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New Hip-Hop Vinyl: Sammus "Pieces In Space" (Don Giovanni Records)

Posted by Billyjam, October 31, 2016 07:30pm | Post a Comment
              Sammus Pieces In Space LP (Don Giovanni Records) [also avail on CD]

Among the new hip-hop albums on LP/vinyl to arrive into Amoeba this past Friday (10/28) is the recommended Pieces In Space LP (also avail on CD] by supertalented new hip-hopper Sammus. Released by Don Giovanni Records the powerful new album features select guest spots from such artists as Open Mike Eagle, Homeboy Sandman, and Jean Grae who join the Ithaca, NY rapper/producer and PhD student on the 12 song release. A student in the Department of Science & Technology Studies at Cornell University, Sammus (born Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo), manages to find time outside her studies (and gaming) to do shows and record some of the most intelligent and insightful, powerful new hip-hop music out there. While  Pieces In Space is Sammus first big time release with national distribution in place, she's been recording for several years now via Bandcamp and self released limited run CDs and all under the hip-hop subgenre known as nerdcore. Scroll down to see videos both off the new album and from the past four years. As we well know, hip-hop has always been a gender-unbalanced genre. But when further broken into specific hip-hop/rap subgenres, such as nerdcore, that unbalanced ratio of female to male artists is even greater. Hence why Sammus and her new album Pieces In Space is such a welcome addition to hip-hop. Generally nerdcore artists tends to be male and white, while Sammus is an African American woman. She is not the first or the only one but is among the small number of females in the hip-hop subgenre's decade and a half history. Shubzilla is a current example as is MC Random, while retired artist and the self-proclaimed female nerdcore pioneer MC Router was another.

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New Hip-Hop Vinyl: Apollo Brown & Skyzoo "The Easy Truth" (Mello Music Group")

Posted by Billyjam, October 30, 2016 01:22pm | Post a Comment
 Apollo Brown & Skyzoo The Easy Truth LP (Mello Music Group) [also avail on CD]

Among the new arrivals in Amoeba's hip-hop LP crates this week (10/28) is the vinyl version of the highly recommended Apollo Brown and Skyzoo collaboration The Easy Truth. album (since Sept. 30 avail on CD).  Released by Mello Music Group, with whom Apollo Brown is a resident producer, The Easy Truth  is an amazingly tight new hip-hop album that packs a lot of flavor including bringing back that old New York hip-hop, back when New York hip-hop and Nas ruled the world.  Brooklyn emcee Skyzoo's flow and engaging storytelling style, sprinkled with lots of NYC references, is perfectly complimented by the deep soul layered touch of seasoned producer Apollo Brown. We already know that the revered Detroit producer's instrumentals alone make for incredible albums. But even better is when Apollo Brown joins forces with carefully chosen emcee talents, as proven by his myriad of past collaborations up until working with Skyzoo. These have included Ghostface Killah, Ras Kass, Planet Asia, O.C., Guilty Simpson, and Verbal Kent & Redpill: the latter two with whom he records as Ugly Heroes with their latest release been the June 2016 Everything In Between LP. (also on CD). 

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J Dilla, Mac Dre, A Tribe Called Quest & Souls of Mischief among Kevin Durant's Crate Digging Finds @ Amoeba Music Berkeley

Posted by Billyjam, October 26, 2016 08:21pm | Post a Comment


Kevin Durant's Hip-Hop Picks @ Amoeba Music


1: A Tribe Called Quest Midnight Marauders (Jive)

2: Mac Dre  The Genie of The Lamp (Thizz Nation)
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Ronald Dregan: Dreganomics (Thizz Nation)

3: Souls Of Mischief 93 Til Infinity (Jive)

4: J Dilla Donuts (Stones Throw)

5: Ol' Dirty Bastard Return To The 36 Chambers   (Get On Down)

 
As reported here, over this past weekend newly signed Golden State Warriors member Kevin Durant hit the streets to explore his newly adopted home of the Bay Area. The NBA star's Bay exploration, inspired by tips from Warriors fans who responded to KD's online requests for suggestions of things to do in the Bay, included a shopping spree at Amoeba Music Berkeley where his crate diggin' resulted in picking up some Mac Dre and Souls Of Mischief, among many others. And note that all of the picks were on vinyl since Kevin Durant is a serious record collector with a steadily growing vinyl library.

