Hip-Hop Rap-Up: #1 DJ Lazyboy, Fashawn & Nas, Cannibal Ox, Fundrboogie/Mr. Complex, Tuxedo's Jake One & Mayer Hawthorne + more

Posted by Billyjam, March 5, 2015 12:51pm | Post a Comment

New releases to arrive at Amoeba this week include the technically soul - but with a hip-hop flavor - brand new album from prolific and diverse Seattle hip-hop producer Jake One along with blue-eyed soul singer Mayer Hawthorne entitled Tuxedo via Stones Throw Records. Tuxedo is also the band name of these two collaborating talents' alter egos who, as Aquarius (Mayer Hawthorne) and Taurus (Jake One) are dressed up in tuxedos - looking somewhat reminiscent of Dan the Automator and Prince Paul as the Handsome Boy Modeling School – and presented by the label headed by Peanut Butter Wolf (a man known to dress up himself) as descendants of the one- word moniker family of funk, where you will find groups such as Chic, Shalamar, Plush, and Zapp. For a better idea of Tuxedo's infectious retro dance grooves peep their video for the album track "Do It" (scroll down) and pick up their album available in CD, vinyl, and digital download formats.

Also just arrived in Amoeba this week is the anticipated new Cannibal Ox album Blade Of The Ronin which is the legendary NYC duo's first full length studio album in a decade and a half when they released their Def Jux debut The Cold Vein that was produced by label head/multi-talent El-P. The one half of Run The Jewels does not return to handle production duties for his rapping buddies Vast Aire and Vordul Mega this time. That chore goes to Bill Cosmiq and others with an impressive album mic guest list throughout its 19 tracks includes such talents as U-God of Wu-Tang, MF Doom, Elzhi, and El Da Sensei and Tame One of NJ's legendary Artifacts. Scroll down to peep the Blade Of The Ronin record release party on a bill with GZA and others at Webster Hall in NY this week when they performed, along with new album music, such classics as "Iron Galaxy" off their 2001 debut.

A seemingly even better record release party in the past week took place in LA for Fashawn's highly recommended new album The Ecology(previewed in this column last week) on Nas' new label Mass Appeal. At the Los Angeles concert release party for this sophomore album, which was held at the Echoplex, the Fresno mic wrecker was joined by a non-stop parade of talented special guests (many of whom appear on the new album) including Aloe Blacc, Dom Kennedy, Blu & Exile, Everlast (to lead the hyped loud crowd in a rendition of "Jump Around"), and a (genuine) surprise appearance by none other than Nas himself who appears along with Aloe Blacc on the uplifting album track "Something To Believe In" and is clearly a major fan of Fashawn calling him "real hip-hop."  That concert video footage appears below. The tour continues with a stop in Portland, OR tonight (March 5th) at Peter’s Room, at Wow Hall in 3/6 – Eugene, OR tomorrow (March 6th), and in Sacramento on Sunday (March 8th) at Harlows. Meantime The Ecology is available at Amoeba in CD format with the vinyl version to follow soon.

Nas Surprises Fashawn at The Ecology Album Release Party @ Echoplex

Cannibal Ox-Iron Galaxy Live Webster Hall Studio

Tuxedo "Do It"

There's a newly launched fundraising website called (aka fboogie) that is a hip-hop themed crowdfunding website that caters to not just hip-hop music projects but also film and fashion hip-hop themed projects. However unlike some other funding sites, fboogie is catered only to those whose budgets lie between $1000 and $5000. The first fundraising project of, where their homepage is distinctly hip-hop with a Rakim quote in bold letters ["Cause to me M C means Move the Crowd"] is for renowned underground hip-hop Queens, NY emcee Mr. Complex's album Forever New. The hip-hop artist, who came to fame in the nineties and during his illustrious career has released three solo albums and collaborated with the likes of Common and El-P, is hoping to reach the (relatively modest) sum of $5000 of which he has already gotten the majority of thanks to fans of the revered rapper.

Props to Santa Rosa DJ Lazyboy who won last week's big East Bay Churchward Pub DJ Battle (previewed here on the Amoeblog) which meant that he not only got the title but also a $1000 cash prize and a one month residency on Thursdays at the Alameda club. Picture below - care of JZ Lim photography taken right after the battle ended - of the diversely supertalented DJ, who can equally rock a party or skratch like a mofo, sporting the big cowboy hat that he wore during his winning set.

ZRO FOX (ProbCause and Hologram Kizzie) "Might Not (feat Sasha Go Hard)" 

Chicago hip-hop, which was brought into the national spotlight at the recent Oscars with Common, who joined Ohio born John Legend in winning for "Glory" from Selma and delivered the highlight of the night with their moving memorable performance and speech, is alive and well with two examples being funk/hip-hop ensemble Sidewalk Chalk  who are a group to keep an eye out for (more to come on them in the future when their music is available at Amoeba), and hip-hop power duo ZRO FOX. Made up of ProbCause and Hologram Kizzie who is the artist formerly known as Psalm One who most were introduced to as part of Rhymesayers. Together they kill it and on the video track above "Might Not" finds them in the good company of fellow Chi-Town artist Sasha Go Hard. The track is culled from their recently released, indie, self-titled EP.

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