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Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 06.07.14: Top 5, OMCA's VINYL, DJ Platurn, Too $hort, Dregs One @ Slim's, Scratch Cypher in The Town

Posted by Billyjam, June 8, 2014 04:20pm | Post a Comment


During last evening's Bay Area hip-hop themed Talk, Play, and Sip session I hosted at the Oakland Museum of California - as part of OMCA's ongoing Amoeba sponsored VINYL: The Sound and Culture of Records - several participants addressed in their shares the importance of hip-hop as a vehicle for a message of upliftment and/or awareness rather than simply mindless escapism and glorification of consumerism, sexism, and casual violence. Speakers including Bas-One, Adisa Banjoko (below), and Eric Arnold each addressed the topic as did DJ Platurn (pictured above) who observed that to his fellow speakers, who all came up in the era of politicized, positive thinking hip-hop via artists like Public Enemy and the Bay Area's Paris, were all conditioned to view hip-hop as a powerful medium of message and change. DJ Platurn's Talk N Play 45's record selections reflected that too, especially Too $hort's classic 1990 single "The Ghetto" (off Short Dog's In The House) which addresses the poverty and economic disparity of urban areas like Oakland. Also noted at last night's OMCA session was how Bay Area hip-hop has traditionally included many politicized artists. One such current example is Dregs One who, along with host Equipto and a grip of other SF artists and speakers (see flyer for full lineup), take over Slim's tonight in a benefit hip-hop show that will address pressing local community issues such as evictions, gentrification, and police brutality.

Kreayshawn Gets Parodied In New "Fishy Fishy" Video

Posted by Billyjam, August 25, 2011 06:06pm | Post a Comment
Kreayfish "Fishy Fishy (Gucci Gucci Parody)" (August 2011)

You know you've arrived (or perhaps about to pass your peak) once you start getting parodied. Such is the case with white female rapper Kreayshawn and her extended Oakland crew, The White Girl Mob, whose recent viral meteoric rise to fame c/o her YouTube hit "Gucci Gucci" has been made fun of in the new video "Fishy Fishy (Gucci Gucci Parody)" by the artist "Kreayfish." The video, which was uploaded to YouTube by the LA-based LoudVillage just yesterday may only have a little over 300 views so far, but odds are that this number will snowball over the coming days as word trickles out on the funny parody.

Meanwhile, the original "Gucci Gucci" video (see below) is up to almost 13 million YouTube views in a little over 3 months. The artist, who was virtually unheard of back in early May, now boasts a $1 million deal with SONY/Columbia Records plus a nomination for an MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist. The MTV VMAs are in LA this Sunday evening. Kreayshawn will be in the house and also outside on the red carpet where she'll host the network's Red Carpet Report for MTV.com.