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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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Hip-Hop Rap Up [Denver Vrs.]: New Releases, Concerts: Karriem Riggins, Hieroglyphics, Vince Staples, Black Moon, Thundercat

Posted by Billyjam, February 24, 2017 03:50pm | Post a Comment

Greetings from the "Mile High City" of Denver CO where this Amoeblog weekly Hip-Hop Rap Up is being  posted from and where there are a variety of excellent hip-hop shows this week including the Bay Area's Hieroglyphics ensemble who play a recommended show tomorrow night (Feb. 25th). Just as their Bay Area shows over the past many months, so too will the beloved longtime East Bay hip-hop collective's lineup feature all the original crew members including Del The Funky Homosapien, Souls Of Mischief, Casual, Pep Love and Domino when they perform at the Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom (16+ Tix $28 - $32) Feb 25th with opening acts Whisky Blanket, (Minneapolis hip-hop artist to watch out for) Sean Anonymous, Old Man Saxon, and Kruza Kid.

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Interview with Longtime SF Hip-Hop Artist/Activist Equipto about Frisco Day (4/15)

Posted by Billyjam, April 14, 2016 10:30pm | Post a Comment
 
Not to be confused with other important dates in the hectic week ahead such as Tax Day (Note: 4/18 this year) or 4/16 (Record Store Day) or 4/20 (Dank Day), 4/15 is the newly assigned annual date to celebrate Frisco Day. That's 4/15 as in April 15th symbolizing the numerals of the 4-1-5 area code of San Francisco (aka Frisco). But 4/15 Frisco Day is more than simply being a day for residents to celebrate pride in their City by the Bay. It's more about solidarity among poor blue collar / working class San Franciscans who've been marginalized and endangered by the influx in recent years of high paid tech workers to their city. That's according to veteran San Francisco hip-hop artist and activist Equipto who is one of the organizers of Friday's 4/15 Frisco Day event. This week the Amoeblog caught up with the passionate and always politically outspoken emcee to ask him about 4/15 Frisco Day, and about life in general and hip-hop in particular in San Francisco in these gentrified times.


Amoeblog: So this is the first official 4/15  Frisco Day but it has been around for a minute already, right?

Equipto: Frisco Day, April 15th is a special day for certain Frisco die hards that I know. My friend Barry, who has the clothing company SFOG, has thrown dope intimate shows on 4/15 for some years now with performers like San Quinn, RBL, myself and more. But this year, this Friday 4/15, will be the first official Frisco Day for the public

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HipHopForChange Celebrates 3 Successful Years Of Utilizing Hip-Hop As Tool of Empowerment

Posted by Billyjam, April 2, 2016 04:42pm | Post a Comment


Bucking hip-hop's dominant negative image as fictionalized one-dimensional music merely celebrating materialism and misogyny, HipHopForChange refreshingly reminds us that hip-hop is a deep meaningful culture with a history rooted in positivity and empowerment. "The mainstream music industry sells sexism, drug abuse, homophobia, materialism, and gang violence as if these problems represent the cornerstones of hip hop culture" is how HipHopForChange articulates it on their website. Through their website and workshops for youth and recording studio and visible representation at various community events, HipHopForChange has been consistently educating and entertaining (edutaining) for three dedicated years in the Bay Area. Tonight at The Uptown in celebration, HipHopForChange will present a Bay Area hip-hop showcase with sets from Opio, BPos, Kev Choice, 2nd Floor Samurais, and DJ Ren the Vinyl Archeaologist. $10 8pm. Info

Odds are if you've gone out to hip-hop shows in the Bay Area over the past three years you'll have noticed the name HipHopForChange associated with many of them, especially conscious hip-hop.  The non-profit Oakland based organization believes in presenting a platform for hip-hop artists with empowering social justice messages.

More significantly HipHopForChange also goes out to schools around the Bay Area  to present and produce workshops and classes for youth. These interactive workshops introduce these kids to hip-hop culture and its deep history. They also demonstrate how hip-hop interacts with issues of social justice. These much needed workshops have traveled to high schools all over including in Bayview/Hunters Point, El Cerrito, and West Oakland.

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Mic Checking, Not Reserve Army Training at ROTC - San Francisco's Return of The Cypher

Posted by Billyjam, January 16, 2016 06:45pm | Post a Comment

Don't let the name ROTC fool you. San Francisco's weekly session at the Boom Boom Room, fondly referred to as ROTC by regulars, is no Reserve Officer Training Corps. Rather it's the popular Bay Area hip-hop improv session Return Of The Cypher that takes place every Sunday night at the Fillmore District club that is traditionally a blues spot. ROTC is one of the Bay Area's best long-running hip-hop weeklies. It's also one of its most unpredictable. And that's a good thing!  With the cypher's ever rotating lineup of emcees and beatboxers, no two weeks are ever the same. And it is the total spontaneity of hip-hop events like this that make them so fun and true to hip-hop's roots, and ROTC's roots run deep. Long-time Bay Area club and radio DJ Kevvy Kev is the musical curator and turntable manipulator each week. Meanwhile, live beats are  provided by the Gemstone Band. Guest musicians have been known to stop by and jump into the freestyle mix, while b-boys and b-girls might spontaneously break out some moves on the dance floor. Some weeks feature special guests including next Sunday, January 24th, when local multi-talented artist Taharka Chango will present his conscious hip-hop piece entitled "The Sermon."

As far an ongoing Bay Area event that stays true to hip-hop's elements, ROTC regular mic-wrecker GiGiO says it's the best.  "Every Sunday night they keep the spirit of live hip-hop music high. I would say it's the dopest hip-hop event in the Bay right now. Lot of dope cats on the come up," said the emcee who is a member of the Oakland-based crew Smooth Beast along with fellow emcees Mike Fish, Karen Less, and Monolyth who will release their debut album in 2016. GiGiO noted how Smooth Beast first connected via the ROTC sessions -- a place he contends is central to a new Bay Area hip-hop wave. "The Bay is going through some kind of [hip-hop] renaissance right now. Feels good to be apart of it!" 
 

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