After telling my friend Erin that I’m writing a blog this summer, she requested that I post one about music. So here we go…
I primarily listen to hip hop music, and this interest sparked during high school when the underground hip hop scene in my hometown of Seattle, WA, started to explode. Seattle has contributed a lot to music over the last fifty years – from Jimi Hendrix to Sir Mix-A-Lot to Nirvana – and now Northwest hip hop is beginning to gain national recognition. It’s hard to talk about current hip hop in Seattle without mentioning Blue Scholars. The duo consists of Geologic (emcee) and Sabzi (producer), and is pretty well known at CC – they even played nearby campus my freshman year. They started back in 2002 when the two were students at the University of Washington. Blue Scholars are responsible for helping create the politically and socially conscious hip hop image coming from Seattle today.
I’m going to share some groups (and songs of theirs that I think are good introductions to their music) that kicked off my interest in the genre – both from Seattle and other places throughout the country – and some of my favorite artists now, as well.
This is a song called “North by Northwest” by Blue Scholars off their 2007 album, Bayani.
Common Market is another duo from Seattle, consisting of Blue Scholars producer, Sabzi, and emcee RA Scion. The group formed in 2005, and this song “Tobacco Road” comes off their 2008 album of the same name.
Grip Grand is one of my favorite artists coming from the Bay Area. The song “Poppin’ Pockets” is really popular among my friends at CC.
XV is a relatively new artist from Kansas. This song is called “Losing the Signal,” and I believe it will be featured on his new album.
Theophilus London is from New York City. “Humdrum Town” is his debut single off of Green Label Sound.
Here is a sequence of a few other artists on the rise from Seattle:
Grynch & Two Good Men, “I’m A Dreamer”
Macklemore, “The Town” (Sabzi Remix)
J.Pinder, “Go Far”
Ryan Lewis (producer), “Fake Empire” (sampling The National)
Anyway, I definitely don’t know everything about hip hop – by any means. But these are just some songs that I think are a fairly decent representation of what kind of music I like to listen to. Enjoy!