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Hip-Hop Top 5 (Video Version) Includes new Wu-Tang Clan + Vinyl Reissues of E-40, DJ Quik, Mystikal & Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

Posted by Billyjam, October 14, 2017 11:47am | Post a Comment
Top Five New Hip-Hop Releases 10:13:17
Album art & descriptions + Accompanying Music Videos



1: Wu-Tang Clan The Saga Continues (E1 Music)
 
Wu-Tang Clan's The Saga Continues was officially released yesterday, October 13th 2017, although the album's executive producer RZA leaked it the day before as part of a radio show. Not to be confused with the Shaolin crew's infamous controversial Martin "pharma bro" Shkreli's one-off WU album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, is the legendary NYC crew's all new album and their first in three years since 2014's A Better Tomorrow. However the new album does include a reference/diss to Shkreli on the 18 track album's song "Lesson Learn’d" in which they rap “Hater wouldn’t last a day in my shoes: you know very well. Bet he swell. You can tell he jeal’.  My price hikin’ like the pills Martin Shkreli sell.” With exclusive production by Mathematics, the 51 and a half minute album features most (not all) WU warriors including Ghostface Killah, Method Man, GZA, Raekwon, Inspektah Deck and Masta Killa. There's additionally some great album guests including the late great Sean Price (don't sleep on his new posthumous solo album Imperius Rex) and Redman who is featured on a few tracks including the aforementioned "Lesson Learn'd" and the tight new single/video "People Say" that can be seen down below in the video version of this top five.

Dead Prez. Ras Kass, Lil B, Bun B, G Perico, DJ Quik, Triple Threat DJs, CunninLynguists + more: Hiero Day 2017 Preview (Video Version)

Posted by Billyjam, September 4, 2017 10:57am | Post a Comment

If you already have plans to attend today's annual Oakland hip-hop festival, Hiero Day 2017, or are on the fence about going this video version Amoeblog, featuring many of  the acts playing today, is designed as a preview teaser of what to expect at today's all day event: 11am to 7pm in West Oakland at 18th and Poplar streets [Note new location this year].  Described as an outdoor festival, concert, food, and block party where thousands come to celebrate all that is good about Oakland, this year’s lineup once again offers a wonderful cross-section of artists. In addition to the hometown producers of the peaceful and uplifting event that bears their name (they always close out the concert event), that is now in its sixth successful year, there is a diverse lineup of emcees and DJs planned for the various stages today.

These include Berkeley's Lil B The Based God, who donned dreads and innovative fashion at the recent VMA MTV music awards, has been in the news a lot lately for various things including his public beef with young b'ball talent Lonzo Ball who mistakenly called hip-hop legend Nas played out and no longer relevant unlike such current stars as Future.  Lil B, who is said to be working with Nas and his Mass Appeal, has been vigilant in his defense of the famous Queensbridge emcee. The audio-only video for Lil B's new track “Rawest Rapper Alive” off his recently unveiled Black Ken release is below along with a slew of other videos by many of today's performers.

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Hip-Hop Rap Up: 08:27:17: Fashawn, Grieves, 21 Savage & Metro Boomin, Hiero Day 2017 Line-up, New Top Five, Super Cat reissue +

Posted by Billyjam, August 27, 2017 11:31am | Post a Comment

Accurately self-described as the “annual outdoor festival, concert, food, and block party where thousands come to celebrate all that is good about Oakland” Hiero Day 2017 is just over one week away. Now in its sixth year, the upcoming lineup may not be quite as star-studded an event as Hiero Day 2016 was. But it’s still a not to be missed event presenting a nice cross-section of artists: both local and national. In addition to a closing performance from the longtime Oakland extended hip-hop crew who created the event that bears the festival’s name, there’s a rich diverse lineup of emcees and DJs planned for the day-long, multi-stage event that happened last few years in area roughly between Jack London Square and the West Oakland BART but this year has moved a little bit to a new location in West Oakland at 18th and Poplar streets.

Acts on the announced upcoming lineup include such emcees as Dead Prez, Bun BRas Kass, Lil B, and G Perico, as well as such DJs as (the DJ turned MC doing a DJ set) DJ Quik, king of the rare 45s Breakbeat Lou, Sean G, Toro y Moi, D-Sharp, Mind Motion, Amoeba Hollywood’s own Monalisa (pictured right) and the two multitalented Bay Area DJ crews Triple Threat DJs and the Oakland Faders. See flyer below for the full lineup. Tix for the all ages event (doors open at 10am for 11am to 7pm event on Monday September 4th).

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1990's Promo Pics Pt VI: Andre Nickatina, Mack 10, 11/5, George Clinton, Above The Law, Erykah Badu, Red Hot Chili Peppers, DJ Quik

Posted by Billyjam, January 19, 2017 08:40am | Post a Comment


The above Andre NIckatina promo pic was taken by Bay Area photographer Timi D.... in 1998 for both the artist formerly known as Dre Dog's Fillmoe Coleman company and for long defunct label DogDay Records who that year released the longtime prolific San Francisco rapper's album Raven In My Eyes.  The promo/publicity photo is one of ten photos in this sixth installment of the 1990's Promo Pics Amoeblog series. The series is a tribute to artists as well as the photographers and record labels responsible for sending them out at the time. The previous posts in this series (1990's Promo Pics Part I Part II, Part III , Part IV and Part V)  included such artists as Das EFX, The RootsMasta Ace Incorporated and Black Sheep.  In addition to the usual rap artist pictures, this latest installment also includes a few non hip-hop artists.

1990's Promo Pics: Beastie Boys, DJ Quik, Black Sheep, Black Czer, Gank Move, Above The Law, King Tee, Jemini The Gifted One +

Posted by Billyjam, July 16, 2016 01:44pm | Post a Comment
Beastie Boys (Grand Royal/Capitol Records) 1995, photo by Ari Marcopoulous

First in a series, this is a selection of mid 90's hip-hop publicity / promo photos (all black and white) sent out by record labels to print media, radio and television.The labels that sent them out these press packages in the years 1994 and 1995 included MCA, Mercury, Profile, Priority, WRAP/Ichiban, and such Relativity distributed labels as Ruthless and Lifestyles.The ten artists featured range from the iconic such as the Beastie Boys to the lesser known hip-hop acts as female rapper K-Nock whose 1994 album on WRAP Records Escape From Quad City was her only album released. Hence the publicity photo for her and the press release/bio that accompanied it was likely the only ones made for this artist. Also noteworthy is that the mid 1990's was a still a (pre digital download) period when the music industry was in a healthy state with ample extra dollars to put into promotion and publicity. Not only did record labels, both major and independent, send out advance promo CDs/records/tapes/videos but they were typically accompanied by nicely presented press packages: stylized folders with one or more professionally staged, glossy publicity photos, along with an in-depth bio and artist press clippings.

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