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Concert Videos Salute To 15 Years Of Mezzanine: Latest SF Club To Fall “Victim To Corporate Greed & Commercial Development”

Posted by Billyjam, November 20, 2018 07:04pm | Post a Comment

Beloved Downtown San Francisco dance/concert club Mezzanine, a staple of the City’s nightlife for the past 15 years, today shared the bad news that it is being forced to close its doors due to its landlord refusing to renew their lease which ends in ten months in October 2019. “I was disappointed that the owners of the building didn’t give me an opportunity to renegotiate a new lease,” said Mezzanine owner Deborah Jackman in a prepared statement.

An independent business with 35+ employees, Mezzanine had the distinction of being the largest female owned music venue in San Francisco with an in-house all female talent buying team. With a passion for quality beat-driven artists from all genres, since 2003 the venue has hosted an endless list of talented performers (local, national and international) that have included DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist, Run The Jewels, Mos Def, Giorgio Moroder, De La Soul, DJ Q-bert solo and with Invisibl Skratch Piklz, DJ AM (RIP), Kool Keith, Ghostface Killah, Jimmy CliffDJ ZephAzeem, Katy Perry, Florence + The Machine, Lady Gaga, A-Trak, Afrolicious, Psychic TV, Doc Martin, The Pack, The Glitch Mob, LCD Soundsystem Equipto & Z-Man, Snoop Dogg, Tricky, Hudson Mohawke, The Faint, ABC, Front 242 and Big Freedia.

Hip-Hop Rap-Up: Blu & Nottz, Prof, Rich The Kid, Calvin Valentine, Snoop Dogg, Too $hort, Record Store Day, Z-Man, Equipto + more

Posted by Billyjam, April 17, 2018 11:54am | Post a Comment
Super-duo of Blu & Nottz new album Gods In The Spirit, Titans In The Flesh
via Coal Mine Music and Fat Beats released on CD, LP and cassette formats

You may have noticed how, in the recent weeks approaching Record Store Day 2018 (this upcoming Saturday, April 21st), there appears to be a distinct increase in the number of new hip-hop releases arriving into Amoeba each Friday (new release day) with this most recent new releases day been no exception. Scroll down to see the full most recent Top Ten Hip-Hop Albums chart that includes in the number slot the recommended new collaboration of emcee Blu and producer Nottz; Gods In The Spirit, Titans In The Flesh that, in addition to CD format, has been released on CD, LP and cassette formats.

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Hip-Hop Rap Up 07:012:17: Jay-Z, RTJ, Kenny Dope, Logic, Snoop Dogg, Twista, Prodigy of Mobb Deep, Necro, Z-Ro, & Macklemore

Posted by Billyjam, July 12, 2017 10:37pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Hip-Hop Top 5 July 12 2017


1: Jay-Z 4:44 (Roc Nation)

2: Logic Everybody (also avail on vinyl/LP)  (Def Jam)

3: Snoop Dogg Neva Left (Doggystyle)

4: Z-Ro No Love Boulevard (1 Deep Entertainment) 

5: Twista Crook Country (CMG)

 
 DUAL VINYL PICKS  OF THE WEEK

Kenny Dope "Cuckoo Clock" + "Crime Cut" 7"
             +   "Down By Law" / "Subway Beat" (7") (Kay Dee Records)

Necro
   Die! LP
             + Death Rap [Bonus Tracks] LP   (HHE.de Records)          

Jay-Z's 4:44 (Roc Nation), which is the number one hip-hop album at Amoeba this week, was officially released for sale Friday last (July 7, 2017) even though the album had actually been unveiled a week earlier via (Jay-Z's) Tidal streaming company as well as via Sprint, following a profitable deal he shrewdly signed with the corporation. That combined exposure of 4:44 resulted in the RIAA registering it platinum status two days in advance of its actual (traditional) "street date." As such the unprecedented move was yet another reminder of  just how radically the music business has switched up and changed in these ever-evolving digital days. Jay-Z's 4:44 (Roc Nation) has something in common with another chart entry above: Snoop Dogg's Neva Left (Doggystyle). Beyond both being by maturing hip-hop artists in a young man's game, each of the two artists shared the experience of been lambasted for losing their edge in reviews of previous recent era releases. In response, both artists set out to instantly defuse these negative impressions of their careers. Each address the haters on their respective albums' opening tracks in which they insist that they're neither washed up or irrelevant. 

