J Dilla, Mac Dre, A Tribe Called Quest & Souls of Mischief among Kevin Durant's Crate Digging Finds @ Amoeba Music Berkeley

Posted by Billyjam, October 26, 2016 08:21pm | Post a Comment

Kevin Durant's Hip-Hop Picks @ Amoeba Music

1: A Tribe Called Quest Midnight Marauders (Jive)

2: Mac Dre  The Genie of The Lamp (Thizz Nation)
Ronald Dregan: Dreganomics (Thizz Nation)

3: Souls Of Mischief 93 Til Infinity (Jive)

4: J Dilla Donuts (Stones Throw)

5: Ol' Dirty Bastard Return To The 36 Chambers   (Get On Down)

As reported here, over this past weekend newly signed Golden State Warriors member Kevin Durant hit the streets to explore his newly adopted home of the Bay Area. The NBA star's Bay exploration, inspired by tips from Warriors fans who responded to KD's online requests for suggestions of things to do in the Bay, included a shopping spree at Amoeba Music Berkeley where his crate diggin' resulted in picking up some Mac Dre and Souls Of Mischief, among many others. And note that all of the picks were on vinyl since Kevin Durant is a serious record collector with a steadily growing vinyl library.

No wonder he stressed "record stores" when asking for tips on places to go in the Bay. Fans already knew that the Washington D.C. raised basketball star was a big hip-hop fan from his longtime friendship with Wale, having even appeared on the D.C. artist's More About Nothing mixtape. The 28 year old MVP award holder is a very friendly guy described as "really humble and down to earth," by Ray at the Berkeley store who was assisting in his visit there when he arrived at Amoeba Berkeley Saturday evening shortly after 6pm.

As with any avid record collector who finally makes a visit to Amoeba, with its rows upon rows of crates of music, KD's face lit up upon walking into the cavernous record emporium. A knowledgeable lifelong hip-hop fan, Ray at Amoeba had picked out some music in advance as suggestions with a focus on independent and Bay Area artists/releases. But it was all in the hip-hop CD section. He went through the indie underground stuff on CD but then said,  "I don't really buy CDs, but I like to support the local indie artists."  KD also faces the same challenge of other avid record collectors: he doesn't have the time to listen to all of the new vinyl he buys for his rapidly expanding collection.

Local Bay Area artist Sage The Gemini, whom KD already knew from few years back, came through too to give Durant some additional tips on digging in the music crates at Amoeba. Another North Bay artist who, it was highly likely, might have joined him was E-40. Forty Wata is not only a well known diehard Warriors fan but back in July, when KD announced he was leaving Oklahoma City Thunder to sign with Oakland, via Instagram the Bay rap icon was among the first to post his well wishes to Durant. Another Bay Area artist with a connection to KD, albeit not a friendly one, is Lil B who recorded and released the diss track "Fuck KD" on the prolific Berkeley artist's 2014 mixtape Hoop Life. Of course that was two years ago when KD was still with Oklahoma, so one can be pretty sure that the Based God has since changed his tune.

On Saturday at Amoeba KD was in his element with so many choices. He ended up buying a stack of vinyl with the first record he pulled out and bought being A Tribe Called Quest's 1993 album Midnight Marauders. Upon suggestion he also picked up two Mac Dre albums: an artist not known for having much of his prolific back catalog on vinyl, especially from the latter half of the late great Vallejo artist's career.  But luckily just the day earlier, both Mac Dre's The Genie of The Lamp and Ronald Dregan:Dreganomics albums had each been reissued on vinyl for the first time ever via Thizz Nation. Another Bay act KD picked up was Oakland legends Souls of Mischief's debut '93 Til Infinity album. Among the others from the hip-hop vinyl section he got were Ol' Dirty Bastard's Return To The 36 Chambers and J Dilla's Donuts.

Amoeba Berkeley's "soul" section is right beside "hip-hop" and there KD picked up some good stuff too. These included the largely slept on soul/funk vocalist Betty Davis, picking up her self-titled first record  from the early 70's that was reissued in recent years by Light In The Attic.  In addition to his pile of new vinyl finds, KD got a complimentary fat Amoeba swag bag that, no doubt, included one of those ubiquitous Amoeba Music Slipmats.  He also picked up a cartridge for his turntable. No doubt Durant will very likely be returning to Amoeba for more crate digging sometime in the future. Meantime the star athlete needs to first focus on his top priority, and the reason he relocated to the Bay Area. Last night's first game with the Warriors for Durant was disappointing and anti-climatic. Even though KD did get 27 points and 10 rebounds, the Oakland Oracle Arena home team lost to the San Antonio Spurs: 129-100. Speaking to sports outlets afterwards, Durant called the game outcome humbling and a wake up call to focus and not take anything for granted.  On Friday, October 28th, the Warriors travel to New Orleans to play the Pelicans

KD does drop for Wale's More About Nothing mixtape on "The Best In The League"

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