Bay Area Freshmen 10 Class of 2012 Announced

Posted by Billyjam, June 13, 2012 05:56pm | Post a Comment
The results of the Bay Area Freshmen 10 Class of 2012 have just been announced following a tough decision by the judges (a panel of 50 Bay Area journalists, DJs, & tastemakers of which I was one of) who had to carefully wade through & evaluate from a grip of very talented up-and-coming hip-hop artists from the greater Bay Area.

As reported here last month the annual Bay Area contest, that is overseen by and DJ Amen of KMEL, may only be a few years young but already it has blossomed into a prestigious event to be associated with.  Previous Freshmen 10 have included Kreayshawn, Roach Gigz, Moe Green, and DaVinci.

And now (drum-roll) we can add to that list the brand new Freshmen 10 class of 2012 list that includes, in no particular order and with both the city in the Bay they represent (in brackets after their name) + the blue highlight over their name linking to their Twitter page so you can read.hear more on them): Kool John (Richmond), A-1 (San Francisco), Shady Blaze (Oakland), HBK Skipper (Richmond), HD (of Bearfaced) (Oakland), Priceless Da Roc (San Francisco), AkaFrank (Richmond), G-Mo Skee (Richmond), Smoovie Baby (Fairfield), and Hopie (San Francisco) - the female emcee formerly known as Hopie Spits Hard that was written about here on the Amoeblog about a year ago.

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Hopie's "Raw Gems" Record Release Party & Concert At 330 Ritch, Sept 15th, To Showcase Talents of This Gifted Bay Area Femcee & Other Bay Area Female Artists

Posted by Billyjam, September 14, 2011 11:43pm | Post a Comment
Bay Area female emcee Hopie may not yet be a household name but that could all soon change once the hip-hopper's brand new self-released album Raw Gems, which with production by 6Fingers captures the artist at her best and in some excellent company (guest  spots from  MURS, Del the Funky Homosapien, LuckyIAm, Moe Green, Psalm One, Josie Stingray, and Donwill) makes its way out into the hip-hop sphere and hip-hop fans catch up on this San Francisco secret. The new album, which dropped this week, is the third full-length album from the artist who until very recently went by the rap name Hopie Spitshard and who was also known as simply Hopie Spitta. Tomorrow night (Thursday September 15th) the Manila, Philippines born and Daly City, San Francisco raised artist will be throwing a big record release party / hip-hop showcase at 330 Ritch for which she'll be joined by an array of local talents  including DJ Snayk Eyez, La Femme Deadly Venoms, Rocky Rivera, and Hard Candy

A lot of good things, it seems, have happened in this artist's life of late; on both a personal and an artistic level. In her personal life Hopie, who many of her diehard fans feared had dropped out of the hip-hop game for good since they hadn't heard much from her for a few years, had taken a couple years off to focus on law school which she graduated from last year. Since then the tireless woman has kept busy working in the studio on both Dulce Vita, which dropped earlier this year, and on the brand new Raw Gems

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