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Concert Videos Salute To 15 Years Of Mezzanine: Latest SF Club To Fall “Victim To Corporate Greed & Commercial Development”

Posted by Billyjam, November 20, 2018 07:04pm | Post a Comment

Beloved Downtown San Francisco dance/concert club Mezzanine, a staple of the City’s nightlife for the past 15 years, today shared the bad news that it is being forced to close its doors due to its landlord refusing to renew their lease which ends in ten months in October 2019. “I was disappointed that the owners of the building didn’t give me an opportunity to renegotiate a new lease,” said Mezzanine owner Deborah Jackman in a prepared statement.

An independent business with 35+ employees, Mezzanine had the distinction of being the largest female owned music venue in San Francisco with an in-house all female talent buying team. With a passion for quality beat-driven artists from all genres, since 2003 the venue has hosted an endless list of talented performers (local, national and international) that have included DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist, Run The Jewels, Mos Def, Giorgio Moroder, De La Soul, DJ Q-bert solo and with Invisibl Skratch Piklz, DJ AM (RIP), Kool Keith, Ghostface Killah, Jimmy CliffDJ ZephAzeem, Katy Perry, Florence + The Machine, Lady Gaga, A-Trak, Afrolicious, Psychic TV, Doc Martin, The Pack, The Glitch Mob, LCD Soundsystem Equipto & Z-Man, Snoop Dogg, Tricky, Hudson Mohawke, The Faint, ABC, Front 242 and Big Freedia.

A Brief Selection of Fall’s Exciting Hip-Hop Vinyl Reissues

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 9, 2017 02:07pm | Post a Comment

By doubleay

2017 has been a thrilling year for reissues, as many sought-after hip-hop classics have made a return to vinyl. Universal Media Enterprises has been running their Respect The Classics campaign, which has brought a ton of titles back to wax for the first time in years, while many other fundamental hip-hop classics have been reissued to celebrate the anniversaries of their original release dates. Beyond that, the increase in vinyl demand has allowed labels the capability of making decades-old iconic releases accessible to a new generation of consumers. With a plethora of exciting reissues hitting the shelves, here's a handful recent releases you ought to snatch up.

Mos Def, EcstaticMos Def - Ecstatic

Originally released with Downtown Records in 2009, Mos Def’s Ecstatic has been reissued for the first time with Universal Media Enterprises. After fairly underwhelming responses to his two prior albums and a decision to ease off acting, Mos Def returned to the studio for his fourth album. The project’s stellar track list included contributions from Slick Rick, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and Talib Kweli. Def Worked with producers Madlib, The Neptunes, Mr. Flash, and Oh No, to achieve a fusion of international sounds and American hip-hop production. Mos Def tackles global politics, love, and spirituality on the album, all themes that speak magnitudes in today’s political climate. The project went on to become one of his most critically acclaimed releases and fans have been awaiting its second coming.

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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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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Robert Glasper

Posted by Amoebite, January 9, 2017 06:58pm | Post a Comment

Robert Glasper What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"'Off the Wall' actually used to scare me," says Grammy-winning pianist and record producer Robert Glasper. He's talking about the title track off of Michael Jackson's monumental record, which starts with eerie, building vocals and a sinister laugh. "I used to literally take the needle and skip it to, like, more in the middle of the song, 'cause I was so scared of the beginning." Glasper had plenty of personal anecdotes and insights into all the records he found on his recent visit to Amoeba Hollywood

Hailing from Houston, TX, Robert Glasper started his musical career performing at the East Wind Baptist Church, where his mother was music director. While attending the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York, Glasper met neo-soul singer Bilal Oliver and the two began collaborating on a series of musical projects that would lead them to work with J Dilla, Erykah Badu, Kanye West, Mos Def, Q-Tip, Meshell Ndegeocello, Talib Kweli, Jay-Z, Common, Slum Village, and Maxwell. Glasper released his first album, Mood, in 2004. A record for Blue Note, Canvas, followed a year later. Glasper's 2009 LP Double-Booked netted a Grammy for Bilal, who appeared on the track "All Matter."

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New Zion I Song "Tech $" Tackles Tech Fueled Gentrification of Oakland and the Bay Area

Posted by Billyjam, June 28, 2016 11:57pm | Post a Comment

In September Zion I will release the album the Labyrinth featuring the new preview track "Tech $"  (Anthony Cole directed music video below). "Tech $" is about the impact of gentrification in Oakland as a result of the Bay Area tech boom.  Zumbi has lived in the Bay Area since the nineties and has seen a lot of changes. In the ZIon I hit of a decade ago, "The Bay," he rapped of all the diverse things that made the Bay great on the anthem like track. The new song is not as uplifting.  On the post AmpLive, Mikos da Gawd produced track he recalls how, "In the nineties it was the dot com" but now it is full scale gentrification, an unavoidable scenario that's been noticed (and noted) by other Oakland hip-hoppers.

Prozack Turner
of Foreign Legion fame, who lives in East Oakland and runs the Oakland bar/club The Legionnaire Saloon on Telegraph Ave. near Grand Ave., addresses the topic of gentrification in the song "HIgh Enough." The brand new track, that features mic guest Brother Ali, is from a forthcoming solo album by the Oakland artist. Meanwhile another Oakland artist, Elujay, has themed his entire forthcoming album on the topic with the title Jentrify.

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