Hip-Hop Rap Up: DMC World Finals, Return of the BBoy 3, DJ Premier & Royce Da 5'9" + more

Posted by Billyjam, October 10, 2014 01:21pm | Post a Comment

Prhyme teaser

Return of the BBoy 3 is a true underground Bay Area hip-hop event happening tonight at ClouD 9 community arts space in Berkeley featuring sets from the Living Legends' Sunspot Jonz and Aesop, Nac One, Mel Yel, Dub Esquire and his reunited old crew M.O.S. (Misfitz Ov Stylz). Like the Living Legends M.O.S.'s roots run deep in the East Bay hip-hop annals and date back to 1990 when the group first formed as the short-lived Rhymes In Progress in March of that year when the original members were Dub Esquire, Kid Haavic, a.k.a. The A-Double), Ron, and Deion.

"That didn't last long," the tireless Dub Esquire, who is now in his third decade of making quality - albeit under the radar non commericial hip-hop, said in an 2011 Amoeblog interview when tracing his Bay Area hip-hop history noting how another short-lived group Constant Elevation came next, before then forming M.O.S. M.O.S. member DJ Lex unfortunately will not be at tonight's event due to scheduling conflicts. Showtime is 9pm Friday October 10th. Tickets at door $10. ClouD 9 is located at 1320 9th Street (near Gilman) Berkeley CA 94710

51Oakland, the organization and its founder Jason Hoffman who were profiled on the Amoeblog a year ago, will be representing at Sunday's Out and About in Rockridge street festival along College Avenue. They'll be near Claremont where they will be presenting such performers as Oakland Future Trio (3pm), and Martin Luther & 3456 Band with sets at both 4pm and 5pm . Sunday, noon to 6pm, on College Ave between Claremont and Manila. Free.  The movie about the making of Nas' landmark 1994 album Illmatic (profiled on Amoeblog's Essential Records) is currently playing at the New Parkway in Oakland. On TV this week Stephen Colbert, in a skit about Barack Obama (in SF today) not naming the ongoing war, made a joke about Puff Daddy coming up with endless different names during his heyday - joking that P. Diddy's latest name is Duff Paddy.

The big 2014 DMC World Finals Championships took place over in London on Sunday (October 5th) and the results of the battles were as follows:  in the DMC World DJ Championship 2014 category the winner was the UK's Mr Switch (see photo c/o DMC) with the USA's DJ I-Dee coming in second and  Canada's DJ Vekked placing third. Vekked was runner up in DMC World Battle For Supremacy 2014 title that went to the USA's Image From The Wood. Meanwhile France took the title for DMC World Team Championships with 9 O'Clock winning. Runner up was Fresherthans (Canada) and third place went to Trouble Team (Czech Republic). Congrats to the winners and all the participants. More news and pics on the official DMC website.

"This is for the real hip-hop niggas who would never ever ever ask me am I here to replace Guru,
" raps Royce Da 5'9" to further stress that there should in no way be any confusion with Gang Starr and his new collaborative group PRhyme in which he has teamed up with DJ Premier. Their full length album under the group name marks the first time that DJ Premier has been part of a group since been one half of the legendary hip-hop group Gang Starr along with Guru who died in 2010. The recently uploaded video above, that includes the new song quote, shows Premier and Royce Da 5’9" visiting Adrian Younge’s record store. For their project they enlisted a diverse array of well known guests that include Killer Mike, Jay Electronica, Common, Ab-Soul, Schoolboy Q, Slaughterhouse, Mac Miller, and Dwele. For the music for PRhyme producer DJ Premier decided to exclusively sample only the work of musician Adrian Younge.  “I’ve never sampled just one artist, I’m known for my reputation and my creativity. I wanted it to be my traditional thing where I sample everything I find, but I am really proud how the project came out," said Preemo noting how it was Royce's idea at first to take this creative approach to production.