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Hip-Hop Rap Up 04:02:11: Gucci Mane, Pharoahe Monch, Dub Equire, Murs & Paid Dues, DMC, Kool Moe Dee, DaVinci

Posted by Billyjam, April 2, 2011 08:50am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 04:02:11


1) Pharoahe Monch W.A.R.(We Are Renegades) (W.A.R. Media/Duck Down Music)

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

3) Lupe Fiasco Lasers (Atlantic Recording Corp).

4) Far East Movement Free Wired (Cherrytree/Interscope Records)

5) Gucci Mane Return of Mr. Zone 6 (Warner Brothers)

Last week the recently released Pharoahe Monch album W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) was number three on the Amoeba chart. This week the powerful, highly recommended release by the longtime emcee & former member of legendary early 90's hip-hop crew Organized Konfusion, who is currently on tour in Europe (he plays Sommercasino in Basel, Switzerland tonight), has the number one selling hip-hop album at the Hollywood Amoeba. Thanks to Ray Ricky Rivera for the latest chart, which also includes Zion I & The Grouch's latest collab, Lupe Fiasco, Far East Movement, and Gucci Mane.

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Despite Being a Minority, Femcees Continue to Put It Down in the Male Dominated World of Hip-Hop

Posted by Billyjam, March 31, 2011 04:42pm | Post a Comment

Medusa "Choclet Giddy Up" (2011)

Before the month of March, aka Women's History Month 2011, comes to a close I wanted to shine some light on a sampling of the female hip-hop talents out there today and what they're up to, including both some well known, longtime women artists and some new up-and-coming female artists. For a myriad of reasons, namely the genre's prevalent macho attitude, even all these years later female artists remain a clear minority in the male dominated field of rap music. Hence, those women who continue to make hip-hop music demonstrate a true dedication and passion for their art form.

As with any musical genre, hip-hop goes through different waves and stages. Since its beginnings, trends in the popularity of female artists have periodically come and gone. And right now, following the meteoric rise to fame of Lil Wayne female protege Nicki Minaj and the breakout success of her late 2010 debut album Pink Friday, it looks like we might be set for a new wave of female MCs in the mainstream. If this occurs, as many industry insiders predict, it will not only make it easier for new female artists to get heard but it will also be easier for longtime female artists putting out new releases. One longtime female rapper who will not give credit to Nicki Minaj for the album she is reportedly dropping this year is Lil Kim, who you'll recall had a very public verbal beef with the younger rapper and who, back in November, unleashed the uncomplimentary rap "Black Friday" in response to Pink Friday. This week Nicki fired back with her latest Lil Kim diss track "Tragedy."

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"Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain" Helps Willie Nelson Beat Texas Weed Rap

Posted by Billyjam, March 30, 2011 05:22am | Post a Comment
                
                          Willie Nelson in concert singing the song that he sang in a Texas court this week

Good news this week for Willie Nelson, his fans, and for those who agree that there are already way too many people overcrowding US jails as a result of sentencing for possession of marijuana for personal use. The 77 year old country music legend and longtime weed activist was arrested in Texas after crossing the border from Mexico last November when his tour bus was stopped and police found weed in Nelson's possession. He could have faced a lengthy jail term, but luckily for him, this week Texas prosecutor and Hudspeth County attorney Kit Bramblett presented a favorable deal when he said, "I’m gonna let him plead [guilty], pay a small fine and he’s gotta sing “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” with his guitar right there in the courtroom." Obviously a fan of Nelson's music, he added, "You bet your ass I ain’t gonna be mean to Willie Nelson." County Judge Becky Walker agreed to the deal as did, not surprisingly, Nelson, who, as a longtime open advocate of legalizing pot, is co-chair of the advisory board of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).

The agreement is not unique or new since oft times judges sentence musicians to community service that taps into their skills rather than jail time. Other instances include when Keith Richards long ago was busted in Toronto and instead of a sentence he was made to do a concert for the blind. The song "Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain" -- a hit for Nelson and a longtime favorite with fans -- can be found on several different albums by the artist including Red Headed Stranger (the 1975 album that it first appeared on and has since been reissued), The Essential Willie Nelson, Willie Nelson's Greatest Hits (& Some That Will Be), Willie Nelson & Friends, Stars & Guitars, and (as a duet with Shania Twain) on Willie Nelson & Friends: Live & Kickin', released in celebration of Nelson's 70th birthday in 2003, on both CD and DVD formats. 

The Buck 65 Amoeblog Interview

Posted by Billyjam, March 27, 2011 06:00am | Post a Comment

Canada's ever musically creative hip-hop artist Richard Terfry, who is best known by his stage name Buck 65 (the primary alias of the many that the artist employs), may be celebrating two decades of making music, but many of these 20 odd years were spent under the radar and beyond the glare of the mainstream where the prolific abstract hip-hop artist has been free to delve off into far off musical corners, away from the sometimes restrictive confines of what is often considered "hip-hop." Along the way the always innovative Buck 65 has built an impressive back-catalog of releases.

As well as being an extremely prolific recording artist, the ever active Buck 65 also hosts a radio show on Canada's national station, CBC. His current album, 20 Odd Years, released by Warnera few months ago, is perhaps the artist's most musically adventurous to date. This diverse, collaboration-heavy collection of songs ranges from unbridled b-boy flavor to lushly produced, ethereal-sounding productions. Since its release, the self-described "rap weirdo and international romantic" has been busy getting the word out via Twitter updates, interviews, and shows, including a series of dates at SXSW last week.

This week the Amoeblog caught up with the hella cool and always insightful & articulate MC and turntablist (and fan of Amoeba) to ask him about the last 20 odd years of his music career.

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Hip-Hop Rap Up 03:25:11: Zion I & The Grouch, Pharoahe Monch, Equipto & Mike Marshall, DMC 2011, E-40, Azeem

Posted by Billyjam, March 25, 2011 02:35am | Post a Comment

Zion I & The Grouch "Rockit Man (feat. Silk-E)" (2011) - this week's #1 @ Amoeba

Amoeba Music San Francisco Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending March 25th, 2011

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

2) Pharoahe Monch W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) (W.A.R. Media/Duck Down Music)

3) Equipto & Michael Marshall Keep it Movin' 2 Love Changes-Solidarity Records

4) Raekwon Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang (Ice H2O Records)

5) Lupe Fiasco Lasers (Atlantic Recording Corp).

Thanks to Luis for this week's Amoeba Hip-Hop Top Five for the San Francisco store where the highly recommended new Zion I & The Grouch's latest collaborative album Zion I & The Grouch are Heroes in the Healing of the Nation is number one after only hitting Amoeba Music's shelves on Tuesday (March 22nd). A sequel to Zion I & The Grouch's similarly themed, successful 2006 collaboration, Heroes in the City of Dope, this latest teaming of hip-hop talent even surpasses that critically acclaimed release. Joining producer Amp Live and emcees Zumbi and The Grouch throughout this release are such guests as Fashawn, Casual, Mystic, Brother Ali, Eric Rachmany, Freeway, Roy Ayers, Jacob Hemphill of Soja, Eligh, Codany Holiday, The R.O.D., and Silk-E, whose soaring vocals elevate the single "Rockit Man," as seen in the brand new video above.

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