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Hip-Hop Rap-Up: Top 5 Chart, Killer Mike's Political Career Postponed, New Oakland Party "Wax Poetic"

Posted by Billyjam, June 20, 2015 08:14pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top 5 Chart: Week End 06:19:15


1) Run The Jewels Run The Jewels 2  (LP) (Mass Appeal)

2) Czarface Every Hero Needs A Villain (also in LP) Brick Records)

3) Kendrick Lamar To Pimp A Butterfly (Aftermath)

4) Slum Village Yes! (also in LP) (Nestra Music Group)

5) A$AP Rocky  At.Long.Last.A$AP (RCA)


Thanks to Daniel at the Amoeba Hollywood store for the current week's top five hip-hop album chart (CD and vinyl) that includes the brand new anticipated releases from A$AP Rocky (At.Long.Last.A$AP), and the second comic book-inspired Inspectah Deck and 7L & Esoteric project Czarface's new Every Hero Needs A Villain, which features the sick lead single "Ka-Bang!" with MF DOOM and "The Great" (see new music video below). Also under new hip-hop releases is the just released eighth studio album from late J Dilla's group Slum Village. Entitled Yes!' and available in both CD and LP, this recommended guest-heavy album from the Detroit group features such collaborators as De La Soul and Phife Dawg. The latest hip-hop top five chart also includes two not-so-new albums that are still in demand at Amoeba Hollywood. These are Kendrick Lamar's much heralded album To Pimp A Butterfly that's been out since March and Run The Jewels' Run The Jewels 2  that first arrived in Amoeba back in November, when El-P and Killer Mike dropped their long awaited second collaborative full-length. It's timely too that Run The Jewels 2 is back in the number one slot since one of its creators has been in the news this past week due to his near official entry into politics. 
 
It almost happened! For a minute it looked like Killer Mike might land a job in political office in Georgia’s House of Representatives. Anyone who has read his excellent op-eds or who has heard him speak, including on Real Time with Bill Maher, knows he would have been a refreshingly welcome voice in political office. Exactly what Killer Mike had in his sights was the state rep for Atlanta’s District 55. Guilty of tax, wire, and mail fraud charges, the disgraced and resigned Tyrone Brooks was vacating his seat in a hurry, so Mike saw it and thought to himself, why not go for it. He Instagrammed about it before the June 16th deadline but then afterwards posted a follow up to say he found out that is ineligible for this year's election. He said that he does plan to run for office in the future. He will do it too, I bet, and he is so made for the job. Always informed and engaging on current topics including all angels on race in America, education, the prison complex, militant cops, and the politics behind it all, he's got a good handle on the most important things in need of vital change in America today. I wonder if he had actually landed the political office, would he have found himself getting frustrated with the political system itself? And what about Run The Jewels and his music career?  Hopefully he would become a hip-hop politician by continuing his hip-hop career while assuming his political role.  Meantime, for a refresher on how Killer Mike really feels about Ronald Reagan as president, check out the animated music video for the R.A.P. Music (also avail in vinyl) track "Reagan" off his amazing solo release via Williams Street from 2012.


Amoebapalooza Berkeley, January 15

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 24, 2014 01:43pm | Post a Comment

Amoebapalooza is Amoeba Music's annual tradition of musical mayhem featuring bands comprised of Amoeba employees & friends. Join the employees of Amoeba Berkeley for the East Bay edition of Amoebapalooza on Thursday, January 15! The festivities will be held upstairs at Legionnaire Saloon in Oakland from 9pm to close.

Amoebapalooza is always free, always open to the public, and always awesome. Featuring Amoeba staff-helmed bands Decapitata, Chymical Nvptials, The 801, Bandulu, plus stand-up comedy from Keith Swiggart, and DJs too.
 

