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Posse Cuts From 1988 - 1994: When All In The Same Gang & United In Song, Rappers Crafted Some of Hip-Hop History's Greatest Music

Posted by Billyjam, April 30, 2017 01:25pm | Post a Comment


Hip-hop music, an urban form once dismissed as a musical novelty or passing fad, has consistently proven its critics wrong by steadily growing into the most influential, dominant global form of popular music and culture. But despite those advances, the once close-knit musical genre lacks the uniform vision it once commanded.  I refer to that sense of unity among all hip-hop artists displayed back in the "golden era" of the late 80's to early 90's. For proof you need look no further than the bevy of posse cuts recorded back then, and outlined below. Yes in the passing decades since that era, the Bronx founded reactionary form of music and culture would exponentially expand into an unstoppable, sprawling cultural force on a global level. But while today's hip-hop may be the pop music de jour for most,  as well as having mutated into a zillion sub-genres and breakaway categories, hip-hop as a genre is way more disjointed and separated than ever before. Hence I take a return to that posse cut era when hip-hop artists of all backgrounds would unite in song/video and often craft some of hip-hop history's best music.

"Posse" cut was the phenomenon where large collectives of rappers linked by crew, region, or, most often, by a common cause (EG anti-violence), all would get together to record a massive joint effort. Posse cuts were most popular circa '88 to '94 coinciding with the years of hip-hop's much lauded golden era.  Multiple emcee, pass-the-mic styled hip-hop songs, posse cuts date back to hip-hop's formative years with many of them freestyle sessions dating back the 1970's up to the start of the 1980's in Bronx during the early years of hip-hop.  Of these many were not even recorded but luckily some were such as Afrika Bambaataa & the Soul Sonic Force's "Zulu Nation Throwdown." But It wasn't until the later 1980's when the posse cut came into its own. Below are the videos of seven of some of the best posse cuts from that six-year span beginning in '88. Each are timeless, classic hip-hop recordings. And with so many contributing artists, they are a comprehensive history lesson in hip-hop of that era.

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Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood Saturday, May 6

Posted by Amoebite, April 28, 2017 05:19pm | Post a Comment

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

Amoeba Hollywood is having a Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, May 6th! It's your chance to score huge deals on music, movies, books, t-shirts, posters and more, right outside the store from 12pm - 4pm. 

Check out some of the bargains we'll have:

  • DVD box sets: $4 each or 2 for $7
  • DVDs: $2 each or 3 for $5
  • Blu-ray: $4 each or 3 for $10
  • CDs: buy 1 get 1 free [of equal or lesser value]
  • Posters: $2 each or 3 for $5
  • T-shirts for $5
  • Great deals on books!
  • $1 LPs & much more!

Come out and treat yourself to some inexpensive new movies and music from Amoeba!

All sidewalk sale items are aggressively sale priced. Therefore, we do not accept store credits, gift certificates, coupons or other offered store sales for any sidewalk sale items. Additionally, we cannot offer customer holds or mail order. All sales are final.

Hip-Hop Rap Up 04:28:17: Vinyl Edition: Gorillaz, D.R.A.M, J. Cole, Record Store Day, WFMU Record Fair, Vinyl Collecting Videos

Posted by Billyjam, April 28, 2017 12:20pm | Post a Comment


This weekly rap report is an all vinyl edition in honor of both this weekend's big WFMU Record Fair in Brooklyn and last weekend's widely successful Record Store Day. Now in its tenth glorious year, Record Store Day has grown into an anticipated annual event for record collectors and general music fans the world over. It's also a welcome reminder the importance of visiting a physical, so-called brick-and-mortar music store like Amoeba Music versus simply shopping online. Early Sunday, the day after Record Store Day, there were some titles leftover that were offered online at the Amoeba web store but since all of those have been snapped up. Scroll down to the vinyl themed videos below to see the Amoeba San Francisco Record Store Day Report or see the full Amoeba SF Record Store Day Amoeblog and the report on Record Store Day 2017 at Amoeba Hollywood.

