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Amoeba Crate Diggin' For New & Upcoming Hip-Hop: Paris, Sean Price, Hans Solo, Sa-Roc +

Posted by Billyjam, September 27, 2020 11:04pm | Post a Comment
 

Hip-hop is in a healthy state with lots of great new releases from both newcomers and longtime players in the game such as revolutionary rappers Paris and Public Enemy who both have new releases this week.  Veteran political rapper Paris’s new 2020 album is the ten track, self-produced Safe Space Invader LP (and CD version) via the longtime Bay Area’s artist’s own Guerrilla Funk Recordings imprint. The label accurately describes the no-holds barred album as, “a brutal commentary on Black life in 2020 America, touching on police brutality, racism, gentrification, economic inequality, and cancel culture, among others.” Check out below the animated video for the album track “Nobody Move” that’s reached almost a million YouTube views since its release a couple of weeks ago. Meanwhile fellow consistently active, 80’s until now, revolutionary hip-hop act Public Enemy have their latest album What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down? announced for a September 25th release date in both CD and vinyl formats. However the album has yet to reach the Amoeba online store.
 
It’s a quarter of a century since Coolio release his breakout debut album and to celebrate Tommy Boy Records have released Gangsta's Paradise [25th Anniversary Edition] CD. Note that the colored vinyl Record Store Day (Drop 2 on Sep 26th) has already sold out at Amoeba.  The artist known as Hans Solo has released not a Star Wars themed album, as his name might imply, but a Star Trek themed album. The five track NuqneH LP (Holy Chaos Recordings)  has the distinction of been the first full release to be recorded in the Klingon language. The unique new Star Trek themed release comes with a cool booklet in the CD version and nice gatefold cover for the LP vinyl version.  For his fifth and latest album Tickets To My Downfall CD (Interscope) rapper Machine Gun Kelly has veered off more into pop punk than hip-hop but is still been categorized under hip-hop/rap. True hip-hop can be found in the late great Sean Price and Small Professor’s “Latoya Jackson / Remix” Record Store Day” 7" single via Coalmine Records.
Meanwhile upcoming releases to look forward to include the October 2nd Rhymesayers release from femcee Sa-Roc The Sharecroppers Daughter LP (also on CD) which, based on all the advance tracks, is off the hook. Another goodie will be the Oct 16th 2020 release from Homeboy Sandman; Dont Feed The Monster via Mello Music
Paris “Nobody Move” from Safe Space Invader LP (and CD version)
Hans Solo album trailer for  NuqneH LP and CD version 

Top Ten 2020 Black Lives Matter Protest Songs: Video Version Countdown

Posted by Billyjam, August 19, 2020 07:41pm | Post a Comment

The following Top Ten 2020 Black Lives Matter Protest Songs / video version countdown list is comprised of all new hip-hop songs that were recorded in the days and weeks following May 25th. That infamous Memorial Day 2020 marks the now historic date on which Minnesota resident George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police. Both the official medical examiner's report and an independent autopsy each ruled Floyd’s death from asphyxiation to be a homicide. That homicide, captured on viral video, would reignite as never before Black Lives Matter (BLM); the movement founded in 2013 following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin from the previous year. 

The majority of the videos below were made by the artists as official music videos while a few, such as the Jim Jones one, were fan made videos to accompany the audio only versions. Many of the 2020 BLM songs in the countdown below reference Trayvon Martin along with such other recent era African American fatal victims of racist brutality as Ahmaud Abery, Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Oscar Grant and of course George Floyd.  Before introducing the first song/video in the countdown a special mention of a couple of worthy songs not included here due to having no accompanying video versions; "Freedom" by Che Noir & Apollo Brown from As God Intended and "Mother's Milk" by staHHr & Crazy DJ Bazarro


