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Samson the Supreme & Delilah the Delightful

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 30, 2018 06:31pm | Post a Comment

Delilah

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show

"Delilah got in action, Delilah did her kootch
She gave him satisfaction and he fell 'neath her spell,
With the aid of love and hootch"
~ "Sam and Delilah" (1931) by Duke Ellington

There have been many songs and movies about the Nazarite stud-muffin and that saucy, seductive gal from Sorek. Popular groups whose music makes my ears cringe like...uggg...Queen, Grateful Dead, and The Cranberries have all sung about the famous story of romance and betrayal. Me, I'd rather put a quarter in the jukebox for Nat King Cole's "Song of Delilah" or Tom Jones' 1967 hit, "Delilah" (which has stabbing murder lyrics like a Johnny Cash song).



On the tropical isle of Jamaica, Eric "Monty" Morris and other early ska musicians recorded songs in the '60s about the Biblical dysfunctional duo too.

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New Green Room Session with Hatchie

Posted by Amoebite, November 30, 2018 04:30pm | Post a Comment

Hatchie - Amoeba Green Room Session

Austrailian dream-pop artist Hatchie (aka Harriette Pilbeam) and her band filled the Amoeba Hollywood green room with their shimmery, pillowy brand of shoegaze-y rock. The band played four of the five tracks off Hatchie's debut EP Sugar & Spice, which is out now on Double Double Whammy.

Hatchie Sugar & Spice

Starting with the title track, they fell into a mid-tempo groove, full of atmospheric tones. Continuing with "Sure," the band took a more sentimental approach with its inquisitive lyrics concerning a rekindled relationship. With its watery-shimmery guitar and intricate vocal melodies "Bad Guy" invoked the spirit of bands like Cocteau Twins, while the set closer "Try" porved to be an anthem full of longing. 

Hatchie returns to the States in Spring 2019 to tour with Girlpool. You can catch them in Los Angeles April 6th at the Regent and in San Francisco April 9th at the Independent.

Watch the whole set below:

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Having A Movie Moment With Jon Longhi: The Horrors! The Horrors!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 29, 2018 06:07pm | Post a Comment

By Jon Longhi

Welcome to this month’s Having A Movie Moment With Jon Longhi, where I review recent Blu-ray releases. Both of these Blu-rays came out in the past three months. This month, I review two very different movies that just happen to have the word Horror in their titles.

Horrors of Malformed Men, Arrow Video:
This movie is like going to a Cirque Du Soleil show where all the performers on stage accidentally ate theHorrors of Malformed Men brown acid. I own a huge collection of cult films and along with the films of John Waters, Salvador Dali's Un Chien Andalou, Fellini's Satyricon, and Alejandro Jodorowsky's The Holy Mountain, and this movie pretty much rules the roost of the "HOLY SHIT, WHAT THE FUCK AM I WATCHING?" segment of my collection. The second half of this movie is like a sustained psychedelic assault on the senses. Director Teruo Ishii really pulled out all the stops to make this a one-of-a-kind experience. The movie is an adaptation of the writings of Edogawa Rampo and combines elements of his novels Strange Tale of Panorama Island and The Demon of The Lonely Isle with some of his short stories. The end result is a literal bombardment of strange surreal perversions. There's incest, bestiality, cannibalism, and a number of sexual fetishes that seem unique to Japan. There's a scene where a man sewn into a couch molests women who unsuspectingly sit on it.

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Top 10 Hip-Hop Vinyl - Reissues, Box Sets, Color Vinyl: G-Eazy, Big L, Edo G & Pete Rock, Cannibal Ox, Mac Miller, Hieros, DJ Devastate

Posted by Billyjam, November 29, 2018 01:03pm | Post a Comment

TOP 10 HIP-HOP VINYL @ AMOEBA 11:29:18

1: Cannibal Ox  The Cold Vein [Black Friday White Vinyl] 4LP (Ihiphop Distribution)

2: Ill Bill What's Wrong With Bill? Black Friday (3LP + 7” + 24 page book + poster) (Uncle Howie Records)

