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Top 15 Hip-Hop Vinyl Black Friday Record Store Day (11/24): Dilla, DMC, Murs, Latyrx, Kid Kudi, Snoop, ICP, Danger Mouse +RTJ+Big Boi

Posted by Billyjam, November 24, 2017 10:59am | Post a Comment
For today Black Friday Record Store Day at Amoeba among the many great releases from all genres are the top fifteen hip-hop vinyl releases exclusive to today's big shopping/crate digging day that are listed below. As with the annual April Record Store Day (RSD), the Black Friday RSD exclusives are restricted to in store purchases. Remember the whole original idea of Record Store Day was to celebrate the brick and mortar stores like Amoeba. However tomorrow Saturday (as with the day after the April RSD) any remaining RSD titles will be listed for sale on the Amoeba online store so if you are outside the three Amoeba retail store areas go look online first thing Nov. 25th. Meanwhile note that today's store hours are: Amoeba Berkeley 11am - 10pm, Amoeba San Francisco 11am - 8pm, and Amoeba Hollywood 10am - 11pm.

Note that if you are at any of the three Amoeba Music stores today that you should take advantage of the many one day (RSD) only items such as the sale on select turntables and the really special offer (basically like getting $25 for free) on gift certificates. EG if buy a $100 gift certificate you only pay $75. Actually this offer, which is available between 3pm and 4pm only today, is for any amount up to $100 so if you wanted to get someone a $20 Amoeba gift certificate you would pay only $15. But onto the Black Friday Record Store Day releases listed here and specificially the hip-hop releases below are the top fifteen which, please note, customers can only buy one each of. Thanks for reading and happy crate digging. 



 TOP 15 HIP-HOP VINYL BLACK FRIDAY RECORD STORE DAY RELEASES: 11:24:17



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Hip-Hop Vinyl [New, Reissues & Upcoming] Sly5thAve, Black Moon, Wiki, Wu-Tang, GZA, Playboi Carti, Pharcyde, A-Scratch, Vic Mensa

Posted by Billyjam, November 23, 2017 08:59pm | Post a Comment
Top Five Hip-Hop Vinyl Reissues: 11:22:17


1: GZA/The Genius Liquid Swords: The Singles Collection [Box Set] (7") (Geffen)

A lot of new vinyl this past week including many reissues starting with this 45, 7" four record box set from GZA/The Genius: Liquid Swords: The Singles Collection [Box Set] (7") (Geffen). Note it is just one of numerous Wu-Tang Clan related vinyl releases recently. As seen in the above photo Liquid Swords: The Singles Collection [Box Set] (7") contains in really nice packaging the title track single “Liquid Swords” (with the A and B sides being respectively the LP and instrumental versions) plus three other singles from the famed WU member. The other singles are “I Gotcha' Back” (LP version with instrumental on B-Side) and “Cold World” (LP version and RZA mix). Meanwhile the fourth single, listed as Sides G and H in the 7” series, is “Shadowboxing (LP version)” on Side A and “4th Chamber (LP Version)” on the B-side. Still in stock but box sets like this tend to sell out fast. Buy here: Ships free in USA 


Amoeba San Francisco Platinum Anniversary Celebrated Via 20 Years of Hip-Hop Albums 1997-2017: from Company Flow to Wiki

