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Hip-Hop Rap Up 07:012:17: Jay-Z, RTJ, Kenny Dope, Logic, Snoop Dogg, Twista, Prodigy of Mobb Deep, Necro, Z-Ro, & Macklemore

Posted by Billyjam, July 12, 2017 10:37pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Hip-Hop Top 5 July 12 2017


1: Jay-Z 4:44 (Roc Nation)

2: Logic Everybody (also avail on vinyl/LP)  (Def Jam)

3: Snoop Dogg Neva Left (Doggystyle)

4: Z-Ro No Love Boulevard (1 Deep Entertainment) 

5: Twista Crook Country (CMG)

 
 DUAL VINYL PICKS  OF THE WEEK

Kenny Dope "Cuckoo Clock" + "Crime Cut" 7"
             +   "Down By Law" / "Subway Beat" (7") (Kay Dee Records)

Necro
   Die! LP
             + Death Rap [Bonus Tracks] LP   (HHE.de Records)          

Jay-Z's 4:44 (Roc Nation), which is the number one hip-hop album at Amoeba this week, was officially released for sale Friday last (July 7, 2017) even though the album had actually been unveiled a week earlier via (Jay-Z's) Tidal streaming company as well as via Sprint, following a profitable deal he shrewdly signed with the corporation. That combined exposure of 4:44 resulted in the RIAA registering it platinum status two days in advance of its actual (traditional) "street date." As such the unprecedented move was yet another reminder of  just how radically the music business has switched up and changed in these ever-evolving digital days. Jay-Z's 4:44 (Roc Nation) has something in common with another chart entry above: Snoop Dogg's Neva Left (Doggystyle). Beyond both being by maturing hip-hop artists in a young man's game, each of the two artists shared the experience of been lambasted for losing their edge in reviews of previous recent era releases. In response, both artists set out to instantly defuse these negative impressions of their careers. Each address the haters on their respective albums' opening tracks in which they insist that they're neither washed up or irrelevant. 

DJs Doc Martin, Jeno, David Harness, Galen & Kincaid Revive NorCal Early 90's Full Moon Rave Parties

Posted by Billyjam, July 9, 2017 06:09pm | Post a Comment



In sync with tonight's full moon and this afternoon/evening's balmy East Bay July outdoor weather, Doc Martin and other veteran dance party DJs, who were part of the early 90's burgeoning SF Bay Area rave party including DJ icons Jeno and David Harness, will be reviving the legendary early 90's full moon parties with today's Waterfront Sessions: Full Moon Edition. The dance party, also featuring DJs Galen and Kincaid, is already underway and will be going til "late" down by Oakland's Jack London Square. There at Eve's Waterfront (15 Embarcadero)
the BPMs of the smokin' house grooves been spun will be gradually increase, picking up pace as the evening turns to night and the full moon comes into clear view about the Oakland Estuary. As the joint promoters of this new party series (Prismatic, Rouse Records and Sky Sundays) predict, today's party should revive the vibe and feel of the "Bonny Doon parties of the rave days of old, as we dance the day away into night under the full moon." While the DIY grassroots approach of those early era NorCal ravesof a quarter a century ago may have morphed into the comparatively controlled environment of parties like at Eve's tonight, the music and vibe promises to recapture that golden era of the fun rave parties in the Bay (that I was fortunate to be witness to) like the Full Moon parties and A Rave Called Sharon, The Gathering, Toon Town and of course Mr Floppy's Flophouse in Oakland - not too far from tonight's event. Fun times! Public transport to today's event include BART, AC Transit and the ferry to Jack London Square. 21+ Tix $20. More information.









Oakland Rapper Kamaiyah Fully Reppin' The Town in Video for "Build You Up" off Her Forthcoming Major Label Debut

Posted by Billyjam, July 7, 2017 02:21pm | Post a Comment


Hardworking and hella talented Oakland rapper Kamaiyah, now signed to Interscope Records with her major label debut slated for later this year, demonstrated her unwavering love for "The Town" (Oakland) with the unveiling yesterday of the 100% Oakland-proud music video for "Build You Up" (see below). The positive-message lyrically laden, uptempo, throwback, early nineties sounding song (complete with that era's raggamuffin rap breakdown and video with her + dancers donning 90's styled T-shirt logos) is a teaser of the born-in-the-nineties rapper's forthcoming Interscope full-length Don’t Ever Get It Twisted. That anticipated late 2017 release follows her acclaimed 2016 indie release, the impressive mixtape A Good Night in the Ghetto.

For the new Damien Sandoval directed, Interscope Records produced music video the dedicated Oakland artist insisted on keeping it local and in The Town with location shoots including MacArthur BART platform (pic above) as well as on the BART train, outside the Fox Theater in the Uptown district of Oakland, and by the Grand Lake Theatre over by Lake Merritt. On previous, pre-major label music videos by the artist, such as the Oakland shot "Fuck It Up (feat. YG)" and "I'm On" (featuring such Oakland locations as Uptown's The New Parish and East O's 99th Ave & MacArthur),  Kamaiyah's made a point of consistently and proudly featuring locations in her East Bay city. So major props to her for continuing this practice on her latest music video.

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Rest in Peace Pierre Henry: French Experimental / Classical Composer, Musique Concrète Pioneer, & "Grandfather of Techno"

Posted by Billyjam, July 6, 2017 12:35pm | Post a Comment

Renowned, universally revered French experimental, avant garde, classical composer, pioneer of musique concrète, and "grandfather of techno" Pierre Henry  has died at 89 years of age, it has been reported by various French media outlets including the Agence France-Presse (AFP).  A prolific composer who’s scored films, ballets and other pieces in a variety of styles, Henry is most known for his pioneering role in the development of musique concrète and perhaps most commonly known for his 1960's three minute piece "Psyche Rock" that was utilized in the 1969 film Z, remixed by Fatboy Slim in 2004, and the inspiration for the theme music for Futurama.  In today's AFP's report on the passing of the artist, who would have turned 90 later this year, the French news agency quoted fellow French music composer and friend-of-Amoeba Jean-Michel Jarre in saying that Henry Pierre, whom he considered an influence, was an "innovator" and "poet" with his legacy being bringing, "a fusion between experimentation and poetry."  In recognition of the late artist's "enormous and impressive body of work" Jarre told the AFP that he hopes, "France grants him the homage that he deserves."

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Iggy Pop Is The Man, As Proven by the 70 Year Old's Energetic Closing Set At Oakland's Burger Boogaloo Festival

Posted by Billyjam, July 2, 2017 05:47pm | Post a Comment

Iggy Pop is the man! This the "godfather of punk" swiftly proved just minutes into last night's hard rocking, energetic closing set at Day 1 of the fun Burger Boogaloo festival: the annual Oakland music festival at Mosswood Park with host John Waters that winds down this evening by 10pm with final performances from such artists as X, the Buzzcocks, and Roy Loney of The Flamin' Groovies fame.  [more info on Burger Boogalooo]. Displaying the level of raw power passion that he began his career with five plus decades ago, the phenomenally fit long hair-haired and shirtless 70 year old paced the stage for a crowd-pleasing, fast-paced set that drew from his deep back catalog of rock classics. 

Backed by a tight ass band and a perfect sound mix, Iggy delighted the packed Oakland crowd with a generous set, effortlessly running through pitch perfect renditions of such classics of his as "I Wanna Be Your Dog," "The Passenger" and "Lust for Life." 

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