Hip-Hop Rap Up 04:01:17: DMC Regional in DC, Baby DJ School in LA @ Amoeba, New J. Stalin + BDP 7" Reissues via B-Boy Records

Posted by Billyjam, April 1, 2017 09:09am | Post a Comment

1: Ghetto Philharmonic The Alternate Masters (Chamber Musik)

2: J. Stalin I Don't Sell Dope No Moe (Livewire)

3: 50 Cent Best of 50 Cent  (Interscope)

4: BDP "Poetry" + "South Bronx" 7" vinyl (B-Boy)

5: BDP "The Bridge Is Over" + "Remix For P Is Free"  7" vinyl (B-Boy)

With three weeks to go to 2017 Record Store Day (April 22nd) things are heating up in the new releases department including a noteworthy series of seven inch singles via B-Boy Records. That's the legendary label who, back in the 80's, originally released all of the amazing BDP (Boogie Down Productions) joints. Those were 12" singles that are coveted by collectors and hip-hop fans like myself. This new reissue series comes cover sleeves bearing that same distinct record label logo, but only on collectible seven inch 45 series.  This new vinyl  reissues on seven inch include Poetry" + "South Bronx"  and "The Bridge Is Over" + "Remix For P Is Free" There's another three 7" BDP singles available from the Amoeba store found under new releases here.

Initially released 13 years ago Ghetto Philharmonic The Alternate Masters (Chamber Musik) is again available with a new release that arrived in Amoeba yesterday and well worth getting. Also a reissue of sorts is the newly assembled greatest hits package Best of 50 Cent. Includied are his timeless classic/biggest hit "In Da Club" that opens the 18 track CD compilation, along with all the G-Unit star's main tracks you fiend for (and more) such as "21 Questions," "P.I.M.P.," "I Get Money," and "Disco Inferno." The week's official new release is prolific West Oakland rap star J.Stalin's standout album I Don't Sell Dope No Moe  which does not disappoint. 16 tracks, 50 minutes including the "Tupac Intro," "West Oakalnd Marines," "Human Target Practice," and "Yo Mama's House" plus an album title that itself deserves some kind of award.

Amoeba Hollywood's popular ongoing Baby DJ School semester,that began two weeks ago, continues today Saturday April 1st at 11am. Curated by the Brooklyn NY based Baby DJ School, the current 8-week Amoeba Hollywood edutainment series under the tutorship of  DJ Annie Wonder has proven to be very popular not just with kids and parents, but also with those fascinated by the unique concept of teaching toddlers turntablist skills (and more). Yup wee ones as young as 2 months old (and up to 5 years) are getting skills associated with grown ups. Numerous media outlets have covered the unique story including Vice who did a piece that you can see on the Amoeba site. Not solely a class to strictly teach DJing tricks to babies, the ground-breaking series, as described by the Amoeba site,  is one that through "singing, dancing, and interactive technology, little ones are introduced to handling records, mixing and matching beats, and creating fun and funky samples using modern DJ equipment." The progressive series breaks away from the old model of that same old same old nursery rhymes sung to kids by jaded parents. Instead in infuses interest by both generations by updating everything via technology and interaction, but essentially keeping the parent/child teaching model in place. The series takes place at Amoeba Hollywood each Saturday morning at 11am - 11:45am (except Record Store Day on April 22nd) through May 6th and pre-registration is required. So register now for next week and just stop by Amoeba Hollywood today to check it out.

As reported here recently the 2017 DJ battle season officially got underway with the 2017 DMC NYC Regional battle a couple of weekends ago. At that premiere annual turntablist regional battle, that kickstarted the annual season, Dwells (pictured below c/o Ming Han) took first place with DJ Finger Smith placing second and DJ As-One in third place. Today, April 1st, things move to the nation's capital for the 2017 DMC Washington DC DJ Battle. An all ages event from 5pm to 9pm, presented by Rane and happening at Flash located 645 Florida Ave NW Washington, DC 20001, in addition to the regional DMC DJ battle whose many competitors will again include NYC runner up DJ Finger Smith, will feature a showcase performance and party rocking set by DJ Precision of X-ecutioners fame and  2015 DMC World Supremacy Champ. 5pm doors, all ages no filming. $10 advance here,  or $15 at the door today. Next up in the DMC Regionals will be next weekend: Satruday April 8th with the DMC Chicago + DMC US Supremacy taking place at Lincoln Hall, and next Sunday April 9th with the DMC Cincinnati taking place at Jekyll. Two weeks later the DMC Bay Area will take place on April 21st at the Uptown in Oakland and the DMC Los Angeles + DMC US Scratch Finals will take place on April 23rd at  Club BleuWatch this space for more info and follow results on the official  DMC DJ Champs website.

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