Foreign Legion's Prozack Turner on His New Oakland Bar, The Legionnaire Saloon

Posted by Billyjam, August 6, 2013 05:30pm | Post a Comment

Zack Turner 
talks to the Amoeblog about his new Oakland bar The Legionnaire Saloon

With a name that triggers in your mind the name of his hip-hop group (Foreign Legion) and a storefront design that makes you think it's an Irish pub that's been there for years - Zack Turner's recently opened The Legionnaire Saloon on Telegraph Ave. between 23rd and Grand, also has the feel of a bar that's been there for years. However this latest Oakland music bar/club only opened at the start of March this year, in the space formerly occupied by gay bar Club Paradiso, but since then has taken off big time and established itself as an important component of the vibrant Uptown District nightlife scene of Oakland with entertainment (with a lot of love for the DJ including hosting The 45 Sessions) ranging from hip-hop to rock, comedy to burlesque, and (yes) even Irish traditional music nights.

The Legionnaire Saloon is the lifelong dream of Zack Turner (AKA talented hip-hop emcee Prozack Turner) the former co-owner of Oakland's Layover bar/club and member of longtime Bay Area hip-hop act Foreign Legion. In fact a few weeks ago he and Foreign Legion partner in rhyme Marc Stretch, along with current DJ Tim Diesel, performed upstairs at the venue during the premiere presentation of the monthly Blunt Club Oakland. Even though Zack and his wife just had their first born (a baby boy named Cassius) about a week earlier (Marc Stretch became a new dad a week later) Zack was full of energy and seemed like the happiest man on the planet or at least in the room. At the end of the above interview video is a short clip of Foreign Legion that night doing their 2002 single "Happy Drunk" which, with its references to drinking and partying in Oakland, seemed it was prematurely written as the theme song for Turner's new bar.  

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 07.12.13: Jay Z, Myron & E, Billy Woods, Opio & Equipto, Kanye West, + more

Posted by Billyjam, July 13, 2013 01:40pm | Post a Comment
     


Amoeba Music Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five Chart: Week ending July 12, 2013


1) Jay-Z Magna Carta Holy Grail (Def Jam)

2) Kanye West Yeezus (Def Jam)

3) Myron & E Broadway (Stones Throw)

4) Opio & Equipto Red X Tapes (Solidarity)

5) Quasimoto Yessir, Whatever (Stones Throw)

Thanks for the above top five chart and accompanying video run-down of all the latest hip-hop releases to E-Lit at Amoeba Music Berkeley who has already chosen his favorite album of the year so far:  Billy Woods' new collaborative project with producer Blockhead Dour Candy that dropped a week ago and features guest spots by Aesop Rock, Moka Only, Open Mike Eagle, and Elucid. In the new hip-hop videos below is the new Billy Woods/Blockhead album track "Cuito Cuanavalenavale." Check it out for a nice taste of the album.  Other videos below of music referenced by E-Lit include Opio and Equipto live at the Ruby Room in San Diego earlier this year doing something off the Bay Area pair's 2011 collaborative effort Red X Tapes on Solidarity. Also featured in the videos below is "On Broadway" by Northern Cali based duo Myron & E recorded live at Bedrock Studios in Echo Park, CA in which they were backed by a full band with brass and strings. Myron & E, whose new Stones Throw album Broadway  is available from Amoeba, play The Legionnaire Saloon in Oakland tonight (the new Oakland club, on Telegraph at 23rd, to be profiled on the Amoeblog next week).  Also below is the audio only video for Jay-Z's controversial new single -  "SOMEWHEREINAMERICA" in which he famously disses Miley Cyrus' recent twerking escapades - taken from the famous rappers brand new album, and number chart entry at Amoeba,  Magna Carta Holy Grail on Def Jam. Elsewhere on the new album in the track "Heaven" Jay Z addresses the rampant Illuminati accusations thrown at him over the past several years. Jay-Z's response is that the accusations were manufactured by those who refuse to believe that black people can be as successful as whites in America and hence deemed to be part of some secret society.

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