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Top 20 Hip-Hop Vinyl New Releases: Roc Marciano, Migos, DJ Woody, EPMD, J Dilla, Guru's Jazzmatazz, Del +AmpLive, Skyzoo +

Posted by Billyjam, June 13, 2018 03:58pm | Post a Comment

The trend of the past several years of new vinyl pressings overtaking new CDs been pressed up, in terms of favorable physical format, continues to grow each week with the number of hip-hop vinyl releases far outweighing that of CD releases each week in 2018. This top twenty list of hip-hop vinyl releases, in no particular order, includes new and recent vinyl pressings spanning the past several weeks up to the most recent date (6/8/18). As well as 12" albums these include some 7" releases such as UK mixed media producer / DJ Woody's Ear Wax 7" (Woodwurk),  Stro Elliot's Soul II Stro / The Egyptian Way (7")  (Street Corner Music) and  DJ Sausage Fingaz' battle DJ tool themed 1-2 Knockouts Vol. 1 (7") (Dinked Records). 

The full-length album on vinyl titles in this list of 20 releases include both new 2018 (and some 2017) albums finally getting vinyl versions, as well as a grip of older era hip-hop albums getting reissued on vinyl after been out of print for a long time. Examples of these include previous decade hip-hop releases from Mobb Deep starring Havoc and the late great Prodigy (inc. 1999's Murda Muzik as 2LP pictured above and their 2001 album Infamy 2LP both via Sony Legacy), Diamond & The Psychotic Neurotics' golden era classic Stunts, Blunts & Hip Hop 2LP (Music On Vinyl), and the power duo of EPMD whose landmark albums, their 1988 debut  Strictly Business 2LP and 1989's Unfinished Business 2LP both recently reissued as by Capitol). Another recent reissue on vinyl is GURU's Jazzmatazz Vol. 1 [Deluxe Edition] Vinyl 3LP.  This expanded new deluxe triple vinyl set, via Virgin, revisits the late great Gang Starr emcee's early nineties side jazz project  with Branford Marsalis and others, Jazzmatazz.

Top Ten Hip-Hop Albums (Video Version): Planet Asia, J Dilla, Saweeti, Philty Rich, Sami Baha, Del + AmpLive, XXXTentacion +

Posted by Billyjam, June 11, 2018 06:57pm | Post a Comment
Top Ten Hip-Hop Albums Chart [Video Version]


1: J Dilla Dilla's Mix The Instrumentals LP/vinyl also on CD (PayDay)

In the number slot of this new Top 20 hip-hop album releases chart (video version), that spans album releases from the several weeks, is both the CD and vinyl versions of the late J Dilla's album Ruff Draft: Dilla's Mix / aka Dilla's Mix The Instrumentals LP/vinyl also on CD (PayDay). The vinyl version arrived into Amoeba on Friday (June 8th) following the 2CD version that dropped a few weeks previously.  Over an hour in length the album is the latest reissue version of Dilla’s album that was originally released back in 2003 as a ten track EP (reportedly recorded within a week). Then four years later following his tragic death, it was reissued as a full length expanded 2CD remastered album as the 2007 release via Stones Throw that most are familiar with. For more background on this album and Dilla himself check out the wonderful video below: J Dilla: Ruff Draft Tribute video from the Ruff Draft release/tribute party in Toronto 2007 featuring interviews with Frank-N-Dank and J.Rocc.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Vic Mensa

Posted by Amoebite, February 5, 2018 06:51pm | Post a Comment

Vic Mensa What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Chicago rapper Vic Mensa visited Amoeba Hollywood recently and picked up records by some of his all-time favorites, including two legendary bands of the UK punk scene: the Sex Pistols and The Clash. "The energy captivated me as a kid," he said of the album Never Mind the Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols. Mensa pointed to The Clash as one of his favorite bands, saying, "I feel like The Clash is the punk band." Having picked up their Live At Shea Stadium LP he said, "the live version is gonna have all of this fresh musicality that I haven't heard before."

Vic Mensa, born Victor Kwesi Mensah, began his career in the indie band Kids These Days before releasing his debut mixtape, Innanetape, in 2013. Featuring appearances by Chance the Rapper, Vic Mensa The Autobiography Ab-Soul, Rockie Fresh, and BJ the Chicago Kid, the mixtape was universally acclaimed. Not long after, Mensa signed up to support J. Cole and Wale on the What Dreams May Come Tour. He was included in XXL's Freshman Class of 2014, winning over new fans with the release of "Down on My Luck," the first single from his debut EP, Street Lights.

