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Six KUSF DJs Featured on Feb 18th Amoeba San Francisco Instore to be Broadcast Live on A Dozen US Radio Stations

Posted by Billyjam, February 13, 2011 11:23pm | Post a Comment
In an act of solidarity with the Save KUSF movement and the legions of KUSF 90.3FM supporters still in shock over the sudden silencing last month of San Francisco's beloved freeform radio station, Amoeba Music San Francisco will join forces with New Jersey's WFMU radio tnd several other radio stations this Friday, February 18th, to host an all KUSF DJ live remote broadcast that will be on WFMU airwaves back east as well as streaming online on WFMU.org. KUSF DJs spinning music sets during the 3 hour instore that begins at noon sharp will include Irwin (Sleeves on Hearts), Carolyn, Stereo Steve, Jantine B, Harry D (In The Soul Kitchen), and DJ Schmeejay, who was in the middle of his popular Tuesday morning show, Radiodrome, on the morning of January 18th when the plug (literally) was pulled on the 90.3FM transmitter. 

The other radio stations who will be broadcasting the Save KUSF Amoeba instore include KXLU Los Angeles who broadcast on 88.9FM, WXYC Chapel Hill, North Carolina who broadcast on 89.3FM, KFJC 89.7FM, WCBN Ann Arbor, KVRX Austin, KALX 90.7FM Berkeley, WITC Cazenovia NY, WREK Atlanta, KRFP Moscow, Idaho and KZSU Stanford who, as any Bay Area radio fan already knows, are at 90.1FM. Each station will broadcast both terrestrially and on their online streams.

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Hip-Hop Rap Up 02:11:11: Slaughterhouse, Dregs One & Equipto, Philthy Rich, Michael Franti, DJ Mpenzi, Blueprint + More

Posted by Billyjam, February 11, 2011 07:07am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music San Francisco Weekly Hip-Hop Top Six Chart: 02:11:11


1) Talib Kweli Gutter Rainbows (101 Distributions)

2) Philthy RIch Trip N 4 Life (Town Thizzness/LiveWire Records/SMC)

3) Dregs One and Equipto The Generation Gap (mixed by DJ BeatsMe (Pocketwatch Productions/Solidarity Records)

4) Slaughterhouse The EP (E 1)

5) Elusive Hip-Hop For Hipsters (Elusive)
 
6) Buckshot The Common Knowledgy of The Entertainment Industry (Duck Down Music)

Thanks to Luis at Amoeba San Francisco for this week's Top Six, which includes five new hip-hop albums and one new hip-hop book/CD package. That unique combo is The Common Knowledgy of The Entertainment Industry -- the neatly packaged, well presented, and most informative 80-page book with CD by Buckshot of legendary Brooklyn hip-hop group Black Moon / founder of Duck Down Records fame -- that was among the new releases showcased here on the Amoeblog Hip-Hop Rap Up a few weeks ago.

Number four this week on the chart is the brand new, long overdue (supposed to drop six months ago) latest offering from Slaughterhouse, the four-member rap supergroup comprised of Joe Budden, Crooked I, Joell Ortiz, & Royce da 5' 9," who have been tipped to be signing with Eminem's Shady Records ever since they made a cameo in Em's "Forever" music video.

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Oakland Rapper Askari X

Posted by Billyjam, February 10, 2011 03:10pm | Post a Comment
 Askari X
For this installment in the 2011 Amoeblog's Black History Month series I wish to focus on the super-talented, politically-charged, Afrocentric Oakland rapper born Rickey Murdock, who went by the stage name of Askari X and was also known by a Muslim name related to the East Oakland Muslim group that he was associated with: Ansar El Muhammed S/C. Currently not musically active, this powerful lyricist and gifted emcee should have, I firmly believe, achieved a much higher level of success in his hip-hop career than he did. He didn't due to several factors, one being that the content of his lyrics was often way too revolutionary & militantly pro-Black / anti-White, so he alienated a good segment of his potential audience.

