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Best of 2018 Hip-Hop Part 3: Top 10 Veteran Hip-Hop Artists + Top 15 Essential Hip-Hop Vinyl Reissues + Top Turntablist Project

Posted by Billyjam, January 9, 2019 06:24pm | Post a Comment
Top 10 Veteran Hip-Hop Artists of 2018

 #10 Bukue One

In 2018 longtime East Bay underground hip-hop multi-talent Bukue One (known for his solo work and collaborating with such other artists as  Del The Funky Homosapien) continued to his decades deep unwavering commitment to all elements of hip-hop culture. Truly a modern day bboy with an educator-meets-entrepreneurial sensibility, the forward thinking Bay Area artist has long embraced such elements as emceeing, producing and graffiti writing. Among his aerosol art pieces over the past year was the above pictured tribute to Oakland.  "The Town" dedicated piece can be seen on the long shuttered, former Casper's building located where Shattuck and Telegraph Avenues merge near 45th Street in Oakland. The photo captures just one section of a much larger vibrant piece that wraps around the building that was done in late 2018 by the respected longtime b-boy and sometime skateboarder. As such Bukue-One is #10 in the countdown list of Top 10 Veteran Hip-Hop Acts which is a subjective lis that gives props to veteran hip-hop acts (20+ years in the art form) whom in 2018 continued to display creativity and commitment to various aspects of hip-hop music and culture. This top ten list is followed below by both the Top 15 Essential Hip-Hop Vinyl Reissues and the Top Turntablist Project.

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Hip-Hop Report & Top 5: Onra, Cut Chemist, Young Fathers, Apathy, N.E.R.D, OMCA, RSD, ROTC + J5 MC, Boots Riley's Movie Trailer +

Posted by Billyjam, March 12, 2018 02:09pm | Post a Comment
#5: Onra Nobody Has To Know (also on vinyl/2LP) (All City Records) (2018)

#5 in the round-up of recent new 2018 hip-hop at Amoeba Music (including new on vinyl) is the brand new full-length Nobody Has To Know  (also on vinyl 2LP) from French producer Onra on his longtime Irish record label home All City Records. Nobody Has To Know follows last year's album Chinoiseries 3 (also on vinyl/2LP) and in comparison this new release is more on the jazzy tip as witnessed on the new album track "The Jam" (audio clip below, before the next four new releases in the countdown (each with accompanying audio or video tracks).

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Tribute to DJ Pam The Funkstress [1966 - 2017] + Info on Candle Light Vigil For Pam [Thursday Dec 28 @ 7:30pm]

Posted by Billyjam, December 23, 2017 11:38am | Post a Comment


The world has just lost a truly beautiful spirit: Bay Area DJ Pam “The Funkstress” Warren died yesterday, reportedly from organ failure following a recent liver transplant. Next Thursday evening, Dec 28th in Oakland there will be a Candle Light Vigil For Pam an artist and individual who was widely loved in her native Bay Area and beyond (scroll down for details). Even though this news of Pam's passing comes on the heels of the artist's sudden serious health scare last month, as reported on the Amoeblog, when she was rushed into a San Francisco hospital's ICU where she would undergo a surgery procedure that was a success, most believed (and prayed) that Pam would make a full recovery.

This was after all the hard-working, always positive and energetic Pam The Funkstress who would overcome any obstacle and who had triumphed and accomplished so much in life: from her beginnings as an 80's Bay Area battle DJ, to her membership from the early 90's of the world renowned political hip-hop crew The Coup, to her successful career as an in-demand party rocking club DJ whose skills were so impressive that Prince chose her to be his tour DJ (as Purple Pam) for what would be his final tour. And let's not forget Pam's other dual career of many years as a gifted chef running her own successful Bay Area business: Piccadilly Catering & Event Solutions. And all of this she ably accomplished as a strong independent black woman: armed with a positive outlook and an inbuilt sense of confidence and ambition. 

Prayers & Positive Thoughts Urged for DJ Pam The Funkstress Who "Is in ICU, fighting for her life" According To Boots Riley of The Coup

Posted by Billyjam, November 16, 2017 06:54pm | Post a Comment

This past Sunday afternoon Pam “The Funkstress” Warren posted a short cryptic Facebook status update that caused concern among friends and fans of the ever-active longtime Bay Area DJ who first came to fame two and half decades ago as member of Oakland based political hip-hop crew The Coup (with Boots Riley and E-Roc). Pam's short but unsettling social media update simply read: “Due to unforeseen health issues I am forced to cancel all gigs until further notice. Thank you for understanding. Love you all.”

Among those gig cancellations by the busy popular DJ, known to many as Purple Pam ever since she was chosen to be Prince's last tour DJ, included an anticipated Prince themed DJ night tomorrow (Nov 17th) at Berkeley’s 44 Restaurant, Bar & Lounge and such other upcoming gigs as a benefit for the LoveLife Foundation at Yoshi’s in Oakland on November 27th.

Best Bet For New Years Eve: OAKNYE 2017 Featuring Boots Riley & The Coup

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 5, 2016 06:39pm | Post a Comment

Boots Riley

OAKNYE is back for another New Year's party to remember! On Saturday, December 31st, OAKNYE welcomes Boots Riley & The Coup and the Kahil El'Zabar's New Ethnic Heritage Ensemble to the Starline Social Club in Oakland. In addition to these thrilling live performances in the Starline ballroom, the La Pelanga DJ collective will be playing in the lounge. But that's not all! Did we mention the three course dinner program, including oysters and filet mignon?! Get your tickets now before they're all gone!

The influence Boots Riley & The Coup have had on political hip-hop and the politics of Oakland in general can not be underestimated. This revolutionary group's presence is as electrifying as their music. The Montreal Gazette says, "Boots Riley is a consummately charismatic front man, establishing his as one of the best live rap acts going, after Philadelphia untouchables The Roots."

Kahil El'Zabar is a jazz multi-instrumentalist and composer who regularly records for Delmark Records. Kahil El'ZabarDuring the 1970s, he formed the musical groups Ritual Trio and the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble. The New Ethnic Heritage Ensemble is comprised of Kahil El'Zabar on percussion, Corey Wilkes on trumpet, Alex Harding on baritone saxophone, and Fareed Haque on guitar. The history and depth between these master players represents the highest level of performance stemming from the 20th into the 21st century.The New Ethnic Heritage Ensemble plays music endowed with an authentic pedigree that pushes the boundaries of creative music into the soulful heart of fresh expression! After over 43 years of eventful music making, the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble is still reinventing itself while forging innovative pathways upon the African American musical pantheon.

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