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Chali 2na's "Concrete Jungle" art opening + DRIP w Cut Chemist @ Mayfair Hotel LA October 4th (Free) + Danny Hastings Exhibit

Posted by Billyjam, October 4, 2019 11:59am | Post a Comment

Opening tonight, Friday October 4th, at LA's Mayfair Hotel will be the Concrete Jungle street art exhibition that is masterminded by Chali 2na (Jurassic 5, Ozomatali, House Of Vibe etc.) who created and curated the unique exhibit. Not just a musician and noted emcee, known worldwide for his distinctive, instantly recognizable, deep baritone lyrical flow, Chali 2na is a true renaissance man whose many titles include actor, voice-artist, painter and mixed media curator.

For his brand new, multi-faceted Concrete Jungle exhibit, that opens tonight at 7pm (free) at the Mayfair Hotel's in-house Regime Contemporary Art Gallery (1256 W 7th St), the multi-talented artist will "transform the hotel's atrium into a jungle, complete with sounds and visuals to compliment Chali's 2na's life-like animal graffiti murals," according to a gallery spokesperson. To secure a place on the guest list go to eventbrite.

Then at 10pm tonight, following the opening reception for his art exhibit, Chali 2na (whose most recent release is his collab with Krafty Kuts; Adventures of a Reluctant Superhero) will join as special guest of the night, his longtime musical partner in J5 and Ozomatali , turntablist/producer extraordinaire Cut Chemist and others at the launch of the new LA monthly party DRIP that will also be held inside the recently revamped Mayfair Hotel inside the library bar at Regime 72.

Dec 1 2017: Top 10 & Hip-Hop News: Pam & Boots (The Coup), Action Bronson, Little Simz, Chali 2na, Z-Ro, Talib Kweli, Denzel Curry

Posted by Billyjam, December 1, 2017 09:58am | Post a Comment

“She’s not out the woods yet,” is the official word on the latest health status of DJ Pam “The Funkstress” Warren according to Alex Mejia. The longtime friend of Pam's followed up with the Amoeblog by phone yesterday on the medical status of the hospitalized Bay Area female DJ who suddenly fell ill in recent weeks. Pam first came to fame back in the early 90's with Bay Area political hip-hop group The Coup (with Boots Riley and E-Roc). In the past decade she has become better known for party rocking in clubs as well as being the tour DJ for the late great Prince on his final tour (hence her alias Purple Pam). As reported on the Amoeblog the DJ was recently hospitalized in critical condition and in the ICU and (as noted by Boots Riley) "fighting for her life" as she battled against a sudden illness. The exact cause of Pam's illness is still not publicly known because the artist had specifically asked for “privacy and confidentiality and we must respect her wish” said Mejia yesterday, adding that. “Pam is still fighting for her life,” he added noting how, despite the fact that Pam has medical insurance, that it does not cover all of her costs. Hence why now, currently into her fourth expensive week in a Bay Area hospital, that Pam's family had set up a GoFundMe drive with a $25K goal to offset these costs.

Hip-Hop Rap Up - Week Ending 06:11:10: The King of Crunk, Lil Jon, is Back with a Bang! Also Plies, Yukmouth, Chali 2na, Z-Man + More

Posted by Billyjam, June 11, 2010 09:30am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music Hollywood Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 06:11:10

Lil Jon
1) Lil Jon Crunk Rock (Lil Jon/Universal Republic)

2) Yukmouth Free At Last (Smoke-A-Lot)

3) Plies Goon Affiliated (Atlantic/Slip N' Slide)

4) Chali 2Nal Fish Market (One Records)

5) Tie between two titles:

Nas + Damian Marley Distant Relatives  (Republic Univesal)
           
Reflection Eternal Revolutions Per Minute (Blacksmith/Rawkus/Warner Brothers)

After being absent from the spotlight for what seems like an eternity, Lil Jon is back with a bang! The rapper/producer and King of Crunk is known for his shouts of "OK" and "YEAH!" (something that comic Dave Chappelle had so much fun imitating back around the time period he released his last album, six years ago). He was omnipresent at the VH1 Hip-Hop Honors The Dirty South broadcast earlier this week and his new album, Crunk Rock, released through Universal Republic on Tuesday, shot to number one on the latest Amoeba Music HIp-Hop Top Five Chart, and no doubt on other charts too.

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AMOEBA MUSIC HIP-HOP WEEKLY ROUND UP: 07:31:09

Posted by Billyjam, July 31, 2009 03:08pm | Post a Comment
Psycho Realm's "Sick Dogs" from reissue of A War Story: Book 1

Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five: 07:17:09
fabolous loso's way

1) Fabolous Loso's Way (Desert Storm/Def Jam)

2) Mos Def The Ecstatic (Downtown)

3) Dudley Perkins Holy Smokes (1 AM APPROACH)

4) Psycho Realm A War Story: Book 1 (Sick Symphonies)

5) Chali 2na Fish Outta Water (Decon)

Brooklyn, New York rapper Fabolous is back with a bang. His fifth and latest album, Loso's Way on Desert Storm/Def Jam, is this week's number one new hip-hop album at the Hollywood Amoeba Music store this week. Like Jay-Z [who, incidentally, appears here on the track "Money Goes, Honey Stay" (When the Money Goes Remix)] and his fabolous loso's wayAmerican Gangster record, the new Fab album also comes complete with a gangster movie inspired theme. Loso's Way is based on Carlito's Way. And the "Deluxe Edition" of Loso's Way comes complete with a DVD of the half-hour plus movie of the same name that is reportedly a semi-autobiographical film. The film also draws many parallels with the original movie character Al Pacino plays in Carlito's Way.

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AMOEBA MUSIC HIP-HOP WEEKLY ROUND UP (VIDEO VERSION): 07:10:09

Posted by Billyjam, July 10, 2009 10:50am | Post a Comment

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Cagencisco Hip-Hop Top Five: 07:10:09 (by Luis, hip-hop buyer)

1) Cage Depart From Me (Def Jux)

2) Alchemist Chemical Warfare (KOCH)

3) J-Dilla Dillanthology 2: Dilla's Remixes for Various Artists Remixes (Rapster)

4) Chali 2na Fish Outta Water (Decon)

5) Notes To Self A Shot In The Dark (BBE)

Single of the week: 

Kid Cudi
"Make Her Say" (Universal/Motown)

Thanks to Luis (as seen in YouTube clip above), the hip-hop buyer at Amoeba Music, San Francisco, for this week's top five best selling new hip-hop CDs, plus the single of the week. Cage, this week's number one, even surpasses his last innovative outing Hell's Winter from four years ago. This new Def Jux album is bound to break the gifted New York progressive rap artist onto the mainstream. Just check out the video below for the new Cage album track "I Never Knew You." The song and accompanying video (directed by Shia Labeouf) have the same power and engaging urgency that Nirvana's breakout single/video "Smells Like Teen Spirit" did back in the early nineties. Coincidentally, Cage's notoriously troubled past, including mental health problems and drug abuse, draw some parallels to Kurt Cobain. Although thankfully it seems that Cage has gotten his shit chali 2na fish outta watertogether as far as the hard drugs are concerned, so hopefully he can stay mentally healthy & focused on his art and continue to make great albums like Depart From Me.

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