3: Edo G feat Pete Rock My Own Worst Enemy [Black Friday] LP  (Fat Beats)

4: G-Eazy The Vault [Black Friday] (LP)  (RCA)

5: A$AP Ferg Black Friday 12” (RCA)

6: Hieroglyphics The Who [Black Friday Picture Disc] 12"  (Hieroglyphics Imperium)

7: DJ Devastate  In Recollection: A Dual Label Anthology [Black Friday] LP (Coalmine)

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Mon Laferte

Posted by Amoebite, November 26, 2018 05:08pm | Post a Comment

Mon Laferte - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Before her recent in-store performance at Amoeba Hollywood, we had a chance to sit down with Chilean singer-songwriter and actress Mon Laferte and learn what she had been listening to, such as Brazilian legend Astrud Gilberto. "I'm in love with her voice," she told us, describing it as "super elegant." She went on to talk about the appeal of Brazilian music, saying, "It's delicate, it's elegant, it has an interesting harmony, and (is) at times happy, but not the type of happiness that's coarse, rough. It puts you in a very lovely state." Mon Laferte had equally eloquent and thoughtful things to say about all her picks, making for a wonderful What's In My Bag?

Norma Monserrat Bustamante Laferte, aka Mon Laferte, ranks as Chile's artist with the most nominations in one year for the Latin Grammys: five nominations in 2017. That year, her Mon Laferte - Normasong "Amárrame" from the album La Trenza took home the Latin Grammy for Best Alternative Song. Known for fusing rock, electronic, blues, pop and bolero styles, Laferte began her musical career at age nine, when she won a singing contest. She released her first studio album, La Chica de Rojo, in 2003. Nine years later, she released a followup, Desechable, and was invited to serve as a judge on the Chilean version of The X Factor in 2012.

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Monster Birds & Turkey à la King Rock n' Roll

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 22, 2018 12:40am | Post a Comment

Giant Claw. Happy Thanksgiving.

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show

"Come on baby, I need gravy...
Gimmie, gimmie, gimmie, give me gravy tonight!"
~ Lyrics from Dee Dee Sharp's song "Gravy" (sequel to "Mashed Potato Time")

Are you already day-dreaming of gnawing on a turkey leg like a frenzied barbarian warrior like I am? We Giant Clawmay not be eating lobster, deer, ducks, clams, and berries like they did in 1621, but we now have Great Aunt Nora's famous oyster stuffing. If there is one holiday that my growling torso-cave desires yearly, it's the Day of Thanks. Did you get stuck watching the Macy's parade and listening to horrible dentist office digestive jazz at your Mother-in-Law's last year? Well, here are my suggestions to add some spice to the day if you are hosting this year...for he who controls the Spice, controls the Universe!

First, we need some big birds on the boob-tube playing all day long. I'm not talking about Follow that Bird (starring John Candy and Dave Thomas), I'm talking about THE GIANT CLAW! Let it be noted, that the producers of Rodanthe film originally planned to use a stop-motion model created by Ray Harryhausen, but they lacked the moolah at the last minute so they used this amazingly creepy marionette for the bird. Also, if you look closely, a flying saucer can be seen in Grand Central Terminal during the giant bird's attack on New York City, as they used stock footage from Earth vs. the Flying Saucers for this movie. I like to think both alien invasion and giant bird attacks happened at the same time. This 1957 classic should almost be played on repeat, much like Darby O'Gill and the Little People should be on Saint Patrick's Day, however I got a few more choice feathered flicks for you to add for this Super Feast Thursday.

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Concert Videos Salute To 15 Years Of Mezzanine: Latest SF Club To Fall “Victim To Corporate Greed & Commercial Development”

Posted by Billyjam, November 20, 2018 07:04pm | Post a Comment

Beloved Downtown San Francisco dance/concert club Mezzanine, a staple of the City’s nightlife for the past 15 years, today shared the bad news that it is being forced to close its doors due to its landlord refusing to renew their lease which ends in ten months in October 2019. “I was disappointed that the owners of the building didn’t give me an opportunity to renegotiate a new lease,” said Mezzanine owner Deborah Jackman in a prepared statement.