New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Kid Koala

Posted by Amoebite, September 4, 2019 03:17pm | Post a Comment

Kid Koala - What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

DJ extraordinaire Kid Koala stopped by Amoeba San Francisco recently for a fun, eclectic and educational What's In My Bag? interview. The Canadian producer and composer went digging for sound effects records, classic hip hop cassettes, and some killer jazz finds, like Thelonious Monk's Thelonious Alone In San Francisco. "I'm alone in San Francisco," he joked. Noting that the jazz pianist is a hero of his, Kid Koala described how "you can listen to less than one bar of any of his recordings and know immediately it was him. That's how much style he had on the piano. I love the fact that he's playing like a centuries old instrument, with all this history, and he came and just reinvented everything on it."

Eric San is the force behind Kid Koala, best known for his work as a music producer, DJ, and composer. He is also the author of graphic novels Nufonia Must Fall and Space Cadet, and the creator of their Kid Koala - music to draw to : io - Amoeba Musicaccompanying soundtrack albums. San's musical career began while he attended McGill University in Montreal; immersed in the turntablism scene, he passed out an early demo called Scratchcratchratchatch to fellow students. In 2000, he released his first album, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, for which he designed and illustrated the cover, as well as a comic book included within the liner notes. In support of the LP, he set out on a lengthy tour, opening at times for Radiohead and Bjork. That same year, Kid Koala teamed up with Del the Funky Homosapien and Dan the Automator for their Deltron 3030 project; their eponymous debut was released in spring 2000.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park)

Posted by Amoebite, October 8, 2018 06:20pm | Post a Comment

Mike Shinoda - What's In My Bag?

Before Mike Shinoda's in-store performance at Amoeba Hollywood, we sat down with the Linkin Park founding member to talk about some of his favorite records, including a bunch of independent DJ LPs he was excited to find at the store. "When we were getting started as a band, our DJ, Joe, and I used to go down to Melrose and find all these independent records," he told us waxing nostalgic, going on to explain how DJs like Q-bert and DJ Swamp pushed the envelope and inspired him and his band mate. Shinoda had a lot of insight into all of his record picks, making for a sincere and enlightening What's In My Bag?

Mike Shinoda co-founded Linkin Park in 1996, serving as the band's rhythm guitarist, main songwriter, keyboardist, producer, and lead vocalist. Together with guitarist Brad Delson, Shinoda engineered and Mike Shinoda - Post Traumatic - Amoeba Musicproduced the band's 1999 Hybrid Theory EP, a teaser of sorts for their groundbreaking full-length of the same name. Linkin Park's second LP, Meteora (2003), and third LP, Minutes to Midnight (2007) were also smash hits for the band, with both albums debuting at #1 on the Billboard Top 200. The band has steadily climbed over the course of its twenty-plus-year career, with A Thousand Suns (2010), Living Things (2012), The Hunting Party (2014), and One More Light (2017) all doing brisk business on the charts. Linkin Park has won two Grammy awards, for the track "Crawling" (Hybrid Theory) and "Numb/Encore," from their 2004 collaboration with Jay-Z, Collision Course.

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Public Enemy's "It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back" Remains A True Classic 30 Years After Its June 28th 1988 Def Jam Release

Posted by Billyjam, June 28, 2018 04:03pm | Post a Comment
"From a rebel it's final on black vinyl. Soul, rock and roll comin' like a rhino. Tables turn, suckers burn to learn. They can't disable the power of my label, Def Jam tells you who I am: The Enemy's Public - They really give a damn"  - Chuck D ("Rebel WIthout A Pause")
On June 28th, 1988  Public Enemy released their iconic second album It Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back (reissued many times since including on new pressing LP/vinyl, CD Deluxe version, and 2 cassette set). Now exactly thirty years later listening back to this pitch perfect production and lyrical masterpiece, it's instantly clear that not only was Nation the pioneering political hip-hop group's best album of their three-plus decade career but one of the powerfully engaging albums of hip-hop and any other genre; a true modern American music classic.

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