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1990's Promo Pics Pt VII: Kid Capri, CB4, BPST, Umar Bin Hassan, Poizon Posse, Pinay, Herm Lewis, Natives In Black, Poohman

Posted by Billyjam, February 1, 2017 02:54pm | Post a Comment

The above Umar Bin Hassan promotional pic was taken by photographer Thi Lin-Le in 1993 for the member of the legendary The Last Poets group's solo debut album Be Bop Or Be Dead. The album, with distribution via Island Records, was released on Bill Laswell's Axiom Records. In the tradition of the revolutionary jazz poets that the artist came to fame with, considered by many to be the original rappers and a direct inspiration to hip-hop's first wave or conscious revolution rap. the ten track solo Umar Bin Hassan album was packed with powerful vocal pieces. These included  "Niggers Are Scared Of Revolution," "Malcolm," "Bum Rush,"  and "This Is Madness."   The album was the first of a series of solo recordings for the artist that included 2001's To The Last (Baraka Foundation) and Life Is Good (Stay Focused Recordings). The Umar Bin Hassan promo/publicity photo is first of several photos in this seventh installment in the ongoing 1990's Promo Pics Amoeblog series: a tribute to the artists as well as the photographers and record labels responsible for sending them out during that decade.  Artists in previous posts in this series (1990's Promo Pics Part I Part II, Part III , Part IV Part V, and Part VI) have included A Tribe Called QuestDas EFX, The Roots, George Clinton  Masta Ace Incorporated,    Jeru the Damaja and Black Sheep.  Mostly rap/hip-hop, the series includes some related genres too.

"Product of Post Watts Rebellion" LA Rapper Threat's Early 90's Promo Material Adapted Creative Mug-Shot/Rap Sheet Style

Posted by Billyjam, January 28, 2017 05:00pm | Post a Comment


The 1993 record company publicity/promo shot of LA rapper Threat above and its accompanying one-sheet bio is an addendum to the recently published 1990's Promo Pics Amoeblog Part VI (see Amoeblog post on previous page). From that same era this more detailed post focuses on just one 1990's rap/hip-hop artist promotional package.  Mailed out in ye olde pre-Internet promo days of the early nineties via snail mail from the publicity offices of Mercury / Polygram Records on behalf of Da Bomb Records, the package accompanied the CD or cassette copies (by this stage vinyl was only mailed to DJs) of the SoCal rapper's 1993 debut album Sickinnahead. Threat had already built somewhat of a rep for been down with Ice Cube and other major players (many Ice Cube affiliated) on the burgeoning West Coast G-Funk scene back then,

The record label's novel promotional approach for this Los Angeles area rapper was to make his two panel (front and side) press photo look like a police mug shot while the accompanying bio/press release was styled to look like a criminal's rap sheet: even including what looked like a paper clip over a small photo on the top left of the page. Further creating this imagery it was cleverly broken into a little sections including one headed "Non Criminal Information" noting that the artist was born in Hawthorne California and was a "product of post Watts' rebellion LA" (note how it avoided the more controversial so-called "Rodney King riots" from a year earlier) with additional information "accusing" him of "collaborating with Yo-Yo, Eazy-E, King T, Tupac and [female rapper] Nefertiti.

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Controversial New President Sparks Hip-Hop's Newest Subgenre: Anti-Trump Rap

Posted by Billyjam, January 24, 2017 02:59pm | Post a Comment


To say that the newly inaugurated commander in chief is a less than popular figure with most hip-hop artists would be an understatement. So disliked by the hip-hop community at large is the reality TV star turned politician that he inspired a new subgenre of hip-hop: anti-Trump rap. Any newly elected president would have faced a challenge taking over office from America's "first hip-hop president" but Trump's divisive presidential campaign, that included his dissing and dismissing of the entire genre for being just "talking" and "lewd" (his response to Jay-Z and Beyonce's Hillary rally performance immediately before the election) reinforced an already negative view of the man among most hip-hoppers. And in an unprecedented occurrence in the history of the American tradition of presidential protest music (EG: anti George W. Bush hip-hop and anti-Reagan punk rock),  long before Trump had even been nominated the new wave of protest music against him had already taken root.



YG & Nipsey Hussle "FDT (Fuck Donald Trump)" (Original Video Version: April 2016 via WSHH
preceded the official label version by two months)


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1990's Promo Pics Pt VI: Andre Nickatina, Mack 10, 11/5, George Clinton, Above The Law, Erykah Badu, Red Hot Chili Peppers, DJ Quik

Posted by Billyjam, January 19, 2017 08:40am | Post a Comment


The above Andre NIckatina promo pic was taken by Bay Area photographer Timi D.... in 1998 for both the artist formerly known as Dre Dog's Fillmoe Coleman company and for long defunct label DogDay Records who that year released the longtime prolific San Francisco rapper's album Raven In My Eyes.  The promo/publicity photo is one of ten photos in this sixth installment of the 1990's Promo Pics Amoeblog series. The series is a tribute to artists as well as the photographers and record labels responsible for sending them out at the time. The previous posts in this series (1990's Promo Pics Part I Part II, Part III , Part IV and Part V)  included such artists as Das EFX, The RootsMasta Ace Incorporated and Black Sheep.  In addition to the usual rap artist pictures, this latest installment also includes a few non hip-hop artists.

Renewed Relevancy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Speeches & The Music They Inspired

Posted by Billyjam, January 16, 2017 02:11pm | Post a Comment
Martin Luther King Jr.
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character"
- MLK

"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal." - MLK


These two above famous American history quotes, each from the same speech from 54 years ago, take on a renewed relevancy in January 2017 on this Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in the current uncertain political climate. No doubt the 1963 March On Washington, at which MLK gave his famous speech to a sea of peaceful protesters, will be in the minds of those participating in this weeks Women's March on Washington.

Taking place on Saturday January 21st 2017, the post inauguration day protest organizers announced that, due to the swelling number of confirmed participants, that they are now expecting 200,000 people at this weekend's march which is the same number that marched back in 1963 when MLK spoke. Similarly with the 1963 March on Washington, which King stressed was about equality for all, the message of the Women's March is about rights for all with the motto is "The RIse of the Woman = The Rise of the Nation."

At Amoeba's three stores you'll find various collections of speeches by Martin Luther King Jr. And / or visit the online store's Martin Luther King Jr. section where you'll find such collections as In Search Of Freedom (9 track CD includes "I Have A Dream" and "Police Brutality Will Backfire"), the Wisdom of Martin Luther King Jr.  2 CD set, and The Martin Luther King Jr Tapes that is another collection that includes the historic "I Have A Dream" speech from August 28th, 1963. Also found at Amoeba are artists who either dedicated music to the legacy of MLK or artists who sampled his speeches in their music. Besides the content of his speeches, as a great orator who spoke in perfect rhythm, makes for a perfect speechmaker to sample over beats.

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