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Hip-Hop News 12:17:17: Rolling Loud SoCal Day 2, Skratchpad Youth Skratch DJ Battle, Art Basel Miami, Black Thought's "Freestyle" +

Posted by Billyjam, December 17, 2017 01:46pm | Post a Comment

Yesterday (12/16) the long running Bay Area DJ skratch club Skratchpad presented their 3rd Annual Youth Skratch Battle. Held in the afternoon at the Last Stop Bar in Daly City, between the young competing DJs' turntable routines, entertainment included a showcase set by the talented longtime Bay Area battle DJ Ichythekiller who is the current Bay Area DMC regional champion. As such he traveled to NYC back in August to rep the Bay in the 2017 DMC US Finals national turntablist battle that was won by NY’s DJ Perly. Meantime back in the Bay Area yesterday at the Skratchpad battle, the 2016 2nd Annual Youth Scratch Battle champion DJ Don Don, who is still under 22 (pictured right yesterday) once again took the title for a second consecutive year at the PeaveyDJ sponsored event.

Ever since Black Thought of The Roots fame delivered his jaw-dropping extended "freestyle" this past Wednesday (12/13) on Hot 97 radio in NYC, that quickly trended as it became a widely praised viral video (scroll down to see the clip),  the positive tone of social media posts soonafter switched from complimentary to doubtful. Many began to question its validity, maintaining that it was not an actual "freestyle" (IE: off the dome & 100% made up on the spot). These doubters insisted that it was not spontaneous but rather a pre-written and prepared rap. Unhappy with this reaction to his art, the Philly rapper born Tarik Trotter  publicly voiced his case  on national TV Friday night when he sat down with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show (home of The Roots) to swear that it was indeed a genuine real-time "freestyle" in the traditional hip-hop meaning (a spontaneous creation).

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Top 15 Hip-Hop Vinyl Black Friday Record Store Day (11/24): Dilla, DMC, Murs, Latyrx, Kid Kudi, Snoop, ICP, Danger Mouse +RTJ+Big Boi

Posted by Billyjam, November 24, 2017 10:59am | Post a Comment
For today Black Friday Record Store Day at Amoeba among the many great releases from all genres are the top fifteen hip-hop vinyl releases exclusive to today's big shopping/crate digging day that are listed below. As with the annual April Record Store Day (RSD), the Black Friday RSD exclusives are restricted to in store purchases. Remember the whole original idea of Record Store Day was to celebrate the brick and mortar stores like Amoeba. However tomorrow Saturday (as with the day after the April RSD) any remaining RSD titles will be listed for sale on the Amoeba online store so if you are outside the three Amoeba retail store areas go look online first thing Nov. 25th. Meanwhile note that today's store hours are: Amoeba Berkeley 11am - 10pm, Amoeba San Francisco 11am - 8pm, and Amoeba Hollywood 10am - 11pm.

Note that if you are at any of the three Amoeba Music stores today that you should take advantage of the many one day (RSD) only items such as the sale on select turntables and the really special offer (basically like getting $25 for free) on gift certificates. EG if buy a $100 gift certificate you only pay $75. Actually this offer, which is available between 3pm and 4pm only today, is for any amount up to $100 so if you wanted to get someone a $20 Amoeba gift certificate you would pay only $15. But onto the Black Friday Record Store Day releases listed here and specificially the hip-hop releases below are the top fifteen which, please note, customers can only buy one each of. Thanks for reading and happy crate digging. 



 TOP 15 HIP-HOP VINYL BLACK FRIDAY RECORD STORE DAY RELEASES: 11:24:17



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New Generation USA Battle DJ Champs Dwells & DJ Perly Hope To Repeat National Victories at 2017 DMC World DJ Championship

Posted by Billyjam, October 1, 2017 06:39am | Post a Comment


Leaders of the new generation of US DMC battle DJ champions - the skilled turntablist competitors Dwells and DJ Perly - are currently over in England where each will participate in today’s big 2017 DMC World DJ Championship. At that prestigious international DJ competition, happening at London’s club Koko, these  reigning American DJ champs each hope to repeat their national victories on an international level. DJ Perly, who was the winner in the 2017 US DMC Finals, (scroll down for review of that August 5th battle) and Dwells, who took the 2017 US DMC Supremacy title, will each battle in their respective categories in the hope of taking a world championship title back home to the USA. In today’s DMC Battle For World Supremacy Dwells will face off against such other international DMC Supremacy champs as Brazil’s Erick Jay, France’s DJ Topic,  Germany's DJ A Plus and Japan’s DJ Yukichi.

