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Weekly Hip-Hop Rap Up: The Grouch, Ras G, Madlib & Freddie Gibbs, Black Moon, Smif-N-Wessun, clipping, Dibia$e, Injury Reserve

Posted by Billyjam, June 26, 2019 02:11pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Hip-Hop Top 5 of the Week June 26 2019


1: The Grouch Unlock The Box White Vinyl 2LP (HHV.de)

2: Ras G Down 2 Earth, Vol. 4 vinyl LP (Ghetto Sci Fi)

3: clipping Face vinyl LP + cassette (Deathbomb Arc)

4: Dibia$e Bonus Levels vinyl LP (10 Thirty/Fat Beats)
 
5: Injury Reserve Injury Reserve also avail on vinyl/LP (Loma Vista Recordings)

Initially unveiled back in December The Grouch’s is now available as a double vinyl Unlock The Box White Vinyl 2LP set via European label HHV.de. The twelve track album from the Living Legends member include “Unconditional (feat Rio Amor),” “Feel Alone,” “Fish Fly (feat Keili Love)” and “Good Gold (feat Myka 9).” Other new hip-hop releases to arrive into Amoeba this current week include Los Angeles producer/DJ Ras G's Down 2 Earth, Vol. 4 vinyl LP (Ghetto Sci Fi), clipping Face vinyl LP + cassette (Deathbomb Arc), and LA beat scene vet Dibia$e's Bonus Levels vinyl LP (10 Thirty/Fat Beats). Also new to Amoeba's shelves this week is Injury Reserve’s self titled new album whose Amoeba review describes the Arizona indie rap trio as pushing “the boundaries of hip-hop on their innovative, excellent self-titled full-length…..” and recalling how “the band got their start playing basement punk shows and there’s definitely a correlation in terms of ethos and aesthetic. Throw some jazz-funk melodies in the mix, get weird on some experimental moments.”

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Hip-Hop Vinyl/LP Top 5 New Arrivals: Blockhead, P.O.S., Dark Lo & V Don, N.O.R.E., The Grouch [Music Video Version]

Posted by Billyjam, February 6, 2019 11:53am | Post a Comment
  Hip-Hop Vinyl/LP Top 5 New Arrivals @ Amoeba [02:05:19]

#1 Blockhead Free Sweatpants LP (also on CD) (Backwoodz)

Filed under both hip-hop and electronic is super producer Blockhead whom most know via his releases on the Ninja Tune label such as 2010's Music Scene and dating back to 2004's Music By Cavelight
CD version has two extra Blockhead solo tracks and clocks in at approx eleven minutes longer.  
The NYC producer, whose last album was 2017's amazing all instrumental Funeral Balloons 2LP,  shines both in his solo instrumental projects as well as when he collaborates with emcees. The brand new  Free Sweatpants LP (also on CD) offers an equal balance of both instrumental and emcee-collaborative tracks. For the latter he is joined by some of the best including Open Mike Eagle, Aesop Rock, Homeboy Sandman and billy woods. Down with billy woods and his Backwoodz label who released this album,  the emcee/label head appears on two tracks on the new album.  woods, who did a memorable inshore performance at Amoeba Berkeley a couple of years back, cameos on “Slippery Slope” along with Open Mike Eagle and Breezly Brewin. Then with his partner in rhyme in side project Armand Hammer, Elucid he guests on “Be Safe.”  Other guests include Hemlock Ernst, Marq Spekt and Vic Spencer.  Below is the audio-only video for the killer album track featuring Aesop Rock, “Kiss The Cook.” 


New Hip-Hop Vinyl: Eric B & Rakim 1987-1992, E-40 Federal, RTJ Etched Art EP, Superfly OST, Mndsgn, Onyx, The Grouch, Masta Ace + more

Posted by Billyjam, July 16, 2018 09:24pm | Post a Comment
 Run The Jewels "Stay Gold (Smiff & Cash Remix Collection)" / Etched Red Colored 12"
 with Marvel Variant Artwork, gatefold cover, B-side etched art   (Run The Jewels Inc.)


