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billy woods, Who Plays Amoeba Berkeley Today @ 2pm, Typifies Current Wave of Underexposed High Caliber Hip-Hop

Posted by Billyjam, June 24, 2017 08:40am | Post a Comment

I've said it before but it bears repeating, especially in the case of underground Brooklyn, NY based hip-hop artist billy woods who plays Amoeba Berkeley at 2pm today in support of his brand new album Known Unknowns. Far too frequently the most amazingly talented hip-hop artists of today are the ones we hear the least about. Which is why so many longtime fans of the genre are constantly heard moaning about how "hip-hop sucks these days with nothing but auto-tuned mumble rappers cranking out lyrically shallow, hook driven rap that's presented as hip-hop and is just crap rap. Not like in my day." Wrong! But correct if you only go on the stuff that you hear on the commercial radio, or that makes the Grammys, or that pops up on your (sponsored) social media feeds. Just dig a little deeper and in 2017 you'll discover more quality hip-hop been made than in any previous time in the development of the Bronx born street art. These under the radar producers and emcees and DJs, who are content to craft quality music and not concerned with chasing commercial acceptance, truly transcend that unfair (but understandable) stereotype of modern day rap all being crap.

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Mozzy Records’ "Baggage Claim" an Evident Reflection of Pure Love

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 22, 2017 08:10pm | Post a Comment

Mozzy Baggage ClaimBy doubleay

Sacramento’s Mozzy has one of the most flavorful vocabularies in contemporary rap music, but beyond that his knack for wordplay expands and redefines language itself. From sayings like “what It izery” to “bladadah,” Mozzy could publish an entire book of his colloquialisms and immensely quotable quips alone. Let’s call them Mozzyisms. One of the most imprinting Mozzyisms has to be his use of the words "pure love." As Mozzy continues to garner more national esteem outside Northern California, the saying is being used far more frequently. His incomparable work ethic and the sheer quality of his lyricism has artists and industry figures along the likes of author/media mogul Karen Civil and radio host of Sway in the Morning, Sway Calloway to MMG’s Wale and 300’s Tee Grizzley all riding for him. All of whom are giving him more and more reasons to express 'pure love.'

Before the industry attention and well deserved 320,000 Instagram followers, the ‘pure love’ was reserved for his devoted day-ones and most promising collaborators. When fame comes about some artists outgrow their roots, while others may see a change in the way they’re treated by their early peers. Mozzy RecordsBaggage Claim album simply defies both cases. As Mozzy progresses, he keeps his brothers right on track with him, knocking down doors and paving lanes for original Mozzy Records members and young, promising spitters he has co-signed. From the more prevalent seasoned members, E-Mozzy and Celly Ru, to the freshly co-signed acts like Fairfield’s Young Mezzy and Sacramento’s Shootergang and Baby Face Gunna, all featured on Baggage Claim, Mozzy’s love remains pure.
 

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Remembering Hip-Hop Icon Prodigy of Mobb Deep Through His Music

Posted by Billyjam, June 22, 2017 11:57am | Post a Comment

Since word of the passing of Prodigy of Mobb Deep broke two days ago, the proliferation of news reports and tributes to the famed New York hip-hopper has been surprisingly widespread.  Media, from small indie hip-hop outlets to mainstream news organizations around the globe, have all reported on the tragic passing of the 42 year old Queens, NY rapper/author/actor, who died suddenly in Las Vegas where he and longtime Mobb Deep partner Havoc had been in town for a concert a few days earlier. While the exact cause of death has not yet been announced it has been confirmed that the artist born Albert Johnson had been hospitalized for complications caused by sickle cell anemia, the degenerative disease that he has battled for much of his life and often publicly discussed including in his song "You Can Never Feel My Pain" off his 2000 solo debut H.I.N.C.  In a recent radio interview with the Breakfast Club, in which he addressed the disease that can creep up out of nowhere and make one ill, Prodigy said that, "I feel like I'm dying most of my life." Indeed periodically he would fall ill and have to be rushed to the hospital for treatment that included been administered morphine for relief from the pain. So much so that even his musical partner, the other half of duo Mobb Deep, Kejuan "Havoc" Muchita couldn't believe the fatal news of this week, telling TMZ that he assumed it was a "weird rumor" when he first heard it.

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Noise Pop's 20th Street Block Party, August 19

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 20, 2017 02:33pm | Post a Comment

Noise Pop, 20th Street Block PartyOur good friends at Noise Pop have just announced the line-up for their fifth annual 20th Street Block Party, which is taking place on Saturday, August 19th from 11am-6pm. The FREE neighborhood celebration brings an eclectic mix of music and entertainment, food and drink, and art to multiple stages just outside the doors of Noise Pop HQ along 19th and 20th Streets, between Harrison and Bryant Streets. While admission is free with an RSVP, suggested donations will benefit the Mission Language and Vocational School.