More notably, his career got stalled due to the fact that he has been incarcerated for a great deal of his teenage and adult life. The artist, whose last album, The Return Of Askari X (a.k.a Rickey Murdock), was released in 2000 by Success Entertainment, is currently in Folsom State Prison, where he has been for the past two plus years. I attempted a few times over the past year, via letter, to reach him in Folsom for the Amoeblog to get some words from him directly but heard nothing back from him, unfortunately. However, I have previously interviewed him on a few occasions over the years. One time was back in the mid nineties when he had just released his second album, Message To The Black Man on Slow Motion Records.

                           
Askari X "Ward Of the State" (1992)

On the title track of that 1995 album he offered up such attention-grabbing, incendiary lyrics as "Message to the Black man in America: Africa’s calling, come home...Asiatic Black man you are God from birth, made up of all the 99 elements of this planet earth. God of the universe, older than the sun, moon, and stars from the holy tribe of Shabazz." At the time, he told me, "The goal of this song and the album is to put out the teachings of the glorious, most honorable founder of the nation of Islam." His previous 1992 debut album, Ward Of The State on Righteous Records, was written while he locked up as a teen and associated with the RBG (Righteous Black Guerillas) crew. 

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The Town Pt VI: Oakland's Cole Coffee, Where Conversation is Celebrated & Music is Appreciated

Posted by Billyjam, February 9, 2011 11:11am | Post a Comment

Long before Oakland (aka "The Town") was a hipster destination teeming with endless cafes offering good quality coffee, there was the North Oakland coffee spot known as Royal Coffee, and in more recent years known as Cole Coffee. In 1987, Royal Coffee, which morphed into Cole Coffee in 2005, first opened on 63rd Street near College Avenue in North Oakland near the Berkeley border. Offering strong, quality, affordable coffee with no pretensions and located just half a block down from La Farine bakery, it immediately built a loyal following. Even the recent era influx of new Oakland cafes similarly offering choices of quality coffees and teas has not affected the College & 63rd Street business one bit. This is because Cole, nee Royal, is as much of a social gathering point as it is a place to buy a good cuppa joe.

When Cole Coffee's owner Michael Murphy purchased the business from Royal Coffee six years ago,  changing the name to Cole Coffee at the time, he was already quite familiar with the business and its loyal clientele. "I managed Royal Coffee from 1992 until I puchased the business in 2005," he told me. He recalled how back when he started managing the business that, "Royal only had the 63rd Street location and then opened the cafe in 1995." Cole Coffee is one business split into two locations that are side by side. At the front cafe part (corner of 63rd & College) you can sit down inside or outside and specialty coffees are custom made on drip in front of you. Then the Cole Coffee shop round the corner down a bit on 63rd (with an apartment door entrance separating the two) is where you can buy coffee by the pound to go and cups of the reliably strong roasted and tasty house coffee. About a dozen small round green cafe tables line the outside on 63rd and snake up around onto College.

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Cee Lo Green Performs Crazy With Prince on Guitar @ MSG Last Night

Posted by Billyjam, February 8, 2011 09:04am | Post a Comment

Cee Lo Green "Crazy" featuring Prince @ MSG, NYC Feb 7th 2011

At the recent Grammy Award Nominations, Cee Lo Green, who has collaborated with many artists over the years including most recently Amy Winehouse for her 2011 comeback album, was asked who he would still like to work with. "I got a chance to perform with Prince in Vegas and we became friends, if I can call myself his friend, but we haven't done anything musically or creatively together. I would like to do that, if given the chance," he said, referring to the two teaming up to do "Crazy" together. And again last night, Feb 7th in New York, after performing as the opening act for the purple one at Madison Square Garden (MSG), he again was joined by Prince onstage for a rendition of (Gnarls Barkley's) "Crazy" featuring Prince on guitar, as seen in fan video above c/o YouTuber babysdaddyATL. While there is no official word of the two recording new song(s) together, it seems inevitable that they soon will.

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