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Long Gone Daly City Record Store Cue's Records Celebrates Its Hip-Hop legacy with Reunion BBQ

Posted by Billyjam, October 11, 2012 07:20pm | Post a Comment
During its long gone and long missed lifetime 1990's Daly City record store Cue's Records, owned and operated by Frank "DJ Cue" Cuevas of the Bullet Proof Hamsters/Space Travelers, was more than simply a shop to cop that latest rap 12" single ,or battle record, or other DJ supplies from.

Rather Cue's was a cultural crossroads for hip-hop devotees: a place where Bay Area (and beyond) hip-hop fans, party DJs, and turntablists would gather in support of their shared love of records and all things hip-hop.

For six years up until 2000 Cue's Records, which sat atop that famous hill in Daly City across from what was once Steven Matthew David's heavily advertised electronics store, was the setting for many memorable events. And who would have expected anything less from a store owned and operated by a founding member of the Bay Area's legendary turntablist crew (along with Eddie Def and DJ Quest and later Marz and Eddie K) who were responsible for making the first DJ battle break record Hamster Breaks. In its time Cue's was revered and supported by DJs and hip-hop diehards; many of whom who would trek in from far outlying places like Stockton just to stop by Cue's. Indeed Cue's unique independent Bay Area hip-hop record shop, opened in 1994, quickly built a positive rep for having cool in-store sessions and holding DJ battles inside the store. And of course you could buy records that DJ Cue was himself directly involved in. That included the Cue's Hip Hop Shop volume one and two compilations that came out via Stray Records (DogDay Records' spinoff label).

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week Ending 06.29.12: Amoeba Poster Sale, Top Five, Oh No + MF Doom, EL-P, Battle & Scratch DJ News + more

Posted by Billyjam, June 29, 2012 08:00am | Post a Comment
The Beastie Boys, Run DMC, LL Cool J, Whodini, and Jam Master Jay solo set all on the one bill? Wow! What a line-up that was for that historic hip-hop show at Philly's Spectrum Stadium back in July of 1986. This cool collectible item (a reproduction poster 14" by 22" that is printed on heavy cardboard) is just one of the many posters for sale from Amoeba - both in store and online from the Amoeba.com shop. Click here to find out more about purchasing it and click here for listings of more posters to buy from Amoeba's online store. The numerous posters on sale at Amoeba include rare, vintage, and current posters and include many genres of music including lots of rock and soul.

Rap/hip-hop artist posters at the online store include a cool 2Pac 1971 - 1996 poster, a 2Pac and Snoop poster, a Drake poster, an NWA The World's Most Dangerous Group poster, and both a Notorious B.I.G. commemorative poster and a BIggie Ready To Die poster. Please note that the amount of hip-hop posters online at Amoeba.com is relatively few in comparison to the range available in the three Amoeba stores.

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No "Sshhh, Be Quiet" at the Libraries in Monterey County this Weekend: Scratching by DJ Quest & Other Hip-Hop DJs

Posted by Billyjam, June 27, 2012 10:12am | Post a Comment

Generally libraries are one of the last refuges in today's high decibel world to find peace, solace, and a quiet environment to just sit, read & study, completely undisturbed - a place where stereotypically silence is enforced with noise offenders been shut down with glares of "Sshhh, be quiet" from irritated librarians. But that will not be the case over the next few days at the libraries in Monterey County, CA where, as part of the Monterey County Free Libraries' (MCFL) Summer Reading 2012 program, several branches will host scratch/hip-hop DJs in both turntable performances and Q+A seminars - presented by a series of DJs headed by longtime friend of Amoeba DJ Quest.

"The library system's goal is to reach out to the teenage group in Monterey County, utilize the library's resources as offered, and to also get numbers up for funding due to increasing budget cuts. They have Summer Reading Program performances each summer featuring clowns, theatre, storytelling, singers, but this year is the first time MCFL will feature scratch DJ's. We are really hoping to touch as many audiences and just keep this art alive for the younger crowd. Though geared toward teens, it is open to all age groups," said Jeoanne April Martinez who was instrumental in kick-starting this wonderful free public program during her 3 1/2 years working for MCFL. Recently relocated to Las Vegas, NV Martinez continues to work in a support capacity with the Central Coast California libraries.  "DJ Quest and I worked for about three months on a self-published Beginner's Handbook which will be first released for free during this tour," she said.

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DMC NYC Regional & US Supremacy Titles Won by DJs Precision & Esquire, but the Real Star of the Show was Host Lord Finesse

Posted by Billyjam, June 24, 2012 08:41pm | Post a Comment
At last night's prestigious DMC Battle at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City, DJ Precision was the winner of the DMC NYC Regional DJ Battle while DJ Esquire took the 2012 DMC US Supremacy Battle title. But as hip-hop legend/DJ icon, /creator of the scratch Grand Wizzard Theodore noted during his brief onstage appearance on mic last night, "All the DJs are winners" considering the endless amount of time each puts into tirelessly prepping for DJ battles like yesterday's in the Big Apple. "It's one thing to be a DJ in the comfort of your own home," added host of the night Lord Finesse, stressing the difficulty of trying to remain calm and repeat that same routine in a packed club/battle setting. That statement was one of the few completely serious ones made at the DMC by Lord Finesse who was the real star of the day-long DJ event that ran from 2pm until almost 10pm. The host had the crowd cracking up with his ever-entertaining, quick-witted on-mic banter. The DITC member/hip-hop legend, who has a career awaiting him as a stand up comic if he wants it, was cracking jokes at a rapid rate and keeping the battle moving along nicely even during the down moments of the event. On top of this, Finesse - known as both emcee and DJ (he has a new solo album dropping in late August) - broke out an impressive, impromptu scratch routine at one point in the evening.

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Pioneering SF Hip-Hop DJs Eddie Def + DJ Cue Travel to NYC for Series of Turntablist Performances

Posted by Billyjam, June 21, 2012 11:33am | Post a Comment
Today, Thursday, June 21st, pioneering Bay Area turntablist Eddie Def (pictured belpw), along with his fellow Bullet Proof Scratch Hamsters (later Space Travelers) founding member DJ Cue (pictured left), are both flying into New York City where, over the next few days, they will be performing at a series of DJ events, including this Saturday's big DMC DJ Battle for US Supremacy & NYC Regional DMC DJ battle at at Le Poisson Rouge where they will be the star showcase performers along with host/mc Lord Finesse. More DMC info here.

Upon their arrival today, the two veteran San Francisco turntablists/DJs will be heading directly to East Harlem where they'll be doing a special turntable performance at the prestigious and always fun Tools of War-produced annual summer True School Park Jams. This afternoon's Spanish Harlem Hop Park Jam (which is free like all the Park Jams) is in Spanish Harlem at White Park El Barrio located at Lexington and E. 105th Streets (NY, NY 10029) and is near the #6 Subway line (map it here). It runs from 3pm to 7pm with other scheduled DJ performances today by both Tony Touch and Lean Rock.  Then tomorrow (Friday June 22nd) at 7pm (EST) the two DJs, along with DJ ALF and other guest turntablists, will be performing live (a freestyle set) on WFMU on my weekly radio show Put The Needle On The Record.

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