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Amoeba Music Berkeley Among Premier Bay Area Destinations For New Golden State Warriors Star Kevin Durant

Posted by Billyjam, October 24, 2016 03:30pm | Post a Comment
New Bay Area resident and recently signed Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant spent the weekend exploring (and seemingly loving) the Bay with premier destinations including a visit to Amoeba Music in Berkeley. See pictures from KD's adventures around the Bay.

Online posts to Reddit and Twitter last week asking for tips on what to do in his newly adapted Bay Area home, including suggestions on "dope record stores," resulted in the NBA star doing some crate digging at the East Bay Amoeba store on Telegraph Ave. where he was joined by popular Bay Area hip-hop artist Sage The Gemini. Both are pictured in a photo Durant posted to his Twitter account over the weekend. And last night the music loving/BART-riding basketball star, who is on the cover of the new (Nov. 3) issue of Rolling Stone, was up front in the mosh pit at the Kanye West concert in Oakland where he got mobbed by fans and shouted-out by Yeezy from onstage.

In July the 28-year old MVP award winner made headlines when he announced he would leave Oklahoma City Thunder to sign a lucrative $54.3 million 2 year contract with the Warriors, with a player option after the first year. His signing to join the Oakland based team with fellow NBA superstar Steph Curry gave the Golden State Warriors one of the greatest starting lineups in NBA history. With the new 2016-17 NBA season kicking off this week, KD has finally fully relocated to the Bay Area and begun to familiarize himself with the area, with a little help from his fans.  On Thursday he went on Reddit posting,  "Its KD. New to the area, still tryin' to get my feet wet and want to know what places in The Bay to check out...." In a separate post he noted how he's into music shopping, asking about,  "Any dope record stores … you would suggest?" A few days earlier he had sent out a similar request via his Twitter account when he Tweeted, "Getting familiar with my new city. Tell me what I’m going to love most about The Bay." Both requests resulted in him being inundated with suggestions, many of them mentioning Amoeba Music in San Francisco and Berkeley. "If you haven't been to Amoeba Music it's a great spot for diggin' vinyl of all genres," suggested one fan while another suggested SFMOMA, the Museum of African Diaspora, and checking out visiting Chicago artist Chance The Rapper's Bay Area appearances over the weekend.
 

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New Video for Kool Keith & MF Doom's "Super Hero" Collaboration from "Feature Magnetic"

Posted by Billyjam, October 20, 2016 04:12pm | Post a Comment

Kool Keith "Super Hero (feat. MF Doom) from Feature Magnetic  (Mello Music Group, 2016)

Today two of hip-hop's most innovative artists, Kool Keith and MF Doom (aka DOOM), published the music video for their excellent collaborative track "Super Hero." The booming bass track, which is produced by Kool Keith under the alias  Number One Producer, is found on his recent Mello Music Group release  Feature Magnetic (also avail in LP/vinyl format). Meantime the brand new accompanying music video above is directed by Kris Merc for Aardman Nathan Love Animation Studio, and interestingly does not include either of the artists in person in the production.  As such it is accurately described by its makers as a non-stop quick-mix cascade of,  "infinite GIFs, incredible models of DOOMs mask and Black Elvis wigs, Doc Oct surgeries, and space flights." The video's futuristic Sci-Fi visuals are the perfect match for Doom's persona and Keith's left-field, stream of consciousness, comic-book inspired lyrics that reference such things as drinking tea with the X-Men watching chicks with D-cups, eating shrimp, and driving monster truck Lamborghini's.

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