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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.

Oakland Rapper Kamaiyah Fully Reppin' The Town in Video for "Build You Up" off Her Forthcoming Major Label Debut

Posted by Billyjam, July 7, 2017 02:21pm | Post a Comment


Hardworking and hella talented Oakland rapper Kamaiyah, now signed to Interscope Records with her major label debut slated for later this year, demonstrated her unwavering love for "The Town" (Oakland) with the unveiling yesterday of the 100% Oakland-proud music video for "Build You Up" (see below). The positive-message lyrically laden, uptempo, throwback, early nineties sounding song (complete with that era's raggamuffin rap breakdown and video with her + dancers donning 90's styled T-shirt logos) is a teaser of the born-in-the-nineties rapper's forthcoming Interscope full-length Don’t Ever Get It Twisted. That anticipated late 2017 release follows her acclaimed 2016 indie release, the impressive mixtape A Good Night in the Ghetto.

For the new Damien Sandoval directed, Interscope Records produced music video the dedicated Oakland artist insisted on keeping it local and in The Town with location shoots including MacArthur BART platform (pic above) as well as on the BART train, outside the Fox Theater in the Uptown district of Oakland, and by the Grand Lake Theatre over by Lake Merritt. On previous, pre-major label music videos by the artist, such as the Oakland shot "Fuck It Up (feat. YG)" and "I'm On" (featuring such Oakland locations as Uptown's The New Parish and East O's 99th Ave & MacArthur),  Kamaiyah's made a point of consistently and proudly featuring locations in her East Bay city. So major props to her for continuing this practice on her latest music video.

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Hip-Hop Rap Up 05:16:17: The Automator & Qbert in SF, NYC Honors Scott La Rock, New Music: P-Lo, B.o.B., Stik Figa, Quelle Chris

Posted by Billyjam, May 16, 2017 05:10pm | Post a Comment

Fresh off their recent Dr. Octagon 20th anniversary reunion shows with Kool Keith (note new special Get On Down 3LP reissue of Dr Octagonecologyst coming this week, May 19) the two San Francisco talents of producer Dan The Automator andDJ Qbert are back collaborating sharing a hometown bill this week at the music meets live art event RE:CREATION. A joint presentation of Thud Rumble and Euphonic Creations and powered by (the wearable tactile audio technology) SubPac, also on the bill will be Qbert's longtime collaborator and fellow Invisibl Skratch Piklz member DJ Shortkut who'll be spinning an early eve all 45's set from 8pm to 10pm. 

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1990's Promo Pics Pt IIX: N.W.A, Ice Cube, Westside Connection, Sister Souljah, B-Legit, Premiere, UNLV, E-A-Ski, Chill-E-B, Zion I

Posted by Billyjam, February 16, 2017 01:54pm | Post a Comment




The Westside Connection power trio, featuring Ice Cube, Mack 10, and WC, are photographed above in the 1990's promo pic along with Jamie Foxx during a 1997 shoot for The Jamie Foxx Show television show.  On that episode, that first aired on the WB network February 12th, 1997, the LA rap supergroup  did a four minute acting scene plus performed their (then current) single "Gangstas Make The World Go Round." That track was culled from their 1996 released album Bow Down whose other popular tracks included the funk-fueled title track hit single.

The Westside Connection promo pic is just one of three featuring Ice Cube in this latest 1990's Promo Pics Amoeblog series. The other two below are both from the artist's two-part War & Peace Pt. I + War & Peace Pt 2 album (also avail on vinyl/LP Vol 1 and vinyl/LP Vol 2) promo package in this latest series installment.  Also featured below is Cube's famous pioneering gangsta rap group N.W.A but after he had left the group to pursue his successful solo career and their membership was pared-down to the core quartet of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, DJ Yella and MC Ren.

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The Best Albums of 2016

Posted by Amoebite, December 19, 2016 03:01pm | Post a Comment

Best of 2016

With the holiday season fast approaching and 2016 drawing to an end, we decided to take a look back at some of our favorite releases for the year. Staff from all three of our stores --  in Hollywood, San Francisco, and Berkeley -- shared their picks for the year's best music and movies and told us a little about what made them so awesome. So hop in the Amoeba sleigh with us, won't you, as we go on a magical holiday journey through the early months of 2016 till now, adventuring from world music to rock 'n' roll and everything in between, savoring the most memorable works from some of our most beloved artists. (It might even give you a few swell ideas for record-shaped stocking stuffers.) 

Best of 2016 - rock

Anohni Hopelessness

ANOHNI - Hopelessness

I have been a fan of Anohni (formerly known as Antony & the Johnsons) for a long time now. She has another one of those distinctive voices that there is no confusing for someone else. Another great album produced by the amazing ANOHNI. The words in the songs are so full of emotion and power it is almost too much to handle sometimes. This album somehow feels like it is in the future. The songs are very set in the present. But the music really takes me to the future. Or at least makes me feel like we will be OK as long as we have ANOHNI to help guide us through the uncertain future. - Brad, Hollywood