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2017 DMC Bay Area Regional DJ Battle: Illustrated Report by Photojournalist James Mak @ Joysco Photos

Posted by Billyjam, April 25, 2017 01:08pm | Post a Comment

Frequent Amoeblog contributor, photojournalist James Mak of Joysco Photos provides all of the images  for this illustrated report on the 2017 DMC Bay Area DJ Battle that took place over this past weekend at
The Uptown in Oakland. The annual regional battle, for which the winner goes on to represent the Bay Area against DJ from all over the US in the national DMC US Finals during the summer, was won by Ichy The Killer. The hard working, talented turntablist is pictured above during his winning set and also in winners pic left after the battle results were announced in which he is pictured center with second place contestant DJ LazyBoy (left) and runner up/third place battle DJ Mike Cee (right).  The many photos below, for which you can scroll over for additional text data, include various Bay Area battle DJ contestants, guest performer DJ Traps, battle host  BAS-One, US DMC boss Christie Zee who flew out from NYC for the battle, judges including DJ Cue, Quest, Pos Red, Shortkut, Vin Roc, Snayk Eyez, Mista B, and Teeko, and event attendees including DJ Marz, Davey D, and DJ Daryl of 415 and No Limit and producer of 2Pac's "Keep Your Head Up" fame. These wonderful photos by James Mak capture a night that was more than simply a 2017 DJ battle, but also an historic gathering of different generations of Bay Area hip-hop DJs, tracing this rich regional cultural movement all the way back to the early 1980's. Thanks to photojournalist James Mak of Joysco Photos for sharing his work with the Amoeblog.  For more on the upcoming 2017 DMC battles watch this space and visit the official  DMC DJ Champs website.

DJ Traps Wins 2013 SF Regional DMC Battle

Posted by Billyjam, April 29, 2013 12:00pm | Post a Comment

DJ Traps working his winning routine @ last night's 2013 San Franciso Regional DMC DJ Battle

Proving that you really can make lemonade out of lemons DJ Traps - last night's winner of the  2013 San Francisco Regional DMC DJ Battle - shared during his acceptance speech that his personal life had not been going so good lately but that, via his craft, he had managed to turn all that negativity into something positive. "I been through a lot of shit recently," admitted the winner of the prestigious DJ battle without going into detail. "But I took it all out here," he said gesturing towards the two turntable and mixer set up on which he had just done his stunning six minute winning routine of the heated, high caliber DJ battle.

The competition - the second annual Bay Area DMC Regional in a row after a noticeable six year gap of any DMC battles in the Bay - was a fun and talent-packed turntable competition that was as much a DJ battle as it was a reunion and gathering of Bay Area hip-hop DJs of the past few decades. In addition to young DJ cats like Santa Rosa competitor DJ Lazy Boy (aka Gregory The Great) there were OG Bay Area DJs like DJ Apollo, Pos Red, DJ Quest, and QBert who all started out in the 80's as well as next generation DJs like Teeko, Snayk Eyez, and Golden Chyld who arrived on the scene in the 90's. The whole event, that ran from mid afternoon into the evening at Neck of The Woods on Clement St. in San Francisco, exuded good vibes and a shared love by all in the house for hip-hop DJ'ing and scratch music. DJ Lazy Boy, who placed third in the competition, said during his acceptance speech onstage with DJ Apollo - the MC of the night - that he had grown up listening to the Triple Threat DJ crew (the Bay Area supergroup featuring Apollo along with Shortkut and Vin Roc - another one of the night's judges) and that he used to practice his DJing to, using routines done by Apollo as his template, noting that "it was an honor" to now be onstage alongside his turntable hero.
 
Following a great warm up set by Mista B, who dug deep in his crates to spin lots of old school and golden era classics (Grandmaster Flash + Furious Five featuring Melle Mel, Run DMC, Audio Two, etc.) plus a bunch of throwbacks from the Bay Area including IMP/Cougnut and Rated X/C-Funk, the SF DMC battle started with the first round of each of eight DJs doing two minute routines.

Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week Ending 08.03.12: Dark Time Sunshine, Batsauce, GZA, Blu & Exile, MURS & Fashawn, Zion-I @ Oaklandish + more

Posted by Billyjam, August 3, 2012 11:54am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five Week Ending 08:03:12


Dark Time Sunshine Dark "Never Cry Wolf (feat. Reva DeVito)" (2012)


1)  Dark Time Sunshine ANX (Fake Four Inc)

The biggest mover for this week is none other than the new album from rapper Onry Ozzborn and producer Zavala, which gets my vote for best hip hop album of 2012 thus far.  The music that these two craft together is something very special, and taps into the edgiest and most provocative elements of the genre in a way that few groups can. Zavala’s beats are like transmissions from a different futuristic dimension where people still bump old school hip hop on occasion, and Onry’s deep vocals fit perfectly in the mix.  Features from Aesop Rock, P.O.S, and Busdriver amongst others. Very highly recommended!



The Chicharones "Burn It Down" (2012)



2) The Chicharones Swine Flew (Camobear)

This new album from Josh Martinez and Sleep delivers more of the fun, clever, infectious hip hop you’ve come to expect from these two. These guys have a rep for amazing live shows that landed them a headlining spot on this year’s Warped Tour, and Swine Flew is an album years in the making that balances their bouncy party songs with some serious songwriting. Great hooks, intricate verses and terrific beats from Smoke of Oldominion make this an album worth checking for.  Bacon.

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BILLY JAM'S WEEKLY HIP-HOP ROUND UP, Pt I: 08:08:08

Posted by Billyjam, August 8, 2008 05:38am | Post a Comment

BERKELEY AMOEBA MUSIC HIP-HOP TOP FIVE: 08:08:08

 
1) Diplo Top Ranking Santogold (Mad Decent)
  
2) NaS Untitled (Def Jam)
  
3) Zo! & Tigallo Love the 80's (Hall of Justus Records)
  
4) Lil Wayne Tha Carter III (Cash Money/Universal)
  
5) The Roots Rising Down (Def Jam)

Just 366 days to 09:09:09. Meantime, happy 08:08:08 and thanks to Tunde at the Berkeley Amoeba Music for this week's hip-hop top five on which the number one album of the week comes care of superstar DJ/producer Diplo who, in keeping with what he did on MIA's Piracy Funds Terrorism mix, delivers the goods with a killer 75 minute mix of Brooklyn female vocal force Santogold mixed with a ton of other sources. Incorporating music off of her recent debut release along with other material, Diplo serves up original blends/mixes of Santogold and other artists' that run the gamut from dubstep to Dirty South. The non-stop, hour and a quarter, 35-track mix, which is heavy on the old school and reggae flavors, includes a refreshingly diverse diplo remixes santogold mix of music that Diplo makes fit perfectly together. Included are Barrington Levy, Three 6 Mafia, Devo, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Sister Nancy, The Clash, and B-52's.

Zo, along with Tigallo (aka Phonte) from Little Brother, have merged forces to record and release this week's chart's number 3 entry: the limited edition (reportedly only 2,500 copies pressed & individually numbered) Love the 80's. A throwback, fun r&b based EP (right down to the cover art), it combines the smooth, slick production by Zo topped with Phonte’s vocal chops as they Santogoldcover some of their favorite songs from that colorful decade known as The 80's. Also included are remixes by Trackacademicks and Nicolay.

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