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Seattle hiphoppers argue about everyfuckinthing. Sports, politics, and of course music. But in my (vast and all-knowing) experience, if there's one piece of music that 99.9 percent of the average heads from the '6 can agree on, it's Uptown Saturday Night, the classic 1997 debut from the Boogie Down Bronx's own Camp Lo. (HELL no, I ain't calling them "The Lo"!) For as long as I've paid attention to this city's hiphop, there's been some form of local music both hailed and trashed for its inscrutably verbose rhymes—from Silent Lambs Project to Oldominion to Common Market—yet I've only ever heard raves for the Lo-ah, whose mode of speak would give the average NSA code breaker a decade of migraines. MCs Geechie Suede and Sonny Cheeba spit an abstract gumbo of '70s street life signifiers with a blissed-out, laid-back self-assuredness (this was pre "swag," youngins) that had cats from "hello."
Uptown's daring stands up to this day—a sort of Max Ernst black-velvet painting in analog, its boldly broken slanguage glides on merlot Brougham–smooth production from Ski, who at the time was best known for the hit singles off of Jay-Z's own classic debut, Reasonable Doubt. Thankfully Hov—who'd already convinced Ski to let him murk off with "Feelin' It" (to Camp Lo's chagrin)—never got the chance to deny Camp Lo the immortality they'd find on their glorious hit single "Luchini," as joyous a celebration of the come-up as you'll ever find in the annals of hiphop. But you know all this—so make sure you see Suede and Cheeba when they stop through Seattle. Appreciators of the finer things will doubtless be at the War Room on October 10 to throw their hands up and sip the amaretto—after all, it's Lo, it's Life, and we can't get enough of this.
Another thing cats can't get enough of is Seattle's own Fatal Lucciauno. Since "Fae" has been home, he's categorically massacred every mic he's gotten his hands on. I witnessed him tear it down at McLeod Residence not long ago, and the brother is clearly eat-your-family hungry. So check him out opening for Wu-banger Cappadonna at Chop Suey on October 15, along with fellow Sportn' Life monster Spaceman and DJ Swervewon. If you got a crew, you better tell 'em!
But first let me tell 'em about some very dope shows this week. You got Nite Owls, Type, and Billy the Fridge getting hammered on hiphop at the Sunset on October 11, and the same night, Murs and Kidz in the Hall rocking it at Nectar. On October 12 you have a couple good choices—at Rendezvous you'll find Alpha-P, Mind Movers, and Tacoma's own MC/poet Josh Rizeberg (who recently dropped the Spoken Worlds LP), and at El Corazón you'll find the violent-by-design rapcore thrashfest of Ill Bill, Sean Price, Grayskul, and the Gigantics. Guard your grill, knuckle up!