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Dregs One Unveils Latest in Long Line of Hip-Hop Videos Shot At Amoeba Music

Posted by Billyjam, April 16, 2012 11:46am | Post a Comment
 
Dregs One's "Pushin'" video was shot at Amoeba SF Saturday, edited yesterday, & released today

With the release today of his Leo Docuyanan filmed video for "Pushin'" San Francisco hip-hop artist Dregs One is the latest in a long line of hip-hop artists to feature the San Francisco Amoeba Music store in their music videos - a list that includes such hip-hoppers as Drake and Equipto to name but a couple.  But unlike those and most others who typically feature quick shots/edits of Amoeba in their music videos Dregs One's entire video is shot on location at Amoeba SF - both inside and outside the Haight Street, San Francisco store.  Today I reached out to the talented young MC/producer to ask him about the video shoot; how long it took and how the experience was shooting at Amoeba? 

"Well basically I shot the video on Saturday, edited it on Sunday [yesterday], uploaded it on Monday [today]. The entire filming process took about 10 minutes, we only did one other shot before the one we used in the video," said Dregs One of the incredibly fast turnaround in this production, noting that. "All the staff was real cool about us filming in there, and I've been going to that store since I was a kid so it was an honor for me to be able to do a video at Amoeba."

While, as seen in the opening shots of the video above where he is digging in the Amoeba CD hip-hop section, Dregs One's music is available for sale at Amoeba this song "Pushin" is actually a free giveaway track on the free download The Inspiration mixtape from here: http://www.mediafire.com/?6225tj96e6ydkyu or here http://dregs1.bandcamp.com. As for what lies ahead in 2012 for the always productive Dregs One who was interviewed here on the Amoeblog over the past year on two occasions here and here, he told me that, "Right now I'm planning to go on a benefit tour where proceeds from each show go to a local nonprofit organization in each city. That's going to start in late May. I don't want to say too much about my next project but I'm planning on doing an EP with a very special producer and putting it out for free download and vinyl." Stay tuned for updates here on the Amoeblog. Meantime follow Dregs One via his Facebook page and.or on the Dregs1 website.

Jasiri X's Song & Video in Outrage Over Florida Teen Trayvon Martin's Murder

Posted by Billyjam, March 19, 2012 08:54pm | Post a Comment
       
 Jasiri X "Trayvon" (March 19th, 2012)

In response to the recent shooting death of black Florida teen Trayvon Martin at the hands of a trigger-happy, self-appointed neighborhood watch leader named George Zimmerman who believed Martin looked "suspicious," rapper Jasiri X today released the song and video "Trayvon." The Chicago-born, Pittsburg, PA-based artist/activist recorded the song and its accompanying video in protest of and outrage over the unjust killing combined with the fact that Zimmerman, who did not deny shooting the unarmed youth, was not arrested at the scene nor has he been charged (at the time of this post) since the killing that took place over three weeks ago on February 26th.

In  "Trayvon," Jasiri X gives a detailed play by play of the events that went down three weeks ago when the 17-year-old was visiting his father for the weekend in the gated Florida community. He stepped out of his dad's house, taking a break from watching basketball on TV, to walk to the store to buy Skittles and ice tea. An excerpt of some of these lyrics follow below. In the video above you will see how the aritist also weaves in other incidents of young, black males being victimized, including that famous video footage of an unarmed Oscar Grant been shot by BART police on New Year's Day a few years ago. To get a free download of this song click here.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week Ending 02.24.12: E Lit's Top Five, Hiero's Pep Love + Tajai, Fist Fam's Weekend Cult Release Party, Busdriver, Curren$y, Gangrene, The Promise, The Sessions San Francisco + more

Posted by Billyjam, February 24, 2012 06:10am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five for week ending 02:24:12 with E-Lit


1) Lazerbeak & Edison Kill Switch LP (Fieldwerk)

We received a whole bunch of these over a week early, and sold through our entire supply of them in a matter of days!  Given the extremely high quality of the product, it’s no wonder we couldn’t keep this on the shelves. Kill Switch is hip-hop production of the highest caliber, brought to you by the strongest label in instrumental hip hop Fieldwerk Recordings.  Doomtree’s Lazerbeak handles side A with a surprisingly subtle approach that occasionally bursts with brilliant color, delivering his finest solo instrumental work to date.  San Francisco’s own genius button-masher Edison handles side B with a much rowdier gang of beats that show off his skillful production craft, with menacing guitar jabs and gangsta bleeps that form a cohesive whole.  This one’s only available on vinyl, but it does come with a digital download card that’ll get it on your computer in a matter of minutes.  Highly recommended!