An independent business with 35+ employees, Mezzanine had the distinction of being the largest female owned music venue in San Francisco with an in-house all female talent buying team. With a passion for quality beat-driven artists from all genres, since 2003 the venue has hosted an endless list of talented performers (local, national and international) that have included DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist, Run The Jewels, Mos Def, Giorgio Moroder, De La Soul, DJ Q-bert solo and with Invisibl Skratch Piklz, DJ AM (RIP), Kool Keith, Ghostface Killah, Jimmy CliffDJ ZephAzeem, Katy Perry, Florence + The Machine, Lady Gaga, A-Trak, Afrolicious, Psychic TV, Doc Martin, The Pack, The Glitch Mob, LCD Soundsystem Equipto & Z-Man, Snoop Dogg, Tricky, Hudson Mohawke, The Faint, ABC, Front 242 and Big Freedia.

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Waxwork Records Co-Founder Kevin Bergeron

Posted by Amoebite, November 19, 2018 05:46pm | Post a Comment

Kevin Bergeron - What's In My Bag? - Amoeba Music

We were pleased to sit down with Waxwork Records co-founder Kevin Bergeron at Amoeba Hollywood and check out his latest record finds. Since his label specializes in reissues of cult flicks, Bergeron couldn't help but recommend a couple of recent soundtracks, including the score to Good Time, by Oneohtrix Point Never. "I recently just found out about this composer," he told us. "I'm really impressed with people that can make an album like this...(and it's just one dude) because it's really, really good and really dynamic." It wasn't all soundtracks though for Bergeron, who had an eclectic collection of electronic, industrial, and punk records, making for a fun and educational What's In My Bag?

In 2013, Kevin Bergeron co-founded Waxwork Records with Suzy Soto. Fans of cult films and long-forgotten soundtracks, Bergeron and Soto launched the label to bring quality vinyl reissues of classic Waxwork Recordshorror scores as well as commercially unavailable, little-known finds to a loyal audience of collectors. The label's first release was the Re-Animator soundtrack; it set the template for the Waxwork Records approach, which involves giving each release the fancy reissue treatment, with recordings sourced from the original master tapes, liner notes from influential figures involved with the film, and new artwork from contemporary artists. 

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LP of Day: De La Soul 25 Year Anniversary Vinyl Reissue of 1993 Prince Paul produced "Buhloone Mindstate" - A True Hip-Hop Classic

Posted by Billyjam, November 18, 2018 05:31pm | Post a Comment
De La Soul Buhloone Mindstate LP (Tommy Boy)

Celebrating its 25th anniversary with this 2018 vinyl reissue, Buhloone Mindstate LP (Tommy Boy) is truly a hip-hop classic. No wonder then that this third album from De La Soul, originally released on September 21st 1993, is oft chosen by fans as the iconic Long Island hip-hop trio's greatest release of their illustrious three decade strong career, and routinely included in critics' all-time best hip-hop album lists. In addition to De La Soul's Posdnuos, Trugoy The Dove and Maseo (although minimally) this Prince Paul produced masterpiece includes features from the late great Gang Starr lyricist Guru, Biz Markie,  Dres from Black Sheep, Chip Fu from Fu-Schnickens, Busta Rhymes, female emcee Shortie No Mass and funk/jazz/soul saxophone legend Maceo Parker and others. All killer, no filler Buhloone Mindstate LP is worth the price if only for the two off-the-hook tracks/singles “Breakadawn” and “Ego Trippin' (Part Two)” (scroll down to see music videos for both songs).

