Hip-Hop July 14 2017: Fresh Kid Ice, DJ Shadow, Brian Coleman, Shabazz Palaces, Missy Elliot, Mr. Lif, The Roots, Ozomatali +

Posted by Billyjam, July 14, 2017 07:59pm | Post a Comment

The Roots, who did a killer Amoeba Hollywood in-store a decade ago, headline a Bay Area show tonight at the Fox Theater. (2 Chainz will be at the same Uptown Oakland district venue on August 14th).  Just a couple of blocks nearby in this vibrant nightlife section of the East Bay city is another excellent show. At the New Parish tonight will be the "collective of Black-Chicano-Cuban-Japanese-Jewish-Filipino musicians" Ozomatali headlining a bill with Pasto Seco Band plus local longtime emcee El Kool Kyle. Yes, it's mid summer and therefore there's lots of great hip-hop events going on in the East Bay in both Oakland and Berkeley, as well as across the Bay Bridge in San Francisco. That's where The Roots' hardest working member, drummer and busy DJ Questlove will be jetting over to after his Oakland show tonight to do a DJ set at San Francisco's The Independent on Divisidaro following a set by DeeJay Theory. Speaking of deejays Bay Area legend DJ Shadow over past week unexpectedly dropped the impromptu (digital) 4 song EP The Mountain Has Fallen which is a sequel to his summer 2016 album The Mountain Will Fall (also on LP/vinyl). He'll no doubt be performing from both releases when he brings his ongoing tour this weekend to Berkeley's UC Theatre on Sunday July 16th with Bay Area turntablist DJ Teeko opening. Next month show to look forward to: Atmosphere, Dilated Peoples, and Brother Ali all play Berkeley's Greek Theatre on August 22nd.

Boston based hip-hop ambassador/author Brian Coleman comes to Amoeba Berkeley next Thursday July 20th at 530pm to host the panel discussion "Checking The Technique" that promises to "celebrate old-school hip-hop, especially focusing on rap’s “Golden Age” (mid-‘80s to mid-‘90s), with an emphasis on Bay Area and California artists." Joining Brian Coleman (author of indepth hip-hop album guides Check the Technique Vols 1 & 2) will be former Amoeba Berkeley staffer DJ Platurn (45 Sessions/Oakland Faders), Adisa Banjoko (Hip Hop Chess Federation & author or Bobby, Bruce & The Bronx), Eric Arnold (Oakculture), Domino (Hieroglyphics), and Prozack Turner (Foreign Legion/The Legionnaire Saloon). More info here on this free, all-ages event. A few weeks ago at Amoeba Berkeley Billy Woods did an impressive Saturday afternoon performance in support of his newest album Known Unknowns found in the Berkeley Amoeba store in both vinyl and CD versions. Released on his own indie label Backwoodz, the album's standout cuts include "Bush League," "Tupac's Jacket (feat. ELUCID)," "Groundhogs Day" and "Wonderful (feat. Aesop Rock and Homeboy Sandman)." Boston emcee Mr. Lif of solo, Perceptionists and Thievery Corporation fame is currently based out of Berkeley CA. Next weekend along with Thievery Corporation he was to among the many acts performing at the's North Bay Cannabis Country Fair 2017. However reportedly due to some last minute issues the weekend event has been cancelled. More info here.

New hip-hop arrivals at Amoeba today include two new albums from Shabazz Palaces: Quazarz-Born On A Gangster Star (also on vinyl/LP) and the adjoined/simultaneous album (described as its “monozygotic twin”) Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines (also avail in LP/vinyl). Oh and also from Shabazz Palaces via Sub Pop Records are the two cassette tape releases: Lese Majesty cassette, and the Black Up cassette. Other new arrivals at Amoeba today include the 45 single from J-Boogie and Jay Sole "Save Your Sole" / "Domino Boogie" 7" via the Adventures Paradise label, and the vinyl reissue of Missy Elliott's classic  Supa Dupa Fly LP. It's the explicit version and from Atlantic Records who've been dropping a lot of hip-hop vinyl reissues lately. Finally immediately below is the music video for the  2 Live Crew's classic (raunchy) Miami Bass hit "Me So Horny"as a tribute to the recent passing of member Christopther “Fresh Kid Ice” Wong Won who died this week from unspecified "health issues" at age 53. In terms of hip-hop history Wong Won will be remembered as early era MC and founding member of the legendary 2 Live Crew but also as hip-hop's first highly visible Asian American rap artist. Rest in Peace Fresh Kid Ice.

2 Live Crew "Me So Horny" (Uncensored) Rest in Peace Fresh Kid Ice

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