Similarly important to record collectors is the annual WFMU Record Fair, happening today, tomorrow, and Sunday at the Brooklyn Expo in Greenpoint, NYC that attracts collectors from faraway places including San Francisco and Tokyo (including Amoeba fan Nakajima pictured right from Japan) who travel to New York just to attend this large scale annual record fair. In addition to endless booths selling records, CDs, DVDs, posters etc. there are also numerous live performances (many also broadcast live on WFMU) and film screenings in The Movie Lounge. The latter include screenings of the recent era documentaries on both Danny Fields and the late great Sharon Jones (filmed in part at Amoeba). Meanwhile the live performances will include on Saturday  Bloodshot Bill (2pm), The Atlantic Thrills (3:30pm), Baby Shakes (4:30pm), and Ronnie Fujiyama (5:30pm). Sunday's live sets include Matmos with Chuck Bettis (3pm) and Laurice (4pm). The 2017 WFMU Record Fair takes place at the Brooklyn Expo Center, 79 Franklin St, in the Greenpoint district of Brooklyn Friday 7-10pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am to 7pm. More info here and in flyer below.

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Nejla Ates: the Exquisite Turkish Delight

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 27, 2017 08:48pm | Post a Comment

Nejla Ates

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show


Nejla Ates"She had a ruby on her tummy and a diamond big as Texas on her toe
She let her hair down and she did the hoochie-coochie real slow
When she did her special number on the zebra skin
I thought she'd stop the show…"
~ "Little Egypt" by The Coasters

If you have flipped through Middle East or Belly Dancing records, you most likely have seen her…for she is hard to miss. As Sandra Warner was the enchantress for Martin Denny’s album covers, Nejla Ates, “the Turkish Delight,” was the “Honk-honk, hubba-hubba, Ee chee wa waa!” album cover model of Middle Eastern records in the 1950s.

A fellow Pisces, born March 7, 1932, Nejla lived a life of wild seduction, exotic belly dancing, and love drama. (If you are a Pisces too, join the Bay Area Pisces Power group on Facebook!) Dancing at night clubs around the world in the 1950s, Nejla was said to have "left a trail of broken hearts from Istanbul to the Bronx, with stops in Paris, Miami, and Las Vegas.”

Princes, oil tycoons, famous singers, and actors would fall madly in love with her, knowing full well that her side-hobby was stealing taken men, even from Zsa Zsa Gabor.

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The Afghan Whigs Publish Video For "Oriole" From "In Spades" (Sub Pop) Out May 5th

Posted by Billyjam, April 26, 2017 12:26pm | Post a Comment

Today The Afghan Whigs published the music video for "Oriole" which offers another preview of the anticipated forthcoming new May 5th full-length release, In Spades, from the Cincinnati, Ohio band that first formed (and since broke up and reformed) three decades ago. To be released by Sub Pop in CD and 180 gram vinyl/LP formats, In Spades will be the first new album since 2014's return album Do to the Beast  (also avail in vinyl/LP). That album was their first since 1998's 1965 which was the last recording before they broke up in 2001. The band reformed twice since then, most recently right before Do to the Beast with mainman/singer/rhythm guitarist Greg Dulli and bassist John Curley (also known for the band Wussy) reuniting the band.

Interest in the Whigs has never waned and in the past couple of years the group's classic older albums have been reissued in expanded edition formats: 1993's Gentlemen  (also avail in LP/vinyl) and 1996's Black Love (also on LP/vinyl). In the years that The Afghan Whigs had been inactive mainman Greg Dulli has worked in such projects as The Twilight Singers and The Gutter Twins.  Dulli wrote and produced all of the new album In Spades that was recorded over a period of time in studios in New Orleans, Los Angeles, Memphis and Joshua Tree.

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