Homeboy Sandman At Amoeba Berkeley Feb 4th 2016

Posted by Billyjam, February 3, 2016 05:48pm | Post a Comment

Hip-hop fans in the Bay Area have an opportunity to catch one of contemporary hip-hop's most innovative emcees when Homeboy Sandman stops by Amoeba Berkeley Thursday, February 4th at 4pm. The in-store will be the Queens, NY emcee's first ever visit to the East Bay Amoeba Music store. The always down-to-earth hip-hop-loving emcee who breaks all negative stereotypes of rappers will perform a few songs from his deep back catalog. That set will be followed by an informal meet and greet with fans.

"With hip-hop they think you can only rap about horrible criminality and misogyny, or else rap about how you don't rap about that, when the truth is you can rap about anything. I have always loved making songs about stuff that people haven't made songs about," Homeboy Sandman said in one of his previous Amoeblog interviews. That quote was from an interview the school teacher turned full-time emcee did back in June 2010 around the time he had just released his album The Good Sun on High Water/Fat Beats before he signed with Stones Throw Records. Since signing with Peanut Butter Wolf's famed record label, he's released a string of solo recordings including his Subject: Matter EP, the Hallways LP, and the First of A Living Breed album.

Released in September 2012, Living Breed was one of three releases within a busy nine month period for the artist. The 14-track album is a prime example of the gifted wordsmith effortlessly delivering his stream of consciousness rhymes, all the while covering a variety of topics from the political rap of "Illuminati" to the autobiographical "Not Really" (see music video below).  As seems to be his practice, that album enlisted the varied musical styles of a number of different producers including 6th Sense, Oddisee, and label mate Jonwayne, who earlier that year had produced the track "Unforgettable" for the Subject: Matter EP (video below).

In addition to all his solo output, Homeboy Sandman has done a number of studio collaborations with a series of carefully chosen artists (emcees and producers) who compliment his style. His 2015 studio collaborations included joining L'Orange and Jeremiah Jae on their one-off duet The Night Took Us In Like Family on the album track "Ignore the Man to Your Right," as well as joining underground Brooklyn hip-hop talent Grizzly Gato for the song "Finding A New Balance On A Boogie Board" (video below).

An even more expansive collaborative project was the late 2015, five-song duet Lice with Aesop Rock. A digital download promo, it was jointly distributed and promoted by Rhymesayers Ent. (Aesop's label) who handled the video side and Stones Throw who handled the audio promo via their Soundcloud page. The collaborative project, whose various contributing producers including Optiks and Blockhead, will be released officially on limited edition vinyl pressing sometime later this year.

Homeboy Sandman will be at Amoeba Berkeley this Thursday at 4pm. Later that evening he performs in San Francisco at the (long endangered but luckily still there) Elbo Room (tix). This evening (Wednesday, February 3rd) he plays at Back Bar SoFA (tix) in San Jose. On Friday (February 5th) he travels to Sacramento to play at the Sol Arts Collective (tix).

Homeboy Sandman "Not Really" 

Grizzly Gato feat. Homeboy Sandman - "Finding A New Balance On A Boogie Board"

Homeboy Sandman "Unforgettable"

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