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Prolific 90's SF Rap Musician Barry "Race" Smith To Be Honored At Memorial Tonight With Producer TC & Other Old Friends

Posted by Billyjam, September 9, 2017 11:27am | Post a Comment


If you are a fan of 11/5, U.D.I., Rappin' 4 Ray, JT the Bigga Figga, Dush Tray, I.M.P., Neva Legal, Totally Insane and other 1990's San Francisco Bay Area rap artists then you've already heard the work of prolific musician Barry "Race Smith who was a staple of that scene. The 57 year old San Francisco artist, who played bass and did background vocals on numerous tracks from that era, recently died and will be honored in a memorial service tonight at a studio in his San Francisco hometown. Among those in attendance will be longtime friend and musical collaborator, producer TC who worked together with Race on numerous projects.

“We worked together on everything from 11/5 to U.D.I. to Duce Tray. We did tracks for 51.50, Rappin’ 4 Tay, Andre Nickatina, Herm, Primo, Key-Lo, and the list goes on. It was a lot,” TC told the Amoeblog by phone. The producer added that, “He played bass and that’s what a lot of people think of him for but he also did vocals. He did the background singing thing too. He did a lot. He did the vocals on such tracks as Tay Da Tay's “Slangin’ Dope” and the vocals on U.D.I. “I Wanna Get High.”    

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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.

Hip-Hop Weekly Round Up 02:19:10

Posted by Billyjam, February 19, 2010 07:01pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 02:19:10


1) The Madlib Medicine Show 1, Before The Verdict featuring Guilty Simpson (Stones Throw)

2) Strong Arm Steady In Search of Stoney Jackson (Stones Throw)

3) Slum Village Fan-Tas-Tic Vol. 2.10  (Barak Records)

4) Mathematics Presents Return Of The Wu And Friends (Gold Dust Media)

5) DJ Green Lanern & Styles P The Green Ghost Project (Invasion Music Group)

New releases on the latest hip-hop chart from Amoeba Music Hollywood include the Slum Village reissue by Barak Records of  Fan-Tas-Tic Vol. 2.10 (in a two CD set), and also the equally recommended producer DJ Green Lantern and rapper Styles P collaboration The Green Ghost Project which features cameos from Styles P's fellow D-Block cohorts Jadakiss, and Sheek Louch, as well as guest shots from M.O.P, N.O.R.E, Uncle Murda, and Junior Reid. Appearing on DJ Green Lantern's label, the renowned mix DJ, who initially built his rep as the main DJ for Eminem's Shady Records label, shares production credits here with the Alchemist, Scram Jones, and Statik Selektah, a great combination of two of the best. Also new but not recommended, unless you don't have a lot of Wu Tang in your collection already, is the Feb 16th release Mathematics Presents Return Of The Wu And Friends, which really offers little new to the true Wu fan, with re-released tracks and some slightly modified/remixed ones, as the website HipHopDX so accurately pointed out. The tracks "It’s What it Is” and “Iron God Chamber” both appeared on Masta Killa’s album Made In Brooklyn four years ago, while the songs “Strawberries & Cream” and “Rush” are scooped straight from DJ Mathematics’ very own 2005 album, The Problem. It is not that this is a bad album by any means, but rather it is slightly misleading in its presentation, which implies it is chock-a-block with fresh new material.

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