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Hip-Hop Rap Up 11:20:10: Cee-Lo Clean vs. Dirty Versions, Gaslamp Killer @ House of Blues, Best Use of a Joni Mitchell Sample, Scratch DJ Marching Band, Souls of Mischief, Fist Fam + More

Posted by Billyjam, November 20, 2010 10:35am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 11:20:10


1) Cee-Lo Green
The Lady Killer (Elektra Records)

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

3) Eligh Grey Crow (Legendary Music/ Alpha Pup)

4) Eminem Recovery (Aftermath, Interscope, Shady)

5)  Drake Thank Me Later (Young Money, Cash Money/Universal)

As Cee-Lo Green's runaway hit of a new album The Lady Killer (Elektra Records) continues to dominate charts all over the globe, including the latest hip-hop top five from Amoeba Music Hollywood this week, radio DJs everywhere debate whether playing the sanitized / FCC friendly version of the album's popular online song and video "Fuck You" is worth playing at all. As you know, in its airplay-ready version it becomes "Forget You" with all swear words getting changed or edited. So is it worth playing? I say a good song is a good song, and "Forget You" is a great song. And if you had never heard the other (real) version you would enjoy it thoroughly. It reminds me of back in '94 when listeners heard "Mack Of The Year" by Dru Down being played on KMEL long before they heard the original, much nastier version, "Pimp Of The Year," by the Oakland rapper. However, once you have heard the original Cee -Lo song, the radio version sounds like it is missing the main ingredient. Below are both versions for you to be the judge of. Please post your opinion in comments below. Thanks!

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Rah Digga Returns With a Classic

Posted by Billyjam, November 18, 2010 09:54am | Post a Comment
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New Jersey female emcee Rah Digga is back after a decade long absence from the hip-hop world with a killer new album, appropriately titled Classic (Raw Koncept Media Group/Traffic). Early on in her rap career (mid 1990s) the artist born Rashia Fisher was part of the NJ based crew called The Outsiders. Even earlier (during the Das EFX era), she was known as Rah Diggity before settling on the rap name Rah Digga. Up until now, she had not been heard from since her acclaimed debut album, Dirty Harriet, dropped in 2000. 

Formerly the First Lady of the Flipmode Squad, and known by many for her collaborations with that collective's main man, Busta Rhymes (she first appeared on his second solo record, 1997's When Disaster Strikes), Rah Digga's career actually dates back some years before that connection.

For her long delayed sophomore album, which was released in mid September, she enlisted the production skills of Nottz, who had produced five tracks on Dirty Harriet. On Classic he handles all the production duties and in so doing brings out the very best in the Brick City (Newark , NJ) emcee on tracks such as the lead single "This Ain't No Lil Kid Rap." The video for this song is below and you can also listen to a remix version of the song featuring Redman right here.

I recently caught up with Rah Digga to ask her about her career, including why the long gap between her two albums and why she is making a comeback at this time. "Well, for me, I never really stopped recording but I was recording more at my leisure. And as the dawn of the ten year anniversary of Dirty Harriet started approaching I just started reaching out to different producers that I had worked with on the first album," she said. She ended up working with Nottz, with whom she says she has "a great chemistry" and notes, "Our chemistry is so crazy that once we got in the studio I basically just stayed there. And so the Rah Diggawhole album was recorded in just two weeks."

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Amoeba Marc Remembers The Avenue on This 20th Anniversary of Amoeba Music on Telegraph in Berkeley

Posted by Billyjam, November 17, 2010 05:32pm | Post a Comment
DoseOne + Pam the Funkstress
It was exactly twenty years ago today, November 17th, 1990, when the first Amoeba Music store opened its doors in Berkeley, CA. And, as you well know, all three Amoeba stores have been celebrating the anniversary of this joyous occasion all this month, culminating in the big, all day 20th Anniversary party event at the original Telegraph Avenue Amoeba this past Sunday with cake (of course), giveways, incredible sales, plus non-stop live entertainment from such talents as Pam the Funkstress, DoseOne (both pictured left), and Lyrics Born. Check this recent Amoeblog with lots more photos and a nice run down on Sunday's wonderfully fun event.   

As Amoeba's Marc Weinstein noted in the recently posted Amoeblog interview, the lead up to that November 1990 opening took many long months of hard work. That Amoeblog interview was just one of two that Amoeba Marc did on the topic of Amoeba's rich past. I also talked with him about additional Amoeba history, including what Telegraph Ave was like in the decade before Amoeba first opened and Marc's own personal record store history.

