Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 08.30.13: Amoeba Hollywood Top 5, Hiero Day in the Bay, 33 RPM @ Radio Bar, Stones Throw Soul Tour + more

Posted by Billyjam, August 30, 2013 08:00am | Post a Comment
The big hip-hop event in the Bay Area this weekend is the second annual Hiero Day with a stellar lineup that includes performances from the longtime Oakland hip-hop ensemble The Hieroglyphics themselves along with an impressive array of their friends including Latyrx, Murs & Fashawn, Strong Arm Steady, The Bangerz, Mystic, LuckyIam, Dan The Automator, Erk Tha Jerk, CMG, and Nate The Great to name but some of the scheduled acts (see flyer left for the others). The event, that will include food and drink (lots of beer), takes place on Labor Day, Monday September 2nd from 11am to 6pm but not where it was last year for the premiere event (Oakland's Uptown district near the New Parish). This year it will be held at the (comparatively smaller) space owned by Linden Street Brewery at 95 Linden Street in Oakland - which is within walking distance of both the Jack London Ferry Terminal and the West Oakland BART (good to know since there is no parking on site).  The day is listed as an "all ages, free" event but this week the Hiero Day website has  been listing it as "sold out."  Huh?

Apparently, with little notification of their select advance tix via email only, they gave out free tix in advance by Tuesday night via eventbrite but due to the simple logistics of supply and demand (too small a venue to satisfy demand) those coveted tickets went fast. The simple solution to avoid disappointing so many Hiero fans would be to relocate to a bigger better prepared venue - like last year. But that is not happening. But the Hiero Day website does hint that there may be some last minute tickets available at the gate on Monday - but get there early if you go ticketless. For updates go to the website. The day before (September 1st) will be an invite only screening of the new Shomari Smith documentary on the 20 year anniversary of the Souls Of Mischief's 93 Til Infinity debut album. More on that later.

If for some reason you cannot make it on Monday to Hiero Day (couldn't cop coveted advance tix, are out of town or at a family bbq, or stuck on the other side of the temporarily shut down Bay Bridge) and regret missing out on such a great Oakland music event - then worry not as there is another, equally wonderful sounding, all day music festival planned for three weeks from now. The Oakland Music Festival is an all day music festival with hip-hop and some other genres, with an emphasis on homegrown talent, planned for Saturday, Sep 21st from 11am to 8pm with a lineup of over 20 acts performing on two stages. Artists will include The Coup, DāM-FunK, Trackademicks & The HNRL, 45 Sessions, Kev Choice Ensemble, Sweater Funk, J-Boogie's Dubtronic Science, Vokab Company, and former Amoeba Berkeley hip-hop buyer Wonway Possibul. Tickets will be $20 for this event that will take place in the Oakland Uptown district. Links and more details closer to the event.

Continuing in the Oakland theme of this week's Hip-Hop Rap Up Amoeblog earlier this week The Stones Throw Soul Tour rolled through town to entertain Oakland audience at the New Parish on Tuesday  when (label owner) Peanut Butter Wolf was on a bill with label members DāM-FunK, The Stepkids, and Myron & E who did selections from their recently released Broadway album on Stones Throw. Their set started the night's music for which they were backed by the three piece funky Stepkids who then afterwards did their own tight set. They mentioned about their new album coming out on Stones Throw in a few weeks. Up next was the LA funk master producer DāM-FunK who even without a band (that he had with him last times I caught his act) killed it in a killer set that came off as totally casual and unplanned but was in fact tight as hell. He played some records including some disco funk classics from three decades ago (many prized vinyl collections he held up to the audience to see) and some of his own music including his very first release on Stones Throw plus a lot of the forthcoming, anticipated collaboration album with Snoop Dogg which sounds killer and is, he announced, expected to drop in December.

And before finishing his set, that had included him singing a bit, which ended with him playing keyboards as PBW played the beats, he gave a shout out to PBW for getting his career started, after years of slaving away in obscurity, when way back in 2006 - he sent a message via MySpace that led to him landing a deal with Stones Throw and his career finally taking off. Finishing off the night was LA based, Bay Area native Peanut Butter Wolf (PBW) who did an all video scratch and mix set delving into some tasty funk, soul, and disco finds. Between all the other responsibilities he holds down PBW is currently preparing to release a triple vinyl album set by his former, late great, emcee partner Charizma from Milpitas, CA who was shot and killed back in 1993 at the young age of 20 before his career had time to take off - but not before he got to record a slew of songs: to be featured on this forthcoming release.

Tonight, Aug 30, in downtown Oakland at Radio Bar is a great lineup (and no cover) of DJs spinning at the club night called 33 RPM that will include DJ Quest, Mistah B, Mark Maiden, Raymundo and Type One. 9pm to 2am. 21+ No cover. Radio Bar is located at 435 13th St (near Broadway) Oakland, CA 94612

Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five: Week Ending 08:30:13

1) Jay-Z Magna Carta Holy Grail (Def Jam)

2) Kanye West Yeezus (Def Jam)

3) Quasimoto Yessir, Whatever (Stones Throw)

4) J. Cole Born Sinner (Columbia)

5) Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city (Aftermath)

Above is the latest hip-hop album sales chart from the Hollywood Ameoba store which indicates that it is the big name, major label artists that continue to dominant sales at the LA store - including Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail, Kanye West's Yeezus, J. Cole Born Sinner, and Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d city (Aftermath). And to balance things out there is also that great recent indie release: Quasimoto's Yessir, Whatever that first arrived in Amoeba a couple of months ago upon its mid June release on Stones Throw. And finally I leave you with some new Bay Area hip-hop from East Bay artist J. Avery and a video for a song off his mixtape Isolated: the song B*tch featuring fellow East Bay talent Symba.


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