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Hip-Hop Rap Up: 09:22:17: Macklemore, Apathy & O.C., Lacrae, Rock, DJ Kay Slay, Lil Debbie, Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five

Posted by Billyjam, September 22, 2017 01:48pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Hip-Hop Top 5 [09:22:17]


1: Macklemore Gemini (Bendo/Warner)

2: Apathy + O.C. Perestroika (Dirty Version) (also avail in Vinyl/2LP set)

3: Lacrae All Things Work Together (Columbia/Legacy) (also avail in Vinyl/LP)

4: Rock Rockness A.P.: After Price (Digital Deja Vu)

5: DJ Kay Slay The Big Brother (Streetsweepers Ent.)


Vinyl Reissue of the Week:
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five The Message LP (8th Records)


Sans longtime musical partner Ryan Lewis, with whom he won four Grammys for the Seattle duo’s 2012 debut studio album The Heist (famously and controversially beating out Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city in the Best Rap Album category), Macklemore is now back to being a solo act with the new album Gemini. Released today on the Bendo label (via Warner) Gemini is the follow up to last year’s This Unruly Mess I’ve Made by the duo, and/or the follow up to his last solo album a dozen years ago, 2005’s The Language of My World. Titled not after an inexpensive DJ mixer brand but the rapper's zodiac sign, Gemini is an improvement on last year’s somewhat lackluster release but not near as good as the album that brought him (and Lewis) widespread fame. Highlights of the new album include such tracks as “Levitate” and “Good Old Days (feat. Kesha).” Scroll down to see the hugely popular music video for the feel-good, pop-rap, new album track “Marmalade (feat. Lil Yachty).”

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Hip-Hop Rap Up: 08:21:17: DJ Shadow, Mozzy, Dizzy Wright, Kenny Dope, Shabazz Palaces, Sean Price, Action Bronson + (Video Version)

Posted by Billyjam, August 21, 2017 01:51pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Hip-Hop Top Five New/Recent Releases 08:21:17


1: DJ Shadow The Mountain Has Fallen EP (12” Vinyl) (Mass Appeal)

2: Dizzy Wright The Golden Age 2 (Dizzy Wright)

3: Mozzy  1 Up Top Ahk (Mozzy Records)

4: Kenny Dope "Razor Cut" 7" single (Kay Dee Records)

5: Shabazz Palaces Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star (also on cassette + on LP/vinyl)  (SubPop)
Although out about five weeks already, one of two simultaneous releases by Shabazz Palaces (Quazarz

Upcoming August 25th Release Pick:
Action Bronson Blue Chips (Atlantic)
 

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Hip-Hop Rap Up 07:23:17: Brian Coleman, Sean Price, Tyler, The Creator, Meek Mill, Trae Tha Truth, Ras Kass, Twiztid, Lando Chill

Posted by Billyjam, July 23, 2017 11:59am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music New Hip-Hop Releases Top 5: 07:23:17


1: Tyler, The Creator Flower Boy (Explicit Cover CD) (Columbia/Legacy)

2: Meek Mill Wins & Losses (Atlantic)

3: Trae Tha Truth Tha Truth Part 3  (Empire)

4: Twiztid Abominationz Picture Disc LP (Majik Ninja)

5: Ras Kass Soul On Ice 2LP Reissue (Priority)

Last night in Connecticut during a Hot 93.7 radio sponsored Chance The Rapper headlining concert a reported 90 people were hospitalized, reportedly most for out of hand inexperienced heavy drinking resulting in dozens of underage drinkers suffering from "severe alcohol intoxication" and resulting in the local Hartford ambulance service calling out for back-up support from neighboring towns. Meanwhile back in California the other day (July 20th) at Amoeba Berkeley author Brian Coleman and DJ Platurn's jointly curated Checking The Technique panel on hip-hop, that included Domino, Adisa the Bishop, Prozack from Foreign Legion, and Eric Arnold, went well according to all in attendance with DJ Stef reporting that the best parts were all the stories that the veteran hip-hop panelists had to share.

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Hip-Hop Rap Up: New Releases, Reissues, Top 5, The Pharcyde, Too $hort, The People's Tree, Sketch McGuiney feat Sean Price & Ras Kass

Posted by Billyjam, February 1, 2016 05:55pm | Post a Comment
 

Now that February has arrived, 2016 hip-hop will officially kick into full gear with lots of new releases dropping. January is traditionally a slow month for new releases. This year was a little different since there were additional January releases that were reissues of older classic material, mostly on vinyl but some on CD too. These included latest (and there's been a few!) reissue of KMD's storied second album Black Bastards. The new 2LP pressing comes with gatefold pop-up album cover design and booklet included. Released by MF DOOM's record label Metal Face Records, it was recently profiled here on the Amoeblog.  Another 2016 vinyl reissue is Lil Ugly Mane's Mista Thug Isolation LP c/o Hundebiss, which is among the entries on the latest Amoeba Berkeley Top Five hip-hop chart (see below). That chart, courtesy of E-Lit, also includes the must-get 2LP reissue of the classic 1995 album from The Pharcyde, Labcabincalifornia, c/o Bicycle Music Company

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Salute to Sean Price and Digg of U.D.I. - Two Hip-Hop Artists, Each In Their Early 40's, Who Passed Over the Weekend

Posted by Billyjam, August 10, 2015 05:30pm | Post a Comment

The Internet was abuzz over the weekend after news of the sudden and unexpected passing on Saturday morning of two different MC artists on opposite coasts. NYC emcee Sean Price died in his sleep on Saturday morning (August 8th). Also on Saturday morning, San Francisco rapper Digg of U.D.I. fame died of, as yet, unconfirmed causes. Making it more tragic is that both of these hip-hop artists were relatively young men, each only in their early 40s. Born Derrick Reed, Digg (or Dig) was one half of the famed Hunters Point, San Francisco rap duo U.D.I. (Under Da Influence) with Quinton "Big Quint" Morris. They came to fame in the '90s and, along with such acts as 11/5 and Cold World Hustlers, shaped the sound of San Francisco street rap of that era, working with many of the same rappers and producers.

These same collaborating artists/lifelong friends have been taking to social media since Saturday to express their grief and shock about his sudden tragic death. This long list includes producer Mr. Laid for whom the passing was extra profound. Mr. Laid, aka Marvelle Reed, is the deceased rapper's brother and sometime musical collaborator. Along with Chill Black, Race Smith, Reggie Smith, and T.C., he was a producer for U.D.I.'s 1995 debut on DogDay Records. Laid went online yesterday to post a photo along with the lyrics to the song "Brotha Luv" off that DogDay album with such lyrics as "We'll do it again when we get to the other side because that Brotha Luv runs deep."

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