2) Tajai Machine Language CD (Hieroglyphics Imperium)

Souls of Mischief frontman and Hieroglyphics mainstay Tajai’s new Machine Language mixtape has naturally been doing very well in the Bay.  Features fellow Hiero members Casual, Opio and A-Plus, plus a joint with The Pharcyde, all for a super cheap price of $5.98.  This mix CD is just a taster of random new Tajai tracks, but should tide the Bay’s Hiero fanbase over until Tajai’s new Rap Noir album drops later this year.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week Ending 02.04.12: Doomtree @ Amoeba Berkeley, Lushlife, Pep Love, Raleigh Moncrief, Homeboy Sandman, Gangrene, DJ Solomon, Azeem, and more

Posted by Billyjam, February 4, 2012 11:35am | Post a Comment
Jamoeblog Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending 02:04:12

1) Gangrene Vodka and Ayahuasca (Decon)

2) Lushlife Plateau Vision LP (Western Vinyl)

3) Homeboy Sandman Subject Matter (Stones Throw)

4) Eligh & Amp Live Therapy At 3 ( Legendary Music/Live Up/Traffic)

5) Wiley Evolve Or Be Extinct (Big Dada)

For a change from the usual sales-based Amoeba weekly hip-hop chart this week's Hip-Hop Top Five Chart is my own personal favorite brand new and soon to drop hip-hop releases. Topping the chart is the amazing Oh No and The Alchemist group Gangrene's third and latest collaboration Vodka and Ayahuasca on Decon. Also here is the recent Eligh & Amp Live Therapy At 3 ( which gets better and better with repeated listens and the brand new Wiley
album Evolve Or Be Extinct - a double CD on Big Dada which will appeal equally to grime and hip-hop heads. Not out yet but worthy of mention It is the forthcoming Lushlife album Plateau  Vision LP, which will be released in mid April on Western Vinyl, and is sure to propel to mainstream visibility the South Philly producer/emcee/musician who made waves last year with the much buzzed about mixtape No More Golden Days. As with that mixtape, which was an actual cassette tape, this new CD album blends mid 90's underground NY hip-hop flavor with Dilla/Madlib type production values. This is the sort of well produced album that will make you want to also track down the instrumental version. It's pure pleasure to listen to and Lushlife's flow is a treat to listen to. He is also joined by several well chosen guests throughout the 11 track album including Styles P, Canadian rapper Shad, Heems of Das Racist, and ex-Titus Andronicus garage rocker Andrew Cedermark who joins him on the album track "The Romance of the Telescope." My personal favorite tracks are the throwback eigthies/nineties sounding "Anthem" and the opening "Magnolia" which, over a dreamy hypnotic backdrop and a series of well chosen samples, finds Lushlife rapping about such things as graffiti and Coney Island. This is already making its way to becoming one of my year end top albums.

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Best of 2011 Hip-Hop Part 3: Billy Jam's Picks

Posted by Billyjam, December 30, 2011 09:00pm | Post a Comment
         
      Talib Kweli was among the hip-hop artists to embrace the Occupy movement
  in 2011 - even shooting his video for "Distractions" @ Zuccotti Park

This is the third and final of the Best of 2011 Hip-Hop Amoeblog posts. The first Best of 2011 Hip-Hop installment featured a hundred of the hip-hop album releases that were popular sellers at the three Amoeba Music stores over the past year while the second Best Of 2011 Hip-Hop featured favorites of the year chosen by current and former Amoeba hip-hop department employees  Meanwhile this Best of 2011 Hip-Hop post is this Amoeblogger's personal favorite 30 albums of the year. But before I get to these (all below) first let me briefly mention a random list of a few of the interesting hip-hop news stories or events/happenings that generated attention over the past year.

In 2011 hip-hop lost some great artists and most of them were young; tragically taken from this earth long before they should have been. These included 44 year old, Golden Era hip-hop star Heavy D who died of a heart attack while climbing the stairs to his Los Angeles apartment back in early November. Even more recently, just three weeks ago, Special One of The Conscious Daughters (aka TCD) died suddenly the result of a blood clot. The Bay Area hip-hop community was really shaken by this news but glad to learn that the rapper's longtime partner in rhyme, fellow TCD member CMG (Cash Makin Girl) would continue the TCD legacy and about a week ago announced that she would be (sometime in early 2012) be releasing a posthumous TCD album. A famous Bay Area rapper who didn't die but was rumored to have in the latter half of 2011 was Too $hort. This was around the time that $hort had a run in with fellow Bay rapper Messy Marv who foolishly started a beef (at first on the internet and then in rhyme) with the "godfather of Bay rap."

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