Leading this year's line-up are headliners Neon Indian, Kilo Kish, and Hoops. Additional artists include Oakland four-piece The Tambo Rays, San Francisco dream-pop outfit High Sunn, and Oakland duo Big Thursday.

Amoeba Music will be on the scene too with killer used vinyl at prices that can't be beat! Come dig in our crates and find some treasures at this unique street party.

More info HERE!

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Cold War Kids

Posted by Amoebite, June 19, 2017 07:00pm | Post a Comment

Cold War Kids Amoeba Music What's In My Bag?

We were excited to have Nathan Willett and Matt Maust of Cold War Kids at Amoeba Hollywood to show us what they picked up on their most recent visit. "To come into Amoeba was the biggest deal in the world," says lead vocalist/guitarist Willett about the opening of the LA location in 2001. "I think we came opening day; I know I did," adds Maust.

Indie rock five-piece Cold War Kids formed in Fullerton in 2004 while the members were students at Biola University. The band took their name from an experience Matt Maust had while traveling in Budapest, visiting a park with a children's playground and several missing statues from the Cold War era. The band released their debut EP, Mulberry Street in 2005; the release drew its name from a Cold War Kids LA Divine Amoeba Musicrestaurant below multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Jonnie Russell's apartment where the group would regularly meet. In 2006, Cold War Kids signed to Downtown Records and released their first full-length, Robbers & Cowards. They embarked on an extensive North American tour to promote the album, joining the White Stripes on their summer 2007 tour.

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Burger Boogaloo with John Waters, Iggy Pop, Buzzcocks, X & More, July 1st & 2nd

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 19, 2017 12:59pm | Post a Comment

Burger Boogaloo

Burger Boogaloo, hosted by the one and only Czar of Bizarre John Waters, returns to Oakland's Burger Boogaloo John WatersMosswood Park on July 1st and 2nd! For their fifth year, Burger Boogaloo makes history with an epic two-day line-up that includes Iggy Pop, Buzzcocks, X, Guitar Wolf, Redd Kross, and many more.

You just can't afford to miss this Dionysian celebration of rock, roll, food, booze, and shopping. Visit the Amoeba booth for great deals, hot vinyl, and fun prizes.

Get you tickets now HERE and check out the full line-up, plus info on all the kick-off and after parties HERE!

SATURDAY, JULY 1

IGGY POP
GUITAR WOLF
REDD KROSS
NOBUNNY
BABY SHAKES
PERSONAL & THE PIZZAS
BLOODSHOT BILL
WOUNDED LION
LOSIN' STREAKSBurger Boogaloo
VERTIGO
CAR CRASH
DJ SEAN SPITS
DJ'S SID S. PRESLEY & OMAR PEREZ

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Brown Bag AllStars Prime Example of How Some Of The Best Hip-Hop in 2017 Is Often The Most Overlooked

Posted by Billyjam, June 19, 2017 10:08am | Post a Comment

In 2017's vast and prolific, rapid paced music world, there's more new music being recorded and released than ever before. Consequently navigating all this new music has become an increasingly harder task, even in just one genre. For example in hip-hop, due to the sheer volume of music coming out, the quality underground stuff typically gets lost in the mix and pushed aside for the heavily promoted and sponsored artists. Even though there's more great new hip-hop being made than ever before, the casual music fan never gets to hear most of it. In 2017 it is harder than ever to filter out the gems from the deluge of music been unleashed, and at such a fast pace.

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In the 2017 music industry business model the discrepancy, in terms of exposure, between popular and underground artists is greater than ever before. And nowhere is that gap more evident and calculable than on YouTube, the online destination where virtually every song (music video or audio-only versions) will get posted and rated by the number of views and percentage ratio of thumbs up. It's an uneven playing field where popular hip-hop stars routinely get millions of clicks in weeks while non mainstream, quality hip-hop artists might only garner several thousand views.

In the case of the Brown Bag AllStars' latest YouTube posted single "11  Steps (feat. Tash of Tha Alkaholiks)," the amazing new (digital only but physical version on its way to Amoeba) track has only mustered up a miserable 78 YouTube views since the artists posted the audio on May 30th. And even with Soulspazm, Inc reposting the audio clip of the song to YouTube in past week, it's only gotten an additional 83 views. That's a total of 161 views in over two weeks for a killer new hip-hop track from the longtime talented Brooklyn collective comprised of The Audible Doctor, J57, Soul Khan, E Holla, and Deejay Element, and on a track featuring the mighty Tash from Tha Alkaholiks crew who is truly in top form on this new track.  Damn!

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