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DJ News + Top 5 Hip-Hop Vinyl LP Reissues: DJ Shadow, Pam the Funkstress, DJ Platurn, D-Styles, DJ Premier, DJ Delroy Cornick +

Posted by Billyjam, November 21, 2019 07:13pm | Post a Comment

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DJs and vinyl collectors scroll down to see latest top five hip-hop album vinyl reissues at Amoeba Music where yesterday at the Hollywood store DJ Shadow was in the house. The longtime NorCal turntablist/producer, whose latest album Our Pathetic Age 2LP/vinyl (also avail as 2CD) was released on Friday last via via Nas' Mass Appeal record label, was at the Hollywood Amoeba yesterday evening doing a meet-and-greet that included signing albums and taking photos with fans. Note that for a limited time there are DJ Shadow autographed copies of Our Pathetic Age 2LP available from Amoeba.

Above are a few of the pics of artist born Josh Davis meeting SoCal fans that were posted to Amoeba’s Twitter where you can see more photos from yesterday. Then tomorrow (Nov 22) at 8pm at the LA area Amoeba Music, as part of the ongoing weekly guest DJ “Rotations” series, will be longtime DC club DJ Delroy Cornick who built his rep for spinning deep house, underground disco and dance pop remixes. More info here.

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Gang Starr "Step In The Arena" 180-gram 2LP (Bonus Tracks) Reissue, J.Stalin's "Cypress Village: The Album" and NAV "Bad Habits"

Posted by Billyjam, July 2, 2019 12:39pm | Post a Comment
Gang Starr Step In The Arena 2LP 180-gram black vinyl (2019 reissue/Virgin)

Among the hot new vinyl arrivals into Amoeba this current week is the new 180 gram double vinyl reissue of the Gang Starr landmark second album; Step In The Arena 2LP that features not just an expanded
double black vinyl pressing but also two bonus tracks ("Credit Is Due" and "Check The Technique  (Remix)").  This early nineties golden era album from the power duo of producer DJ Premier  and the late great emcee Guru is one of those perfect albums with every song a true hip-hop classic with examples including the single "Just To Get A Rep" (scroll down to see this song's music video as well as others from the album).

"Mad brothers know his name" raps Guru (Gifts Unlimited Rhymes Universal) over Premo's trademark production on "Just To Get A Rep." The song was released as the first single from the album by Chrysalis/EMI  following the album release with "Who's Gonna Take The Weight" on the B-side of the 12" single. Other well worn Step In The Arena  tracks include the mellow, chilled out "Lovesick" whose numerous samples include Digital Underground's best known song "The Humpty Dance," the heavily politicized "Who's Gonna Take The Weight?," the killer "Street Ministry,"  "Check The Technique" and Step In The Arena 2LP's title track. Knowing how quickly quality vinyl reissues of albums like this tend to get snapped up by crate diggers, my advice is to order your copy ASAP of Step In The Arena 2LP.  Meantime scroll down to peep those music videos of tracks from the album.

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Best of Hip-Hop in 2018, Part One; Top 25 Album Countdown

Posted by Billyjam, January 1, 2019 10:23pm | Post a Comment

#25 Young Fathers Cocoa Sugar (also on LP/vinyl) (Ninja Tune)

This first part of Best of Hip-Hop In 2018 lists is subjective and limited to albums that were available for sale at Amoeba over the past year year. At number 25 is Scottish hip-hop trio Young Fathers who returned in 2018 after three years with the album Cocoa Sugar (also on LP/vinyl) via Ninja Tune. Similar to many UK "hip-hop" acts, the Young Fathers' album transcended mere hip-hop by also embracing such  genres as electronic, soul, and alt rock while delivering a satisfying rock/pop fueled hip-hop sound from the Edinburgh crew.


#24  Apathy The Widow's Son (also on viny/2LP) (Dirty Version)

Longtime East Coast hip-hopper Apathy dropped The Widow's Son (also on viny/2LP) in 2018, coming less than six months after his last album, the dope O.C collaboration full-length project Perestroika. The  14 track, 50 minute The Widow's Son from the Connecticut emcee/producer known for his numerous collaborations and side projects (The Demigodz, Jedi Mind Tricks, and Army of the Pharaohs) not surprisingly featured numerous collaborative tracks; both emcees and producers. These included Celph Titled, M.O.P., Pete Rock, Pharoahe Monch, AG, Locksmith, Nottz, and DJ Premier who produced and supplied scratches to the triple-dope album track “The Order.”

#23 Illa J John Yancey LP   (Jakarta Records)

John Yancey LP  via Jakarta Records by Illa J is the California based, Detroit rapper/singer/producer's second collaboration with LA producer Calvin Valentine. On the 2018 John Yancey LP, the brother of J Dilla gets personal and shares about life matters such as the challenges of relationships, and coping with grief over the years since the death of his beloved older brother.
#22  Potatohead People  Nick & Astro's Guide To The Galaxy (Bastard Jazz). 

