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The Anthology of Rap Interview with Book Co-Editor Adam Bradley

Posted by Billyjam, December 5, 2010 11:04am | Post a Comment
The Anthology of Rap
The Anthology of Rap is the recently published, exhaustive 880 page book from Yale University Press that compiles the lyrics to about 300 rap songs of all different types and styles, spanning 30 plus years in the music's history. Edited by Adam Bradley and Andrew DuBois, the book, which has afterwords by both Chuck D and Common, also includes some artist bio information along with the song lyrics.

The Anthology of Rap is divided into timeline sections and then into artists sub-sections. For example, "Part I 1978-1984 The Old School" includes such artists as Afrika Bambaataa, Kurtis Blow, Cold Crush Brothers, Eddie Cheba, DJ Hollywood, Lady B, Spoonie G, and Sequence (one of the earliest recorded female rap crews -- lyrics to their hit "Funk You Up" plus their songs "And You Know That" & "Simon Says" are all included here).

"Part 2, 1985-1992 The Golden Age" features lyrics from artists like the Beastie Boys, De La Soul, Eric B & Rakim, Gang Starr, and Ultramagnetic MCs, while "Part 3, 1993-1999 Rap Goes Mainstream," includes the likes of Arrested Development, Foxy Brown, E40, Goodie Mob, Lauren Hill, Common, Jay Z, KRS-One, and Lil Kim. The fourth part, "2000 to 2010  New Millenium Rap," includes such artists as Aesop Rock, Atmosphere, Blackalicious, Brother Ali, DOOM, Immortal Technique, Mos Def, T.I., Kanye West, and Young Jeezy. There is also an additional final segment titled "Lyrics For Further Study" that includes lyrics from a broad swath of artists from all over the rap spectrum and timeline, including contemporary popular rap star Drake, golden era artists Black Sheep and Bay Area homo-hop crew Deep Dickollective.

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Hip-Hop Rap Up 12:03:10: Nicki Minaj vs Lil Kim, Rick Flare (RIP), Gurp City South's Foul Mouth Jerk, Hieros + Much More

Posted by Billyjam, December 3, 2010 07:15pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 12:03:10

Nicki Minaj
1) Kanye West
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
(Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam)

2) Nicki Minaj Pink Friday (Cash Money/Universal)
     
3) Cee Lo Green
The Lady Killer (Elektra Records)

4) Kid Cudi Man On The Moon 2: The Legend of Mr Roger (Universal/Motown)

5) Lloyd Banks H.F.M.2 (G-Unit Records))

Things were hectic at Amoeba Music last Friday, Black Friday, which was also a sort of mini Record Store Day with exclusive one day only releases like the Cee Lo Green green vinyl pressing of his current hit single "F**k You." The album that the song comes from, The Lady Killer, was also selling briskly in CD format, as were such other releases as the new full-lengths from Kanye West (My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy), Kid Cudi (Man On The Moon 2: The Legend of Mr Roger), and G-Unit artist Lloyd Banks (H.F.M.2). Also doing well at Amoeba and elsewhere is the much anticipated debut from Nicki Minaj, who released her own album, Pink Friday, last week, and has also been highly visible of late elsewhere, making cameos on numerous other artists' releases. But, in an ongoing battle of words, Nicki has been getting some grief from fellow female rapper Lil Kim, who released the diss track "Black Friday" last Friday (a direct negative reference to Minaj's album title Pink Friday) in which she raps at the new kid on the rap block: “It will be a murder scene. Turning Pink Friday to Friday the 13th. Aiight, you Lil Kim clone clown. All this buffoonery. The shit stops now...” 

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Lots of New Hip-Hop Releases at Amoeba Music for the 2010 Holiday Season

Posted by Billyjam, November 30, 2010 11:11am | Post a Comment
Flo Rida
Now that we are officially into the holiday shopping period there are more new hip-hop releases than ever arriving on the Amoeba Music shelves. Some are brand new recordings while others are older (slept-on or forgotten) musical material that has been remastered and/or repackaged. As reported in the most recent Amoeba Weekly Hip-Hop Rap Up, new hip-hop releases last week included Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Gangrene (Alchemist & Oh No), Shady Nate, and Messy Marv, to name but a few. 

