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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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Evidence's 2018 album "Weather Or Not" Marks Career Turning Point For Vencie Beach Producer/Emcee (Amoeblog Interview)

Posted by Billyjam, April 19, 2018 11:41pm | Post a Comment
Evidence pictured in Venice Beach on cover of his new album Weather Or Not  (also blue vinyl/2LP) where, for the past 2 years, the talented producer/emcee has had to stay close to his home studio.

Sometime into the first half of the next decade highly revered SoCal hip-hop artist Evidence envisions himself holed up in his Venice Beach home studio with a long ass beard, a la Rick Rubin, producing young up-and-coming artists. That vision/goal is all part of a new five year plan that the longtime prolific artist recently hatched as the result of some life changing incidents over the past couple of years; as shared in his Amoeblog interview (scroll down to hear). These changes resulted in Evidence not going out on tour for the past couple of years, as he traditionally would have done, but instead stay close to his Venice Beach home/studio. There in addition to working on his own new solo album, Weather Or Not (also on blue vinyl/2LP set) via Rhymesayers, he's been channeling his creative energy into working with other artists. These have included producing albums/EPs for Madchild (The Darkest Hour), Defari (Rare Poise - also on vinyl/LP), and Domo Genesis. (Aren't U Glad You're U?).

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Trizz's New Album is a “Dark, Street Horror Flick On Tape”

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 7, 2017 03:00pm | Post a Comment

Trizz, Ashes n DustBy doubleay

Trizz hails from Los Angeles and Inland Empire, but he doesn’t believe everybody listening knows that. Trizz has developed a uniquely dedicated audience with fans scattered internationally, yet the he feels the misconception about where he’s coming from is all too common. The circulation of his music has transcended geographical bounds, but Trizz is making his origin the emphasis on his upcoming album, Ashes N Dust.

I spoke with Trizz about why he’s so motivated to make his roots clear and how he’s going to project his personal experiences for listeners with the new album.

You’ve got Ashes N Dust dropping December 15th. You’ve got G Perico on there, Robb $tone, and it’s entirely produced by AC3 Beats. Your last solo project dropped in 2016. What’s been motivating you musically since the last release?
Basically, just the way the industry has changed so much. I’ve noticed that I have to basically pump out singles every other two weeks to keep up with, you know, what’s going on because I want to stay relevant. I didn’t want to drop full-length albums so what I focused on was videos and singles. This year I dropped 13 videos. That included features I was on and, you know, building my brand and my marketing, you know what I’m saying? All building up to this moment to drop my album so I’m building a major platform.

Yeah, whether we’re here for it or not, this is the rate the industry is moving at currently and everybody is racing to keep up. You either have to adjust or you're in the dust.
Yeah, for me man, I’m trying to adjust but not change myself because of this game, while still going major with it.

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A Brief Selection of Fall’s Exciting Hip-Hop Vinyl Reissues

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 9, 2017 02:07pm | Post a Comment

By doubleay

2017 has been a thrilling year for reissues, as many sought-after hip-hop classics have made a return to vinyl. Universal Media Enterprises has been running their Respect The Classics campaign, which has brought a ton of titles back to wax for the first time in years, while many other fundamental hip-hop classics have been reissued to celebrate the anniversaries of their original release dates. Beyond that, the increase in vinyl demand has allowed labels the capability of making decades-old iconic releases accessible to a new generation of consumers. With a plethora of exciting reissues hitting the shelves, here's a handful recent releases you ought to snatch up.

Mos Def, EcstaticMos Def - Ecstatic

Originally released with Downtown Records in 2009, Mos Def’s Ecstatic has been reissued for the first time with Universal Media Enterprises. After fairly underwhelming responses to his two prior albums and a decision to ease off acting, Mos Def returned to the studio for his fourth album. The project’s stellar track list included contributions from Slick Rick, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and Talib Kweli. Def Worked with producers Madlib, The Neptunes, Mr. Flash, and Oh No, to achieve a fusion of international sounds and American hip-hop production. Mos Def tackles global politics, love, and spirituality on the album, all themes that speak magnitudes in today’s political climate. The project went on to become one of his most critically acclaimed releases and fans have been awaiting its second coming.

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Mozzy Records’ "Baggage Claim" an Evident Reflection of Pure Love

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 22, 2017 08:10pm | Post a Comment

Mozzy Baggage ClaimBy doubleay

Sacramento’s Mozzy has one of the most flavorful vocabularies in contemporary rap music, but beyond that his knack for wordplay expands and redefines language itself. From sayings like “what It izery” to “bladadah,” Mozzy could publish an entire book of his colloquialisms and immensely quotable quips alone. Let’s call them Mozzyisms. One of the most imprinting Mozzyisms has to be his use of the words "pure love." As Mozzy continues to garner more national esteem outside Northern California, the saying is being used far more frequently. His incomparable work ethic and the sheer quality of his lyricism has artists and industry figures along the likes of author/media mogul Karen Civil and radio host of Sway in the Morning, Sway Calloway to MMG’s Wale and 300’s Tee Grizzley all riding for him. All of whom are giving him more and more reasons to express 'pure love.'

Before the industry attention and well deserved 320,000 Instagram followers, the ‘pure love’ was reserved for his devoted day-ones and most promising collaborators. When fame comes about some artists outgrow their roots, while others may see a change in the way they’re treated by their early peers. Mozzy RecordsBaggage Claim album simply defies both cases. As Mozzy progresses, he keeps his brothers right on track with him, knocking down doors and paving lanes for original Mozzy Records members and young, promising spitters he has co-signed. From the more prevalent seasoned members, E-Mozzy and Celly Ru, to the freshly co-signed acts like Fairfield’s Young Mezzy and Sacramento’s Shootergang and Baby Face Gunna, all featured on Baggage Claim, Mozzy’s love remains pure.
 

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