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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Adrian Younge

Posted by Amoebite, July 30, 2019 03:07pm | Post a Comment

Adrian Younge - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

LA music producer, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and sharp-dressed man Adrian Younge visited Amoeba Hollywood recently and talked with us about his introduction to jazz, the influence of David Axelrod's compositions on hip-hop, and the band that inspired him to learn how to play instruments in our latest What's In My Bag? episode.

Often fusing the genres of soul, hip-hop, funk, and jazz, Adrian Younge first attracted critical acclaim for his score to the Adrian Younge Produced By2009 blaxploitation flick Black Dynamite. In addition to his roles as producer and composer, Younge was responsible for the majority of the music on the score, performing over a dozen instruments himself with support from a handful of vocalists and instrumentalists. Wax Poetics released Younge's score later that year. The success of Black Dynamite led Younge to relaunch his earlier Venice Dawn project; as a result, Wax Poetics released his atmospheric Something About April LP in 2011.

In 2013, Younge teamed up with The Delfonics, a major influence on Adrian, for the LP Adrian Younge Presents the Delfonics. Shortly afterward, Younge joined forces with Ghostface Killah for Adrian Younge Presents Twelve Reasons to Die. His next high-profile collaboration was 2014's Adrian Younge Presents There Is Only Now with Souls of Mischief. Working tirelessly, Younge followed this up with work on Bilal's In Another Life and Ghostface's Twelve Reasons to Die II. In 2016, Something About April II came out, with contributions from Raphael Saadiq and Laetitia Sadier. That same year, Younge released The Electronique Void, a synth-heavy concept LP featuring narration from Jack Waterson, and joined forces with Ali Shaheed Muhammad on the Luke Cage soundtrack. Younge has also worked with or been sampled by Kendrick Lamar, Common, and Jay-Z. In 2019, he released Produced By Adrian Younge, which features vocals by Black Thought, Estelle, Georgia Anne Muldrow and more.

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Artist/Activist/Krip-Hop Nation Founder Leroy Moore's busy 2019 inc. African Disabled Musicians Summer Bay Area Festival in July

Posted by Billyjam, June 21, 2019 12:18pm | Post a Comment

A longtime subject of the Amoeblog as well as a frequent contributor to the Amoeba website blog dating back over a decade, the Berkeley based artist/activist Leroy F Moore Jr checks in with updates on the latest projects by the tireless founder of the Krip-Hop Nation. Just back from a tour of the East Coast, that included Krip-Hop Nation being invited to Crip-Comic Con at Syracuse University, Moore reports that the Krip-Hop Nation (the collective of worldwide disabled hip-hop artists he founded over a decade ago) is going strong, very strong. “[We’re] doing some real shit on an SSI budget,” he laughed. Back in February Leroy made history when Poor Press published the first ever Krip-Hop Nation Graphic Novel Vol. 1.

Semi-autobiographic the 1980’s set graphic novel tells the tale of “Little Leroy [who] has a physical disability and walks with a walker and always coming to a cypher in the Bronx from CT. by Greyhound but he is too scare to enter the cypher so the young Black brown teens aka artists used him to be a look out for police. Flash-forward to 2018’s Krip-Hop Superhero, Black teenager girl, Roxanne, who uses a wheelchair that unfolds into the elements of Hip-Hop every time she stops that attracts big crowds. Roxanne escapes police.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with José James

Posted by Amoebite, March 14, 2019 01:22pm | Post a Comment

Jose James - What's In My Bag? - Amoeba Music

Acclaimed neo-soul/jazz/hip-hop musician and composer José James did some shopping at Amoeba Hollywood recently and talked with us about some of his favorite artists for our latest What's In My Bag? episode. James went looking for a Tribe Called Quest t-shirt and ended up with an Eric Dolphy shirt instead, happily surprised to see the jazz saxophonist/clarinetist printed on a piece of apparel. "He's a really deep figure for me, and for jazz," he explained. "His album Out To Lunch, on Blue Note, to me is the highest standard of avant-garde music in America." James went on to discuss Dolphy's influence on John Coltrane, saying he "encouraged John to let the saxophone speak. He was really trying to get beyond the limitations of the instrument, and just make sounds." James had similarly thoughtful things to say about every item he picked, giving us an educational and entertaining peek into his shopping bag.

Born in Minneapolis, MN, José James attended The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. His oeuvre has been compared to D'Angelo, Frank Ocean, Miguel, Bobby McFerrin, and Leon Thomas. Jose James - Lean On Me - Amoeba MusicHe released his debut LP, The Dreamer, in 2008 via the Brownswood label. James followed his first LP with Blackmagic (Brownswood) and For All We Know (Verve), both released in 2010. The latter album took home the Edison Award and the L'Académie du Jazz Grand Prix for the year's Best Vocal Jazz Album.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Ice Cube

Posted by Amoebite, January 29, 2019 04:54pm | Post a Comment

Ice Cube - What's In My Bag?

We were very excited when hip hop legend Ice Cube visited Amoeba Hollywood for a special meet-and-greet event to celebrate his latest album, Everythangs Corrupt. Before he met with fans, the LA rapper, actor, writer, and producer did a little shopping for his wife and sat down with us for our latest What's In My Bag? episode. "Man, If you wanna stay married 26 years like your boy," he advised, "buy your wife some shit sometimes, alright? Not just you." 

Born O'Shea Jackson, Ice Cube's music career began in 1984 with the hip-hop group C.I.A.; after the Ice Cube - Everythang's Corruptgroup disbanded, Cube formed N.W.A. with Dr. DreArabian Prince, and Eazy-E. The group would go on to become gangsta rap legends, dropping classic albums like Straight Outta Compton (1988). Ice Cube and N.W.A. parted ways in 1989 and Cube struck out on his own as a solo artist, making a mark with smart, sharp socio-political albums AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted (1990) and Death Certificate (1991). 

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People Under The Stairs @ Cornerstone in Berkeley tonight + Equipto & Brycon's The Watershed [Hip-Hop In The Park After Party]

Posted by Billyjam, May 5, 2018 02:09pm | Post a Comment

Couple of nights ago at the Fillmore in San Francisco legendary emcee Rakim (recently reunited and on tour with Eric B) proved that true hip-hop is timeless and will never die in a crowd winning set that included the classic  "I Know You Got Soul" off their 1987 landmark album Paid In Full. Three plus decades later and Rakim can still rock the mic, and the crowd. Overall though artists like this are a rarity in the often fickle world of hip-hop; a genre where acts so often come and go at a rapid rate, regardless of such things as levels of commercial success.

Meantime those acts that are dedicated to the art form always seem stay active and relevant. People Under The Stairs (PUTS) are another good example. The talented hip-hop duo of Thes-One and Double K, who formed in Los Angeles in 1997, have continually enjoyed a rich hip-hop recording and touring career; and all on their own terms.  20 years since their debut album The Next Step and they're still delighting fans;  bringing good hip-hop vibes to audiences all over the globe including in their beloved native Cali.

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