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Top 10 Hip-Hop LPs: Marvel variants LL Cool J, GZA & 50 Cent, Lndn Drgs, Busdriver, Eminem, Ghostface Killah, Damu, Cardi B, Illa J

Posted by Billyjam, December 8, 2018 01:36pm | Post a Comment

#01 Lndn Drugs (Jay Worthy & Sean House) Aktive LP (also on CD) (GDF Records)

Just a glimpse at the album art of Aktive LP (released on CD two months ago and now finally on vinyl) triggers one’s hip-hop brain to think of the LBC and SoCal G-Funk era for good reason. The album artwork is done by Joe Cool who is the very same artist who painted Snoop Doggy Dogg's classic 1993 debut Doggystyle LP (also on CD) album cover while Lndn Drgs two members, rapper Jay Worthy from Compton and producer Sean House from Vancouver, pay homage to the era but in an updated modern fashion even including among their album’s well chosen guests is South Central Jheri-curled emcee talent G Perico (on the tracks "Uza Trikk" and "La Quinta") whose image and dope mic style is a direct link back to that of  Compton pioneer DJ Quik. Also note that last year G Perico and Jay Worthy along with Dallas producer Cardo formed the G-Funk flavored collaborative group G-Worthy.

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#LPofDay The Beastie Boys' landmark debut "Licensed To Ill" LP Stands The Test of Time, Exactly 32 Years Later

Posted by Billyjam, November 15, 2018 04:58pm | Post a Comment
The Beastie Boys Licensed To Ill LP (Def Jam) (also on CD)

#LPofDay  The LP pick of the day today is the three-plus decade throwback, mid eighties debut album from The Beastie Boys,  Licensed To Ill (Def Jam/Columbia). Released exactly 32 years ago to the day (Nov 15, 1986) the landmark album by the young trio was reissued in 180 gram vinyl two years ago as the (still available vinyl)  Licensed To Ill: 30 Year Anniversary LP that's also on CD. In honor of its anniversary, a re-listen earlier today to this 45 minute, 13 track (inc. 7 singles), Rick Rubin produced, rock/rap hybrid by the former NYC punkers provided these ears ample proof that Licensed To Ill  has aged well. The album truly stands the test of time even if its three main makers (MCAAd Rock and the late Mike D) have since somewhat distanced themselves from it, citing instead their critically acclaimed 1989 sophomore album release, Paul’s Boutique LP, that they had more production and overall creative involvement in, as a project that they're more proud of.

Demand for New Hip-Hop Enamel Pin Series That Includes Mac Dre, MF Doom, Lil Kim, Ice Cube, 2Pac, Busta, Biggie and Mos Def

Posted by Billyjam, October 18, 2017 10:29am | Post a Comment

Since the pic above, showing a sampling of just some of the selection of really cool new hip-hop themed enamel pins, recently got posted to Amoeba Music’s Instagram the response has been overwhelmingly enthusiastic. Rap/hip-hop fans of such artists as Ice Cube, MF Doom, Mac Dre, Eminem, 2Pac, Rakim, Mos Def, Biggie, Chance The Rapper, LL Cool J, Nate Dogg, Biz Markie, Lil' Kim and Shock G have been drawn to these "must-have" hip-hop fashion accessories not just because they feature their favorite artists. But for other reasons too including that these are quality made pins that come attached to a printed backing card that many collectors are scooping up and keeping unopened in their original packaging. Others, who see them at Amoeba Music, are snapping up these fashionable stylish pins since they are unlike the traditional same old, one dimensional metal pin-on buttons of a bygone era. In addition to hip-hop artists, the series also includes R&B/soul icons such as Aaliyah and Erykah Badu, in addition to icons from other music genres plus lots of movie and cultural icons: all found here.

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Hip-Hop History Tuesdays: 1985 LL Cool J & Cut Creator Goes To Maine To Explain Hip-Hop, Rapping and Scratching

Posted by Billyjam, December 29, 2015 02:43pm | Post a Comment

LL Cool J and his DJ Cut Creator school the young Maine audience in hip-hop (June 1985)

"I'm from New York City. I have a house in Brooklyn. I live in Queens. And I got my man Cut Creator; he lives in Manhattan," LL Cool J tells the unlikely audience at one of his early shows on June 21st, 1985. This week's Amoeblog Hip-Hop History Tuesdays rewinds back three full decades to an unlikely locale for hip-hop history -- a small college hall in Waterville, Maine. There at an all ages show the less-than-full auditorium crowd was made up of mostly young school age kids with seemingly little or no familiarity with the still young genre of hip-hop (although I bet that this show changed the musical tastes of many of those in attendance.). It was at that Maine town's Colby College that a most articulate 17-year-old LL Cool J, along with his DJ Cut Creator, brought the gospel of hip-hop to a seemingly unschooled audience. This LL did in a perfectly balanced concert meets lecture session - covering scratching and beatboxing, as well as rapping. It's important to note that at this time, it would still  be years before YO! MTV Raps would bring the Bronx-born music and culture of hip-hop directly into households across the nation.

Not only was hip-hop new to the much world at this stage in time but so too was the future superstar hip-hop artist (and actor) whose name stood for Ladies Love Cool James.  Back in the early summer of 1985 the only record by LL Cool J was his debut single "I Need A Beat."  That Def Jam rap single may have been a hit for the new rapper but, judging by the lackluster reaction of the crowd when he and his DJ performed it, most at this Maine show were unfamiliar with it and its maker.  It would be another five months before the talented teen from Queens, NY would release his huge hit debut album Radio that last month celebrated its 30 year anniversary (Radio available in LP format). But regardless of how unknown he may have been to this audience or how little most seemed to know about hip-hop, nothing deterred LL Cool J.  Young but a true professional, he meticulously broke down and explained all the components of hip-hop in a easy to follow method that was bound to make his audience curious to seek out more. And as such I think this is one of the greatest hip-hop videos from this time period.  I only recently learned of this clip when a friend of the son of concert organizer/producer Mike Starr forwarded it to me via WFMU. She did so to inform me that Starr, who went by the radio DJ name of DJ Time Bomb, had just died (Rest In peace). Reportedly the late Maine DJ/promoter had organized LL to travel to the college to perform and had paid him $500 for the show.  But because LL would be the only only rap act on the bill, the artist was concerned it would a be short performance. So Starr shrewdly suggested he use the opportunity to educate the audience in the elements of hip-hop; particularly scratching, and beatboxing in addition to rapping. This he ably did and more;  even leaving the young impressionable minds with the message of don't do drugs and stay in school! Below is the Krush Groove clip featuring LL Cool J's "I Can't Live Without My Radio" found on both the Krush Groove soundtrack and on LL Cool J's  album Radio.

Gift Ideas for Hip Hop Heads

Posted by Amoebite, December 2, 2014 02:01pm | Post a Comment

gift ideas for hip hop heads

Here is our list of gift ideas culled from recent Hip Hop releases (with a few classics thrown in), plus 10 Hip Hop vinyl reissues from 2014 every fan should have.

Diabolic

Diabolic - Fightin' Words

Fightin' Words is a long delayed release from East Coast rapper Diabolic which has been in the works for four years. Originally intended to come out on Viper Records, the album instead got released via the recently founded WarHorse Records. Mic collaborators include such hard hitters as Vinnie Paz, Apathy, and R.A. the Rugged Man, while production is handled in most part by DJ Premier.

Buy CD | LP.

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib Pinata 

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