domo Genesis, Cali Agents (Rasco and Planet Asia), Stones Throw founder DJ/producer Peanut Butter Wolf, Boots Riley's legendary Oakland political hip-hop soldiers The Coup, Freestyle Fellowship's super-gifted emcee Aceyalone, legendary Oakland rap duo the Luniz, Raashan Ahmad's group formerly known as The Mission - Crown City Rockers, MC Eiht's legendary 90's SoCal rap group Compton's Most Wanted, hometown hip-hop heroes Foreign Legion, Rhymesayers' female emcee talent Psalm One who had changed her name for a minute in recent years, Zion I, Phat Kat & Guilty Simpson, Equipto & Otayo Dubb, HBK members Kool John, P-Lo, and Jay Ant in separate sets, and hyphy era stars The Team

When Hiero Day began in 2012, at a location in the Uptown area of Oakland near the New Parish, the naysayers cynically said that it would not last past year one - it being a big rap event in Oakland and free to anyone and everyone, it would have to self-implode they predicted. But thankfully those negative predictions were totally wrong as proven by the continuance of this wonderful all-day celebration of hip-hop music that, in addition to the mulit-faceted Hiero crew, showcases a rich variety of hip-hop with a focus on Bay Area and West Coast, and is now celebrating its fourth year. Not only that but Hiero Day, which after outgrowing its original year one street festival space moved over to its current ideal location - on a stretch of 3rd Street roughly midway between West Oakland BART and Jack London Square - has gotten bigger and better each year. More impressive is that Hiero Day 4 is all ages event for the community! One small change however this year is that it is no longer a totally free event but, due to mounting costs on producing such a large scale event, there is now a minimal ticket cost of $10 - $20 with advance tickets online.  Among the many DJs spinning at Hiero Day 2015 will be Beat Junkies/The Visionaries star DJ Rhettmatic, (former Amoebite/Oakland Faders co-founder) DJ PlaturnSake One of Local 1200 crew, (friend of Amoeba) House Shoes, D Sharp, and Kevvy Kev with on stage hosts including Chuy Gomez and Chris RIggins. To secure advance tix for Hiero Day 2015 click here. Below is a nice video overview of last year's Hiero Day 2014 by General Hydroponics.

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Weekly Hip-Hop Rap-Up: Joey Bada$$, Zion I, 88 Ultra, Freez & Mike Fry, Doomtree, E-Lit

Posted by Billyjam, February 13, 2015 10:01am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending Feb 13 2015


1) Joey Bada$$ B4.DA.$$ LP (Cinematic Music)

2) Wiley Life Is A Game of Snakes & Ladders (Big Dada)

3) 88 Ultra Sirens (Ultra Glacial Recordings)

4) Freez & Mike Fry Freez's Frozen French Freys (Soul Tools)

5) Doomtree All Hands (Doomtree)

Thanks to E-Lit at the Berkeley Amoeba Music store for the latest Top Five Hip-Hop chart above. Below is the accompanying video clip shot this week at the East Bay store with E-Lit running down all these and other new/recent (and reissue) hip-hop releases in both LP and CD formats that are featured at Amoeba Berkeley right when you come in the front door of the Telegraph Ave store on your right hand side. Also down below is the brand new music video from Zion I ("Juggernaut") that was filmed mostly right outside Amoeba Berkeley as well as across the street and round the back (Peoples Park) from Amoeba among some other quick shot locations.

The Bed-Stuy Brooklyn NYC artist born Jo-Vaughn Virginie Scott but widely known as main man of Pro Era, Joey Bada$$, as well as Malia Obama's favorite rapper, continues to sell well at Amoeba with the vinyl version of his official debut (commercial release) new album B4.DA.$$ (Cinematic Music) outselling the CD version of B4.DA.$$. And this week the artist released a new music video for "Like Me" featuring BJ the Chicago Kid that (with the refrain "fuck the police") addresses police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement (see the music video clip down below). Other new chart entries this week include UK hip-hop/grime artist Wiley's Life Is A Game of Snakes & Ladders (that is also available in LP/vinyl format as well as digital download - all care of Big Dada. The others include Doomtree's December 2014 release All Hands (Doomtree) that is also available in vinyl format, 88 Ultra Sirens (Ultra Glacial Recordings), and Freez & Mike Fry's Freez's Frozen French Freys (Soul Tools). For more background on these two releases peep the E-Lit video shot at Amoeba Music this week in which he gives some background on these acts/releases.