"I worked at Rasputin's in 1980/'81 and then I went traveling to buy records back East so I still worked for Rasputin's through '83 but not back in the Bay. When I came back from being back East I worked in San Francisco at Streetlight Records from '83 to '90," recalled Amoeba Marc. "I remember the Avenue [Telegraph] been completely packed with all types of people. The variety that was represented and the businesses that kind of catered to those people on Telegraph was so thick," he said. "It was so good in its heyday; great record stores, great book stores, great used clothing stores. We closed Rasputin's at 11pm so we could go next door to Universal [long gone Berkeley record store] which was open til 12 and Universal always had little shows or things going on. We could shop for records til midnight every night and go see bands and never really leave the Avenue. You can't really do that kind of thing anymore."

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Amoeba Berkeley's 20th Anniversary Celebration Today with Pam the Funkstress, Lyrics Born, and Much More!

Posted by Billyjam, November 14, 2010 07:19am | Post a Comment
The Coup's DJ Pam the Funkstress (one of the many performers at Amoeba Berkeley today)

If you are in the Bay Area today put a stop at Amoeba Music in Berkeley at the top of your to-do list! DoseOneAll day today, Sunday, November 14th, the famed East Bay Amoeba store that opened 20 years ago this month is celebrating with a big sale and non-stop entertainment. In addition to 20% off all used items and lots of other enticing store bargains and goodies (EG gift bags for customers who purchase over $20 + Amoeba Prize Wheel with fabulous prizes such as a collectible lunchbox amp from ZT Amplifiers or limited edition Amoeba 20th Birthday T-shirts) there will be non-stop music by DJs and other performers.

DJs include party rocker and turntable wrecker DJ Pam The Funkstress of The Coup, who, as you can see from the concert clip above, is an amazing DJ to witness live. Her set begins at 3pm today. Other spin masters today include two current Amoeba Berkeley staffers JoNasty (noon) and DJ Inti (at 1pm he will spin an exclusive "dollar bin" set), and two former Amoeba Berkeley staffers, DJ Platurn (6pm is when the famed Oakland Fader DJ kicks off the day's closing set) and DoseOne. Anticon's DoseOne (born Adam Drucker and a renowned emcee) is such an incredibly gifted & multi-talented individual. His DJ set starts at 2pm and is followed by a Lyrics Bornmeet/greeting/signing session. In concert with his groups Themselves and Subtle he often simultaneously raps as he plays synth, sampler, and/or keyboard.

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Hip-Hop Rap Up 11:12:10: N*E*R*D, Cee-Lo, Kid Cudi, Cage, Lil Wayne, Lyrics Born, DJ Inti, DJ Platurn, Amoeba 20th Anniversary, Big B, 4AM, Eligh, Madlib, Brother Ali + More

Posted by Billyjam, November 12, 2010 11:05am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Berkeley Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 11:12:10

N*E*R*D1) N*E*R*D Nothing (Star Trak)

2) Madlib Medicine Show No.10-Black Soul (Stones Throw)

3) Cee-Lo Green
Lady Killer (Elektra Records)

4) TIE: Lil Wayne I Am Not A Human Being (Cash Money/Universal)
Kid Cudi Man On The Moon 2: The Legend of Mr Roger (Universal/Motown)

5) Eligh Grey Crow ( Legendary Music/ Alpha Pup)

N*E*R*D's great new album Nothing on Star Trak, which was written about in last week's Hip-Hop Rap Up, is number one at the Berkeley Amoeba Music this week, followed  by Madlib's tenth release in his ongoing twelve part series on Stones Throw. Medicine Show No.10-Black Soul finds crate digger extraordinaire Madlib serving up a mix (although it Madlibshould be noted not all are mixed together) of some rare soul from the mid to late 70s right when the music, as Stones Throw notes, was giving way to disco, when the groove was on its way to the boogie, when funk was on its way to fonk. Released on Tuesday is the brand solo release from Cee-Lo Green (of Goodie Mob and Gnarls Barkley fame); the album Lady Killer on Elektra Records got a very positive review on the day it dropped by Smiles Davis in the Amoeblogger's post Get Off Farmville and Go Get Cee-Lo's Lady Killer that raved, "this may very well turn out to be the best album of 2010." 

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