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Hip-Hop Top Five 11:16:18: Swollen Members, SOB X RBE, Z-Ro, Black Eyed Peas, Apollo Brown & Joell Ortiz

Posted by Billyjam, November 16, 2018 11:34pm | Post a Comment
     Hip-Hop Top Five: 11:16:18

1: Swollen Members Live At The Fox Theatre (Battle Axe)
  
3: SOB X RBE Gangin II (SOB X RBE)
 
3: Z-Ro SäDISM (1 Deep Entertainment)
 
4: Black Eyed Peas Masters of the Sun Vol. 1 (Interscope)

5: Apollo Brown & Joell Ortiz Mona Lisa LP (already out on CD) (Mello Music)

Swollen Members drop via CD Live At The Fox Theatre on Battle Axe Records that was recorded at a sold-out packed show at the Fox Theatre in Boulder, Colorado during the Canadian hip-hop group's Black Magic Tour a dozen years ago. The first live album release from Swollen Members, its fourteen tracks include live versions of such songs as "Crunch," "Anthrax Island," "Bring It Home," "Fuel Injected," "Deep End," "Killing Spree," "Lady Venom," "Strength" and "Too Hot." The album cover art was created by Mr. 8 Legz who also designed the iconic Swollen Members skull logo. While  Live At The Fox Theatre is Swollen Members first album since 2014's Brand New Day, last year the group's Madchild released his most recent solo album; the highly recommended The Darkest Hour (Battle Axe) that featured such guest collaborators as Evidence, Alchemist, Domo Genesis, Oh No, and Fashawn.

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LP Pick Of Day: 2Pac's Greatest Hits 4LP Reissue Is Packed With 25 Essential Tupac Songs [+ 2Pac Movies On DVD/BluRay guide]

Posted by Billyjam, November 16, 2018 12:15pm | Post a Comment
 

The LP pick of the day today is the just reissued 2Pac Greatest Hits 4LP vinyl set that's packed with 25 essential songs by the iconic rapper who was fatally gunned down in Vegas 22 years ago at age 25. This Tupac Shakur greatest hits collection was originally released two years following his murder. That was almost exactly twenty years ago on November 24th, 1998 when it was initially released via 2CD, 2 cassette and 4LP formats. The CD version was the most popular with music buyers back then but, with the vinyl version selling out sooner and becoming increasingly harder to find in the years since, this 4LP reissue this month by Interscope is most welcome. 

With just under two hours of music, when the 25 song album first dropped back in '98 it included both 21 of his most popular tracks at that stage plus the then previously unreleased four songs: "God Bless the Dead", "Unconditional Love", "Troublesome '96", and "Changes.” These songs have since become classics joining such other Greatest Hits tracks as “Keep Ya Head Up,” “Hail Mary,” “Me Against The World,” “Trapped,” “Temptations,” “2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted (feat. Snoop Doggy Dogg),” “Brenda's Got a Baby,” “I Ain’t Mad At Cha (feat. Danny Boy),” “I Get Around (feat. Digital Underground),” and “Dear Mama.” 

Another 2Pac album that got reissued this year was the artist’s second album Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z... 2LP that was initially released in 1993 and that Interscope reissued as a two-record set back in February. That album's tracks include some also featured on the newly reissued Greatest Hits 4LP set, as does 2Pac’s debut album,  2Pacalypse Now 2LP. It got reissued in 2016 but was originally released 27 years ago back in November 1991 when Tupac (fresh from been a part of Digital Underground) was only 20 years of age. 

1991 was also the year that Pac made his big screen debut when, as part of a Digital Underground musical cameo, he appeared in the Dan Aykroyd starring comedy Nothing but Trouble. But it was the following year when he made his official acting debut on film when he co-starred in the excellent 1992 film Juice playing the commanding role of the character Roland Bishop. Other 2Pac starring movies that are also available from Amoeba on DVD/BluRay include the 1993 John Singleton directed Poetic Justice in which he starred opposite Janet Jackson, the 1994 basketball themed drama Above the Rim,  Gridlock'd about two jazz musician/heroin addicts that co-starred Tim Roth and Gang Related in which he played a corrupt cop.  The latter two, like the Pac starring film Bullet, were both released posthumously. 

