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Rest In Peace Bushwick Bill - Dead at age 52

Posted by Billyjam, June 9, 2019 11:45pm | Post a Comment


After widely publicized erroneous reports by numerous news outlets earlier today (Sunday June 9th) that Bushwick Bill had died, that were soonafter followed up with  correction notices that the Geto Boys  member diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, was in fact still alive but “fighting for his life,” tonight at 8:35pm (Pacific) official word was released that Bushwick Bill had indeed died.  In February this year, around the time he was about to go on tour, it was announced that the artist was suffering from stage 4 pancreatic cancer, while reportedly he had been ill from cancer since early last year.

Confirmed to The Associated Press tonight by his publicist Dawn P, the 52 year old rap artist born Richard Shaw died in a Colorado hospital at 9:35pm local Mountain Standard Time where he was surrounded by family.
Known for his recordings with the Geto Boys (with whom he first began as a dancer known by the name Little Billy) as well as his solo work,
pictured right is his hit rap single "Ever So Clear" while above is the cover of Bushwick Bill’s album Little Big Man Chopped & Screwed that  is one of many featuring the artist available from Amoeba. Others include the Geto Boys'  Foundation,, Geto Boys LP vinyl, Best of the Geto Boys,  and Da Good, Da Bad & Da Ugly.

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Hip-Hop Rap Up: Record Store Day 2016 Mix: Run-D.M.C., Jungle Brothers, A Tribe Called Quest, Vinnie Paz, Geto Boys, Sugarhill Gang

Posted by Billyjam, November 25, 2016 02:51pm | Post a Comment

Welcome to the 2016 Record Store Day Black Friday (Nov. 25th). Besides all the exclusives for this annual crate digger holiday (see PDF list and head to your local store now) there's a ton more, regular non RSD hip-hop releases to chose from. As seen in the Top Five below, these include the number one album this past week everywhere including the Billboard chart and at Amoeba Music. That of course is the universally popular return / farewell album from A Tribe Called Quest: their sixth album We Got It From Here, Thank You for Your Service (Epic Records). Not just an excellent ATCQ album that scores top points by being simultaneously true to their roots and new and original sounding, but is also the perfect salute and farewell to revered member Phife Dawg who passed away earlier this year.

Note many if any of these highlighted RSD Nov 25 releases do not sell on the day they will be avail online as of 5am, tomorrow morning: Saturday Nov. 26th. There's a lot of vinyl of different genres as outlined in the recent overview 14 Vinyl Releases To Look For On Black Friday Amoeblog. That noted the limited run Erykah Badu album But You Cain't Use My Phone. 12" LP clear vinyl RSD exclusive, with 1,500 copies pressed. Even better is the Jungle Brothers RSD vinyl pressing of Done By The Forces of Nature album. Then there is the special 12" colored vinyl reissue of Run-D.M.C.'s  "Christmas In Hollis" which has the distinction of being one of those rarities: an original Christmas / holiday song that was a hit and went on to become a classic/standard, now three decades later. Many first got it as a single or track on the classic 1987 Christmas various artists compilation A Very Special Christmas album with the iconic Keith Haring cover art. It also appeared on Profile Records out-of-print hip-hop holiday compilation, Christmas Rap. 29 years later and it's still a tight track thank to co-production of Rick Rubin and that killer sample of Clarence Carter's funky 1968 single "Back Door Santa."

Hip-Hop History Tuesdays: Early 1990's Record Label Promo Postcards [Outkast, Artifacts, Willie D, Insane Poetry, The Legion]

Posted by Billyjam, September 22, 2015 08:16pm | Post a Comment

Above and below are the two sides of the promo postcard from Big Beat Records from 1994 that was part of the Atlantic Records distributed label's big promotional push for The Artifacts' 12" single/maxi-cassette/CD release "Wrong Side Of The Tracks." That five star track was released in advance of and taken off the NJ duo's act's album, that was reissued on vinyl two years ago by Fat Beats, Between A Rock And A Hard Place. The postcard is one of several 1990's promo postcards featured in this Hip-Hop History Amoeblog that includes postcards from two decades ago from the first half of the nineties - the
golden era of rap/hip-hop label promotions. While indeed in the 1980's, record labels were releasing a good deal hip-hop singles (and to a lesser extent hip-hop albums) publicity and promotional departments had not yet been fully developed at most labels. The promotional push for '80's hip-hop, while certainly in existence, was sparse and limited to the select few major labels with rap acts and the larger majority of the field filled with smaller indie record labels. These small often regionalized rap labels typically released 12" singles only and as their respective promo pushes typically targeted retail outlets or their distributors, or the record pools that DJs were members of. The promo/publicity was usually advertisements in select trade publications while their promotional pushes would be aimed at DJs via record pools or sometimes radio stations. By the time 80's ended and 1990's decade began, the marketplace had changed dramatically with promo campaigns directed at retail, radio, and other media (print, video) becoming more commonplace. 

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Hip Hop Rap Up: RIP Wesley Burton, Mac Dre Art Show, Scarface Book, HBK's Azure, Big Mont, Third Sight IV LP + more

Posted by Billyjam, April 24, 2015 11:37am | Post a Comment
This Saturday evening's Mac Dre Art Show - Dre Area at at Charles Place in Downtown Oakland -  merely proves that the late great Vallejo rapper, whose cult status has grown exponetially since his murder eleven years ago, is truly an iconic hip-hop figure everywhere but especially in his native Bay Area. Dre Area features a total of 40 different artists, including Ernest Doty and Yung E, contributing via their art their take on Mac Dre - some of it inspired by Mac Dre's famous photos and album cover imagery. A one-off event happening this Saturday evening only from 5pm to midnight Dre Area (with all Mac Dre music being spun by DJ Dontdoodaat) takes place at Charles Place which is at 347 13th St. Oakland. Cover is $5 and I have a feeling it could get really packed and if so plan on going earlier than later.

Another beloved Bay Area public figure taken from this world and his family way too young is KPFA's Wesley Burton who, among other things at the Berkeley Pacifica station, co-hosted the popular late Friday night music show Sideshow Radio. However after finishing his show and leaving KPFA last Friday night / early Saturday morning while driving home to his family along Martin Luther King Boulevard in Oakland his car was struck a speeding hit-and-run driver that crashed into him causing Burton's car to flip and die at the scene.  A really well loved individual, tributes to him have included a moving one earlier this week hosted by Davey D during KPFA's Hard Knock Radio that is archived here for playback.

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Hip-Hop Rap Up 10:29:10: Lyrics Born, Von Pea, 2Mex, Skillz, Ninja Tune XX, C-Bo + Yukmouth, Casual, Souls of Mischief, Halloween, Geto Boys, DJ Apollo, Mochipet

Posted by Billyjam, October 29, 2010 04:13pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music San Francisco Weekly Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: 10:29:10

Lyrics Born As U Were
1) Lyrics Born As U Were (Decon)

2) Von Pea Pea's Gotta Have It (Interdependent Media)

3) Skillz The World Needs More (Big Kids Music)

4) 2Mex My Fanbase Will Destroy You (Strange Famous Records)

5) Cunninlynguists Presents: Kno-Death is Silent (A Piece of Strange Music)

Lyrics Born's newest studio album, As U Were on Decon, arrived at Amoeba Music on Tuesday (Oct 26) and within three days shot to number one on this week's hip-hop chart for the San Francisco store. With a diverse and accessible sound that ranges from old school disco beats ("Coulda Woulda Shoulda") & old school electro (think Bambaataa) to post-hyphy Bay rap ("Black Bots"), alternative grooves and more, the album features guest spots from Lyrics Born's long time Solesides/Quannum rhyme buddies The Gift of Gab from Blackalicious and Lateef (who joins him on both "I Wanna B W/U" & "Pushed Aside / Pulled Apart"). Other contributors include Sam Sparro, Trackademics, and Francis and the Lights. The low points on the 15 track As U Were CD are the three unnecessary & not-funny skits, while the high points include the sharp critical commentary on prescription drugs, "Pillz (feat. The Gift of Gab)" and the mad raw & fast breakbeat driven "Oh, Baby!" To coincide with the new album, Lyrics Born's Auto Reverse tour is currently underway along with fellow Decon artists Rakaa and Chali 2na. There is one week left of the tour that stops in Victor, ID tonight at Knotty Pine and finishes next Friday (11/05) at Dante's in Portland, OR. Meanwhile, to peep pics of Lyrics Born doing an instore at Amoeba San Francisco back in '03 click here.

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