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Hip-Hop Rap Up 04:22:17: New J Dilla, Ichy the Killer wins Bay DMC, J.Period's DJ Premier Tribute Mix, Record Store Day Vinyl + more

Posted by Billyjam, April 22, 2017 10:42am | Post a Comment
Top Five Hip-Hop Releases 04:21:17
1: J Dilla Motor City (avail in vinyl/LP) (Ma Dukes Official)

2: Camp Lo On The Way Uptown: The Uptown Saturday Night Demo (Persia Records)

3: Cas One & Figure  So Our Egos Don't Kill Us (Strange Famous)

4: Sixo The Odds Of Free Will (Fake Four Inc.)

5: Sean Price Monkey Barz LP + Jesus Price Superstar LP  (Duck Down)

The new releases chart this week includes a lot of older music: some reissued and some recently dug up and released after the fact. The all new releases include Sixo's The Odds Of Free Will on Fake Four Inc. and the new one from Jacob Snider. Snider is rapper Cas One signed to Sage Francis' Strange Famous label who, along with DJ/producer Figure, this week drops the album So Our Egos Don't Kill Us. Among the older music as new releases this week is the Camp Lo collection of rare and unreleased demos, via Persia Records, that previously had been floating around in digital and tape versions.  Aptly entitled On The Way Uptown: The Uptown Saturday Night Demo it is a nod to their 20 year old hip-hop classic Uptown Saturday Night. Included in this new 17 track release of older music is an earlier version of "Sparkle" as well as a rawer sounding demo version of “Krystal Karrington.” There's also  the "Sedgwick Ave. Demo" version of "This Is It (Luchini)" as well as such other tracks as "Superfly" and "Coolie High Is Life."

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Bay Area DJ News: Piklz in San Mateo, Deco All-Star Reunion, DJ Quest @ Carnival, DJ ALF in SF, Skratchpad, Mista B, True Justice

Posted by Billyjam, May 22, 2016 10:05am | Post a Comment

This is a good week for Bay Area fans of hip-hop DJs with lots of must attend turntablist events in the week ahead in the San Francisco Bay Area. These include the return of legendary SF 90s DJ club Deco, DJ Quest (pictured left @ Amoeba) curating a stage at next weekend's Carnival on day two May 29th, and Maryland DJ ALF flying out to SF for various events including the monthly Skratchpad and teaming up with Mista B and others including the aforementioned Quest and Six Kutter and DJ Zobe at DJ 2Fresh's new spot Gallery 1317 for session and screening of Positive Omen (see flyer below for info). Additionally in Bay DJ news long time Bay Area True Justice releasing an album on Paris' label, and the return of the mighty ISP.

The much heralded recent return of the Invisibl Skratch Piklz (ISP) has been taking full effect this weekend with the pioneering Bay Area turntablist crew's reunited members representing at the the Maker Faire in San Mateo. The official reunited ISP lineup, who recorded the new 2016 ISP album The 13th Floor, is the trio of DJ Qbert, Shortkut, and D-Styles who are pictured above this afternoon along with former ISP member Yogafrog who handles more of the business and management areas these days. In fact it is Yogafrog who, along with Qbert and others at their  Thud Rumble company, that masterminded the turntablism meets high-tech collaboration with Intel that landed them a spot at the Maker Faire a year ago exactly.

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Give a Beat Launches With Electronic Music Event 'A Positive Spin: Remixed'

Posted by Amoebite, October 20, 2015 03:21pm | Post a Comment

give a beat

give a beatNonprofit organization Give a Beat is launching with a free event featuring live music, a DJ workshop and more.

A Positive Spin: Remixed takes place Saturday, Oct. 24 at Impact HUB LA in Downtown Los Angeles. It begins with an electronic music production/DJ workshop for youth, featuring gear and instruction from Scratch DJ Academy, from 3-6 p.m. Registration for the workshop is free.

Immediately following from 6-9 p.m. will be a live performance from Pleasuremaker (aka Joey McGuire) of Afrolicious along with Sandra Izsadore, who was Fela Kuti’s muse and mentor, and Gabriel ‘Gato’ Ferrer on percussion. There will also be presentations from Alex Simpson, associate director of The Innocence Project, and exonerated football player Brian Banks.

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Amoeblog Interview With True Skool's Ren The Vinyl Archaeologist

Posted by Billyjam, December 17, 2014 11:13pm | Post a Comment
Ren The Vinyl Archaeologist has long been part and parcel of the fabric that makes up the Bay Area's vibrant hip-hop scene - even though he's not originally from California. An East Coast transplant, with a stop en route to Cali in Colorado, Ren is not only a skilled DJ with two decades of turntable experience coupled with a deep diverse knowledge of music, but he is also a revered club/concert promoter whose True Skool parties are legendary. Additionally, via his online magazine / newsletter True Skool website and its affiliated social network links - notably Twitter and Facebook, he provides a unique and invaluable source of information on Bay Area hip-hop and nightlife happenings as well as general hip-hop news and cultural/political updates - all of which demonstrate how well connected and passionate the man born Renoir Salgado is about hip-hop culture and the Bay Area at large. In addition to his own productions Ren is also in big demand at other folks' events too such opening for Wu-Tang Clan at Ruby Skye in San Francisco (photo above) in 2007, or over the summer at the Amoeba Music sponsored Vinyl: The Sound and Culture of Records at the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) at where he was among the carefully chosen curators and also a guest lecturer. Then last month at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts' (YBCA) cool retro hip-hop event Clas/sick Hip-Hop: 1993 Edition he was an integral part of the two-day event when, among other things, he curated/DJ'ed the official CD mix of event - an excellent mix of hip-hop music from the year of '93. This week I caught up with the always busy Ren to ask him about True Skool - its history, ongoing projects, and future plans. 


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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with DJ A-Trak

Posted by Amoebite, October 15, 2014 06:02pm | Post a Comment

A-Trak

From label executive to GRAMMY nominated producer to lifestyle icon, A-Trak rocks many hats. Literally. Most people in the pop culture world might only know him as Kanye West's personal tour DJ, but that is only one small piece to the multifaceted Alain Macklovitch. At the age of 15, A-Trak became the youngest (and the first Canadian) to win the coveted DMC World DJ Championship title. He holds the distinction of being the first DJ to win all three major DJ competitions (DMC, ITF and Vestax), and was the first to win five World Championships. He's basically the Michael Jordan of the DJ world.

Over the years A-Trak has toured extensively with Kanye West and has lent his skills to the likes of Jay-Z, Common, Lupe Fiasco and Drake. In 2007, he founded the Fool's Gold label and helped launch the careers of Kid Sister, Danny Brown and Kid Cudi. He also developed and published music notation for scratching. Today he's hailed as a go-to tastemaker and collaborates with major brands, lending his image to ad campaigns for Adidas, Grey Goose and Cadillac. 

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