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Hip-Hop July 14 2017: Fresh Kid Ice, DJ Shadow, Brian Coleman, Shabazz Palaces, Missy Elliot, Mr. Lif, The Roots, Ozomatali +

Posted by Billyjam, July 14, 2017 07:59pm | Post a Comment


The Roots, who did a killer Amoeba Hollywood in-store a decade ago, headline a Bay Area show tonight at the Fox Theater. (2 Chainz will be at the same Uptown Oakland district venue on August 14th).  Just a couple of blocks nearby in this vibrant nightlife section of the East Bay city is another excellent show. At the New Parish tonight will be the "collective of Black-Chicano-Cuban-Japanese-Jewish-Filipino musicians" Ozomatali headlining a bill with Pasto Seco Band plus local longtime emcee El Kool Kyle. Yes, it's mid summer and therefore there's lots of great hip-hop events going on in the East Bay in both Oakland and Berkeley, as well as across the Bay Bridge in San Francisco. That's where The Roots' hardest working member, drummer and busy DJ Questlove will be jetting over to after his Oakland show tonight to do a DJ set at San Francisco's The Independent on Divisidaro following a set by DeeJay Theory. Speaking of deejays Bay Area legend DJ Shadow over past week unexpectedly dropped the impromptu (digital) 4 song EP The Mountain Has Fallen which is a sequel to his summer 2016 album The Mountain Will Fall (also on LP/vinyl). He'll no doubt be performing from both releases when he brings his ongoing tour this weekend to Berkeley's UC Theatre on Sunday July 16th with Bay Area turntablist DJ Teeko opening. Next month show to look forward to: Atmosphere, Dilated Peoples, and Brother Ali all play Berkeley's Greek Theatre on August 22nd.

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Hip-Hop Rap Up 06:05:17: Funky DL, Freddie Gibbs, Gensu Dean & WIse Intelligent, Mr. Lif & Akrobatik

Posted by Billyjam, June 5, 2017 11:45pm | Post a Comment
Hip Hop Top 5 06:05:17

1: Freddie GIbbs You Only Live 2wice vinyl EP (ESGN)

2: Funky DL Autonomy: The 4th Quarter 2 (Washington Classics)

3: Gensu DeanWise Intelligent G.o.D. (Mello Music Group)

4: Blacastan & Stu Bangas  The Uncanny Adventures Of Watson & Holmes  (Brick Records)

5: Slum Village Vol. O (Nestra Music Group)

The current top five is topped by the latest (new to vinyl) from the acclaimed hip-hop artist Freddie GIbbs: You Only Live 2wice on ESGN. Initially released two months ago, but now new on vinyl, 2wice is billed as an EP, but the eight track release clocks in at 32 minutes and features eight tracks. These include such tracks by the Gary, Indiana artist  as "Crushed Glass,"  "Phone Lit," "Amnesia" and "20 Karat Jesus."   Gibbs, who along with Ice-T was featured on the brand new EP release Late Night Blvd from $kinny, made headlines in recent weeks when he appeared on the premiere of the Viceland reality show The Therapist that features various celebrities sitting down with Los Angeles therapist Dr. Siri Sat Nam Singh to candidly discuss traumatic events and personal experiences.  In the Gibbs interview he openly  discussed his experience from two years ago when, in Austria, he accused of rape and later arrested and jailed and facing a possible ten years in prison. He talks about this case, of which he was acquitted back in September, and how it made him question a lot in his life and give up doing music altogether which, as proven by his 2017 release 2wice, he did not. 

rapist. The show features Los Angeles therapist Dr. Siri Sat Nam Singh talking with various rappers and other celebrities about traumatic events and deep psychological wounds.

Hip-Hop Rap Up: New Releases, Videos, Shows: Lupe Fiasco, Mr. Lif, Daedelus, Paul Nice, Dre Day, Chance The Rapper + more

Posted by Billyjam, February 11, 2017 10:57am | Post a Comment
Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending Feb 10th 2017


1: Lupe Fiasco DROGAS Light (1st & 15th Productions)

2: Various Artists  The Hamilton Mixtape (LP/vinyl + on cassette) also avail on CD (Atlantic)

3:  DJ Paul Nice Ultimate Block Party Breaks Volume 3 (LP) (Fat Beats)

4: Daedelus Baker's Dozen LP/vinyl (Fat Beats)

5: Thievery Corporation The Temple Of I & I (also on LP/vinyl) : (Eighteenth Street Lounge)

This week's new releases include a variety of offerings including the brand new Lupe Fiasco album  Drogas Light, the vinyl and cassette (yep tape) format releases of the popular Hamilton Mixtape that dropped on CD version in early December, the vinyl only breakbeat album from longtime hip-hop producer/DJ battle and break tools maker Paul Nice Ultimate Block Party Breaks Volume 3, plus the multi genre releases (electronic meets hip-hop) from both Daedelus (Baker's Dozen) and Thievery Corporation (The Temple Of I & I). This latest album from the duo of Rob Garza and Eric Hilton, released by Eighteenth Street Lounge and also available also on LP/vinyl format, features, among others, regular band contributor revered Boston emcee Mr. Lif (in recent months interviewed by Amoeblog) on the album tracks "Ghetto Matrix" and "Fight to Survive."

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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

Best of 2016 Hip-Hop Lists: Top 7 Lists of Albums, Female MCs, DJ Releases, Reissues, Monalisa's Top 7 Album Picks + more

Posted by Billyjam, December 14, 2016 01:42pm | Post a Comment
Top 7 Hip-Hop Albums of 2016 by Billy Jam


1:  A Tribe Called Quest We Got It From Here,... Thank You 4 Your Service (Epic)

2: De La Soul and the Anonymous Nobody (A.O.I. LLC) (also on 2 LP vinyl)

3: Homeboy Sandman Kindness for Weakness (also on LP) (Stones Throw)

4: E-40 The D-Boy Diary Book 1 + The D-Boy Diary Book 2,
           (Heavy On The Grind)

5: Mr. Lif Don't Look Down (also on LP) (Mello Music Group)


6: ElZhi  Lead Poison (also on LP) (Glow 365) 

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