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Hip-Hop Highlights of Coachella 2020 Lineup

Posted by Billyjam, January 6, 2020 03:15pm | Post a Comment


The lineup for the upcoming 2020 Coachella music festival, that spans six days over two weekends in April with identical lineups for the two weekends of April 10th -12th and April 17th -19th, was recently announced with its long list of performers (as per the above official festival poster) once again featuring a wide variety of hip-hop/rap acts. Hip-hop along with alt-rock and numerous electronic dance acts such as  Calvin Harris, FKA Twigs and Jai Wolf, make up the majority of the music acts scheduled for 2020 Coachella. Tickets can be purchased here for Weekend Two only since Weekend One is reportedly already "sold out."

The hip-hop acts for the upcoming festival include the Saturdays headliner Travis Scott, whose 2018 hit album Astroworld LP continues to sell well, the pop rappers Lil Uzi Vert, 21 Savage, Lil Nas X, DaBaby, and Big Sean. Then there's the hip-hop power duos of  Run The Jewels' (RTJ) Killer Mike and El -P, and Freddie Gibbs x Madlib whose 2019 collaborative album Bandana LP was very successful for the two revered longtime hip-hop artists.

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Best of 2019 Hip-Hop Part 3: Best Sports Team Theme + Top 5 Prolific Acts + Top 50 Artists/Songs: #50 - #31 (Video Countdown)

Posted by Billyjam, January 5, 2020 09:09pm | Post a Comment

NOIR CITY 18: INTERNATIONAL II, January 24 - February 2

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 3, 2020 07:53pm | Post a Comment

Noir City 18

Amoeba Music is proud to join forces once again with the Film Noir Foundation's epic yearly festival, Le DoulosNOIR CITY this January. America doesn't have a monopoly on swaggering gangsters, larcenous lovers, surly ex-cons, corrupt cops, and scheming femmes fatales. Six years after the first NOIR CITY: INTERNATIONAL, the Film Noir Foundation is at it again with NOIR CITY 18: INTERNATIONAL II, presenting an array of classic films from around the globe. It's going to be a wide-ranging, thematically cohesive immersion in a sordid world of sinister and sexy affairs, including the world premieres of two new restorations by the Film Noir Foundation. Yes, "It's a Bitter Little World," but for ten days and nights at the majestic Castro Theatre, NOIR CITY will be cinema paradiso. As always, the festival is programmed and hosted by Eddie Muller, internationally renowned "Czar of Noir" and host of the popular Turner Classic Movies series Noir Alley.

For veteran cinephiles, it's a chance to again experience cherished cinematic masterpieces in a bona Pale Flowerfide movie palace. For those just starting their cinematic journey, NOIR CITY is the perfect introduction to a wide world of international filmmakers and stars, on the big screen, larger than life. The 10-day excursion travels through hot-blooded nightclubs of the Mexican cabareteras, neon-streaked alleys of Japanese yakuza thrillers, the stylish Parisian underworld, Italian palazzos hiding crimes of every social strata, a Kafkaesque Prague as envisioned by the Czech New Wave, even a rare serial killer film set in Nazi Germany made by Hollywood's finest director of film noir, Robert Siodmak. Tour guides include some of the world's most revered filmmakers: Michelangelo Antonioni, Andrzej Wajda, Julien Duvivier, Jean-Pierre Melville, Roberto Gavaldón, Jirí Weiss, and Masahiro Shinoda.

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Best of 2019 Hip-Hop Part 2: Hip-Hop WIMB? + Top Turntablist/Producers + Top Collectives

Posted by Billyjam, December 31, 2019 04:30am | Post a Comment
Slick Rick shopping @ Amoeba Music, Los Angeles and doing WIMB? profile. In 2019 Def Jam released the hip-hop veteran's The Great Adventures Of Slick Rick (30th Anniversary Edition)
in CD2LP black vinyl and 2LP blue vinyl formats.

The long-running, award winning and ever popular Amoeba Music What’s In My Bag? (WIMB?) interview series (now up to Episode # 632) had another successful year of one-on-ones with a wide variety of music-collecting artists and entertainment figures as they went crate-digging at Amoeba. Among the hip-hop artists interviewed in 2019 were Canadian turntablist/producer Kid Koala WIMB?,  Atlanta based hip-hop due EARTHGANG WIMB? and hip-hop/electronic DJ/producer KAYTRANADA WIMB?

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Best of 2019 Hip-Hop Part 1: Top Five Billboard Albums + Top Five Amoeba Albums

Posted by Billyjam, December 29, 2019 04:36am | Post a Comment


This first part in the Amoeblog Best of 2019 Hip-Hop contains two objectively compiled top five hip-hop albums charts based primarily on sales; the Amoeba 2019 Top 5 Hip-Hop Albums Chart and the Billboard 2019 Top 5 Hip-Hop Albums Chart. The former is based on sales of albums at the Amoeba Hollywood store over the past year while the latter is culled from the recently published Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. That multi-genre chart is based primarily on national sales both at retail and of digital sales of albums. However since it reflects all album sales over the past year, that in addition to 2019 releases also includes a large number of previous year titles that continued to sell significantly into this year.

Most of these carry-over titles (but not all due to certain technicalities such as specific timelines of an album being released digitally in'18 and physically in '19) have been omitted to focus on the top selling 2019 released hip-hop albums. Included in the many carry-over 2018 released albums were Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys and Drake’s Scorpion (also on 2LP) albums that ranked #5 and #6 respectively on the 2019 Top 200 Billboard Album chart thereby outselling most 2019 album titles of all genres. [Note that the non hip-hop album, Billie Eilish’s  When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (also on yellow colored LP/vinyl) that was the overall top selling album of the year].

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