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Amoeba San Francisco Platinum Anniversary Celebrated Via 20 Years of Hip-Hop Albums 1997-2017: from Company Flow to Wiki

Posted by Billyjam, November 18, 2017 04:23pm | Post a Comment

As you likely already know today is part-two of the two-day 20 year (Platinum) anniversary celebration of Amoeba San Francisco that opened back in November 1997. In-store happenings at the historic SF Haight-Ashbury District location, that formerly housed a bowling alley, include music spinning from DJs with Amoeba SF roots: J Boogie, DJ Rascue, DocFu, and Mike Bee and the Platinum party going strong
til 8pm this evening.  Full details on Amoeba SF Platinum Anniversary Celebration. In celebration of Amoeba SF's 20 years of  providing bottomless crates for DJs and hip-hop fans to dig from, below is a quick look back at select hip-hop album releases from the twenty years that Amoeba San Francisco has been open. Sure it’s a subjective list culled from the countless great albums released over these past two decades. But it is also a reminder of how quickly the time has flown since Amoeba Music opened on Haight Street back in November 1997. Note that the Hollywood store opened a few years later in November 2001 and that the Amoeba Music Berkeley store (the original) had already been open for seven years at this point. The photo above is from seven years ago, November 2010, during the 20 year anniversary celebration of Amoeba Berkeley. It pictures two of that day’s performers: former Amoeba employee and Anticon hero Adam "DoseoneDrucker along with Pam The Funkstress of The Coup. As posted on the Amoeblog two days ago the longtime Bay Area DJ, also known as Purple Pam, is currently in hospital and battling for her life. As of time of publishing this story on Saturday afternoon, no further updates on Pam’s health had been issued but once they have will be posted here on the Amoeblog. [UPDATE EDIT on Saturday Nov 18th a little after 7pm (Pacific time) good news posted on social media regarding Pam's status, stating that "she had a successful surgery and is on her way to recovery" and that she and her family, "want to thank everyone for their prayers and concern."]
Meantime below are 20 hip-hop albums from the past 20 years of Amoeba SF's existence at 1855 Haight St, San Francisco, California 94117 

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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

Hip-Hop Rap Up: Homeboy Sandman, Open Mike Eagle, ElZhi, Elucid, Aesop Rock, Mr. Lif, Ghostface Killah

Posted by Billyjam, May 16, 2016 05:20pm | Post a Comment
Hip-Hop Top Five 05:16:16

1: Homeboy Sandman Kindness For Weakness (Stones Throw) (avail as LP)

2: Open Mike Eagle & Paul White Hella Personal Film Festival  (Mello Music) (LP version)

3: ElZhi Lead Poison (Glow 365)

4:  Aesop Rock The Impossible Kid  (Rhymesayers Ent.)

5: ELUCID Save Yourself (Backwoodz)

With so much amazing music from bygone eras in hip-hop's rich history to listen back to and/or catch up on for the first time, it's easy for hip-hop fans in 2016 to ignore all the new music being made. But to do so is to miss out on some incredible ground breaking music in the still unfolding genre. Simply put contemporary hip-hop is in an incredibly healthy state right now! This I can confirm from recently listening to a stack of new albums, mostly releases of the past few weeks such as the ones listed in the above top five list. On each the production is dope,  but it is the emcees who truly blew me away. Each effortlessly display innovative forward-thinking lyrical finesse coupled with top notch mic delivery skills. 

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New Hip-Hop Releases: Drake, ElZhi, Homeboy Sandman, Dilla, Berner, Chuuwee & Trizz

Posted by Billyjam, May 7, 2016 01:35pm | Post a Comment
Top Five New Hip-Hop Albums: 05:06:16

1: Drake VIEWS (Republic)

2: Homeboy Sandman Kindness For Weakness (Stones Throw) (avail as LP)

3: ElZhi Lead Poison (Glow 365)

4: Chuuwee & Trizz  Amerikka's Most Blunted 2 (Below Systems)

5: J Dilla Jay Love Japan (Vintage Vibes) (avail as LP) [Reissue]

"Like a day spent inside someone else’s head," is how Drake's new album VIEWS  (Republic) is summed up in the Amoeba Review of the anticipated album that arrived in Amoeba yesterday. The Canadian star's first official album release since 2013's Nothing Was The Same and first full release since last year's "commercial mixtape" full-length If You're Reading This It's Too Late, VIEWS is already a bonafide commercial hit. The new album may have only dropped yesterday (as physical release but a week earlier as digital via certain outlet) but by midday Friday first week sales figures were released noting how the album was even outselling Beyonce's hugely hyped Lemonade that also arrived in Amoeba yesterday.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up: RIP Dot-A-Rock & The Jacka, Flip with Phat Kat & Elzhi, DJ Rob A with Masta Ace + more

Posted by Billyjam, February 6, 2015 11:34am | Post a Comment
Tragic news for Bay Area rap fans this week when they learned that popular longtime Bay Area rapper Dominic "The Jacka" Newton was shot and killed in East Oakland on Monday night (Feb 2nd) - the result of a bullet wound to the head. 

According to reports the 37 year old, Oakland based, Pittsburg, CA born hip-hop artist died doing what he loved most: rapping and freestyling with a group of seven hip-hop friends of his sitting in a van - The Jacka was standing outside beside the van when the shooting took  place. A very prolific artist, who has released numerous solo projects and collaborative projects (he's worked with everyone), The Jacka was a constant best-seller at the two Bay Area Amoeba Music stores including such releases as his 2009 Freeway collaboration Highway Robbery and his 2009 album Tear Gas which remains his best selling album to date (the video for the Traxamillion produced album track "Glamorous Lifestyle" appears below).

  
  
Andre Nickatina (featured in the above "Glamorous Lifestyle") was just one of countless fellow Bay Area artists that The Jacka collaborated with over the years. Others  include Berner, E-40, Guce, Keak da Sneak, and Friscasso The Jeweler (recently profiled on the Amoeblog) while on a national level he's worked with such artists as NYC emcee Cormega, Southern rapper Paul Wall, and Philly rapper Freeway. (Highway Robbery cover right). Ever since the news broke on Tuesday of The Jacka's shooting murder many online commenters have cynically suggested that being a gangsta rapper that he had he had it coming to him (IE: live by the sword die by the sword). However the truth is that while he rapped about the street "lifestyle" and all that went with it - he did so in a non glamorizing way - but in a real observant way.  Those who knew him all describe him a good person and an artist first and foremost. And what a prolific one too!

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