Hip-Hop Rap Up: 08:27:17: Fashawn, Grieves, 21 Savage & Metro Boomin, Hiero Day 2017 Line-up, New Top Five, Super Cat reissue +

Posted by Billyjam, August 27, 2017 11:31am | Post a Comment

Accurately self-described as the “annual outdoor festival, concert, food, and block party where thousands come to celebrate all that is good about Oakland” Hiero Day 2017 is just over one week away. Now in its sixth year, the upcoming lineup may not be quite as star-studded an event as Hiero Day 2016 was. But it’s still a not to be missed event presenting a nice cross-section of artists: both local and national. In addition to a closing performance from the longtime Oakland extended hip-hop crew who created the event that bears the festival’s name, there’s a rich diverse lineup of emcees and DJs planned for the day-long, multi-stage event that happened last few years in area roughly between Jack London Square and the West Oakland BART but this year has moved a little bit to a new location in West Oakland at 18th and Poplar streets.

Acts on the announced upcoming lineup include such emcees as Dead Prez, Bun BRas Kass, Lil B, and G Perico, as well as such DJs as (the DJ turned MC doing a DJ set) DJ Quik, king of the rare 45s Breakbeat Lou, Sean G, Toro y Moi, D-Sharp, Mind Motion, Amoeba Hollywood’s own Monalisa (pictured right) and the two multitalented Bay Area DJ crews Triple Threat DJs and the Oakland Faders. See flyer below for the full lineup. Tix for the all ages event (doors open at 10am for 11am to 7pm event on Monday September 4th).


Hip-Hop New Releases 08:25:17 (includes vinyl reissues)

1: Grieves Running Wild (also on vinyl/LP) (Rhymesayers)

2: Dday One & Lex (de Kalhex) Parallel Presence 7" (The Content Label)
3: 21 Savage & Metro Boomin Savage Mode (LP) (Slaughter Gang)

4: V/A Seção Rítmica: Instrumental Funk From '70s Brazil (also on vinyl/LP)  (Atemoya Records)

5: Super Cat Don Dada LP (Sony Legacy)

This week's Top Five chart is a hodge-podge of categories including the new vinyl pressing (CD released last summer) of 21 Savage & Metro Boomin's Savage Mode (LP) via Slaughter Gang. Peep the video for the album track "No Heart" below (explicit lyrics warning). Another reissue is the new vinyl repress of the 1992 crossover reggae album from Super Cat Don Dada LP.  Reissued by Sony Legacy this early 90's release harks back to a time in hip-hop when dancehall records like this routinely showed up on hip-hop charts and playlists and were considered a part of hip-hop. Many will recall how Kool Keith famously referenced this particular album's title track on the Ultramagnetic MC's single "Two Brothers With Checks (San Francisco, Harvey)" (off the legendary Bronx group's 1993 album The Four Horsemen) in which he rapped "Like Supercat, don don dada. I play the field in New York, and hit Jamaica."  In addition to “Don Dada” the album featured such other popular singles as “Ghetto Red Hot” and “Them No Worry We” that featured the late great Heavy D. The video for that album track/single is below (scroll down).

Similarly to Super Cat, while technically not hip-hop, but of interest to true hip-hop heads (especially beats and breaks fiends), is the excellent collection of early era Brazilian funk Seção Rítmica: Instrumental Funk From '70s Brazil (also on vinyl/LP)  care of Atemoya Records. Other vinyl releases this past Friday (that's new release day of the week) include the seven inch single via the Content Label from Dday One & Lex (de Kalhex) Parallel Presence 7" and the new Grieves album.

Grieves' first new studio album in three years, it is again released by Rhymesayers on CD Running Wild (as well as on vinyl/LP). The longtime Seattle WA rapper, whose been putting it down for a decade plus, said in an interview how he's truly tired of the Macklemore comparisons and often notes in interviews that back in the day he would routinely have Macklemore open for him at shows. Note that the new Grieves' release comes with four sheets of peel-off emblem stickers: 4 per sheet = 16 stickers - all of which correspond with the logo associated with the individual album song in the accompanying lyrics 16 page booklet that also comes with this release -as seen in the photo below of the CD version of new Rhymesayers release. Scroll down to see the new music video for new Grieves album track "What It Dew." 

In addition to that new Grieves video also down below are a few other videos that include the aforementioned 21 Savage & Metro Boomin' and Super Cat videos, plus the latest WIMB? (Amoeba's popular "What's In My Bag?" series) from vlogger/music critic Anthony Fantano who does a lot of hip-hop album reviews on his popular posts. Additionally is the latest from Fresno artist Fashawn: his politically charged "Mother AmeriKKKa." Fashawn just gets better and better as proven by this new latest single and its accompanying video that was directed by Aplus Filmz. Many have suggested that his signing with Nas’ Mass Appeal, for whom he dropped The Ecology (also on vinyl/LP), has inspired him to be even more creative. This latest track is also from Mass Appeal and from the new EP "Manna" which, so far, doesn’t have a physical release.

Grieves “What It Dew” from Running Wild (also on vinyl/LP) (Rhymesayers)

21 Savage & Metro Boomin “No Heart” from Savage Mode (LP) (Slaughter Gang)

Super Cat “Dem No Worry We (feat. Heavy D)” from Don Dada LP (Sony Legacy)

Fashawn “Mother Amerikkka” (2017)

Anthony Fantano “What's in My Bag?” (2017)

Relevant Tags

Heavy D (2), Monalisa (3), 1970's Brazilian Funk (1), Grieves (1), Fashawn (10), Dj Quik (12), Anthony Fantano Crate Digging (1), Hiero Day 2017 Line-up (1), 21 Savage & Metro Boomin (1), Super Cat (1)