This week's new releases, which are at Amoeba now (Tuesday, Nov 30th), include albums from two of today's more popular, high-profile rap artists: Flo Rida and Soulja Boy. Soulja Boy (aka Soulja Boy Tell Em) drops his fourth studio album, The DeAndre Way (Stacks on Deck/Interscope), which, in addition to the regular ten track CD, comes in a deluxe edition that features four bonus tracks plus a DVD. Meanwhile, Flo Rida's latest Only One Flo (Part 1) (Poe Boy/Atlantic) is the Florida artist's third studio album and the follow up to last year's full-length, R.O.O.T.S. Only One Flo (Part 1). (Note Part 2, which was supposed to drop simultaneously, has been postponed until 2011.) The new record clocks in at less than half an hour and features guest appearances from Akon, Kevin Rudolf, Ludacris, and Gucci Mane and includes the singles "Club Can't Handle Me" and "Turn Around (5, 4, 3, 2, 1)." Black Eyed Peas

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Hip-Hop Rap Up 11:26:10: Black Friday Edition Feat. New Music from Kanye West, Nicki Minaj + Much More

Posted by Billyjam, November 26, 2010 11:30am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music San Francisco Hip-Hop Top Six Chart: 11:26:10

Kanye West
1) Kanye West
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
(Roc-A-Fella)
     
2) Cee-Lo Green The Lady Killer (Elektra)

3) Curren$y Pilot Talk 2 (DD172 LLC)

4) Eligh Grey Crow (Legendary/Alpha Pup)

5) Nicki Minaj Pink Friday (Cash Money/Universal)
  
6) Damu the Fudgemunk Supply For Demand (Redefinition Records)
     
For someone who has actually done hardly any interviews, Kanye West seems everywhere lately, including atop the latest Amoeba Music hip-hop chart with his critically and commercially acclaimed and recommended newest release, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, whose album cover art (above) comes in five alternate versions. One cover was so controversial with its racy imagery that many outlets refused to display it or else show a pixelated version. But of course Kayne is no stranger to controversy -- far from it; he simply seems to bounce from one well-publicized controversy to the next. And while sometimes it might seem like his erratic outbursts look to cost him fan support, the artist always seems to come out okay in the end. In fact, the timing of these controversies seem to nicely play into his grand (marketing) scheme -- assuming he subscribes to the "there's no such thing as bad publicity" school of thought.

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Free Talib Kweli Concert @ Roxy in LA Tonight

Posted by Billyjam, November 24, 2010 11:46am | Post a Comment

Tonight, the eve of Thanksgiving, Talib Kweli is throwing a free concert for hip-hop fans in Los Angeles at The Roxy club. All you have to do to attend this MySpace Music-sponsored event is bring with you a canned food good or a blanket for the needy -- both of which will be donated to a local LA area shelter for Thanksgiving.

At tonight's all-ages, free show Talib Kweli will reportedly be premiering new material from his forthcoming album, Gutter Rainbows, which will arrive in Amoeba Music on January 25th. Also on the bill tonight is LA-based Stones Throw act Strong Arm Steady, as well as Tunji & Jayson Rose with DJs Luxerbrown, Uncle Pauly and Jay-P.

The Roxy is located at 9009 West Sunset Blvd in West Hollywood. Doors are at 9pm but be advised to arrive early, as a lot of fans are expected to show up. For more information on the club, including driving directions, click here. And meanwhile below, view one of the Talib Kweli's previous free LA shows -- an amazing instore at the Hollywood Amoeba back in August 2007. You can also view images here from an even more recent Amoeba instore when he performed along with Hi-Tek (collectively known as Reflection Eternal) at the San Francisco store in May of this year.

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