Posted by Billyjam, November 18, 2017 04:23pm | Post a Comment

As you likely already know today is part-two of the two-day 20 year (Platinum) anniversary celebration of Amoeba San Francisco that opened back in November 1997. In-store happenings at the historic SF Haight-Ashbury District location, that formerly housed a bowling alley, include music spinning from DJs with Amoeba SF roots: J Boogie, DJ Rascue, DocFu, and Mike Bee and the Platinum party going strong
til 8pm this evening.  Full details on Amoeba SF Platinum Anniversary Celebration. In celebration of Amoeba SF's 20 years of  providing bottomless crates for DJs and hip-hop fans to dig from, below is a quick look back at select hip-hop album releases from the twenty years that Amoeba San Francisco has been open. Sure it’s a subjective list culled from the countless great albums released over these past two decades. But it is also a reminder of how quickly the time has flown since Amoeba Music opened on Haight Street back in November 1997. Note that the Hollywood store opened a few years later in November 2001 and that the Amoeba Music Berkeley store (the original) had already been open for seven years at this point. The photo above is from seven years ago, November 2010, during the 20 year anniversary celebration of Amoeba Berkeley. It pictures two of that day’s performers: former Amoeba employee and Anticon hero Adam "DoseoneDrucker along with Pam The Funkstress of The Coup. As posted on the Amoeblog two days ago the longtime Bay Area DJ, also known as Purple Pam, is currently in hospital and battling for her life. As of time of publishing this story on Saturday afternoon, no further updates on Pam’s health had been issued but once they have will be posted here on the Amoeblog. [UPDATE EDIT on Saturday Nov 18th a little after 7pm (Pacific time) good news posted on social media regarding Pam's status, stating that "she had a successful surgery and is on her way to recovery" and that she and her family, "want to thank everyone for their prayers and concern."]
Meantime below are 20 hip-hop albums from the past 20 years of Amoeba SF's existence at 1855 Haight St, San Francisco, California 94117 

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Prayers & Positive Thoughts Urged for DJ Pam The Funkstress Who "Is in ICU, fighting for her life" According To Boots Riley of The Coup

Posted by Billyjam, November 16, 2017 06:54pm | Post a Comment

This past Sunday afternoon Pam “The Funkstress” Warren posted a short cryptic Facebook status update that caused concern among friends and fans of the ever-active longtime Bay Area DJ who first came to fame two and half decades ago as member of Oakland based political hip-hop crew The Coup (with Boots Riley and E-Roc). Pam's short but unsettling social media update simply read: “Due to unforeseen health issues I am forced to cancel all gigs until further notice. Thank you for understanding. Love you all.”

Among those gig cancellations by the busy popular DJ, known to many as Purple Pam ever since she was chosen to be Prince's last tour DJ, included an anticipated Prince themed DJ night tomorrow (Nov 17th) at Berkeley’s 44 Restaurant, Bar & Lounge and such other upcoming gigs as a benefit for the LoveLife Foundation at Yoshi’s in Oakland on November 27th.

Hip-Hop Top Five New Releases [Video Version] Princess Nokia, Young Dolph, Yung Lean, Budamunk, Black Moon

Posted by Billyjam, November 12, 2017 10:25am | Post a Comment

1: Princess Nokia 1992 Deluxe. (also on vinyl 1992 Deluxe LP)  (Rough Trade)


Princess Nokia's 1992 Deluxe. (also on vinyl 1992 Deluxe LP) is out this week thanks to Rough Trade who released the 25 year old rapper's deluxe update on her mixtape entitled "1992" from last year. 1992 being her birth year, Princess Nokia is already known for her collaboration with Wiki and the NY crew Ratking (she appears on the 2014 XL release So It Goes under her older pseudonym Wavy Spice) as well as her feminist collective Smart Girl Club, and in recent weeks for getting into a confrontation on a New York City subway with a racist that involved hot soup: an example of how she always speaks her mind. Born Destiny Nicole Frasqueri, she proudly raps how she's, "Black a-Rican bruja straight out from the Yoruba/ And my people come from Africa diaspora, Cuba/ And you mix that Arawak, that original people/ I’m that Black Native American" on "Brujas" which is one of nine tracks on the new album. As  noted by Amoeba reviewers  1992 Deluxe is packed with "hard and hypnotic" beats, with the emcee's flow being, "smart, sassy, and insightful. She’s tough. She’s street smart. She’s proud of who she is — and she wants you to feel the same way, too. That’s what makes this album so special: lots of bangers, to be sure, but there’s also a lot of heart behind the dance floor fillers. Princess Nokia is one-of-a-kind and our world is better for having her in it." Currently over in Europe, Princess Nokia's next gig is tomorrow (Nov 13) in Berlin. Published a couple of months ago below is the full video for "Flava" that was co-directed by the artist with  Milah Libin. Note that the instrumental music part kicks in at the 3:00 point in the clip.

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