Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 06.07.14: Top 5, OMCA's VINYL, DJ Platurn, Too $hort, Dregs One @ Slim's, Scratch Cypher in The Town

Posted by Billyjam, June 8, 2014 04:20pm | Post a Comment

During last evening's Bay Area hip-hop themed Talk, Play, and Sip session I hosted at the Oakland Museum of California - as part of OMCA's ongoing Amoeba sponsored VINYL: The Sound and Culture of Records - several participants addressed in their shares the importance of hip-hop as a vehicle for a message of upliftment and/or awareness rather than simply mindless escapism and glorification of consumerism, sexism, and casual violence. Speakers including Bas-One, Adisa Banjoko (below), and Eric Arnold each addressed the topic as did DJ Platurn (pictured above) who observed that to his fellow speakers, who all came up in the era of politicized, positive thinking hip-hop via artists like Public Enemy and the Bay Area's Paris, were all conditioned to view hip-hop as a powerful medium of message and change. DJ Platurn's Talk N Play 45's record selections reflected that too, especially Too $hort's classic 1990 single "The Ghetto" (off Short Dog's In The House) which addresses the poverty and economic disparity of urban areas like Oakland. Also noted at last night's OMCA session was how Bay Area hip-hop has traditionally included many politicized artists. One such current example is Dregs One who, along with host Equipto and a grip of other SF artists and speakers (see flyer for full lineup), take over Slim's tonight in a benefit hip-hop show that will address pressing local community issues such as evictions, gentrification, and police brutality.

San Francisco's Dregs One, who is further proof that hip-hop is not all mindless escapism in 2014, is never shy to address issues that affect his community. Check out the excellent recent Slim's Presents podcast San Francisco Pushing Out People of Color [BYMJ Podcast #11] in which he talked about the issues behind tonight's show. Earlier today I caught up with Dregs One to ask him how he envisions the overall theme of tonight's multi-faceted show? "A celebration of Frisco culture, which is currently being pushed out and threatened with extinction. I want to bring together artists of all ethnicities, backgrounds, and styles to come together for a greater good and show the city and the world that we are not going to let gentrification destroy our community," he said of the multifaceted show that will include emcees, DJs, political speakers, and live art with proceeds  benefitting P.O.W.E.R. (People Organized to Win Employment Rights).

Dregs One added that for his own performance tonight that he hopes his message will be one "To inspire the audience to use whatever skills or creative talents they have to contribute towards a bigger purpose. My dream is for everyone who attends that night to go back to their own communities and get involved. I'm hoping that this event will motivate people to get active politically and socially, especially around the issues affecting working class folks in San Francisco." Tonight's show is at Slim's with Dregs One plus Telli Prego with Heat & Big Vic, Legends Live Forever, EvenOdds, DJs Sean G, and Children of the Funk. Hosted by Equipto. Art by Joker. Benefits P.O.W.E.R. $15 at the door. 18+ Advance tix and more info.

Too $hort "The Ghetto" (1990)

Dregs One ft. White Mic "Revolutionaries" (2012)

Tomorrow afternoon in Oakland CA multi-media show that will include the filming of a scratch
with DJs LazyBoy, Traps, Kurteek, Bakon, and Ichy the Killer. And tonight (Saturday June 7th) at f8 in San Francisco will be J Rocc, VinRoc, Kevvy Kev, DJ Dials, Napspsy, Kashmir with a photo exhibit by Timi D... that just went up today and will have its official opening on Friday June 13th during Toph One's Vintage Happy Hour from 5pm to 9pm. f8 is located on Folsom near 8th in San Francisco

                               Amoeba Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: Week Ending 06:07:14

1) The Roots ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin (Def Jam)
  (also available in LP)

2) Madlib Pinata Beats (Madlib Invazion)

3) Sage Francis Copper Gone (Strange Famous)

4) Blu & Nottz Gods in the Spirit (Coalmine)

5) 50 Cent Animal Ambition (G-Unit)

Thanks to E-Lit at the Telegraph Ave. Amoeba Music store for the latest Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five Chart.

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