My Philosophy

Ten Years of My Philosophy

My Philosophy


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Peace, people. Y'know, it's almost embarrassing to admit this—but this very column marks 10 years of me writing My Philosophy. I have mixed feelings about mine still being the name at the top of this column, to be honest. Integrity is very important to me (wamp wamp)—and in my eyes, this particular soapbox carries some responsibility to a deep and once-underserved community of artists. Do I do them a disservice by not moving on and letting someone else's philosophy occupy this space? I dunno, really—a decade down the line, I'm a walking conflict of interest. Stewarding not just this but other things, among them a radio show and the interests of the artists I help manage (who are some of the best in these Northwest states, and who I've always advocated for), but I try my best to be transparent about all of it. I hope that, and this, is enough, because for now I'm still here—and I hope my driving is okay. You can let me know otherwise.

Now then: Red Bull Sound Select and KEXP have teamed up for this Souls of Mischief show at Nectar on Wednesday, June 18. In the interest of transparency, I should report that I helped book the support—namely Kung Foo Grip and Nu Era. Rest assured I received no kickback from this, not even the case of 8.4-ounce Red Edition cans nor the 10K in crisp bills that I asked for. Thanks, guys. Y'all can RSVP for this online (learn to use your computer) and pay only three bones for the whole thing. You're welcome. Or that same night, you can see OG triphop-reggae-soul crew Nightmares on Wax at Neumos, supported by the Fabulous Party Boys and OCnotes (who I help manage, and whose next albums are amazing, so there).

Shout-out to DJs Supa Sam, Equis, and the OG Kun Luv for spinning at the All City Teen Dance for Peace at Seattle Center's Exhibition Hall on Thursday, June 19. Go know about that if you're a teen—no BS, no creepers. Or, if you're a creeper, you can hit up Studio Seven for Cleveland's Dub-O and Tezo, two guys signed to Machine Gun Kelly's EST 19XX label, which might tell you what you need to know.

Re: what you need to know. Blue Scholars are headlining their first show in a hot minute at the Fremont Fair on Saturday, June 21, along with the Physics, the Flavr Blue, and the Seatown Afrobeat of Cascadia '10. That same night, you'll find the polar opposite wave of town rap crashing at the Rendezvous with UDF, Mackned, and Key Nyata. Choose your own adventure.

Shootings in our city happen and you can almost hear the shrug. This air of resigned inevitability is unacceptable. Chance the Rapper recently helped stop gun murders for 42 hours in his homicide-happy Chicago by teaming with his father (Chicago's deputy chief of staff Ken Bennett) who connected with churches, schools, outreach programs, radio stations, and businesses. Their movement brought masses of people onto street corners with banners pleading to #SaveChicago. Imagine people camped out around Deuce-8 and up and down Rainier. Just saying. recommended


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AbleOne 1
Peace Larry, I for one think you do a pretty good job doing you and I appreciate your honesty about your rather numerous conflicts of interest. haha! The problem in my view is not that you are not repping for enough facets of the scene in your column or radio show, it's that you pretty much have the burden of being the only one with a column and/or a radio show that serves our scene.. And our scene is very diverse and thriving. Its too much to ask any one viewpoint to represent and keep tabs on all of the awesome stuff going on in the town. You are sitting in the hot seat my mellow! I would love to see more media outlets for whats going on with Hip Hop in Seattle right now.. both over and under ground is bubbling like I have not seen in my 20+ years participating in this art. Let's get it!
Posted by AbleOne on June 19, 2014 at 11:28 AM · Report this
Congrats on 10 years! Much respect. And OCnotes is the shit.
Posted by Darren Selector on June 19, 2014 at 10:52 PM · Report this
Pridge Wessea 3
Congrats on 10 years Larry. I'm glad you're still here. Please stay.
Posted by Pridge Wessea on June 20, 2014 at 10:51 PM · Report this
Much respect Lar.
Posted by a$ap pocky on June 22, 2014 at 9:18 PM · Report this
10 years of racist nepotism. wigerian soldiers fight for the honky agenda like konys kids.

the white/black line you call out every week is sickening, this is America dude if you think that you need to constantly remind us of the "cultural signifigance" of having darker skin and liking hip hop as a hall pass to hang in this regions scene ;you can go fuck yourself

nothing more than a scared little boy who dared to walk in daddys shoes but without the same results.

props for your rants and keeping whitey down

but you lost

bc you didn't show growth, so grow up stop pouting about hip hop in seattle

no one cares
Posted by whatever your back pack cyphering name is on July 2, 2014 at 10:59 AM · Report this

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