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Best of 2018 Hip-Hop Part 3: Top 10 Veteran Hip-Hop Artists + Top 15 Essential Hip-Hop Vinyl Reissues + Top Turntablist Project

Posted by Billyjam, January 9, 2019 06:24pm | Post a Comment
Top 10 Veteran Hip-Hop Artists of 2018

 #10 Bukue One

In 2018 longtime East Bay underground hip-hop multi-talent Bukue One (known for his solo work and collaborating with such other artists as  Del The Funky Homosapien) continued to his decades deep unwavering commitment to all elements of hip-hop culture. Truly a modern day bboy with an educator-meets-entrepreneurial sensibility, the forward thinking Bay Area artist has long embraced such elements as emceeing, producing and graffiti writing. Among his aerosol art pieces over the past year was the above pictured tribute to Oakland.  "The Town" dedicated piece can be seen on the long shuttered, former Casper's building located where Shattuck and Telegraph Avenues merge near 45th Street in Oakland. The photo captures just one section of a much larger vibrant piece that wraps around the building that was done in late 2018 by the respected longtime b-boy and sometime skateboarder. As such Bukue-One is #10 in the countdown list of Top 10 Veteran Hip-Hop Acts which is a subjective lis that gives props to veteran hip-hop acts (20+ years in the art form) whom in 2018 continued to display creativity and commitment to various aspects of hip-hop music and culture. This top ten list is followed below by both the Top 15 Essential Hip-Hop Vinyl Reissues and the Top Turntablist Project.

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New Limited Edition Wu-Tang Clan Logo Shaped Picture Disc 7" Presents One of Hip-Hop History’s Most Iconic Logos

Posted by Billyjam, December 13, 2018 08:52pm | Post a Comment

The new limited edition Wu-Tang Clan logo shaped picture disc 7" pictured above presents one of hip-hop history’s most iconic logos; one designed a quarter century ago by DJ/producer Mathematics (aka  Allah Mathematics). The logo has been repeatedly used on group releases including the recently reissued four piece vinyl version of Wu-Tang Forever 4LP.

The multi-talented Mathematics would go on to create other Wu member graphic designs including for GZA/Genius and Method Man. The instantly recognizable W styled Wu-Tang logo is the unique design feature of the December 14, 2018 Wu-Tang Clan 7” logo shaped picture disc single. Featuring “C.R.E.A.M. (Cash Rules Everything Around Me) (Album Version)” on Side A and “Da Mystery Of Chessboxin’” on Side B, the collectible single goes on sale immediately after midnight tonight (Friday Dec 14 12:01am Pacific Time) at Amoeba online. Note that purchases, while supplies last, are limited to one per customer.

Last year on LA radio station Power 106’s The Cruz Show the iconic logo’s designer Mathematics was a studio guest along with RZA of the Wu-Tang during which they discussed the back story to the logo. The actual turnaround time in its making was only 24 hours, according to Mathematics in the interview embedded below, where he says he got a last minute request just a day ahead of deadline to come up with a logo for the first Wu-Tang single "Protect Ya Neck." 

Hip-Hop Vinyl [New, Reissues & Upcoming] Sly5thAve, Black Moon, Wiki, Wu-Tang, GZA, Playboi Carti, Pharcyde, A-Scratch, Vic Mensa

Posted by Billyjam, November 23, 2017 08:59pm | Post a Comment
Top Five Hip-Hop Vinyl Reissues: 11:22:17


1: GZA/The Genius Liquid Swords: The Singles Collection [Box Set] (7") (Geffen)

A lot of new vinyl this past week including many reissues starting with this 45, 7" four record box set from GZA/The Genius: Liquid Swords: The Singles Collection [Box Set] (7") (Geffen). Note it is just one of numerous Wu-Tang Clan related vinyl releases recently. As seen in the above photo Liquid Swords: The Singles Collection [Box Set] (7") contains in really nice packaging the title track single “Liquid Swords” (with the A and B sides being respectively the LP and instrumental versions) plus three other singles from the famed WU member. The other singles are “I Gotcha' Back” (LP version with instrumental on B-Side) and “Cold World” (LP version and RZA mix). Meanwhile the fourth single, listed as Sides G and H in the 7” series, is “Shadowboxing (LP version)” on Side A and “4th Chamber (LP Version)” on the B-side. Still in stock but box sets like this tend to sell out fast. Buy here: Ships free in USA 


Amoeba San Francisco Platinum Anniversary Celebrated Via 20 Years of Hip-Hop Albums 1997-2017: from Company Flow to Wiki

Posted by Billyjam, November 18, 2017 04:23pm | Post a Comment

As you likely already know today is part-two of the two-day 20 year (Platinum) anniversary celebration of Amoeba San Francisco that opened back in November 1997. In-store happenings at the historic SF Haight-Ashbury District location, that formerly housed a bowling alley, include music spinning from DJs with Amoeba SF roots: J Boogie, DJ Rascue, DocFu, and Mike Bee and the Platinum party going strong
til 8pm this evening.  Full details on Amoeba SF Platinum Anniversary Celebration. In celebration of Amoeba SF's 20 years of  providing bottomless crates for DJs and hip-hop fans to dig from, below is a quick look back at select hip-hop album releases from the twenty years that Amoeba San Francisco has been open. Sure it’s a subjective list culled from the countless great albums released over these past two decades. But it is also a reminder of how quickly the time has flown since Amoeba Music opened on Haight Street back in November 1997. Note that the Hollywood store opened a few years later in November 2001 and that the Amoeba Music Berkeley store (the original) had already been open for seven years at this point. The photo above is from seven years ago, November 2010, during the 20 year anniversary celebration of Amoeba Berkeley. It pictures two of that day’s performers: former Amoeba employee and Anticon hero Adam "DoseoneDrucker along with Pam The Funkstress of The Coup. As posted on the Amoeblog two days ago the longtime Bay Area DJ, also known as Purple Pam, is currently in hospital and battling for her life. As of time of publishing this story on Saturday afternoon, no further updates on Pam’s health had been issued but once they have will be posted here on the Amoeblog. [UPDATE EDIT on Saturday Nov 18th a little after 7pm (Pacific time) good news posted on social media regarding Pam's status, stating that "she had a successful surgery and is on her way to recovery" and that she and her family, "want to thank everyone for their prayers and concern."]
Meantime below are 20 hip-hop albums from the past 20 years of Amoeba SF's existence at 1855 Haight St, San Francisco, California 94117 

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Corey Taylor

Posted by Amoebite, October 31, 2017 02:17pm | Post a Comment

Corey Taylor What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"I love aggressive shit. I love being able to feel a lot of attitude," says hard rock vocalist Corey Taylor about the Wu-Tang Clan during his recent What's In My Bag? interview. "You wanna talk about just getting a bunch of geniuses together and just letting them fucking unleash. It doesn't get much better than that first album." In addition to the Wu-Tang Clan, Taylor picks up albums by Electric Light Orchestra and The Clash, and recalls growing up with The Rocky Horror Picture Show, speaking eloquently and passionately about all of his picks.

Corey Taylor is an alternative metal singer, musician, and songwriter known for his work with Stone Sour and Slipknot. In 1992, he formed Stone Sour in his native Des Moines, Iowa. Several years later, he was invited to join Slipknot as a replacement for their original vocalist. Slipknot's 1999 self-titled debut LP peaked at number one on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart, eventually going double platinum. The band's followup, 2001's Iowa, soared to number three on the Top 200 charts and became a number one album in the UK. With each album they made, Slipknot continued to climb the charts. Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses) landed at number two while All Hope Is Gone (2008) was the band's first number one album in the US.

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