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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Karriem Riggins & J Rocc

Posted by Amoebite, June 6, 2017 12:15pm | Post a Comment

Karriem Riggins & J Rocc What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Amoeba Hollywood was excited to have drummer/producer Karriem Riggins and turntablist J Rocc at the store recently to promote Riggins' latest album, Headnod Suite. Before their in-store performance the two went record hunting and shared their killer finds, which included some old favorites and an oddball pick or two.

Karriem Riggins Headnod SuiteKarriem Riggins is a jazz drummer, DJ, and hip-hop producer originally from Detroit. As a child, he played drums with his musician father and began producing hip-hop when he was in middle school. After high school, he moved to New York City, where he joined the Ray Brown Trio. His production and performance credits include work with Kanye West, Paul McCartney, Oscar Peterson, Esperanza Spalding, Roy Hargrove, The Roots, Common, Erykah Badu, Talib Kweli, KAYTRANADA, and J Dilla. His debut LP, Alone Together, was released on Stones Throw in 2012; his follow up, Headnod Suite, landed in early 2017.

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Historic Event For A City That Once Banned Rap, Oakland's Hiero Day 2016 Elevated It To Best Damn Hip-Hop Festival Ever

Posted by Billyjam, September 7, 2016 07:07am | Post a Comment

Oakland's annual all day hip-hop festival, Hiero Day 2016 that took place two days ago, was both amazing and historic. Only in its fifth year, the Hieroglyphics collective curated event has not only already established itself as the best annual music and cultural festival in The Town (Oakland). But this annual Labor Day's sold-out, talent-packed, festival comprised of three different concert stages, each offering top notch and totally diverse hip-hop acts, elevated Hiero Day into the best damn hip-hop festival anywhere! Attended by respectful hip-hop fans of all generations and races, but each sharing an appreciation for all styles of hip-hop, Hiero Day 2016 exuded the most positive, peaceful, uplifting vibe of any hip-hop event of its scale that I have ever witnessed anywhere. And that prevailing positive vibe that permeated the air on Monday all seemed to fuel  the energy of the acts on stage and their tight sets. Monday's diverse list of over 50 performers included Too $hort, Paris, the Invisibl Skratch Piklz, Dilated Peoples, Murs, Mr. Lif, Just Blaze, Young L, and the Hieros themselves.. 

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Hiero Day 2016 Video Preview

Posted by Billyjam, September 5, 2016 01:04pm | Post a Comment

Already underway with things started, there's still time for Bay Area hip-hop fans to head on over to the fifth, latest, and best ever Hiero Day 2016 in Oakland. Previous years have been really good but this one, with all the wonderful diver acts on the bill, looks like it beats all previous years. It's an all ages event and is great for kids too since it has such an incredibly peaceful and positive vibe. Most things run close to their schedules but sometimes, like last year, things can run a bit late, especially later in the day. So be patient realistic and don't take the above schedule literally but rather as good guideline to the running order of acts and their set running lengths. In honor of this unique and wonderful cultural event that the hometown Hieroglyphics hip-hop crew (who headline) produce and present, below are a series of corresponding music videos for several of the acts to hit the three concert stages (Full Circle, Third Eye, and Infinity) later today including Dilated Peoples, Murs, Too $hort, The Beat Junkies, The Grouch, Nef The Pharaoh, Juvenile, Lyrics Born, Invisibl Skratch Piklz and Young L. Note that pre-sale tix are no longer available but you can buy tix at the gate. More info on Hiero Day 2016

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