Shopping At Amoeba For That Hip-Hop Fan On Your Holiday Gift List

Posted by Billyjam, December 8, 2014 02:05pm | Post a Comment

While at Amoeba San Francisco over the weekend, I realized that one could easily take care of their holiday shopping for that hip-hop fan in their life merely by focusing on the wonderful Featured Hip-Hop Releases display (found at end of the section's aisle) that is currently stocked with a variety of perfect gift choices. These include Brian Coleman's excellent, exhaustively researched new book Check The Technique Vol. 2 (for which he recently chatted with the Amoeblog about the making of), a killer '90's hip-hop mix cassette (with digital download card included) laced up by DJ Spinna and J-Rocc descriptively entitled The Best of 90's Hip-Hop Flavors Mix Cassette, and a Souls Of Mischief picture disc album (with liner notes) of their latest new studio recording There Is Only Now  - a collaboration with Adrian Younge

You'll also find on this display the classic 1987 Profile Records hip-hop Christmas Rap compilation on vinyl that boasts Run DMC's classic Christmas rap track "Christmas In Hollis" (recently reissued as a limited run 7" single for Black Friday/Record Store Day) along with other holiday themed hip-hop tracks from such other old school acts as Sweet Tee, Dana Dane, and Spyder D. Also on the same rack is a must-have for any hip-hop junkie - the Wu-Tang Clan's first album, Enter the Wu-Tang: 36-Chamber ,in yellow black swirl vinyl. Don't miss the instrumental version (on vinyl) of the 2011 release Fela Soul, which is Fela Kuti vs. De La Soul and is, as you would imagine, a unique and pleasing meld of golden era hip-hop with afrobeat rhythms and funky horn riffs.

As well as Brian Coleman's aforementioned book, other printed material include the new Wax Poetics magazine (a nice stocking stuffer idea), and the extremely limited edition Renegades of Rhythm: DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist play Afrika Bambaataa - Tour book. This collectors item  commemorates the highly acclaimed 2014 Cut Chemist & DJ Shadow Renegades Of Rhythm tour that played the Bay Area twice in recent months. One of those dates was a couple of weeks ago in Oakland where the two legendary Left Coast DJs/crate diggers played vinyl exclusively from Afrika Bambaataa's record collection as a tribute to the original architect of hip hop. The soft cover book features full color reproductions of numerous original records, flyers, photos, drawings, test pressings, and acetates from Afrika Bambaataa’s archive. Alongside rarely seen images are exclusive texts by DJ Shadow, Cut Chemist, and Afrika Bambaataa detailing the history of the Zulu Nation, hip-hop, and DJ culture, as well as lists of Bambaataa’s favorite breaks. It's the sort of thing a true crate digger/diehard hip-hop record collector would love to have.  Visit Amoeba San Francisco, as well as Berkeley and Hollywood, to find the titles mentioned in this article. Or shop on!