Freeway and Jake One’s song “Throw Up Your Hands” is NPR’s Song of the Day. NPR praises the new album, saying, “The imprint [Rhymesayer] has proven a great home for him [Freeway], as evidenced by his excellent recent CD, The Stimulus Package. It doesn’t hurt that the disc was produced by Seattle DJ Jake One, perhaps the best boom-bap-style beat maker in the business.” NPR calls “Throw Your Hands Up”, “a rousing jock-jam designed to get the blood pumping. Over a dramatic bass line, high-register synths and a blitzkrieg of record-scratching, Freeway announces that he and Jake One are here to rock listeners in an old-school way… Nostalgic and relevant, smart and fun, “Throw Your Hands Up” finds two compelling artists in top form.”
Blogs is WatchingThe Cool Out network has been the spot for Northwest Hip Hop. This short film interviews luminaries in the scene, all of whom laud Cool Out for its instrumentality in getting local hip hop where it is today.
Fresh Espresso is featured on MTV’s blog for “The Freshmen,” which calls for votes on five brand new music videos each week. The winner’s video will get into rotation on mtvU. The Seattle hip-hop outfit asked fans to vote on Twitter Monday. Voting ends 11 am on Friday March 19. There are no voting restrictions, so vote as many times as you like. Check out the video below and vote for Fresh Espresso by following the above link.
Seattle’s THEESatisfaction is headed out on the “Black Weirdo” tour. “Bad March” is an acappella THEESatisfaction song/video about “marching forward, marching toward…” The group’s tour fundraising webpage says THEESatisfaction hopes to spread “queer expression, black consciousness, and gender harmony within & outside United States. Be sure to check out THEESatisfaction at the Seattle Party at SXSW, Saturday March 20, 3:50 on the Inside Stage at Beauty Bar.
Check out Dark Time Sunshine’s first video for Believeyoume. The video is directed by local filmmaker, Christian Hansen and encompasses three tracks from the album. Dark Time Sunshine is a new project from local hip-hop artist Cape Cowen and Chicago producer Zavala.
After a year of positive local press and sold out shows, Seattle hip hop looks to be on the verge of breaking out of the Northwest. The Seattle Weekly tackles what might happen next, “If you were at the Go! Machine shows and saw Macklemore’s impassioned delivery or Fatal Lucciauno convert pacifistic hipsters with his street sounds, then you’re probably wondering: What will it take for this scene to earn a country-wide audience on a par with those of, say, Atlanta or St. Louis? After all, we’ve got the producers, the recording studios, the MCs, the venues, an endless supply of traveling acts, and a solid local and regional fan base on which to build.” To read the rest of the profile please follow the above link.