Prozack Turner Video Premiere, Hip-Hop Top 5, Evidence, Boots @ Sundance, Hip-Hop @ Grammys

Posted by Billyjam, January 26, 2018 04:00pm | Post a Comment
Amoeblog Music Video Premiere: Prozack Turner “Girls On A Trampoline” (2018)

Special shout out to Prozack Turner of Foreign Legion and solo fame for granting the Amoeblog the world premiere of his new music video above; “Girls On A Trampoline" from his solo album Not Everybody Sleeps At Night on Hungerstrike Records. With song production care of K Kruze and the cuts by both Irish turntablist DJ Flip and Bay Area turntable talent DJ Halo, the lyrics of this killer track include references to his two Foreign Legion buddies DJ Design and Marc Stretch. Meanwhile the music video's directorial credit goes to Aaron Hartshorn.

Hip-Hop Top Five: 01:26:18

1: Evidence Weather Or Not LP (also on CD)  (Rhymesayers Ent.)

2: Action Bronson Blue Chips 7000 LP (also on cassette + on CD) (Atlantic)

3: Prezi Do Better (Freelutenant/EMPIRE)

4: Planet Asia The Golden Buddha LP (also on CD ) (Brick Records)

5: Damu The Fudgemunk & Raw Poetic The Reflecting Sea (Welcome To A New Philosophy) LP (Redefinition/Fat Beats)

The new year is off to a kick-ass start with lots of great new releases already out and many more in the pipeline for the coming weeks/months ahead. Among the new arrivals at Amoeba today is this week's #1 album; the all killer, no filler new Evidence album on two formats Weather Or Not LP (and on CD). I cannot say enough about this long anticipated release from the multi-talented LA producer/rapper who many got to know from his membership of Dilated Peoples. Weather Or Not is his fifth solo release that was expected in 2017 but worth the wait as instantly proven by the current smokin' single "10,000 Hours” (see video below for the DJ Premier produced track). The song, which is a nod to the Malcolm Gladwell associated “10,000 Hour Rule” theory about an artist having to put in 10,000 serious hours of practice on his/her craft to fully master it. Evidence lays down his story as an artist in today’s fickle rap world, offering such commentary as how “everyone’s an imitation; spitters copy G-rap, the rest are on some Drake shit.” In the same song he also offers how he doesn’t want to see his, “friends broke or be bitter, and I don’t want to see my heroes slanging verses on their Twitter.” Throughout the album he has other producers besides Premo handling production duties.
Out today is the indie rap CD release Do Better on Freelutenant via EMPIRE from new Bay rap star Prezi. The Hunters Point, San Francisco raised rapper blew up in 2017 with his breakout hit single  "Do Better" that lent its title to his follow up album that’s packed with featured rap appearances from the likes of Mozzy, Philthy Rich, OMB Peezy, Lil Yee, Lil Blood, Tree Thomas, and Skooly. The artist has also just published an accompanying music video to the new album track "Old Ways.” Scroll down to see the video for the P-Lo and Reece Beats produced song.

Following last month’s CD release of Action Bronson's Blue Chips 7000 CD today are the two analog formats:  Blue Chips 7000 LP and Blue Chips 7000 cassette  (Atlantic). For labels nowadays, pressing up vinyl can mean an extra 2 or 3 months; more at certain times of year like before Record Store Day. It’s also more work and planning for labels, many of whom are only getting back into vinyl with the new demand for the format. For many hip-hop labels, the release dates of their vinyl versions have been anywhere from one, two, three or more months later. But recently more hip-hop labels appear to be planning ahead and schedulint their vinyl/LP album versions at same time as their digital counterparts. Examples include the January 2018 release from Cai emcee Planet Asia The Golden Buddha LP (also on CD ) (Brick Records). On vinyl is Damu The Fudgemunk & Raw Poetic The Reflecting Sea (Welcome To A New Philosophy) LP (Redefinition/Fat Beats)

Happening this week is the  Sundance 2018. Film Festival where previously profiled emcee, activist, author, playwright and first time film  director Boots Riley of The Coup has been winning rave reviews for his directorial debut Sorry To Bother You. The film, shot on location in Oakland, was both written and directed by Boots and based on his 2014 published  and the 2012 ANTI- release Sorry To Bother You. The film's impressive cast includes Patton Oswalt, David Cross, Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Steven Yeun, Armie Hammer, Omari Hardwick, and Michael Sommers. The film features a score by fellow Oakland based artists tUnE-yArDs with a soundtrack by The Coup.

Happening also this weekend and of interest to DJs and other music gear heads is the giant annual NAMM audio gear convention in SoCal’s Anaheim Convention Center is taking place through Sunday. More info

Meanwhile this Sunday in New York City (home of hip-hop) the 60th Annual Grammys will take place, and not LA as usual. The location is perfect since at this year’s music awards show it looks like hip-hop will rule everything around it. That’s due to the fact that rap/hip-hop (along with RnB) had non stop hits in singles and album.  Ten #1 albums in 2017 were care of rappers; some established but many new young acts. The big names/nominees at Sunday's gala musical event will be  Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar. Pictured right, Lamar's latest album released back in July DAMN. (also on LP/vinyl) ruled both commercially and critically in the second half of 2017.  Sunday at 730pm (NY) and 430pm (CA) on CBS is when/where to catch the Grammys live. More info at
Evidence “10,000 Hours (Prod. by DJ Premier)” from Weather Or Not LP (also on CD) (2018)
Prezi "Old Ways" from Do Better (Freelutenant/EMPIRE) (2018)

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