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Top 10 Under The Radar Artists of 2018 To Watch in 2019, Top 5 Slept On LPs, Hip-Hop Hater Of The Year + [Best of 2018 Hip-Hop Pt 4]

Posted by Billyjam, January 15, 2019 06:26pm | Post a Comment
2018 Hip-Hop Hater of The Year



Following Best of 2018 Hip-Hop Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 is this fourth and final year-in-review Amoeblog that includes the Top 10 2018 Artists To Watch For in 2019,  the Top 5 Slept-On LPs (vinyl), Top 5 Slept On Recording Artists, the Most Influential Sociopolitical Music Video, and the Hip-Hop Hater of the Year. As pictured above, the honors for the latter go to Vladimir Putin who recently made it clear that he does not appreciate hip-hop with an anti-establishment message. At the end of 2018 news reports surfaced  of the Russian president cracking taking action against hip-hop music, saying that it needs to be state controlled. 

Reportedly popular Russian hip-hop artist Husky, known for his revolutionary anti-establishment lyrics, irked Putin and others in power and brought about the rap backlash. Following one of his concerts been 
 cancelled at last minute Husky took to the streets to perform atop a parked car to his throngs of fans. Police moved in and arrested and threw him in jail for ten days. In a statement Putin said that rap music was bad for Russian culture due to its promotion of such things as “sex drugs" and "protest.”

Best of Hip-Hop in 2018, Part One; Top 25 Album Countdown

Posted by Billyjam, January 1, 2019 10:23pm | Post a Comment

#25 Young Fathers Cocoa Sugar (also on LP/vinyl) (Ninja Tune)

This first part of Best of Hip-Hop In 2018 lists is subjective and limited to albums that were available for sale at Amoeba over the past year year. At number 25 is Scottish hip-hop trio Young Fathers who returned in 2018 after three years with the album Cocoa Sugar (also on LP/vinyl) via Ninja Tune. Similar to many UK "hip-hop" acts, the Young Fathers' album transcended mere hip-hop by also embracing such  genres as electronic, soul, and alt rock while delivering a satisfying rock/pop fueled hip-hop sound from the Edinburgh crew.


#24  Apathy The Widow's Son (also on viny/2LP) (Dirty Version)

Longtime East Coast hip-hopper Apathy dropped The Widow's Son (also on viny/2LP) in 2018, coming less than six months after his last album, the dope O.C collaboration full-length project Perestroika. The  14 track, 50 minute The Widow's Son from the Connecticut emcee/producer known for his numerous collaborations and side projects (The Demigodz, Jedi Mind Tricks, and Army of the Pharaohs) not surprisingly featured numerous collaborative tracks; both emcees and producers. These included Celph Titled, M.O.P., Pete Rock, Pharoahe Monch, AG, Locksmith, Nottz, and DJ Premier who produced and supplied scratches to the triple-dope album track “The Order.”

#23 Illa J John Yancey LP   (Jakarta Records)

John Yancey LP  via Jakarta Records by Illa J is the California based, Detroit rapper/singer/producer's second collaboration with LA producer Calvin Valentine. On the 2018 John Yancey LP, the brother of J Dilla gets personal and shares about life matters such as the challenges of relationships, and coping with grief over the years since the death of his beloved older brother.
#22  Potatohead People  Nick & Astro's Guide To The Galaxy (Bastard Jazz). 

There was a ton of amazing instrumental hip-hop released in 2018, albeit much of it was under the radar online-only hard to find stuff. Among the quality physical releases was Potatohead People's  Nick & Astro's Guide To The Galaxy (Bastard Jazz) that served up some retro feeling, groove laden, laid back instrumental tracks. There were also some vocal tracks on this album filled with lush beats and smokey grooves from the Vancouver production duo made up of Nick Wisdom and AstroLogical.

 
 
#21  The Egyptian Lover  1985 (also on vinyl 2LP) (Egyptian Empire)

Following legendary LA artist/friend of Amoeba the Egyptian Lover's 2015 album album 1984, is the recent / late 2018 album 1985 (also on vinyl 2LP) from the electro pioneer. A little oover an hour's worth of new music it's got 8 solo tracks that include "5 Cent Camel Ride," "International Freak" and the updated version of the Wham! hit Everything She Wants." it's also got 5 collaborative tracks that include  "Beyond The Galaxy" featuring the world's greatest turntablist DJ Qbert, "Future Tech" featuring Detroit techno pioneer Juan Atkins, "The World Keeps Turning" featuring old school electro crew Newcleus ("Jam On It"), "Problems Of The World" featuring Zarcon and "Come On" features Funkmaster Ozone.

#20  Styles P Dime Bag (Phantom Entertainment)

Distinctive sounding emcee and diehard weed fan Styles P, who earlier this year released G-Host (feat. such tracks as "Morning mourning"), in 2018 also unleashed his new ten track release Dime Bag via Phantom Entertainment. Featuring such tracks as "Never Fight An African," "Money and Checks," "War N Peace," "Time Machine" and "Couple Dollars" the album demands repeated hits on the replay.

