Hip-Hop Rap-Up, Week End 02.07.14: Step Brothers, Dag Savage, Dilla Day, Hip Hop, Chess and The Psychology of The Battle

Posted by Billyjam, February 7, 2014 08:08am | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music Hollywood Hip-Hop Top Five for Week Ending February 7th 2014

The Step Brothers Lord Steppington (Rhymesayers  Entertainment)

2) Dag Savage E&J (Dirty Science)

Blu & Exile Below The Heavens  (Sound In Color)

4) Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city (Aftermath)

5) Kayne West Yeezus (Def Jam)

Thanks for updates on all the latest releases to the guys at Amoeba Hollywood and at Amoeba Berkeley where E-Lit took time to shoot the video (above the Hollywood chart immediately above) and showcase the brand new and recent releases in the hip-hop department. As you will notice at both the SoCal store the Bay Area store new 2014 releases selling very well include
The Step Brothers' Lord Steppington on Rhymesayers (in both CD & vinyl formats with the vinyl coming with instrumentals) and the latest reissue of the power duo Blu & Exile's Below The Heavens  - this time courtesy of the Sound In Color record label who have reissued it in both CD and vinyl formats. Nice! Note that another Amoeba Hollywood chart entry this week - the staple from Kendrick Lamar (good kid, m.A.A.d city) released many months ago but still selling well - comes in both CD and LP formats. As many in the industry have noted vinyl pressings of new (as well as reissues) have been on a steady increase in recent time and more and more new hip-hop albums are being issued in both formats on the same release dates. Another new chart entry example is Dag Savage's E&J released by Dirty Science this week on both CD and LP formats. As mentioned by E-Lit Dag Savage is the super duo of Johaz and Exile  - of interest to fans of the Blu & Exile, especially since on of the hot new 14 track album's tracks features Blu (see video below). Also below is an Amoeba WIMB? (What's In My Bag?) video with other chart entrants: longtime friends and collaborators Evidence and Alchemist (aka Step Brothers) when they went crate digging in the Hollywood store one day five years ago. Really excellent video that you should check out if you are either a Step Brothers fan or a music collector. In the Webby award winning WIMB? series offers some of the best entertainment in my opinion. Love those videos - EG check out the Mos Def video, the Qbert WIMB?, and the KRS-One WIMB? clips online.

Dag Savage "Don't Stop (feat Blu)"

Step Brothers Evidence and Alchemist's WIMB?

Hard to believe but it is already eight years since the tragic passing of super influential and revered Detroit hip-hop producer J Dilla whose legacy seems to only greater with each passing year. This year's Dilla Day (today Feb 7th), with parties and concerts all over the country including the big one in his hometown of Detroit and in such other cities as San Francisco, is especially significant since it falls on what would been the aritst's 40th birthday. The Detroit Dilla Day concert tonight happens at the Fillmore in the Motor City with a most impressive lineup that includes De La Soul, Slum Village, DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Phife Dawg, Phat Kat, Guilty Simpson, Bishop Lamont, and DJ TJ the King. Tickets/info here or here (313) 961-5450. Meanwhile in San Francisco at Mighty tonight will be A Celebration Of All Things Dilla with music provided by "Detroit Hip Hop Ambassador" House Shoes, plus hometown talents Mr. E, DJ Shortkut, and DJ Haylow and hosted by Fran Boogie. Doors open at 9pm when they will have free donuts (in honor of Dilla's landmark Donuts album) while supplies last. Free before Midnight with RSVP. For directions, times, etc. visit

On Sunday in the South Bay SJ Zulu Nation and the Hip Hop Chess Federation join forces to present a lecture by Adisa Banjoko on "Hip Hop, chess and the psychology of the battle." I reached out to Banjoko -  founder of the Hip-Hop Chess Federation who lectures regularly at universities, teaching how music, chess and martial arts can lead youth to understanding self discovery and self mastery - to ask him what will make this event unique. He told the Amoeblog that, "We will look at how battling has always forced every element Hip-Hop to evolve. Beyond that, we will look at how works like Machiavelli's The Prince and Sun Tzu's Art of War affected the psychology of how artists approach what they do. It will be fun and informative." 4pm start time. See flyer above for details.

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