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Hip-Hop Rap Up [Denver Vrs.]: New Releases, Concerts: Karriem Riggins, Hieroglyphics, Vince Staples, Black Moon, Thundercat

Posted by Billyjam, February 24, 2017 03:50pm | Post a Comment

Greetings from the "Mile High City" of Denver CO where this Amoeblog weekly Hip-Hop Rap Up is being  posted from and where there are a variety of excellent hip-hop shows this week including the Bay Area's Hieroglyphics ensemble who play a recommended show tomorrow night (Feb. 25th). Just as their Bay Area shows over the past many months, so too will the beloved longtime East Bay hip-hop collective's lineup feature all the original crew members including Del The Funky Homosapien, Souls Of Mischief, Casual, Pep Love and Domino when they perform at the Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom (16+ Tix $28 - $32) Feb 25th with opening acts Whisky Blanket, (Minneapolis hip-hop artist to watch out for) Sean Anonymous, Old Man Saxon, and Kruza Kid.

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Turntablist Kid Koala Takes Minimalist Ethereal Approach On New Collaboration with Emilíana Torrini: Music To Draw To: Satellite

Posted by Billyjam, February 23, 2017 12:07pm | Post a Comment

Known for his quirky scratch driven, densely produced deconstructed productions of found sounds / sampled music sources, Canadian turntablist/producer  Kid Koala goes in the opposite direction for his fifth and latest studio album: Music To Draw To: Satellite.  An all original music production, with no samples, the album is a collaboration with Icelandic vocalist Emilíana Torrini and takes a way more minimalist production approach compared to the artist born Eric San's previous work. Not on Ninja Tune like his previous releases but Arts & Crafts, the new album sounds more like Brian Eno's ambient albums than any of Kid Koala's previous records. It's stripped down stark minimalist relaxing music awash in soothing soundscapes that are accurately captured in the new video below for the album track "Collapser."

Broken down into eighteen movements the 72 minute album, according to the artist's label, tells a "tale of discovery and loss through the lens of lovers separated by an early space mission to Mars" with Torrini joining him on many of the movements. Reportedly the new album, which is the first part in his new "music to draw to" series, was recorded during the cold Canadian winter. Although Kid Koala did incorporate some turntables into the production, he mostly utilized a variety of synthesizers and other keysboards, plus guitars and other instrumentation. Music To Draw To: Satellite. is released by Arts & Crats in CD and also vinyl/LP

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Give The Drummer Some Love: Saluting The Late Great Funky Drummer Clyde Stubblefield by Listing Samples

Posted by Billyjam, February 21, 2017 06:01pm | Post a Comment

Over the weekend one of modern music's most unsung heroes died. The influential soul/funk percussionist Clyde Stubblefield passed on February 18th at age 73 from a kidney failure. Stubblefield's death followed a decade long illness according to his wife who confirmed the musician's passing on Saturday.  As the drummer with James Brown's ensemble during the godfather of funk's highly important decades of the sixties and seventies Stubblefield was responsible for creating and recording numerous highly recognizable funky drumming JB parts including what would become one of the most widely sampled drum breaks in hip-hop history: the short but instantly recognizable drum solo on James Brown's 1970 "Funky Drummer."  The Chattanooga, Tennessee- born percussionist was a member of Brown's band during some of the most exciting years and, as such, he was responsible for the drumming on such classics as "Cold Sweat," "Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud," "There Was A Time," "I Got The Feelin'," "Mother Popcorn," and "Ain't It Funky Now." But it was Stubblefield's simple but short [only 20 seconds] funky and hypnotic drum pattern on the James Brown track "Funky Drummer" that would become the artist's grePublic Enemyatest legacy, even though he didn't initially get the full credit for it: both on paper (artist credits) or in paper (money/royalties).
Stubblefied's drumming recording of the song, which would go on to become the most sampled tracks in hip-hop music, is estimated to have been sampled approximately a thousand times!

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1990's Promo Pics Pt IIX: N.W.A, Ice Cube, Westside Connection, Sister Souljah, B-Legit, Premiere, UNLV, E-A-Ski, Chill-E-B, Zion I

Posted by Billyjam, February 16, 2017 01:54pm | Post a Comment




The Westside Connection power trio, featuring Ice Cube, Mack 10, and WC, are photographed above in the 1990's promo pic along with Jamie Foxx during a 1997 shoot for The Jamie Foxx Show television show.  On that episode, that first aired on the WB network February 12th, 1997, the LA rap supergroup  did a four minute acting scene plus performed their (then current) single "Gangstas Make The World Go Round." That track was culled from their 1996 released album Bow Down whose other popular tracks included the funk-fueled title track hit single.

The Westside Connection promo pic is just one of three featuring Ice Cube in this latest 1990's Promo Pics Amoeblog series. The other two below are both from the artist's two-part War & Peace Pt. I + War & Peace Pt 2 album (also avail on vinyl/LP Vol 1 and vinyl/LP Vol 2) promo package in this latest series installment.  Also featured below is Cube's famous pioneering gangsta rap group N.W.A but after he had left the group to pursue his successful solo career and their membership was pared-down to the core quartet of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, DJ Yella and MC Ren.

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Prince 2017 Releases To Include Vinyl Reissues + "Purple Rain" Deluxe Reissue with 2 Albums of Unreleased Prince Material

Posted by Billyjam, February 15, 2017 11:22pm | Post a Comment

Already 2017 is shaping up to be the year of Prince: kickstarted at Sunday night's Grammys with standout sets by The Time and Bruno Mars during the night's memorable Prince tribute. Then next week, Feb 23rd, Warner Bros is reissuing a bunch of Prince albums on vinyl including Lovesexy, Diamonds & PearlsGraffiti Bridge OST, ComeBatman OST, and  The Love Symbol.  Warner Bros Records (WBR) also recently announced that finally Prince's Warner catalog would be "available to stream across all digital services" following years of not streaming the copyright-guarded artist's music. Warner also announced an upcoming very special Purple Rain reissue. A truly Deluxe edition that tops all  Prince reissues.  As well as including all remastered versions of songs on the original 1984 album, this package will additionally feature two albums of previously unreleased Prince material plus concert films. The deluxe package scheduled for an early summer release. "Prince recordings from the Paisley Park Vault and two complete concert films arriving June 9th,"  promised Warner, stressing their sensitivity to the late musician's artistic standards. "When we make any of Prince's music available to fans - from the hits to unreleased gems - we are committed to upholding Prince's high creative standards and we know fans will be thrilled when they hear these albums and see these films," said Warner Chairman & CEO Cameron Strang. "Prince recorded his most influential and popular music during his time with Warner Bros. and we are deeply aware of our responsibility to safeguard and nurture his incredible legacy."

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