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#HipHopNewArrivals [Music Video Version] Atmosphere, Mac Miller, The Game, 2Pac

Posted by Billyjam, March 10, 2020 02:27pm | Post a Comment
#HipHopNewArrivals Top 5 March 10 2020

#1 Atmosphere Whenever 2LP (Rhymesayer Entertainment)
#2 Atmosphere Whenever CD (Rhymesayers Entertainment)

Longtime hardworking hip-hop duo Atmosphere officially released their latest excellent album back in mid December in digital format but this past week have followed up with the welcome physical versions; the Whenever 2LP vinyl version and the Whenever CD version of the album. Note that the original late 2019 release of this album coincided with the timing of the power duo's reissuing on vinyl, also via their Rhymesayers Ent, of their bygone bangers Seven's Travels 3LPGod Loves Ugly 2LP and Headshots: Se7en [Anniversary Edition] 2LP.  As expected from the ever reliable longtime duo of emcee Slug and producer Ant  this latest full-length release does not disappoint as witnessed by the album's singles/videos of the tracks "Bde Maka Ska,"  "Lovely (feat. Nikki Jean)," "Love Each Other" and the most recently released  "Dearly Beloved (feat. Musab & Muja Messiah)" (see video below). Other standout tracks on the 43 minute, 12 song album include "Postal Lady" and the album title track that features guest spots from Murs, Haphduzn and Gifted Gab; the latter being the Seattle femcee, not the similarly named NorCal Solesides/Quannum emcee GIft of Gab. Now an elder in the game of hip-hop Slug has not lost any of his legendary lyrical edge or sense of humor;  interspersing funny self-effacing "dad rap" observations into his witty flow.

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“When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold” 10 Year Anniversary Edition 2LP Reminder Of Atmosphere's Timeless Sound

Posted by Billyjam, December 20, 2018 03:20pm | Post a Comment


Hip-hop vinyl reissue of the week, Atmosphere’s When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold” 10 Year Anniversary Edition 2LP  is not simply a must-get double album back in print. It is also a reminder that the longtime beloved hip-hop duo, comprised of emcee Slug and producer Ant, make the type of music that truly stands the test of time. Since forming back in 1996 in Minneapolis Atmosphere have consistently crafted heartfelt, quality hip-hop that transcends time, sounding good in any decade, all the while remaining loyal to the genre's roots. Further proof of the Rhymesayers Ent. duo's timelessness lies in equally excellent recent 2018 release Mi Vida Local 2LP (also on CD) that's included in many best of 2018 lists.

For any hip-hop act twenty two years in the notoriously fickle genre, to consistently craft essential music and remain relevant is quite an accomplishment. Interestingly Atmosphere themselves have always been slow to accept their music's timeless quality; even mistakenly thinking that might have peaked creatively back at the start of the last decade. Back in 2008, upon the initial release of When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold” 10 Year Anniversary Edition 2LP,  when I interviewed Slug for the Amoeblog he told me that even at that stage how he felt Atmosphere was six years past their prime.  "I think our expiration date was somewhere in 2002," he shared but quickly added, in his fun self-effacing way, that, "I'll keep going 'til I get fired or replaced by a younger stronger, more attractive idiot." 

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Hip-Hop Report Oct 22 2018: DJ Skillz @ DMC World, B+ Bay Exhibit, New Vinyl: KYLE, Illingsworth, Hobo Johnson, deM atlaS + more

Posted by Billyjam, October 22, 2018 07:13pm | Post a Comment



Freaks of The Industry: Bay Area Hip Hop Shot by B+ is the descriptively titled new photo exhibit by photographer Brian Cross (aka B+) at San Francisco’s Family Affair in the Lower Haight. The Bay-centric visual display includes photos of such NorCal hip-hoppers as The Coup and members of the Hieroglyphics and Solesides (later Quannum) crews including DJ Shadow (whose Entroducing...album cover art he's credited for) who was among those at the opening party a few night ago. Billed as “a visual mixtape of various artists repping the Bay outside the mainstream,”  the large scale image display will run through November 17th when B+ will be back in the house.

The Irish born, LA based photographer was also there on opening night last Thursday. Among those in attendance was veteran Bay Area hip-hop photographer Timi D… who praised the exhibit calling it, “a very tight but bold presentation of images that gives a very personable feel to the viewer.” Timi, who took the accompanying photos above and left for the Amoeblog,  added that the exhibit’s, “big prints from film scans offer a classic look and feel.” B+ exhibit at Family Affair at 683 Haight Street thru Nov 17th. More info.

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Top 10 Fall Picks: Albums Concerts Movies

Posted by Billyjam, October 2, 2018 06:38pm | Post a Comment
#1  Cypress Hill “Band of Gypsies (feat Sadat & Alaa Fifty)” from the veteran hip-hop crew’s powerful new Fall released album Elephants On Acid  that arrived in Amoeba on Friday last
 

As noted in the recently published Top Ten Hits of Summer 2018 Amoeblog, in addition to looking back at the best of the season that just ended this is the also the perfect time to look forward to the best of what lies ahead. Hence this Top Ten Picks for Fall 2018 Amoeblog comprised of albums, concerts and movies upcoming in the Fall season. A multi-genre list including album releases, concerts, plus music themed movies, these are posted in chronological order of their release or occurring dates.

Hence the first pick (as seen above and to the left is the powerful comeback, excellent brand new Cypress Hill album Elephants On Acid (BMG Rights Management) that arrived into Amoeba Music on the most recent new release date, Friday last September 28th.

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Hip-Hop Top Five New Album Releases: [Video Version] Ty Dolla $ign, J.Stalin, Big K.R.I.T., Yo Gotti, Heavy Metal Kings (Ill Bill & Vinnie Paz)

Posted by Billyjam, October 30, 2017 11:54pm | Post a Comment
Hip-Hop Top 5 New Releases 10:30:17



1: Big K.R.I.T. 4eva Is A Mighty Long Time ( BMG Rights Management)
 
Southern rap icon Big K.R.I.T., no longer with Def Jam, returns in style with his double CD release:  4eva Is A Mighty Long Time via BMG Rights Management. Two years in the making, totaling 22 tracks and clocking in at one hour and twenty minutes total, the double disc set is divided into two distinct halves: the dirty south Big K.R.I.T. half and the Justin Scott (his birth name) non-flashy, introspective personalized half. Album mic guests include Jill Scott, Robert Glasper, Sleepy Brown, Cee-Lo and the late Pimp C while production credit, in addition to K.R.i.T. himself includes Southern rap pioneer Mannie Fresh, Supah Mario, DJ Kahlil and others. Scroll down to check out the video for the album track "Keep The devil Off (Take 1)" "

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