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Top Ten Posthumous Releases of 2017

Posted by Billyjam, December 19, 2017 11:45pm | Post a Comment


10: The upcoming year-end December 23rd 2017 release of King Capital is the most anticipated of
the year among Pro Era hip-hop fans. Avid followers of the Brooklyn hip-hop collective's late founder, who committed suicide half a decade ago while still in his teens, have been patiently awaiting Capital STEEZ's posthumous debut studio album since the Brooklyn artist born Courtney Jamal Dewar, Jr.'s tragic 2012 self-inflicted death seven months before his 20th birthday. And now thanks to such friends as Joey Bada$$, who announced the release during the third annual STEEZ Day Festival, the late artist's long overdue album is finally going to drop.


9: Easystreet
Into The Stars (no label). A little over exactly one year ago the Bay Area underground arts/music scene suffered a devastating blow with the deadly fire at Oakland’s Ghost Ship warehouse that took the lives of 36 people: most local artists who died from smoke inhalation. These included Chelsea Faith Dolan (aka KALX DJ and Not Not Fun record label artist Cherushii) and Travis Hough, aka the electronic dance duo of Velvet Chang and Michael Blitzen, whom together made up the Italodisco act Easystreet. Since the December 2016 deadly inferno, good friend and frequent music collaborator of Dolan and Hough’s, Eric Bateman painstakingly produced the posthumous seven song Easystreet mini LP Into The Stars. This he meticulously did by culling various digital media sound file components uncovered in the two late artists’ archives of demos, rough takes, and live concert recordings. Additionally for the duo’s unfinished piano balled “Places (I Will Never Go),” Bateman assembled about a dozen singing friends of the artists who, dubbing themselves the “Easystreet Choir,” held a successful recording session at Berkeley’s Fantasy Studios. That session completed Bateman’s posthumous production of Easystreet’s Into The Stars which was released last month as a lovingly made, albeit very underground, release with no label and only 100 copies pressed up.

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Amoeba San Francisco Platinum Anniversary Celebrated Via 20 Years of Hip-Hop Albums 1997-2017: from Company Flow to Wiki

Posted by Billyjam, November 18, 2017 04:23pm | Post a Comment

As you likely already know today is part-two of the two-day 20 year (Platinum) anniversary celebration of Amoeba San Francisco that opened back in November 1997. In-store happenings at the historic SF Haight-Ashbury District location, that formerly housed a bowling alley, include music spinning from DJs with Amoeba SF roots: J Boogie, DJ Rascue, DocFu, and Mike Bee and the Platinum party going strong
til 8pm this evening.  Full details on Amoeba SF Platinum Anniversary Celebration. In celebration of Amoeba SF's 20 years of  providing bottomless crates for DJs and hip-hop fans to dig from, below is a quick look back at select hip-hop album releases from the twenty years that Amoeba San Francisco has been open. Sure it’s a subjective list culled from the countless great albums released over these past two decades. But it is also a reminder of how quickly the time has flown since Amoeba Music opened on Haight Street back in November 1997. Note that the Hollywood store opened a few years later in November 2001 and that the Amoeba Music Berkeley store (the original) had already been open for seven years at this point. The photo above is from seven years ago, November 2010, during the 20 year anniversary celebration of Amoeba Berkeley. It pictures two of that day’s performers: former Amoeba employee and Anticon hero Adam "DoseoneDrucker along with Pam The Funkstress of The Coup. As posted on the Amoeblog two days ago the longtime Bay Area DJ, also known as Purple Pam, is currently in hospital and battling for her life. As of time of publishing this story on Saturday afternoon, no further updates on Pam’s health had been issued but once they have will be posted here on the Amoeblog. [UPDATE EDIT on Saturday Nov 18th a little after 7pm (Pacific time) good news posted on social media regarding Pam's status, stating that "she had a successful surgery and is on her way to recovery" and that she and her family, "want to thank everyone for their prayers and concern."]
Meantime below are 20 hip-hop albums from the past 20 years of Amoeba SF's existence at 1855 Haight St, San Francisco, California 94117 

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