An interesting Tupac movie side note, that most Pac fans have already read about, is that report about him having been in the running to be cast in  Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace in the film's early planning stages. The George Lucas movie, that eventually came out in 1999, featured Samuel L. Jackson in the role of Mace Windu that reportedly Pac had auditioned for. Meanwhile newcomer actor Demetrius Shipp, Jr. starred in the role of Tupac Shakur in last year’s bio-pic All Eyez On Me. While the film fell short of duplicating the critical acclaim of the previous year’s N.W.A. bio-pic hit Straight Outta Compton, with more than one reviewer labelling Eyez a “Wikipedia-page biopic,” it is still worth getting if you are a true 2Pac collector. There’s a video trailer of the film below, in addition to music videos for the Greatest Hits tracks "Brenda's Got A Baby," "Dear Mama" and "Keep Ya Head Up."


#LPofDay The Beastie Boys' landmark debut "Licensed To Ill" LP Stands The Test of Time, Exactly 32 Years Later

Posted by Billyjam, November 15, 2018 04:58pm | Post a Comment
The Beastie Boys Licensed To Ill LP (Def Jam) (also on CD)

#LPofDay  The LP pick of the day today is the three-plus decade throwback, mid eighties debut album from The Beastie Boys,  Licensed To Ill (Def Jam/Columbia). Released exactly 32 years ago to the day (Nov 15, 1986) the landmark album by the young trio was reissued in 180 gram vinyl two years ago as the (still available vinyl)  Licensed To Ill: 30 Year Anniversary LP that's also on CD. In honor of its anniversary, a re-listen earlier today to this 45 minute, 13 track (inc. 7 singles), Rick Rubin produced, rock/rap hybrid by the former NYC punkers provided these ears ample proof that Licensed To Ill  has aged well. The album truly stands the test of time even if its three main makers (MCAAd Rock and the late Mike D) have since somewhat distanced themselves from it, citing instead their critically acclaimed 1989 sophomore album release, Paul’s Boutique LP, that they had more production and overall creative involvement in, as a project that they're more proud of.

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Country Singer/Songwriter Ashley Monroe

Posted by Amoebite, November 14, 2018 06:50pm | Post a Comment

Ashley Monroe What's In My Bag Amoeba Hollywood

Nashville singer/songwriter and Pistol Annies member Ashley Monroe visited Amoeba Hollywood recently and shared some of her favorite songwriters and vocalists for our latest What's In My Bag? episode. From a young age, Monroe paid special attention to voices, even telling her parents at age 3 that listening to Don Henley gave her a "lonely feeling." Having grown up listening to the Eagles, Monroe was thrilled to sing on Don Henley's 2015 album Cass County.

Ashley Monroe grew up in Knoxville, TN before moving to Nashville and signing a publishing deal as a songwriter, which, in turn led to a record contract. Her first LP, Satisfied, featured two tracks that fared well on the Billboard Hot Country charts, "Satisfied" and "I Don't Want To" (featuring Ronnie Dunn of Brooks & Dunn.) As a songwriter, she co-wrote "Flat on the Floor" (sung by Katrina Elam and by Carrie Underwood), Jason Aldean's "The Truth" and Miranda Lambert's "Heart Like Mine."

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Top 5 Hip-Hop Vinyl Releases [Video Version]: Kev Brown, Vinnie Paz, Lil Peep, Pan Amsterdam, Masta Ace & Marco Polo

Posted by Billyjam, November 13, 2018 11:42pm | Post a Comment


1: Vinnie Paz The Pain Collector 2LP (also red vinyl 2LP set and CD)
 
Longtime Philly rapper Vinnie Paz has just unleashed his newest project; the one hour, four minute The Pain Collector 2LP (Enemy Soil) that's also been released as a red vinyl 2LP set and on CD.  This is the first solo release since 2016’s The Cornerstone of the Corner Store and the fourth solo album in eight years from the Philly hip-hop veteran who first came to fame as part of Jedi Mind Tricks and later as part of Army of the Pharaohs, and Heavy Metal Kings. The latter is with La Coka Nostra'Ill Bill who, along with Goretex, cameo on the new album track “Hashem on a Pentagram.” The other select album guests include Reef The Lost Cauze on the track “Tongan Death Grip,” DJ Muggs on the song “Floating Goat,” and Crimeapple & Tha God on “Requiem for Black Benjy in 2 Parts.” Below is the music video for the album track “Blood On My Hands.”


Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood Saturday, November 17

Posted by Amoebite, November 9, 2018 04:11pm | Post a Comment

Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood

Amoeba Hollywood is having a sidewalk sale on Saturday, November 17th! We'll have crazy good deals on DVDs, Blu-rays, CDs, vinyl, posters, holiday music & more 12pm-4pm. Everything is priced to move fast and conveniently located just outside the store.

Check out some of the great bargains you'll find at our sidewalk sale:

  • All DVDs (including box sets): Just $2 or 3 for $5
  • All CDs: Buy 1, get 1 free 
    (Soul, hip hop, classic rock, jazz, etc.)
  • Blu-ray: $4 each or 3 for $10
  • Discounted LPs (all genres): as low as $1.00
  • 7" Singles: 3 for $1
  • Grab Bags
  • Posters: $2 each or 3 for $5
  • Record Storage Crates
  • Holiday music

All sidewalk sale items are aggressively sale priced. Therefore, we do not accept store credits, gift certificates, coupons or other offered store sales for any sidewalk sale items. Additionally, we cannot offer customer holds or mail order. All sales are final.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Pond

Posted by Amoebite, November 5, 2018 03:08pm | Post a Comment

Pond What's In My Bag at Amoeba

We had the pleasure of interviewing Australian psychedelic band Pond recently for a What's In My Bag? episode, in which the group collectively found a righteous collection of records, books, prayer candles, and underpants at Amoeba Hollywood. Guitarist Nick Allbrook was particularly excited about finding a record by Pakastani singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, which he discovered from a cab driver in London. "As soon as this taxi driver put it on, it melted my brain," he told us. All in all, the band picked out an eclectic mix of rock, hip hop, dub, world, and electronic records.

Pond formed in Perth, Australia amid the scene which also spawned Tame Impala. In fact, Tame Impala's Kevin Parker served as Pond's drummer for a bit and Pond guitarist Nick Allbrook and drummer Jay Watson were members of Tame Impala's touring band for years (Watson is still a dual member of both bands.) In addition to Allbrook and Watson, Pond consists of guitarist/bassist Joe Ryan and keyboardist Jamie Terry.

Pond The WeatherPond released their first two albums between 2009-2010 and attracted international attention with the release of their third and fourth albums, 2010's Frond and 2012's Beard, Wives and Denim. After a successful worldwide tour supporting Beard, Wives and Denim, Pond was named the “hottest band in the world right now” by NME. Their latest album is 2017's The Weather, which was produced by Kevin Parker and is the band's seventh full-length album overall. They are currently on a fall tour of North America.

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Hip-Hop Top 5 [Video Version] Styles P, Quavo, $uicideBoy$, Lil Peep, Kids See Ghosts

Posted by Billyjam, November 1, 2018 11:36pm | Post a Comment
Top Five Hip-Hop Albums 11:02:18 [Video Version]

1: Quavo Quavo Huncho (Capitol) (pre-order vinyl LP version coming Jan 18)

Following the digital only release three weeks ago by Quavo Huncho of his official debut solo finally comes the physical CD version of Quavo Huncho by the Migos member with the vinyl LP version coming on January 18th. [Preorder now). Note that late last year, as the duo Huncho Jack, Quavo teamed up with Travis Scott to release the album Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho that featured cover art by Raplh Steadman. While popular with fans the new one hour and six minute album has received mixed reviews from critics (many saying it could have benefited from some editing down in scale) but with all agreeing that it is a distinctly Migos sounding release. No wonder then that fellow members of the famed ATL trio Takeoff and Offset appear on this solo outing. There's many more high profile cameos too on this  album too, even including  Madonna along with an impressive list of popular contemporary hip-hop artists that include Drake, 21 Savage, the aforementioned Travis Scott,  Kid Cudi and Cardi B.  Below is the Daps & Quavo directed music video for "BUBBLE GUM" which is one of three popular advance singles off the new album. The other two advance singles were "Workin Me" and "Lamb Talk."

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