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Hip-Hop Weekly News + Top 5: Bay Area DMC DJ Battle, Biggie Street, Hiero Day, Blu & Exile, Wordsworth/Pearl Gates, DJ Babu, DJ Muggs

Posted by Billyjam, May 27, 2019 09:49pm | Post a Comment
Not released until next month, The Stage EP from the triple threat of  Curren$y, Smoke DZA,
and Harry Fraud can be pre-ordered from Amoeba now in advance of its June 7th release date.
The 26 minute 12" vinyl release features four vocal tracks on Side A and their
accompanying instrumental versions on the B-side.


At last night's dual 2019 DMC DJ battles, held at the Uptown in Oakland, the winner of the 2019 US Scratch Finals battle was DJ Prolifix from Los Angeles. Pictured left with his award (photo c/o Christie Zee), last night's DMC USA Scratch Champion title is in fact the second for the talented SoCal turntablist. Runners up in that battle included Lou Short and Don Don. Meanwhille in the 2019 DMC Bay Area DJ Battle, for which contestants can be from anywhere in the US, the winner was TyHandswell from Severn, MD. Runners up in that category were DJs LazyBoy and Dayvers. Check back here on the Amoeblog for a full detailed review of these two 2019 DMC battles in Oakland and a preview of the upcoming US and World DMC 2019 battles.  Read Amoeblog review of last year's US finals here).

Hip-Hop Rap Up: 08:27:17: Fashawn, Grieves, 21 Savage & Metro Boomin, Hiero Day 2017 Line-up, New Top Five, Super Cat reissue +

Posted by Billyjam, August 27, 2017 11:31am | Post a Comment

Accurately self-described as the “annual outdoor festival, concert, food, and block party where thousands come to celebrate all that is good about Oakland” Hiero Day 2017 is just over one week away. Now in its sixth year, the upcoming lineup may not be quite as star-studded an event as Hiero Day 2016 was. But it’s still a not to be missed event presenting a nice cross-section of artists: both local and national. In addition to a closing performance from the longtime Oakland extended hip-hop crew who created the event that bears the festival’s name, there’s a rich diverse lineup of emcees and DJs planned for the day-long, multi-stage event that happened last few years in area roughly between Jack London Square and the West Oakland BART but this year has moved a little bit to a new location in West Oakland at 18th and Poplar streets.

Acts on the announced upcoming lineup include such emcees as Dead Prez, Bun BRas Kass, Lil B, and G Perico, as well as such DJs as (the DJ turned MC doing a DJ set) DJ Quik, king of the rare 45s Breakbeat Lou, Sean G, Toro y Moi, D-Sharp, Mind Motion, Amoeba Hollywood’s own Monalisa (pictured right) and the two multitalented Bay Area DJ crews Triple Threat DJs and the Oakland Faders. See flyer below for the full lineup. Tix for the all ages event (doors open at 10am for 11am to 7pm event on Monday September 4th).

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up: #1 DJ Lazyboy, Fashawn & Nas, Cannibal Ox, Fundrboogie/Mr. Complex, Tuxedo's Jake One & Mayer Hawthorne + more

Posted by Billyjam, March 5, 2015 12:51pm | Post a Comment

New releases to arrive at Amoeba this week include the technically soul - but with a hip-hop flavor - brand new album from prolific and diverse Seattle hip-hop producer Jake One along with blue-eyed soul singer Mayer Hawthorne entitled Tuxedo via Stones Throw Records. Tuxedo is also the band name of these two collaborating talents' alter egos who, as Aquarius (Mayer Hawthorne) and Taurus (Jake One) are dressed up in tuxedos - looking somewhat reminiscent of Dan the Automator and Prince Paul as the Handsome Boy Modeling School – and presented by the label headed by Peanut Butter Wolf (a man known to dress up himself) as descendants of the one- word moniker family of funk, where you will find groups such as Chic, Shalamar, Plush, and Zapp. For a better idea of Tuxedo's infectious retro dance grooves peep their video for the album track "Do It" (scroll down) and pick up their album available in CD, vinyl, and digital download formats.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up: BadBadNotGood & Ghostface Killah, Big Sean, THEESatisfaction, Fashawn, Churchward Pub DJ Battle + more

Posted by Billyjam, February 26, 2015 07:00pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Berkeley Hip-Hop Top 5 Week ending 02:27:15


1) BadBadNotGood & Ghostface Killah Sour Soul (Lex)

2) Fashawn The Ecology (Mass Appeal) [also avail as LP and DL]

3) THEESatisfaction EarthEE (Sub Pop)

4) Big Sean Dark Sky Paradise (Def Jam) [
also a deluxe CD]

5) L'Orange After the Flowers (Mello Music)

The brand new number one hip-hop chart entry at Amoeba Music Berkeley this week (thank-you to E-Lit for providing the above top five chart) is the collaborative effort of Wu-Tang member Ghostface Killah and Canadian jazz trio BadBadNotGood for their one-off, full-length, joint project Sour Soul on Lex Records - available for now in CD format only with a soon be released vinyl format to follow. While not billed as such, this new album could be considered the third part of a live collaborative trilogy by Ghostface since like his last two releases - last year's 36 Seasons and 2013's Twelve Reason To Die - Sour Soul is another production that finds the WU emcee rhyming with a live band. This time out it's BadBadNotGood who, as well as their own work as a trio, have previously collaborated with the likes of Danny Brown (who coincidentally appears here) and Earl Sweatshirt - although only on individual tracks, not a full length project as here with Ghostface Killah. The end result is a strong album whose standout tracks include "Mind Playing Tricks," "Tone's Rap," "Gunshowers (feat elZhi)," and “Ray Gun (feat. DOOM)” (see music video below).

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Hiero Day 2014 Artists Preview

Posted by Billyjam, August 31, 2014 11:20pm | Post a Comment
 
 

Hiero Day 2014 -- happening Monday, September 1st in Oakland in the blocks surrounding 95 Linden Street (Linden Street Brewery) -- may only be in its third year, but this ambitious, annual, refreshingly non-mainstream, all-ages East Bay hip-hop festival has quickly become the best Bay Area hip-hop festival of the year. Hiero Day features the extended Hieroglyphics hip-hop collective along with a slew of equally talented hip-hop friends (mostly Bay and Cali hip-hop acts) performing on three different stages throughout the day.   I attended last year's Hiero Day and was so impressed with how fun and how peaceful this musically rich event was!

Hiero Day is free and all-ages with a truly indie feeling, and no nasty corporate overtones. In fact it is more like an expanded modern day continuation of the Living Legends' Unsigned & Hella Broke jams back in the day. Fittingly, Mystik Journeymen are among those on the bill at Hiero Day 2014 - a day that will attract hip-hop appreciative fans in the thousands to enjoy great music, a variety of tasty food trucks, tables selling cool hip-hop clothing, a skate contest, and (for vinyl fiends and crate diggers) the beat swap meet.

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