Hip-Hop Rap Up [Denver Vrs.]: New Releases, Concerts: Karriem Riggins, Hieroglyphics, Vince Staples, Black Moon, Thundercat

Posted by Billyjam, February 24, 2017 03:50pm | Post a Comment

Greetings from the "Mile High City" of Denver CO where this Amoeblog weekly Hip-Hop Rap Up is being  posted from and where there are a variety of excellent hip-hop shows this week including the Bay Area's Hieroglyphics ensemble who play a recommended show tomorrow night (Feb. 25th). Just as their Bay Area shows over the past many months, so too will the beloved longtime East Bay hip-hop collective's lineup feature all the original crew members including Del The Funky Homosapien, Souls Of Mischief, Casual, Pep Love and Domino when they perform at the Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom (16+ Tix $28 - $32) Feb 25th with opening acts Whisky Blanket, (Minneapolis hip-hop artist to watch out for) Sean Anonymous, Old Man Saxon, and Kruza Kid.

Upon arrival here in the Colorado capital two days ago I got to check out a vibrant, packed and sold-out show by visiting Chicago female emcee Noname (the artist born Fatimah Warner and formerly known as Noname Gypsy who was chosen as among top seven femcees of 2016 by Amoeblog. Noname, along with her skilled full funk band including incredible vocalists, killed it  during her set for an adoring audience at Lost Lake Lounge on Colfax where another Amoeblog favorite femcee Kalyn Heffernan and Wheelchair Sports Camp will play an upcoming show March 7th . That same Feb 22nd Wednesday night across the street and down a number of blocks was another sold-out show (yes middle of the week nights in Denver are typically blowing up!) at the Bluebird Theater by highly acclaimed visiting LA producer/singer Thundercat in support of his new album Drunk out today on Brainfeeder (pre-order vinyl) that features such talents as Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus, Kamasi Washington, Pharrell, and (weed ambassador) Wiz Khalifa.  Scroll down below to see fan-made video clip of Thundercat performing "Friend Zone" in Denver other night.

Next Friday at the same Bluebird venue highly politicized revolutionary rapper from New York City Immortal Technique will headline a show and no doubt have much to speak on in this current Trump administration where every day brings news of another step backwards in human/civil rights. Yesterday's announcement by the Trump Administration's press secretary Sean Spicer that there would be "greater enforcement"  under President Donald Trump and his historically anti-weed Attorney General Jeff Sessions, to enforce federal marijuana laws and targeting non-medical marijuana, likely in states like Colorado where weed is legal, met almost unanimous opposition here in Denver. Not surprising since the Denver and Colorado legal marijuana industry, that took effect on January 1st 2014, has been a most-welcome boost to the economy both city and statewide, including such beneficiaries as schools and infrastructure and transit systems: all of whom have been enhanced as a result of the positive use of tax dollars from decriminalized, fully legal medical and recreational marijuana taxation.

Meanwhile back in the Bay Area, hip-hop and hip-hop related shows taking place this weekend include HBK Gang's Skipper at The Venue on 14th Street in Oakland Sunday (Feb 26th). 8pm $20 Tix/info, plus the (heavily sampled in hip-hop artist) Roy Ayers at Yoshi's in Oakland on Saturday and Sunday (Feb 25th/26th). Note that next weekend Vallejo funk legends Con Funk Shun perform at the same venue two nights (Mar 3rd & 4th). Tix and info here.

Then there's the many remaining shows in the ongoing, soon-to-finish Bay-wide Noise Pop 25 festival (through Sunday, Feb 27th) that include Vince Staples at Oakland's Fox Theatre tomorrow (Sat. Feb 26th) with opener/collaborator Kilo Kush. All ages 8pm show tix from $27.50 to $88. Upcoming Bay Area shows to make note of include Mykki Blanco at the New Parish next Friday March 3rd (tix/info) and WHY?, Open Mike Eagle, and Rituals of Mine all at the UC Theatre on March 29th (tix/info).

New Hip-Hop Releases of Week ending 02:24:2017

1: Karriem Riggins Headnod Suite (also avail as vinyl/LP) (Stones Throw Records)

2: Ill Bill Septagram (Uncle Howie Records)

3: DJ Paul Nice Drum Library Vol. 15 LP  (Super Break/Fat Beats)

4: Lupe Fiasco Drogas Light vinyl/LP version (following recent CD version) (1st & 15th Productions)

5: Black Moon Enta Da Stage: The Complete Edition [3 CD Box Set]  (also avail as 6 LP vinyl set) (Fat Beats)

Topping this week's new releases is the simultaneously vinyl and CD release of Karriem Riggins' Headnod Suite (also avail as vinyl/LP). Note that the artist will be doing a special Amoeba Hollywood instore along with turntablist great J-Rocc on March 2nd. Riggins' new Stones Throw release was favorably reviewed by Amoeba as, "lush, gorgeous, and bursting with life" with its tracks described as "contemporary but timeless, jumping from dreamy summer soul vibes to glitch-hop rhythms. The hip-hop producer and jazz drummer has worked with Common (who makes an appearance on this LP), Kaytranada, and The Roots; fans of these artists will likely dig Riggins’ latest. No matter what the season, Headnod Suite will bring some summer into your life." Also on this new chart is Septagram which is the latest from prolific East Coast rapper Ill Bill, Lupe Fiasco's Drogas Light vinyl/LP version following the CD version's release two weeks ago, and the latest installment from beatmaker DJ Paul Nice: Drum Library Vol. 15 LP  (Super Break/Fat Beats). Rounding out the latest chart is the thick reissue of Black Moon's hip-hop classic in a new box set Enta Da Stage: The Complete Edition [3 CD Box Set]  that is also avail as a 6 LP vinyl set, all courtesy of Fat Beats.

Meantime upcoming releases of note include the vinyl version of Awaken, My Love! [Limited Edition Box Set] (LP) now avail for pre-order by Childish Gambino. The Awaken My Love! CD version from Glassnote dropped two weeks ago and is described by Amoeba's reviewers in part as: "Unlike anything he has done previously, this album takes cues from D'Angelo and '70s Funkadelic more than what you'd expect from an artist who started out rapping. This shows his growth as an artist, using more live instrumentation, back up singers, and even pushing his own vocal approach. It's damn good!" Below is a video interview c/o Bigboy TV with the artist born Donald Glover on his acclaimed new album among other topics.

Childish Gambino (Donald Glover) on "Awaken My Love", Shooting Star Wars, And More!

Thundercat "Friend Zone (live in Denver @ Bluebird)" (2017)

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