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Brown Bag AllStars Prime Example of How Some Of The Best Hip-Hop in 2017 Is Often The Most Overlooked

Posted by Billyjam, June 19, 2017 10:08am | Post a Comment

In 2017's vast and prolific, rapid paced music world, there's more new music being recorded and released than ever before. Consequently navigating all this new music has become an increasingly harder task, even in just one genre. For example in hip-hop, due to the sheer volume of music coming out, the quality underground stuff typically gets lost in the mix and pushed aside for the heavily promoted and sponsored artists. Even though there's more great new hip-hop being made than ever before, the casual music fan never gets to hear most of it. In 2017 it is harder than ever to filter out the gems from the deluge of music been unleashed, and at such a fast pace.

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In the 2017 music industry business model the discrepancy, in terms of exposure, between popular and underground artists is greater than ever before. And nowhere is that gap more evident and calculable than on YouTube, the online destination where virtually every song (music video or audio-only versions) will get posted and rated by the number of views and percentage ratio of thumbs up. It's an uneven playing field where popular hip-hop stars routinely get millions of clicks in weeks while non mainstream, quality hip-hop artists might only garner several thousand views.

In the case of the Brown Bag AllStars' latest YouTube posted single "11  Steps (feat. Tash of Tha Alkaholiks)," the amazing new (digital only but physical version on its way to Amoeba) track has only mustered up a miserable 78 YouTube views since the artists posted the audio on May 30th. And even with Soulspazm, Inc reposting the audio clip of the song to YouTube in past week, it's only gotten an additional 83 views. That's a total of 161 views in over two weeks for a killer new hip-hop track from the longtime talented Brooklyn collective comprised of The Audible Doctor, J57, Soul Khan, E Holla, and Deejay Element, and on a track featuring the mighty Tash from Tha Alkaholiks crew who is truly in top form on this new track.  Damn!

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Hip-Hop Rap Up 04:17:17: Kendrick Lamar, El Michels Affair, Evidence, Oak Lonetree, Ray West & A.G., RTJ, DJ Format & Abdominal

Posted by Billyjam, April 17, 2017 11:15pm | Post a Comment

Damn! Kendrick Lamar has done it again with his amazing new album DAMN. (Aftermath) that arrived into Amoeba this past Friday (April 14th) two days before the acclaimed Compton rapper's Coachella performance yesterday that included songs from the new album that features the previously released single "HUMBLE." (see the Dave Meyers & the little homies directed music video below). With refreshingly unpretentious cover art, that looks like it was slapped together in a couple minutes, and clocking in at 55 minutes,  DAMN. is the artist's fourth album and the anticipated follow up to 2015's critically and commercially acclaimed To Pimp A Butterfly (also avail on LP/vinyl).

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Hip-Hop Rap Up: New Releases, Videos, Concerts: Run The Jewels, Rah Digga, Mobb Deep, Wyclef Jean, Saul Williams, Talib Kweli

Posted by Billyjam, February 4, 2017 12:03pm | Post a Comment
New & Reissued Hip-Hop Releases Week of Feb 3 2017


1: Wyclef Jean J'Ouvert (Entertainment One)

2: Yung Nation Greatest Hits (Music Access)

3: Mobb Deep Murda Muzik [180 Gram Vinyl] (LP) (Music On Vinyl)

4: Muggs/Soul Assassins Muggs Presents The Soul Assassins Chapter 1 [180 Gram Vinyl] (Music On Vinyl)

5: Various Artists Slam OST LP reissue (Music On Vinyl) 

Among the new releases / arrivals into Amoeba this week include the latest from Wyclef Jean who we have not heard from, in terms of an all new recording, in seven years. But this week, care of Entertainment One, the Fugees star released J'Ouvert. The new ten song album includes such tracks as the lead single (video below) "Hendrix," "The Ring," "Lady Haiti," and "If I Was President 2016" which is a kind of sequel to his last release: 2010's autobiographical political hip-hop EP If I Were President: My Haitian Experience. You may recall how back in that same year the Haitian born, NJ raised artist had announced that he would be running for president of Haiti but soonafter was disqualified because he had not been a  permanent resident of his homeland country for the previous five years.  

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Def Jux Legend Mr. Lif Discusses His First Solo Album In Seven Years: "Don't Look Down" on Mello Music Group

Posted by Billyjam, June 30, 2016 08:45pm | Post a Comment


After a seven year span with no new Mr. Lif solo album, 2016 marked the triumphant return of the revered Boston emcee, who plays the Elbo Room in San Francisco July 7th, with the powerful album Don’t Look Down. The new ten track release's many guests include Del The Funky Homosapien and the group the artist born Jeffrey Haynes is a longtime member of, The Perceptionists. Released by Mello Music Group in CD, cassette, and vinyl formats, Don't Look Down finds the former Def Jux artist in top form and full of creative energy. As he says himself, he is more like a hungry young artist starting out than one who's been in the hip-hop game since the mid nineties. In short he is far from jaded. "I feel like I just started" not "the older guy" but "I feel brand new," he told me by phone recently. "For me, my career begins now," he stated. But that is not to say that he has been idle for the past seven years. Between  Don’t Look Down and his previous album, 2009's I Heard It Before, Mr. Lif has been busy, among other things, working on his home studio and performing and recording with Thievery Corporation. And a year ago he worked on the collaborative project Terra Bella with the Polish Ambassador and Ayla Nereo.

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Three Days 'Til Record Store Day: J Dilla's 'Diary,' Run the Jewels' Virtual Reality Viewer

Posted by Billy Gil, April 13, 2016 05:18pm | Post a Comment

Hip hop heads have a few reasons to celebrate on Record Store Day April 16.

First off, a new posthumous release from the late, great artist and producer J Dilla will be released on LP that day. The Diary comes out on CD and cassette the day before, but April 16’s vinyl release will come with a free 7” inside that includes the song “The Ex” (featuring Bilal) plus an R&B version of the song on the B-side. The song is a Pete Rock production.

The story behind the lost album is that J Dilla (real name James Dewitt Yancey) recorded an album’s worth of vocals back in 2002 that were ultimately shelved his parent label. That lead Yancey to break from the major label system and leave Detroit for California, where he produced his classics Ruff Draft, Jaylib's Champion Sound and Donuts.

Now, following Yancey’s death in 2006, his estate has been trying to get the album released for years. Finally, the album is coming out, with production from Madlib, Pete Rock, Hi-Tek, Nottz, House Shoes, Supa Dave West, Bink! and Karriem Riggins, and guest spots from Bilal, Frank N Dank, Boogie and others.

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