Meanwhile for her six minute routine in the DMC World DJ Finals this evening DJ Perly, the first woman to ever take the DMC US Finals title, will be pitted against reigning DMC battle champions from sixteen other countries. These include China’s Kook-L, the UK’s DJ Rasp, Canada’s Jimmy Riggz, Greece’s DJ Freestone, South Africa’s DJ Codax, Hungary’s Sonny Kraft and New Zealand’s DJ Gooda. [See flyer above with full list of the competing country DJs, and flyer below with schedule breakdown of today’s multi-faceted, eight hour event]

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2017 DMC US Finals DJ Battle To Feature Such Skilled DJs as Ichy The Killer (CA) and DJ As-One (MD) with X-Ecutioners Showcase Sets

Posted by Billyjam, August 4, 2017 12:18pm | Post a Comment

The nation’s most prestigious, long-running annual DJ battle, the US DMC Finals, takes place in New York City tonight, Saturday, August 5th at the Highline Ballroom at 7pm. At that Chelsea, Manhattan venue eleven Regional DMC battle DJ champions from all over the USA will battle it out, under the objective eye
of a panel of judges, to see who gets crowned the new USA champion DJ to go on to represent the USA in the DMC World Finals over in London in two months time. Once again this year the multi-talented and hella funny Lord Finesse (of DITC fame) will be the host of the event while the legendary pioneering NYC DJ crew The X-Ecutioners' DJs Total Eclipse, Mista Sinista, DJ Rob Swift and (previous DMC US Finals champ) DJ Precision will do an anticipated intermission showcase sets.  At the battle tonight all eleven turntable contestants will get exactly six minutes each to present his/her very best. In these intense routines, the DJs will not only have the judges analyze every nuance of their sets but also have the attentive eyes and ears of the packed auditorium judge their every move.

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2017 DMC Bay Area Regional DJ Battle: Illustrated Report by Photojournalist James Mak @ Joysco Photos

Posted by Billyjam, April 25, 2017 01:08pm | Post a Comment

Frequent Amoeblog contributor, photojournalist James Mak of Joysco Photos provides all of the images  for this illustrated report on the 2017 DMC Bay Area DJ Battle that took place over this past weekend at
The Uptown in Oakland. The annual regional battle, for which the winner goes on to represent the Bay Area against DJ from all over the US in the national DMC US Finals during the summer, was won by Ichy The Killer. The hard working, talented turntablist is pictured above during his winning set and also in winners pic left after the battle results were announced in which he is pictured center with second place contestant DJ LazyBoy (left) and runner up/third place battle DJ Mike Cee (right).  The many photos below, for which you can scroll over for additional text data, include various Bay Area battle DJ contestants, guest performer DJ Traps, battle host  BAS-One, US DMC boss Christie Zee who flew out from NYC for the battle, judges including DJ Cue, Quest, Pos Red, Shortkut, Vin Roc, Snayk Eyez, Mista B, and Teeko, and event attendees including DJ Marz, Davey D, and DJ Daryl of 415 and No Limit and producer of 2Pac's "Keep Your Head Up" fame. These wonderful photos by James Mak capture a night that was more than simply a 2017 DJ battle, but also an historic gathering of different generations of Bay Area hip-hop DJs, tracing this rich regional cultural movement all the way back to the early 1980's. Thanks to photojournalist James Mak of Joysco Photos for sharing his work with the Amoeblog.  For more on the upcoming 2017 DMC battles watch this space and visit the official  DMC DJ Champs website.

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