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Hip-Hop Top 5 [Video Version] + Vinyl / Upcoming Picks: Lil Xan, Dr. Octagon, E-40 & B-Legit, T-Nutty, Flatbush Zombies, Black Milk

Posted by Billyjam, April 8, 2018 11:47pm | Post a Comment

1: Lil Xan Total Xanarchy (Sony Music Group)

Back in 1988 DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince released the hit single "Parents (Just Don't Understand)" off their album He's The DJ, I'm The Rapper (also on LP/vinyl). The song, that would inspire The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, was a statement about the older generation not understanding youth culture including the then new genre of rap/hip-hop; a music typically dismissed by parents and older music fans as an annoyance and passing fad. Fast forward 30 years and things have not changed much except now the disapproving parents are hip-hop fans themselves; albeit from an earlier totally different era who hardly recognize how "their" music has mutated into its latest wave; the dreaded 'mumble rap' phase.  Epitomizing this new school of hip-hop is the equally loved/hated 21 year old rapper Lil Xan (as in Xanax, his once drug of choice, or Diego as he likes to be now called) whose debut album Total Xanarchy was released on Friday. And if his tattoos, general goofy appearance and drug induced indecipherable lyrics weren't enough to piss off parents and older rap/hip-hop heads, the fact that he dared call the revered 2Pac "boring" sealed the deal in his alienating those over a certain age. Meanwhile a young new generation seemingly love Lil Xan as proven by the 157million YouTube hits (and as many on Spotify) generated by the single/album track "Betrayed." In addition to the regular version of this song, the short (36 minutes) 16 track album also includes a "Betrayed Remix (feat. Yo Gotti and Rich the Kid)" in addition to such other tracks as "Slingshot" (another already popular track), "Tick Tock (feat. 2 Chainz)" and "The Man (feat. $teven Cannon)" (new video below) all of which most likely today's parents just won't understand.

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Hip-Hop Top Ten: 05:21:17: Damu The Fudgemunk, DJ Rhettmatic, Dorrough, Dr. Octagon, Funky DL, Artifacts, Paul Nice +

Posted by Billyjam, May 21, 2017 10:33pm | Post a Comment

As outlined in the top ten list below and heard in the video clips by scrolling even further down, there's a real nice diverse offering of new hip-hop releases to arrive into Amoeba Music this past new release date: Friday May 19th. Incorporating various formats (LP, CD, cassette) in both brand new and new reissue edition releases there's lots to chose from with Topping the anticipated 3LP, 20th Anniversary Edition version of Dr Octagon's Dr Octagonecologyst 3LP 20th Anniversary Set.topping the top ten. Featuring veteran NYC emcee Kool Keith's Dr. Octagon alias (the alter ego he had killed off years ago) with project producer/mastermind Dan the Automator plus San Francisco turntablist legend DJ Qbert (also DJ Shadow in there) this new package celebrates the 20th anniversary of the hugely popular, critically acclaimed mid-nineties release. Technically 20+ years since its 1996 release, the album featuring Dan's deep quirky production and Kool Keith's absurdist alter-ego / high-concept character, upon its mid nineties release  Dr. Octagonecologyst stood apart from other hip-hop at the time and managed to additionally appeal to non rap music fans.

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The Return of Dr. Octagon with 20 Year Anniversary Box Set + CA Concert Dates feat. Kool Keith, Qbert, & Dan the Automator

Posted by Billyjam, February 9, 2017 06:53pm | Post a Comment

Since the announcement yesterday of a return of veteran NYC emcee Kool Keith's Dr. Octagon alias (the alter ego he had killed off years ago) with two surprise California concert dates next month with the former Ultramagnetic MCs emcee along with the Octagon project key collaborators, producer Dan the Automator and fellow San Francisco artist DJ Qbert, there has been quite a buzz.  Tickets for the two CA dates, scheduled for March 6th and 7th at San Francisco's The Independent and Los Angeles' The Teragram Ballroom respectively, have been selling briskly with both the SF and LA dates already sold out (although tix can be still found on StubHub). The in-demand concerts, which act as a primer for the upcoming 20th anniversary, limited edition box set release of the Dr. Octagon project Dr. Octagonecologyst by Traffic and Universal, prove just how popular the mid-nineties Kool Keith alter-ego high-concept character and accompanying project remains even two decades later. Note that the forthcoming 2017 anniversary edition release will be just the latest in a series over an extended period of reissues and variations, including the popular non vocal Instrumentalyst via Octagon Beats, of the nineties Dreamworks release of the  Dr. Octagonecologyst album that was most recently reissued in 2014 by Geffen as the 2LP pressing of Dr. Octagonecologyst.

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Kool Keith's New Video From "Time? Astonishing!" with L'Orange, Marks Latest In MC's Long & Prolific Career

Posted by Billyjam, December 2, 2015 10:47am | Post a Comment

Following last week's memorable session sitting in with The Roots on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, Kool Keith this week unveils the new music video for "The Green Ray." With atmospheric music production by L'Orange, the time travel-themed track is culled from the duo's highly recommended 2015 collaboration album Time? Astonishing! Available in both CD and vinyl/LP as well as via download formats, the Mello Music Group-released full-length has been a steady seller at Amoeba Music since it arrived in the store over the summer.  While digging in the CD and vinyl bins at Amoeba for the Kool Keith collaborative album, you'll find it's just one of numerous releases from the decades spanning the artist's prolific career. 

The ever-evolving, shape-shifting lyricist born Keith Thornton, was first introduced to most hip-hop fans via his original Bronx hip-hop crew The Ultramagnetic MCs' 1988 landmark debut album Critical Beatdown. But that was just a teaser for what was to come from this truly unique lyricist who, in addition to four albums with his crew, has unleashed a bevy of solo work with a myriad of producers and varying record labels over the past two decades. Rhyming in an out of-this-world, stream of consciousness style flow, Keith has adapted many personas and aliases over the years. His many stage personas have included Dr Octagon, Dr. Dooom, Black Elvis, and Poppa Large.

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SOUNDTRACK SERIES #4

Posted by Job O Brother, March 28, 2010 04:44pm | Post a Comment
Directions: Imagine Mr. Brother living another day, as always, with music playing. Whether it’s one of his trusty iPods, or his home stereo, or working the soundtracks section of Amoeba Music Hollywood, Mr. Brother is eating, sonically, with the mouths of his ears.

To simulate this experience, as you read the below story of a day lived, you will be given certain music clips to play. These are inserted to provide you with the same tunes Job was hearing as he was doing what you’ll be reading.

For example, while he was writing the above directions, he was listening to this:


The other day… no, not that day – the other day… yeah, that one… I was painting my collection of pigments, when a car drove past, blaring its music so loud that it felt like an earthquake. But, y’know, an earthquake that could keep a beat.


I’m all for losing one’s self in music, but I do think it’s tacky to blast your car stereo so loud that anyone within an area code can hear it. I’m not talking about regular loud – I’m talking about these people who have pimped out their auto’s sound system specifically so that they can impose their roving, one-man rave on a neighborhood at a time. What if someone’s trying to sleep? What if someone’s trying to record music? What if someone’s being held hostage by a crazy person who’s got a sword pressed to their throat and is screaming: