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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Rest In Peace Heavy D

Posted by Billyjam, November 8, 2011 03:36pm | Post a Comment

Heavy D & The Boyz "Is It Good To You"

The tragic news that golden era rap star Heavy D suddenly died earlier this afternoon is sending shock waves within hip-hop circles since the news broke in the past hour. The heavy set frontman of Heavy D and the Boyz, who was only 44, was reportedly rushed to an LA hospital this afternoon where within a short time he was pronounced dead at approximately 1 p.m. PST. According to most reports the artist born Dwight Arrington Myers collapsed after walking up stairs at his Beverly Hills apartment building.and police, who are investigating, say that there were no signs of foul play.

As well as hip-hop, often with a poppy rnb flavor like "Is It Good To You" (above) Heavy D also had a love of reggae and recorded a lot of reggae fusion tracks in addition to straight up hip-hop. Rest in peace to the self described "Overweight Lover." Your music will live on.