Top Ten Hip-Hop Albums (Video Version): Planet Asia, J Dilla, Saweeti, Philty Rich, Sami Baha, Del + AmpLive, XXXTentacion +

Posted by Billyjam, June 11, 2018 06:57pm | Post a Comment
Top Ten Hip-Hop Albums Chart [Video Version]


1: J Dilla Dilla's Mix The Instrumentals LP/vinyl also on CD (PayDay)

In the number slot of this new Top 20 hip-hop album releases chart (video version), that spans album releases from the several weeks, is both the CD and vinyl versions of the late J Dilla's album Ruff Draft: Dilla's Mix / aka Dilla's Mix The Instrumentals LP/vinyl also on CD (PayDay). The vinyl version arrived into Amoeba on Friday (June 8th) following the 2CD version that dropped a few weeks previously.  Over an hour in length the album is the latest reissue version of Dilla’s album that was originally released back in 2003 as a ten track EP (reportedly recorded within a week). Then four years later following his tragic death, it was reissued as a full length expanded 2CD remastered album as the 2007 release via Stones Throw that most are familiar with. For more background on this album and Dilla himself check out the wonderful video below: J Dilla: Ruff Draft Tribute video from the Ruff Draft release/tribute party in Toronto 2007 featuring interviews with Frank-N-Dank and J.Rocc.

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Vinyl Matters #01: Starcrawler, tUnE-yArDs, Planet Asia, Sufis, Sun Ra, Elvis, Coltrane, Bowie, Biggie + more in 2018 Vinyl Releases

Posted by Billyjam, January 22, 2018 11:58pm | Post a Comment

Starcrawler LP (also white vinyl + CD) on Rough Trade (2018)

With the steadily increasing number of vinyl releases each year over the past decade and with 2018 looking primed to witness the most titles released in the music media format once was written off for dead, it turns out that all those “vinyl revival” articles we’ve been reading for years now were spot on. Thanks in part to Record Store Day but more so to shifting cultural habits, records have made a truly healthy comeback with an annual steady growth of approx 10% in vinyl releases. For proof you need look no further than the lists of new vinyl releases arriving into Amoeba every week. Scroll down for a sampling for 2018 releases in such genres as rock, folk, blues, jazz, soul, country, hip-hop and EDM.
 
Noteworthy about this spike in vinyl pressings is that, as one might expect, it is not such DJ oriented genres as hip-hop, breaks, or electronic dance music (EDM) that have seen the largest increase in vinyl output but rock music (in its many sub-genres) which far exceeds every other genre. Rock also tends to synchronize its new release vinyl and CD dates better than hip-hop which typically staggers the vinyl by a couple of months. Exceptions to this have included Sub-Pop’s Shabazz Palaces releases.  Then in the case of many 90’s and early 2000's West Coast rap albums, initially only released on CD and cassette, it is only in very recent years they are finally been released on vinyl. Examples of this include Mac Dre's recent first time vinyl pressings of Thizzle Washington and Ronald Dregan: Dreaganomics. A recent phenomenon, oft associated with rap/hip-hop, is when an album is initially only available as a download or streaming version but then later gets reissued on vinyl only, bypassing CD release altogether.

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Hiero Day 2015 Lineup To Include Alkaholiks, Domo Genesis, Aceyalone, The Coup, Cali Agents, Luniz, CMW, HBK, Zion I, & Equipto

Posted by Billyjam, August 25, 2015 07:50am | Post a Comment


The folks at Oakland's Hieroglyphics hip-hop collective have announced the anticipated lineup for this year's Hiero Day that does not disappoint and happens on Monday, September 7th at 3rd and Chestnut Streets in Oakland. In addition to headlining act the Hieros, whose membership boasts members such as Souls of Mischief, Del the Funky Homosapien, Casual, and DJ Toure, this year's amazing Hiero Day 2015 lineup will feature 45 diverse acts across three stages that covers various eras and subgenres of hip-hop. This impressive lineup will include Tha Alkaholiks, who arrived on the hip-hop scene the same time as the Hieros; Odd Future's Domo Genesis; Cali Agents (Rasco and Planet Asia); Stones Throw founder DJ/producer Peanut Butter Wolf; Boots Riley's legendary Oakland political hip-hop soldiers The Coup; Freestyle Fellowship's super-gifted emcee Aceyalonelegendary Oakland rap duo the Luniz; Raashan Ahmad's group formerly known as The Mission - Crown City RockersMC Eiht's legendary '90s SoCal rap group Compton's Most Wanted; hometown hip-hop heroes Foreign Legion; Rhymesayers' female emcee talent Psalm One (who changed her name for a minute in recent years); Zion I, Phat Kat & Guilty Simpson; Equipto & Otayo Dubb; HBK members Kool John, P-Lo, and Jay Ant in separate sets; and hyphy era stars The Team

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