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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.

Concert Videos Salute To 15 Years Of Mezzanine: Latest SF Club To Fall “Victim To Corporate Greed & Commercial Development”

Posted by Billyjam, November 20, 2018 07:04pm | Post a Comment

Beloved Downtown San Francisco dance/concert club Mezzanine, a staple of the City’s nightlife for the past 15 years, today shared the bad news that it is being forced to close its doors due to its landlord refusing to renew their lease which ends in ten months in October 2019. “I was disappointed that the owners of the building didn’t give me an opportunity to renegotiate a new lease,” said Mezzanine owner Deborah Jackman in a prepared statement.

An independent business with 35+ employees, Mezzanine had the distinction of being the largest female owned music venue in San Francisco with an in-house all female talent buying team. With a passion for quality beat-driven artists from all genres, since 2003 the venue has hosted an endless list of talented performers (local, national and international) that have included DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist, Run The Jewels, Mos Def, Giorgio Moroder, De La Soul, DJ Q-bert solo and with Invisibl Skratch Piklz, DJ AM (RIP), Kool Keith, Ghostface Killah, Jimmy CliffDJ ZephAzeem, Katy Perry, Florence + The Machine, Lady Gaga, A-Trak, Afrolicious, Psychic TV, Doc Martin, The Pack, The Glitch Mob, LCD Soundsystem Equipto & Z-Man, Snoop Dogg, Tricky, Hudson Mohawke, The Faint, ABC, Front 242 and Big Freedia.

Bay Area Turntablist/Producer ADA Joins Creative Forces With His Hip-Hop Heroes: Cut-And-Paste Pioneers Double Dee & Steinski

Posted by Billyjam, March 19, 2018 11:55pm | Post a Comment

Super-talented Bay Area turntablist/producer ADA has joined creative forces with his musical heroes: pioneering hip-hop production duo Double Dee & Steinski (DDS) and today kicked off the first in a series of exciting new collaborations; "What's The Angle?" heard below.  Just as previous generation California hip-hop DJ/producers Cut Chemist and DJ Shadow looked for inspiration to 80's hip-hop cut-and-paste pioneers Double Dee & Steinski and their legendary Lesson series, so too has Adam "ADA" Butler.  Initially released in the 80's as non-commercial/promo only 12" singles by Tommy Boy Records, and since then bootlegged countless times, but most recently officially reissued a decade ago by Illegal Art as Steinski's (out of print) What Does It All Mean? 1983-2006 Retrospective, [Amoeblog Steinski 2008 interview] DDS' influential Lesson megamix series include "The Payoff Mix," "Lesson 2 [James Brown Mix]" and "Lesson 3: History of HIp-Hop." A decade later in the 90's both NorCal's DJ Shadow and SoCal's Cut Chemist would individually record their "Lesson 4" homages to the DDS series: DJ Shadow's earlier "Lesson 4" was released in 1991 via Hollywood Basic while Cut Chemist's "Lesson 4: The Radio" was released in 1995 on the premiere volume of Dave Paul'BOMB Hip-Hop Records' landmark Return of the DJ compilations. 

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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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Hip-Hop LPs Top 10 New Vinyl inc. reissues & upcoming: DJ Rhettmatic, Cut Chemist, Tuff City Box-Set, Princess Nokia, Sugar Hill v/a +

Posted by Billyjam, November 4, 2017 02:18pm | Post a Comment
New Vinyl Hip-Hop Top Ten:11:04:17 [New, Reissues & Upcoming]


1: DJ Rhettmatic Rhett Got Beats LP (Street Corner Music)
 
From the (World Famous) Beat Junkies turntablist crew and the Visionaries hip-hop supergroup and such other projects as Dirty Disco Squares (with Prince Paul and Mr LenDJ Rhettmatic who, like chart entry number three below Cut Chemist, is another iconic turntablist from LA. This new to vinyl collection instantly proves that Rhett does indeed got them killer beats! The single LP Rhett Got Beats LP is a 40 minute instrumental collection from the endlessly talented artist born Nazareth Nirza. Previously released digitally and on cassette back in the summer Rhett Got Beats LP this week finally got issued on vinyl by Street Corner Music. An 18 track release of almost all instrumentals, it's is a must-have for DJs, beat collectors, and hip-hop fans. Note that in eighteen cuts include two bonus tracks; one being the Rhett / Hiero collaboration song  “With The Illest (feat. Opio & Pep Love).”


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