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Hip-Hop Rap Up 04:15:11: Zion I & The Grouch, RSD, E-40, J-Rocc, Foreign Legion + More

Posted by Billyjam, April 15, 2011 07:30am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music San Francisco Hip-Hop Top Ten Week Ending April 15th, 2011


1) Atmosphere The Family Sign (Rhymesayers Entertainment)

2) Blueprint Adventures in Counter-Culture (Rhymesayers Entertainment)

3) J-Rocc Some Cold Rock Stuff  (Stones Throw Records)

4) Foreign Legion Night Moves (Quality Control) 

5) E-40 Revenue Retrievin: Overtime Shift (EMI)
 
6) E-40 Revenue Retrivin': Graveyard Shift (EMI) 

7)  Wiz Khalifa Rolling Papers (Atlantic)

8) Zion I & The Grouch are Heroes in the Healing of the Nation (Z&G Music)

9) Equipto & Michael Marshall Keep it Movin' 2 Love Changes (Solidarity Records)

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Charlie Ahearn Talks About the Art in the Streets Exhibition Opening at MOCA This Weekend

Posted by Billyjam, April 14, 2011 03:14pm | Post a Comment

The Art in the Streets exhibition at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles (MOCA), which has an opening party on Saturday, April 16th, followed by an official run starting Sunday, April 17th through August 8th, is unique in that it is the first major museum survey of the history of graffiti and street art to be presented in the United States. And what an exhibit it promises to be, with 50 impressive installations by diverse artists from the graffiti and street art community, dating back to the seventies and including such globally known figures as Fab 5 Freddy, Lee Quiñones, Futura, Margaret Kilgallen, Swoon, Shepard Fairey, Os Gêmeos, and JR (the Paris artist whose guerrilla street photo art won him a TED award this year).

The MOCA exhibit also gives much shine to the photographers and filmmakers who've tirelessly documented graffiti and street art culture, including early graffiti documenters Martha Cooper, Henry Chalfant, and James Prigoff, with a comprehensive time-line illustrated with artwork, photography, video, and ephemera.

Fittingly, the LA exhibit will place an emphasis on the vital role that Los Angeles has played in the evolution of graffiti and street art (including special sections dedicated to cholo graffiti and Dogtown skateboard culture and featuring projects by such local artists as Mister Cartoon, SABER, REVOK, and RISK).

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Record Store Day 2011 is This Saturday! Get Details Here

Posted by Billyjam, April 12, 2011 02:51pm | Post a Comment
            
Record Store Day 2011 Releases Overview by Chris Brown from Bull Moose

As vinyl increasingly becomes a more collectible, sought-after commodity, so too has Record Store Day's reputation grown. Now in its fourth year Record Store Day 2011, which is just four days away -- this Saturday, April 16th -- promises to be the best RSD to date with even more special, exclusive releases than any previous year! As outlined in the video above with Chris Brown from Bull Moose (the man responsible for creating Record Store Day in the first place), there are oodles of amazing releases, including freebies, this year. In the above clip Chris overviews a great many of the notable RSD 2011 exclusive releases. These include records in all formats (7", 10", 12", LP, colored vinyl, picture discs, and box-sets) from such artists as Ozzy Osbourne (RSD 2011's "Official Ambassador"), Foo Fighters, Flaming Lips, Beach Boys, Buck Owens, Big Star, and Fleetwood Mac. You can get a full RSD release list right here! Fleetwood Mac's latest re-release of their mega-successful 1977 album Rumours is unique because it is a Deluxe 2 LP 180 gram vinyl set that plays at 45 RPM. It has been stretched out on a double LP at 45 speed for attaining the highest playback audio quality.

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Hip-Hop Rap Up 04:10:11: Zion I & The Grouch, E-40, Wiz Khalifa, Blueprint, Odd Future, Del The Funky Homosapien + More

Posted by Billyjam, April 10, 2011 08:20pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Berkeley Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 04:10:11


1) Zion I & The Grouch Heroes in the Healing of the Nation (Z&G Music)
 
Not surprisingly, the new Zion I & The Grouch album has become a major seller at Amoeba’s Bay Area locations. Both Zion I & The Grouch command a huge amount of respect in the local scene, largely thanks to their work ethic and the consistent quality of their recordings. They’ve garnered a lot of national attention in recent years, but the Bay continues to remain their greatest supporters.
 
2) Pharoahe Monch W.A.R (We Are Renegades) (Duck Down)

Hot on the heels of the new Zion I & The Grouch album is the latest from Pharoahe Monch, one of the more technically talented MCs in hip-hop as far as voice and cadence go, and who has released a number of great recordings solo and in his group Organized Konfusion. This new one takes Monch back to his indie roots, pitting him against an exciting cast of producers and keeping things progressive in terms of his style and approach.
 
3) Lupe Fiasco Lasers (Atlantic)
 
Holding its major selling position from last week is Lupe’s new one, which continues to receive a large amount of media attention as it walks the fine line between radio friendly pop music and conscious hip-hop.
 
4) E-40 Revenue Retrievin: Overtime Shift (EMI)
 
E-40 is another Bay Area legendwho’s always on his grind, and his recent release of two new albums in the Revenue Retrievin series seems to indicate that he’s not planning on slowing down any time soon. The Overtime Shift of the series features Bay Area favorites J-Stalin, B-Legit and The Click, as well as a guest shot from the one and only Devin the Dude.  The last time E-40 put out two albums simultaneously, they both went through individual periods of selling quickly, so I wouldn’t be surprised if the Revenue Retrivin': Graveyard Shift ends up on one of these lists in the near future as well.

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Congresswoman Donna Edwards Quotes The White Stripes on the House Floor

Posted by Billyjam, April 9, 2011 07:40pm | Post a Comment
           
Congresswoman Donna Edwards: "A Lesson for My Republican Colleagues c/o the White Stripes"

The White Stripes may have broken up but Meg & Jack's music will never die, especially with others constantly covering it. The latest -- and most unlikely, but most excellently utilized -- cover version of one of the Stripes' songs comes courtesy of Maryland Democrat Congresswoman Donna Edwards, who did a spoken word cover of "Effect and Cause" at an address this week on the House Floor. She  directed the lyrics at Republicans when discussing the effect a government shut down would have on seniors, servicemen and women, and children. She even gave a shout out to the makers of the song after quoting it. Of course, it is only a matter of time before someone adds a beat and other effects to the Congresswoman's acapella version or does a mash-up of Edwards with the Stripes and the onslaught of YouTube remixes begins. Below a live version by the band of their song on BBC TV's Later On With Jools Holland show.


The White Stripes "Effect and Cause"
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