Hip Hop Rap Up: RIP Wesley Burton, Mac Dre Art Show, Scarface Book, HBK's Azure, Big Mont, Third Sight IV LP + more

Posted by Billyjam, April 24, 2015 11:37am | Post a Comment
This Saturday evening's Mac Dre Art Show - Dre Area at at Charles Place in Downtown Oakland -  merely proves that the late great Vallejo rapper, whose cult status has grown exponetially since his murder eleven years ago, is truly an iconic hip-hop figure everywhere but especially in his native Bay Area. Dre Area features a total of 40 different artists, including Ernest Doty and Yung E, contributing via their art their take on Mac Dre - some of it inspired by Mac Dre's famous photos and album cover imagery. A one-off event happening this Saturday evening only from 5pm to midnight Dre Area (with all Mac Dre music being spun by DJ Dontdoodaat) takes place at Charles Place which is at 347 13th St. Oakland. Cover is $5 and I have a feeling it could get really packed and if so plan on going earlier than later.

Another beloved Bay Area public figure taken from this world and his family way too young is KPFA's Wesley Burton who, among other things at the Berkeley Pacifica station, co-hosted the popular late Friday night music show Sideshow Radio. However after finishing his show and leaving KPFA last Friday night / early Saturday morning while driving home to his family along Martin Luther King Boulevard in Oakland his car was struck a speeding hit-and-run driver that crashed into him causing Burton's car to flip and die at the scene.  A really well loved individual, tributes to him have included a moving one earlier this week hosted by Davey D during KPFA's Hard Knock Radio that is archived here for playback.

Tonight (Friday April 24th) at the Elbo Room in San Francisco One League Entertainment is presented a kick-ass hip-hop show entitled Local Produce Vol.1 that will feature performances from
Fatlip of The Pharcyde, The Hieroglyphics / Souls of Mischief's A-Plus featuring Knobody, Z-Man, and BPos. The event, which will be hosted by Mazta i with "fresh beats" by this sessions chosen producer E-Train, take place at 9pm on Friday at the Elbo Room at 647 Valencia Street in San Francisco. 21+ Tix at door$10 before 10pm (then $20)

This week veteran Southern hip-hop star Scarface of the Geto Boys published the book Diary of a Madman. The book by the 44 year old Texas artist born Brad Jordan, who these days is a Def Jam executive,  is a no-holds-barred totally honest memoir that he co-wrote with Benjamin Meadows-Ingram that covers all you would expect from a member of the Geto Boys; driveways, violent shootings, alcohol, narcotics, attempted suicides, mental wards, and a dysfunctional family background.

"Mad and sad. I felt like no one wanted me. My daddy was dead, and my mama didn’t want me. I didn’t really get along with my stepdad, and my grandma already had nine kids of her own, so there wasn’t really a place for me at her house either. I felt like I couldn’t do shit right, and the only way I could get any attention was by fucking up," he writes in the book that is accurately subtitled "The Geto Boys, Life, Death, and the Roots of Southern Rap." Look for it in Amoeba's book section or at bookstores everywhere.

Top Five Singles/Tracks of the Week

1) Lightbulb & DJ Eons One "White Owls 4 Nite Owls (Sanctimonous)

2) Slum Village  "Push It Along (feat. Phife Dawg)"

3) Roots Manuva "Like A Drum"         

4) Ape the Grimm "Stetson Hats (feat Kool Keith)"   

5) Illa J "Strippers"

Veteran underground LA based hip-hop trio Third Sight, pictured below and comprised of D-Styles, Roughneck Jihad, and DJ Du Funk, who formed back in 1993 are preparing to release their fourth album and, like so many indie artists these days, are taking the fully independent route and rather than go through a label making an effort to raise the money for production and pressing up of their record themselves. "We would like to avoid the restrictions and pitfalls  of going through a label to fund the LP and we view crowd funding as a legitimate option," wrote MC Roughneck Jihad on the fundraising pitch, promising that the trio would be "bringing 100% independent Hip Hop to the people." The MC invites hip-hop fans to show support in getting the album pressed up and released via the Go Fund Me website.

Big Mont "Givenchy" (2015)

The Beatnuts' Al Tariq (aka Kool Fashion) is getting into the business end of hip-hop and is unveiling his new label Big City Musik with up-and-coming hip-hop lyricist Big Mont being among his first signees and releases. Big Mont is a NYC emcee who was first introduced to the hip hop world via the Lords Of The Underground remake "New Chief Rocka." His debut single (and video above) is the single “Givenchy” (from his late 2015 scheduled full-length debut album Communion) which Al Tariq says was, "the first song I ever heard from him …. and I was blown away! This is the beginning of big things for this youngster. He does it all himself; beats, rhymes, choruses. Big Mont is the future."

Azure "Nine Nine" (2015)

The HBK Gang's Azure, who many know as both Iamsu!'s tour DJ and for being one-third of the Oakland trio Down 2 Earth, is about to drop his anticipated debut solo album - entitled Leap Year - with the just unveiled lead single (and the David Camarena directed video above) "Nine Nine." "Rapping was the artform that touched me first. As a kid I would recite Eminem and Ludacris lyrics in my mom's room where there was a big mirror. I never thought I would actually start rapping," said the Bay Area artist.

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