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A CELEBRATION OF DJ STEF Elbo Room 10/17 Peter Agoston's Impressive Line-up inc. Zion I, Del, Foreign Legion, Peanut Butter Wolf

Posted by Billyjam, October 16, 2017 03:50pm | Post a Comment
 

Tomorrow night's (Tuesday, October 17th) A Celebration of DJ Stef at the Elbo Room in San Francisco is further proof of just how widely beloved an individual Stephanie Gardner Ornelas (aka DJ Stef) truly was. As previously reported on the Amoeblog there was unprecedented outpouring of grief and shock in response to the DJ/writer/hip-hop ambassador's sudden October 1st death from a heart attack. Tomorrow's Elbo Room party, one of several in honor of DJ Stef this week, is being organized by Peter Agoston of Female Fun.  Agoston  (aka DJ Thanksgiving Brown) is one of the multitude of devoted friends DJ Stef earned over the years via her central role in the Bay Area (and beyond) hip-hop / DJ community. Thanks to Agoston's hard work and his contact with many of the artists that DJ Stef has made a lasting impression on over the years, he's managed to enlist a most impressive list of artists to perform for free for the benefit/tribute event.

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Positive Attitude + Successful GoFundMe Drive Propel MC Zumbi's Rebound from Armed Robbery During Recent Zion I Video Shoot

Posted by Billyjam, August 2, 2017 10:02pm | Post a Comment

"Thanks to the love and support of so many great people, our GoFundMe drive has reached its goal to replace the camera and [to] re-shoot the video,"  MC Zumbi of Zion I told the Amoeblog. The longtime Oakland based hip-hop artist born Steve Gaines was referencing the successful ongoing crowd-funding drive he hurriedly set up a couple of weeks ago. His GoFundMe was set up after he and his film crew were robbed at gunpoint of valuable camera gear, during a music video shoot at 11th and Willow streets. That West Oakland neighborhood, where Zumbi himself had previously lived for many years, is an example of another rapidly changing East Bay community in the throes of gentrification.  Made to accompany the song "Calm Down," off the new Zion I EP The Wake Up, the short-movie styled music video's theme, Zumbi explained, was a commentary on the lack of opportunity for longtime residents of communities like the West Oakland one he'd chosen for his location shoot.

"I'm not mad at the community and I'm not scared of the community. I love Oakland," stressed the ever resilient and positive artist by phone this week. A year ago, when the artist and his family were priced out of their longtime Oakland home with no rent control, he recorded the reactionary song and music video "Tech $" about the negative effects of the Bay Area tech boom: one that's resulted in the displacement of so many longtime residents over the past number of years.

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Music of the Spheres: A Magical Night of Music, Feasting & Social Good, April 28

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 6, 2017 05:27pm | Post a Comment

Music of the Speheres

Kev Choice
Kev Choice
Zion I
Zion I

Join Stellium, HipHopForChange, and Amoeba Music on Friday, April 28th at San Francisco's Grace Cathedral for Music of the Spheres: a magical night of music, feasting, and social good. This one-of-a-kind event will raise funds to benefit the fight against human trafficking and features special musical guests such as Kev Choice, Zion I, JEL of ANTICON, Foxtails Brigade, and many more, all accompanied by a youth ensemble featuring students from Oakland School for the Arts! Plus, Marvel Comics' Stan Lee will premiere a video and poem for his organization Hands of Respect.

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1990's Promo Pics Pt IIX: N.W.A, Ice Cube, Westside Connection, Sister Souljah, B-Legit, Premiere, UNLV, E-A-Ski, Chill-E-B, Zion I

Posted by Billyjam, February 16, 2017 01:54pm | Post a Comment




The Westside Connection power trio, featuring Ice Cube, Mack 10, and WC, are photographed above in the 1990's promo pic along with Jamie Foxx during a 1997 shoot for The Jamie Foxx Show television show.  On that episode, that first aired on the WB network February 12th, 1997, the LA rap supergroup  did a four minute acting scene plus performed their (then current) single "Gangstas Make The World Go Round." That track was culled from their 1996 released album Bow Down whose other popular tracks included the funk-fueled title track hit single.

The Westside Connection promo pic is just one of three featuring Ice Cube in this latest 1990's Promo Pics Amoeblog series. The other two below are both from the artist's two-part War & Peace Pt. I + War & Peace Pt 2 album (also avail on vinyl/LP Vol 1 and vinyl/LP Vol 2) promo package in this latest series installment.  Also featured below is Cube's famous pioneering gangsta rap group N.W.A but after he had left the group to pursue his successful solo career and their membership was pared-down to the core quartet of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, DJ Yella and MC Ren.

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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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