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The above Run The Jewels instantly collectible "Stay Gold (Smiff & Cash Remix Collection)" / Etched Red Colored 12" EP with gatefold cover (4 tracks on one side + etched art on B-side) and sticker set is among the many exciting hip-hop vinyl arrivals at Amoeba Music in recent weeks. Scroll down for more info on this and the numerous other hip-hop vinyl releases available from Amoeba including each of the three RTJ albums on vinyl. Also highlighted below are many of the other new album vinyl pressings, including several reissues, plus 7" singles. The artists featured on these numerous new vinyl pressings include Eric B & Rakim, E-40, Mndsgn,   Slum Village, Showbiz & A.G. , The Grouch Masta Ace, Onyx21 Savage, Young Thug, Sleepy Brown, Khalid, Lil Wayne Future and more. Note: Amoeba Music offers free shipping anywhere in USA on all vinyl releases.

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Hip-Hop Weekly Top Five [Video Version] Eligh, Jay Rock, Uncle Drew OST, J-Zone, Sami Baha

Posted by Billyjam, June 20, 2018 11:23pm | Post a Comment
#1: Eligh Last House On The Block (also on 2LP/vinyl) (Eligh Music)

Leading the top five chart of the latest batch of hip-hop arrivals at Amoeba Music is the Living Legends' legendary emcee Eligh whose long awaited brand new solo album Last House On The Block (also on 2LP/vinyl) (Eligh Music) comes highly recommended. While offering up a diverse sounding mix of tracks, from throwback boom bap to new school West Coast sounding, Eligh ties it all together with his effortlessly high-caliber engaging flow. Further enhancing this 66 minute, 18 track album are his well chosen mic guests, several of whom are longtime collaborators of the emcee. Album guests include Evidence ("Burn"),  R.A. The Rugged Man and Eamon ("Still Chasing"), Max ZT  and Priya Darshini ("Thursday Child"),  Zion I ("Focused") and gratefully his longtime partner in rhyme in his Legends side-project duo The Grouch who collaborates along with Zion I's Zumbi on "Focused" as well as on "Pain on the Break." The recently published accompanying Enkrypt directed music video (some great shots of LA) for that DJ Fresh produced summer banger appears immediately below as does the video for the album title track.

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Amoeba Music Berkeley Among Premier Bay Area Destinations For New Golden State Warriors Star Kevin Durant

Posted by Billyjam, October 24, 2016 03:30pm | Post a Comment
New Bay Area resident and recently signed Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant spent the weekend exploring (and seemingly loving) the Bay with premier destinations including a visit to Amoeba Music in Berkeley. See pictures from KD's adventures around the Bay.

Online posts to Reddit and Twitter last week asking for tips on what to do in his newly adapted Bay Area home, including suggestions on "dope record stores," resulted in the NBA star doing some crate digging at the East Bay Amoeba store on Telegraph Ave. where he was joined by popular Bay Area hip-hop artist Sage The Gemini. Both are pictured in a photo Durant posted to his Twitter account over the weekend. And last night the music loving/BART-riding basketball star, who is on the cover of the new (Nov. 3) issue of Rolling Stone, was up front in the mosh pit at the Kanye West concert in Oakland where he got mobbed by fans and shouted-out by Yeezy from onstage.

In July the 28-year old MVP award winner made headlines when he announced he would leave Oklahoma City Thunder to sign a lucrative $54.3 million 2 year contract with the Warriors, with a player option after the first year. His signing to join the Oakland based team with fellow NBA superstar Steph Curry gave the Golden State Warriors one of the greatest starting lineups in NBA history. With the new 2016-17 NBA season kicking off this week, KD has finally fully relocated to the Bay Area and begun to familiarize himself with the area, with a little help from his fans.  On Thursday he went on Reddit posting,  "Its KD. New to the area, still tryin' to get my feet wet and want to know what places in The Bay to check out...." In a separate post he noted how he's into music shopping, asking about,  "Any dope record stores … you would suggest?" A few days earlier he had sent out a similar request via his Twitter account when he Tweeted, "Getting familiar with my new city. Tell me what I’m going to love most about The Bay." Both requests resulted in him being inundated with suggestions, many of them mentioning Amoeba Music in San Francisco and Berkeley. "If you haven't been to Amoeba Music it's a great spot for diggin' vinyl of all genres," suggested one fan while another suggested SFMOMA, the Museum of African Diaspora, and checking out visiting Chicago artist Chance The Rapper's Bay Area appearances over the weekend.
 

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