Bay Area Rapper, Cannabis Activist / Entrepreneur Berner Unveils First Episode In New "Marijuana Mania" Series [Video Version]

Posted by Billyjam, February 25, 2016 08:35pm | Post a Comment

Berner "Come On" from his 2014 Bern One Ent album Drugstore Cowboy


That old adage "do what you love" is perfectly applicable to the weed loving, nationally acclaimed prolific Bay Area rapper Berner. For the past decade plus this rap artist, weed activist/entrepreneur born Gilbert Anthony Mano has crafted a unique and phenomenally lucrative and fun career, all the while balancing his two main life passions of weed and rap music. Having built a strong rep as rap recording and performing artist, to date Berner's rich back catalog boasts 14 albums including his most recent full-length release found at Amoeba,  Drought Season 3, which is just one of many dropped on his own prolific Bern One Ent. record label. Equally respected by rap fans and peers, Berner's countless studio collaborations over the years include full length releases with such fellow Bay Area artists as Messy Marv, Equipto and the late great rapper The Jacka with whom he recorded the three part aforementioned Drought Season trilogy. Others in the really long list of Berner collabs include B-Real, Snoop Dogg, Nipsey Hussle, Young Thug, and Too $hort. Perhaps even more widely known in hip-hop is his longstanding relationship and collaborative work with Wiz Khalifa. Having been down since day one with the Pittsburgh, PA based, fellow weed loving hip-hop star Wiz Khalifa, the Bay Area artist counts himself as among those part of Khalifa's elite Taylor Gang Ent. label crew along with such others as Project Pat, Chevy Woods, Ty Dolla $ign, and Tuki Carter.

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The Big Bong Theory, Two and a Half Grams? Untitled New Chuck Lorre Comedy To Lead Network TV's Next Wave: The Potcom

Posted by Billyjam, January 27, 2016 07:19pm | Post a Comment

Should we need further proof that weed's gone mainstream, as per The Hollywood Reporter, TV comedy super-producer Chuck Lorre is currently shopping his new Warner Bros. Television-backed weed comedy script to network television executives.  This latest from the creator of such successful TV comedies as The Big Bang Theory, Mike & Molly, Two and a Half Men, and his latest creation Mom on CBS, is a continuation in style of his previous shows. Co-written with David Javerbaum (The Daily Show), it is described as a situation comedy about a group of potheads in a legal marijuana dispensary in Colorado.  The as yet unnamed show inspires such potential potcom titles as The Big Bong Theory or Two and a Half Grams.  But not Buds. That stoner show title has already been snagged by NBC who, via a joint venture with Naomi Scott and husband Adam Scott (NBC's Parks and Recreation) are in development stages of their pot comedy Buds that's reportedly also set in a Colorado pot dispensary.  Another husband and wife pot comedy creative team are Ben Sinclair (Sisters) and Katja Blichfeld (30 Rock), who in 2012 unveiled the popular Vimeo web series High Maintenance about Brooklyn, New York marijuana deliveryman "The Guy" and all the characters he meets. HBO commissioned six episodes of High Maintenance to air in 2016.  Meanwhile Amazon Prime's streaming outlet will be producing the  "marijuana-themed family dramedy" starring Margaret Cho. Variety described it as about Cho, "who after court-ordered rehab gets a chance to start over, but has to move in with her dysfunctional family who now runs a pot dispensary."

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