Posted by Billyjam, October 21, 2008 07:36am | Post a Comment
                                                            Jamoeblog Top Ten 10:21:08

1. Mike Relm "Everytime (feat. Del the funky Homosapien & Adrian Hartley)" (Deep Fried)

2. Mulatto Patriot "Showtime (feat. Prosper Jones & Mena)" (MP)

3. People Under The Stairs "Letter 2 c/o The Bronx" (Gold Dust Media)

4. CYNE "Just Say No" (Hometapes)

5. Jake-One "I'm Coming (feat. Black Milk & Nottz)"  (Rhymesayers)

6. Madlib the Beat Konducta "Disco Dance" (Rapster/BBE)

7. C-Rayz Walz & Kosha Dillz "Holiday" (Modular Moods)

8. Kaboose "Two Sides" (Syntax)

9. Cre-8 "Hootie & the Bloated Blowfish" (Potency)

10. Fort Knox Five "Sao Funky (pts. I & II featuring Javier Miranda)"  (Fort Knox)

Mike Relm's hit-bound single "Everytime" appears in three different (emcee) versions on the SF DJ's brand new debut album Spectacle (out today, Oct 21st, and avail in Amoeba Music). The track features female vocalist Adrian Hartley (who he worked with on the Blue Man project) on each of the three versions. The best version ("Everytime") is with Oakland emcee Del the Funky Homosapien, while the other two (almost but not quite as good) versions feature the emcees Mr Lif ("You Break") and ADeeM ("My Heart"). The rest of this new album is really good too, with some nice electro tracks, cameos from Quannum's Lateef and GIft of Gab, plus a bunch of TV montage skits sprinkled throughout, which makes sense since Mike Relm's specialty is doing live video mixes culled from hours of TV and movies.

Cre-8's funny track "Hootie & The Bloated FIsh" is taken off Keep Moving, his six song EP (album to follow soon) on Potency Records. Cultivating Your New Experience, aka CYNE, is the talented Florida crew whose new album Pretty Dark Things on Hometapes comes highly recommended. Straight outta the nation's capital comes live funk/breaks group the Fort Knox Five with their album Radio Free DC on their own label. (More info on Fort Knox Five.) Accomplished producer Jake-One, who has worked with numerous high profile acts, proves what an amazing talent he is on the guest heavy White Van Music on Rhymesayers including the track "I'm Coming" with Black Milk & Nottz.

Dolemite Rudy Ray Moore
Dolemite dies! The seminal comedian Rudy Ray Moore, better known as Dolemite, died Sunday (Oct 19) in Akron, Ohio after an extended illness. Moore, who was 81, passed away reportedly from "complications of diabetes" according to his surviving only child, Yvette "Rusty" Wesson. The rarely humble comedian/actor was the self-proclaimed "Godfather of rap" and his rhyming style combined with his pimp-like persona and misogynistic and profanity laden routines ("ghetto expression" he called them), epitomized in his low-budget but landmark 1975 movie Dolemite (see clip above). Dolemite would go on to influence later generations of both rap artists and X rated comedians.

Too Short, Luther Campbell of 2Live Crew (who often sampled Moore in their music), and Snoop Doggy Dogg were among those who vocally expressed a debt to Moore over the years. "Without Rudy Ray Moore, there would be no Snoop Dogg," said Snoop, who, in his breakout 1993 Dr Dre produced hit "Nuthin but a 'G' Thang," famously rapped, "Showing much flex when it's time to wreck a mic. Pimping hoes and clocking a grip like my name was Dolemite."

Earlier this year the follow up film Dolemite Explosion (starring a much older looking Moore in the 2007-set film) premiered. Below is a preview clip from this new movie. Both Dolemite films, along with several other Rudy Ray or Dolemite titles, are available at Amoeba in the DVD and music sections. For more info, check out Rudy Ray Moore is Dolemite Official Website.

barack obama
Every cloud has a silver lining. Sure the Dow Jones and the US (and interrelated global) economy are all in the worst state they have been in for eons; even more depressing is the fact that we have still not hit anywhere near rock bottom yet. Many economists project these hard times to keep coming (and increasingly worsening) for the next several years, at least. But out of all this mess there will be a few good things to come. Besides a healthy and much needed dose of humility for the Western World, there will also be a slew of great art, especially great hip-hop music influenced by the current ongoing fiscal disaster.

Hardship and hard times traditionally yield some of the most inspired art, so you can be sure that we will be hearing raps about the Dow Jones and sub-prime mortgages, not to mention the name Joe the Plumber for a long time to come in rap lyrics -- along with (of course) references to Barack Obama regardless of whether he wins or not. (Check back here next week for an Amoeblog on the current crop of Obama themed hip-hop songs.)

Speaking of musicians and the presidential election, the Beastie Boys are scheduled to embark upon a brief Get Out And Vote tour starting Oct 28th that will include stops in Milwaukee and Richmond, VA and feature several guests along the way including Tenacious D, Ben Harper, Norah Jones, and Sheryl Crow.

                          David Alan Grier's "The Death of Hip-Hop" sketch from Chocolate News

As usual it takes someone from outside of hip-hop to succinctly sum up the state of the art form. This time it was comedian/actor David Alan Grier who, in the opening sketch from last week's debut of his new Comedy Central TV series Chocolate News, broke it down in a funny and direct way. See the clip above and check out episode two of the new Comedy Central series tomorrow (Oct 22nd) night.

And finally I leave you with a great video, shot all round San Francisco including both inside and outside of Amoeba Music San Francisco, from one of the Bay Area's most underrated emcee talents, Z-Man. This is the Justin Gallagher directed video for "Crumb of the Bay" from last year's Don't Forget To Brag (Gurp City Productions). Over the years the ever witty and talented San Francisco emcee has been a member of various groups, including 99th Dimention; the Bachelors, who appeared on the Amoeba Music Compilation series; and the major label signed trio One Block Radius. Z-Man has also been affiliated with various crews, including the Hieroglyphics and, of course, Gurp City. My recommendation is that you go to Amoeba Music's hip-hop section and pick up some of this charismatic Bay Area artist's work.


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