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A Changed Man, Longtime SF Rapper Playa P Emerged From 10 Year Prison Sentence With Goal Of Finally Recording His Solo Debut

Posted by Billyjam, July 28, 2017 11:29am | Post a Comment

Last August, after serving the final day of a ten year prison sentence on a Federal case for serious drugs and weapons charges, veteran Fillmore San Francisco rapper Playa P walked out the gates of an Arizona penitentiary. Finally he was a free man! With sixteen months shaved off his ten year sentence (for
outstandingly good behavior) the artist born Paris Moffett, who was clearly a changed man, had served 8 years and 8 months of his life behind the bars of various Federal penitentiary facilities. And he vowed that he was never going back to prison and, more importantly, the life that landed him inside.  Gone forever are those "activities on the street" as he euphemistically now refers back to his once routine lifetime of slanging drugs, dodging the po-po, and side-stepping his many street rivals as he protected his turf. It was also a life in which he saw his brother shot and killed on the street. That was back in 2002 and was among those life-altering incidents that helped snap his brain to mentally rise above and envision an alternative way of living, and making a living.

"Locked up I had a lot of time to think, to reevaluate my whole life, the meaning of family, of God, and of course music. That was the thing that kept me going," he said one sunny recent day eleven months since his release. "The very first thing I did after been released was to see my family: hug my kids, my girl, my mom and my dad. And then I made a song: "Real Recognize Game." I had to do it right away. Upon release I was in the halfway house but I recorded the song and video in the free time I had," stated Playa P of the video that appears down below. The artist credits rap and hip-hop, along with God, for "help saving my life." Busy writing and recording such other as upcoming album tracks as "Money Never Sleeping" and "Respect My Mind," he has been busy catching up and reconnecting with old rap friends and offering to do shows wherever/whenever he can. These have included such shared bills as concert dates with San Quinn (last month), J.Stalin (last week), and Mac Mall (next month - see flyer above with Mall reppin' his late great old friend Mac Dre's legacy).

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with clipping.

Posted by Amoebite, March 13, 2017 06:34pm | Post a Comment

clipping. What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Looking for obscure classical, musique concrète, hip hop, noise, and film score recommendations? Luckily experimental hip hop trio clipping. stopped by Amoeba Hollywood and scoured the store for some pretty esoteric finds, including Dakota Hogback's Vicarious Sadism and Jean Schwarz's Erda / Suite N.

"The unusually experimental section of Amoeba Berkeley is the source of most of my music taste growing up," says William Hutson, adding, "underneath the experimental section, there's an experimental clearance section, which often has fantastic little gems or a weird CD-R." Hutson, along with fellow collaborators Jonathan Snipes and Daveed Diggs, had plenty of records to show us, most of which were off the beaten path.

clipping. Splendor & Misery Amoba Music The Los Angeles-based group consists of producers William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes plus rapper Daveed Diggs. In 2009, Hutson and Snipes began collaborating on power electronics and noise remixes of mainstream rap artists for fun. The trio became a serious project when Diggs joined a year later, writing his own verses for the tracks. They self-released a debut album, Midcity, in 2013. Although somewhat under the radar, the album attracted attention from Sub Pop, who signed the trio for their second album, CLPPNG.

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The Best Albums of 2016

Posted by Amoebite, December 19, 2016 03:01pm | Post a Comment

Best of 2016

With the holiday season fast approaching and 2016 drawing to an end, we decided to take a look back at some of our favorite releases for the year. Staff from all three of our stores --  in Hollywood, San Francisco, and Berkeley -- shared their picks for the year's best music and movies and told us a little about what made them so awesome. So hop in the Amoeba sleigh with us, won't you, as we go on a magical holiday journey through the early months of 2016 till now, adventuring from world music to rock 'n' roll and everything in between, savoring the most memorable works from some of our most beloved artists. (It might even give you a few swell ideas for record-shaped stocking stuffers.) 

Best of 2016 - rock

Anohni Hopelessness

ANOHNI - Hopelessness

I have been a fan of Anohni (formerly known as Antony & the Johnsons) for a long time now. She has another one of those distinctive voices that there is no confusing for someone else. Another great album produced by the amazing ANOHNI. The words in the songs are so full of emotion and power it is almost too much to handle sometimes. This album somehow feels like it is in the future. The songs are very set in the present. But the music really takes me to the future. Or at least makes me feel like we will be OK as long as we have ANOHNI to help guide us through the uncertain future. - Brad, Hollywood

Hip-Hop Rap Up: Top 5 Charts, Music Videos, A Tribe Called Quest, KRS-One, 2Pac, Dinco D, DuBBle-OO, Baby Bash, Lex The Hex Master

Posted by Billyjam, November 15, 2016 07:23pm | Post a Comment
Top 5 New Hip-Hop Albums (New CDs + Vinyl Reissues)


1: Baby Bash  Don't Panic It's Organic (Bashtown Records)

2: Lex The Hex Master Contact (Majik Ninja)

3: DuBBle-OO Next Level (Space Age Entertainment)  

4: 2Pac 2Pacalypse Now 2LP (Interscope Records)

5: The Roots Illadelph Halflife 2LP (Geffen)

 
                [NOTE: Amoeba SHIPS FREE anywhere  in USA]



Top Five Upcoming Nov 18th Hip-Hop [Pre-Order] Releases


1: A Tribe Called Quest We Got It From Here, Thank You for Your Service (Epic Records)

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Thizz Nation Reissues Mac Dre’s "Ronald Dregan - Dreganomics" and "Genie of the Lamp"

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 27, 2016 03:29pm | Post a Comment

Mac Dre, Dreganomics-- By doubleay

Two LP’s from the deceased Bay Area rap pioneer, Mac Dre, receive vinyl reissues.

A list of famed Bay Area hip-hop acts typically includes artists along the lines of E-40, B-Legit, Too $hort, or MC Hammer. While renowned for the success of their music careers, none of them have inspired and influenced hip-hop in the way Vallejo’s Mac Dre has. Born in 1970, Mac Dre established himself among California rap phenomena like Tupac Shakur, NWA, Warren G, and the aforementioned Bay Area veterans in the early '90s. The unique sound, style, and story-telling heard in his music met with his prison-taught business savvy, led him to conquer the Bay Area rap scene, but it was his unapologetic dedication to remain true to himself that propelled him to establish himself beyond.

Mac Dre - “California Livin’” (1993)

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