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Hip-Hop Talent Lending Itself to Oakland Mayoral Candidate Cat Brooks’ Campaign Part of 2018 Reactionary Political Movement

Posted by Billyjam, September 18, 2018 03:10pm | Post a Comment

Ras Ceylon, Alia Sharrief and Kev Choice, who are among the Bay Area hip-hop artists lending their talents to Oakland Mayoral candidate Cat Brooks’ campaign, including tonight’s fundraiser at downtown Oakland’s SoleSpace at 1714 Telegraph, are further evidence of the reactionary positive byproduct of America in 2018 under 45. In the latter years of the Obama era, Democrat leaning voters became so comfortably complacent that the majority of them didn’t even bother to participate in the 2014 midterm Senate elections. That complacency and non participation resulted in the GOP gaining the upper hand and setting the stage for what was to come; the current regressive reality of America under the Orange administration.

But that radical shift in the national political climate was the smack in the face needed to wake and motivate many into action. One particular noticeable result of this new reality has been the significant increase in more grassroots involvement in the political process with more community grounded representatives entering the political arena; many continuing Bernie Sanders' political beliefs and many repping previously underrepresented groups.

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Music of the Spheres: A Magical Night of Music, Feasting & Social Good, April 28

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 6, 2017 05:27pm | Post a Comment

Music of the Speheres

Kev Choice
Kev Choice
Zion I
Zion I

Join Stellium, HipHopForChange, and Amoeba Music on Friday, April 28th at San Francisco's Grace Cathedral for Music of the Spheres: a magical night of music, feasting, and social good. This one-of-a-kind event will raise funds to benefit the fight against human trafficking and features special musical guests such as Kev Choice, Zion I, JEL of ANTICON, Foxtails Brigade, and many more, all accompanied by a youth ensemble featuring students from Oakland School for the Arts! Plus, Marvel Comics' Stan Lee will premiere a video and poem for his organization Hands of Respect.

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HipHopForChange Celebrates 3 Successful Years Of Utilizing Hip-Hop As Tool of Empowerment

Posted by Billyjam, April 2, 2016 04:42pm | Post a Comment


Bucking hip-hop's dominant negative image as fictionalized one-dimensional music merely celebrating materialism and misogyny, HipHopForChange refreshingly reminds us that hip-hop is a deep meaningful culture with a history rooted in positivity and empowerment. "The mainstream music industry sells sexism, drug abuse, homophobia, materialism, and gang violence as if these problems represent the cornerstones of hip hop culture" is how HipHopForChange articulates it on their website. Through their website and workshops for youth and recording studio and visible representation at various community events, HipHopForChange has been consistently educating and entertaining (edutaining) for three dedicated years in the Bay Area. Tonight at The Uptown in celebration, HipHopForChange will present a Bay Area hip-hop showcase with sets from Opio, BPos, Kev Choice, 2nd Floor Samurais, and DJ Ren the Vinyl Archeaologist. $10 8pm. Info

Odds are if you've gone out to hip-hop shows in the Bay Area over the past three years you'll have noticed the name HipHopForChange associated with many of them, especially conscious hip-hop.  The non-profit Oakland based organization believes in presenting a platform for hip-hop artists with empowering social justice messages.

More significantly HipHopForChange also goes out to schools around the Bay Area  to present and produce workshops and classes for youth. These interactive workshops introduce these kids to hip-hop culture and its deep history. They also demonstrate how hip-hop interacts with issues of social justice. These much needed workshops have traveled to high schools all over including in Bayview/Hunters Point, El Cerrito, and West Oakland.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up: Video Version featuring MC Lyte & Common, Apollo Brown & Ras Kass, Kilz, Bobby Brackins, Zion I feat Sadat X etc.

Posted by Billyjam, October 24, 2014 07:20pm | Post a Comment

Zion I "Get Urs" (2014)
 

Above is the first of five videos in this all-video version of the weekly hip-hop rap up: "Get Urs" by Zion I and featuring an all star line up of guests including Mr. Lif, Kev Choice, Deuce Eclipse, Opio, and Sadat X. It is the brand new music video, published earlier this month, from the hard working Bay Area based duo of Zion I who, although constantly touring and recording, still find time to produce the annual Hella Fresh Fest that is happening this year at The Metro in Oakland on Halloween night. See the full Amoeblog preview here. Also just recently posted is a DL of the Vibe SquaD remix of the new Zion I song "Fresh," available here.
 