There was a ton of amazing instrumental hip-hop released in 2018, albeit much of it was under the radar online-only hard to find stuff. Among the quality physical releases was Potatohead People's  Nick & Astro's Guide To The Galaxy (Bastard Jazz) that served up some retro feeling, groove laden, laid back instrumental tracks. There were also some vocal tracks on this album filled with lush beats and smokey grooves from the Vancouver production duo made up of Nick Wisdom and AstroLogical.

 
 
#21  The Egyptian Lover  1985 (also on vinyl 2LP) (Egyptian Empire)

Following legendary LA artist/friend of Amoeba the Egyptian Lover's 2015 album album 1984, is the recent / late 2018 album 1985 (also on vinyl 2LP) from the electro pioneer. A little oover an hour's worth of new music it's got 8 solo tracks that include "5 Cent Camel Ride," "International Freak" and the updated version of the Wham! hit Everything She Wants." it's also got 5 collaborative tracks that include  "Beyond The Galaxy" featuring the world's greatest turntablist DJ Qbert, "Future Tech" featuring Detroit techno pioneer Juan Atkins, "The World Keeps Turning" featuring old school electro crew Newcleus ("Jam On It"), "Problems Of The World" featuring Zarcon and "Come On" features Funkmaster Ozone.

#20  Styles P Dime Bag (Phantom Entertainment)

Distinctive sounding emcee and diehard weed fan Styles P, who earlier this year released G-Host (feat. such tracks as "Morning mourning"), in 2018 also unleashed his new ten track release Dime Bag via Phantom Entertainment. Featuring such tracks as "Never Fight An African," "Money and Checks," "War N Peace," "Time Machine" and "Couple Dollars" the album demands repeated hits on the replay.

Evidence's 2018 album "Weather Or Not" Marks Career Turning Point For Vencie Beach Producer/Emcee (Amoeblog Interview)

Posted by Billyjam, April 19, 2018 11:41pm | Post a Comment
Evidence pictured in Venice Beach on cover of his new album Weather Or Not  (also blue vinyl/2LP) where, for the past 2 years, the talented producer/emcee has had to stay close to his home studio.

Sometime into the first half of the next decade highly revered SoCal hip-hop artist Evidence envisions himself holed up in his Venice Beach home studio with a long ass beard, a la Rick Rubin, producing young up-and-coming artists. That vision/goal is all part of a new five year plan that the longtime prolific artist recently hatched as the result of some life changing incidents over the past couple of years; as shared in his Amoeblog interview (scroll down to hear). These changes resulted in Evidence not going out on tour for the past couple of years, as he traditionally would have done, but instead stay close to his Venice Beach home/studio. There in addition to working on his own new solo album, Weather Or Not (also on blue vinyl/2LP set) via Rhymesayers, he's been channeling his creative energy into working with other artists. These have included producing albums/EPs for Madchild (The Darkest Hour), Defari (Rare Poise - also on vinyl/LP), and Domo Genesis. (Aren't U Glad You're U?).

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DJ Premier Interview on Respecting New Hip-Hop, Recalling The Gang Starr Years, New "PRhyme 2" with Royce Da 5'9" + more

Posted by Billyjam, March 16, 2018 11:37pm | Post a Comment

PRhyme 2 released today: DJ Premier on Gang Starr & respecting hip-hop's new wave: Pt 2 below

"I'm a fan of this music in general. So I study the era before me, the era during my era, and the ones after me," said eternal crate digger DJ Premier whose anticipated new PRhyme 2 collaboration with Royce Da 5'9" album arrived into Amoeba this week, March 16th 2018.  Now three decades into a long illustrious and influential career that began with Premo and the late great emcee Guru as the iconic hip-hop duo of Gang Starr, DJ Premier is a rarity in hip-hop history: an ever in-demand producer who consistently makes relevant and exciting new music, with an uncanny gift for always bringing out the best in emcees.

Likely DJ Premier's secret to longevity lies in his unbridled passion for music (of all types) coupled with an inquisitive and always open mind. Unlike so many veteran hip-hop artists, quick to dismiss the current young wave of popular rap, Premier embraces and defends it.  “I don’t even call it mumble rap but it is part of the hip-hop culture,” he said, further defending the “rebellious” spirit of today's oft maligned young hip-hop stars. “They might wear tight skinny jeans and all that but it’s still a part of what we did. We used to sag our jeans and everyone was telling us to pull up our pants……I was 19, 20 years old when I signed with Gang Starr,” he recalls in part one of the phone interview (above) recorded this week with the Amoeblog.

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