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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 08.23.13: Earl Sweatshirt, A$AP Ferg, BPos, Masta Ace, Casual/Hieros, PBW & Stones Throw

Posted by Billyjam, August 23, 2013 10:00am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending 08:23:13

1) Earl Sweatshirt Doris (Columbia)

2) A$AP Ferg Trap Lord (RCA)

3) Jay-Z Magna Carta Holy Grail (Def Jam)

4) Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city (Aftermath)

5) JJ Doom Key To The Kuffs (Butter Edition) (Lex Records)

Holding down the top two slots on this week's Hip-Hop Top Five chart from the Hollywood store are artists from hip-hop's two leading contemporary collectives repping each coast; Earl Sweatshirt represents Los Angeles' Odd Future while A$AP Ferg represents NYC's A$AP crew - and both have brand new albums out this week that offer a nice slice of what young hip-hop in 2013 sounds like. Number one and representing the Left Coast is the brand new album Doris from Earl Sweatshirt who most got familiar with his 2010 debut mixtape, Earl. Fast forward three years and  you have the artist's major label (Columbia/SONY) distributed official debut with an impressive array of guest artists from within his crew and beyond including  Domo Genesis, Frank Ocean, Vince Staples & Casey Veggies, Tyler, The Creator, Mac Miller, and RZA. Doris is accurately described by the Amoeba website as "moody, angry yet not quite aggressive" and "self-deprecating tales that subtly hook their way into your subconscious….a brilliant debut that was more than worth the wait — if anything, the time and anticipation has ensured that Doris defies expectation." Below, among the various new hip-hop music videos, is the dark moody Earl Sweatshirt video for the new album track/single "Hive (feat. Vince Staples & Casey Veggies)" that has been out for a few weeks now.

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Foreign Legion's Prozack Turner on His New Oakland Bar, The Legionnaire Saloon

Posted by Billyjam, August 6, 2013 05:30pm | Post a Comment

Zack Turner 
talks to the Amoeblog about his new Oakland bar The Legionnaire Saloon

With a name that triggers in your mind the name of his hip-hop group (Foreign Legion) and a storefront design that makes you think it's an Irish pub that's been there for years - Zack Turner's recently opened The Legionnaire Saloon on Telegraph Ave. between 23rd and Grand, also has the feel of a bar that's been there for years. However this latest Oakland music bar/club only opened at the start of March this year, in the space formerly occupied by gay bar Club Paradiso, but since then has taken off big time and established itself as an important component of the vibrant Uptown District nightlife scene of Oakland with entertainment (with a lot of love for the DJ including hosting The 45 Sessions) ranging from hip-hop to rock, comedy to burlesque, and (yes) even Irish traditional music nights.

The Legionnaire Saloon is the lifelong dream of Zack Turner (AKA talented hip-hop emcee Prozack Turner) the former co-owner of Oakland's Layover bar/club and member of longtime Bay Area hip-hop act Foreign Legion. In fact a few weeks ago he and Foreign Legion partner in rhyme Marc Stretch, along with current DJ Tim Diesel, performed upstairs at the venue during the premiere presentation of the monthly Blunt Club Oakland. Even though Zack and his wife just had their first born (a baby boy named Cassius) about a week earlier (Marc Stretch became a new dad a week later) Zack was full of energy and seemed like the happiest man on the planet or at least in the room. At the end of the above interview video is a short clip of Foreign Legion that night doing their 2002 single "Happy Drunk" which, with its references to drinking and partying in Oakland, seemed it was prematurely written as the theme song for Turner's new bar.  

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