                                     MC Lyte "Dear John (feat. Common & 10Beats)" (2014)
 
 
Another brand new video is the latest from legendary golden era hop-hop female emcee MC Lyte who we havent heard from (album wise) in a minute. Her new track is entitled “Dear John” and features a guest spot from non other than fellow legend Common (make sure you peep his What's In My Bag? post from this week). Like so much of Lyte's work, this track and video has a message. In addition to being the first single from MC Lyte’s forthcoming album - her first studio album in 11 years that will drop in 2015 - "Dear John" is the anthem for #EducateOURMen, which is the signature scholarship initiative of MC Lyte's Hip Hop Sisters Foundation. To date, the foundation has presented two $100,000 university scholarships during the Soul Train Music Awards Red Carpet Pre-Show each year since the organization's founding. Russell Simmons, Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Faith Evans are some of the celebrities who've shown support to date.
 

Apollo Brown & Ras Kass "Humble Pi" (2014)
 
The above video is a nice preview of power duo Apollo Brown and Ras Kass - the teaming of Detroit producer with the West Coast rap legend - from the pair's collaborative album Blasphemy that will be dropping next week via Mello Music Group (that's the CD version - the vinyl will drop a couple of weeks later on November 11th). Mello Music, who have an impeccable track record, promise that the album will deliver the duo's undeniable synergy and that "their sacred writ is the same, their blasphemy for those who want to think as they nod to the rhythm. When Ras Kass crucifies supposed facts over Apollo’s beats, it’s clear he is the West Coast’s preeminent philosopher. When Apollo’s blaring suites soothe your soul, it’s an ontological fact that he ranks among the best producers in the game. With Blasphemy, the duo has delivered the truth."
 

Kilz - "Conceited (feat. Luke-O & Pyrex Pre$$)" (2014)
 
Above is the brand new video from Southwest PA producer and sometime rapper Kilz for his track "Conceited" that features guest spots from his Moola Gang Ca$h Cow$ cohorts Luke-O and Pyrex Pre$$ as they all take video viewers on a tour of Fayette County. The new underground video follows hot on the heels of the artist's popular Krak Kilz mixtape that is aptly described as "a dark, dingy, drug dealer's dream" lyrically while sonically (all production by Kilz) ranges in styles from traphouse to chilled out relax beats made for smoking weed to. Kilz has recently released a string of diverse sounding singles including "Have Some Fun" that features Mac Miller's REMember Music signees The Come Up.


AMOEBA MUSIC HIP-HOP WEEKLY ROUND UP: 08:21:09

Posted by Billyjam, August 21, 2009 06:26pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music San Francisco Hip-Hop Top Six: 08:21:09 (c/o Luis)
Gas Mask Colony
1) Gas Mask Colony Genuine Masters of Ceremony (Gurp City)

2) The Boy Boy Young Mess Prices On My Head Vol. 2 (Click Clack Records)

3) J-Billion The Beautiful Loser (Risky Bizness Productions)

4) Kaz-Well FIsh Outta Water (Tape Vault Records)

5) Heliocentrics Fallen Angels (Now Again)

6) Slaughterhouse self-titled (E1 Entertainment)

As my man Luis @ Amoeba Music San Francisco points out in his quick run-down of the new hip-hop top six CDs of the week, two thirds are Bay Area homegrown releases, proving the Bay (and SF in particular these days) is in a most healthy and prolific state of rap creativity. In the number one chart position is Gurp City's own Gas Mask Colony with the brand new full-length Genuine Masters of Ceremony. Also repping the Bay is Messy Marv under his alias The Boy Boy Young Mess and his second installment in the mixtape series Prices On My Head (The Money On Yo Family) Vol 2 with an impressive lineup that includes guests Lil Wayne, Gucci Mane, Young Jeezy & Lil Webbie. Meantime, SF rap artist Kaz-Well -- self described “hip-hop geek" -- has a nice retro hip-hop feel to his brand new CD Fish Outta Water which, note, is titled exactly the same as the new release from SoCal hip-hopper Chali 2na. Great minds think alike, I guess.

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