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Zion I's Hella Fresh Fest 2014 - Halloween Night @ The Metro with Grieves, Dizzy Wright, Erk tha Jerk and more

Posted by Billyjam, October 20, 2014 10:43pm | Post a Comment

Now seven years strong Zion I's annual hip-hop showcase the Hella Fresh Fest takes place this year on Halloween night in the  at the Metro with a lineup that continues Zion I's Zumbi and AmpLive's tradition of presenting a rich cross section of contemporary hip-hop talent to join them in concert.  In addition to Hella Fresh's tradition of showcasing the best of homegrown hip-hop (Sol, Erk tha Jerk, Bang Data) they've also booked such out of town talent as Rhymesayers' Seattle emcee Grieves, and Funk Volume's Dizzy Wright. Also on the bill will be Triple Threat DJ Vinroc while the Hella Fresh hosts will be Chris Riggins and Panama by way of Oakland duo Los Rakas who performed at Hella Fresh 2011. That Hella Fresh Fest took place at the Fillmore in San Francisco while last year's was at the DNA Lounge. But this year it will be in the place it was meant to be. With the name Hella Fresh it has to be in Oakland so it is perfect that it will be at the Metro in Oakland - and on Halloween night with live art by Haven Arts. Good news for young hip-hop fans is that the show will open those under 21. It is a 14 and over show! Below are a series of videos of the acts on this year's bill along with a highlights of last year's Hella Fresh Fest. Buy tickets here

  

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Hiero Day 2014 Artists Preview

Posted by Billyjam, August 31, 2014 11:20pm | Post a Comment
 
 

Hiero Day 2014 -- happening Monday, September 1st in Oakland in the blocks surrounding 95 Linden Street (Linden Street Brewery) -- may only be in its third year, but this ambitious, annual, refreshingly non-mainstream, all-ages East Bay hip-hop festival has quickly become the best Bay Area hip-hop festival of the year. Hiero Day features the extended Hieroglyphics hip-hop collective along with a slew of equally talented hip-hop friends (mostly Bay and Cali hip-hop acts) performing on three different stages throughout the day.   I attended last year's Hiero Day and was so impressed with how fun and how peaceful this musically rich event was!

Hiero Day is free and all-ages with a truly indie feeling, and no nasty corporate overtones. In fact it is more like an expanded modern day continuation of the Living Legends' Unsigned & Hella Broke jams back in the day. Fittingly, Mystik Journeymen are among those on the bill at Hiero Day 2014 - a day that will attract hip-hop appreciative fans in the thousands to enjoy great music, a variety of tasty food trucks, tables selling cool hip-hop clothing, a skate contest, and (for vinyl fiends and crate diggers) the beat swap meet.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 05.16.14: Coalmine Records 10 Year Anniversary, Nas, The Legion, Zion I in Concert + more

Posted by Billyjam, May 16, 2014 11:08am | Post a Comment
      
 

Among the brand new releases to arrive in Amoeba this week is the all killer, no filler Coalmine Records ten year anniversary release (promo video above) that showcases the creme de la creme of the past decade's output from the Brooklyn based label - all mixed together by DJ Revolution. Aptly entitled Coalmine Records Presents: Unearthed  the compilation album (a double CD disc set) contains both a mixed version care of DJ Revolution, and an 'Untagged Deluxe Edition' which includes three bonus cuts. Artists featured include Pharoahe Monch, Kool G Rap, Large Professor, The Artifacts, Blu, Sean Price, Big Noyd, Skillz, Guilty Simpson, Rah Digga, El Da Senseiand Fashawn.

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