Music Jan 27, 2016 at 4:00 am

An Incomplete Timeline of How Rap Replaced Rock as Seattle's Dominant Musical Force

Shabazz Palaces: Ishmael Butler’s band has crafted a sonic cosmology as obscure as it is addictive. Sub Pop


Where the HELL are the props for BLES ONE, MashHall, DTTTC!?! First time I saw the "white elephant" was when Massive Monkeys threw down at the old Vera Project and BLES let him rock the halftime show- taking it back to "SoulWalk" mixtapes (with Converse Street Weapons kicks on the top!). I knew more about Gabriel Teodros, Vitamin D, or even the heads from Spoken Souls back then.
Anyway, you'll be sorry if you sleep on Dj BLES ONE, DTTTC!, or MashHall...I think they're further ahead of their time than Shabazz!!! Whatever happened with Sub Pop and Spoek Mathambo?
Worst History Ever
No Frame, No Chok, No Dyme Def, No history to speak of whatsoever.
I know it's stupid to rant on who should or shouldn't have been included in this list, so let's make this comments section a continuation of the main article. I'd have mentioned the brief dominance of the Out For Stardom collective (MAD RAD, Champagne Champagne, Metal Chocolates...), the brief but promising Cloud Nice releases (Kingdom Crumbs), and currently the undeniable talent of Raz Simone. As far as institutions that have always been there for the hip-hop heads, Lo-Fi and The Vera Project deserve honorable mentions.
The most accurate account of Seattle Hip Hop can be found here:

How Rap replaced Grunge?

Kurt Cobain blew his head off.

Hipsters who move here have a shitty taste in music, including writers at The Stranger.

The End.
@5 -Thanks for that link.
Yea #4 said it but I have to say whats up with NO MENTION of Mad Rad, Fresh Espresso, Champagne Champagne & Metal Chocolates!!!!!!!!???!?!?!?!?!?
@5 smh no mention of the great Charles Mudede and his coverage of the hip hop scene for over a decade so that article is wrong
Great article...thanks for taking the time. i guess i've always felt the hiphop groove so to speak (vibe might be a better word) in and around Seattle since even the 80's...don't quite know why but the hiphop beats and rhymes just fit really good in the recesses of this city. Rock and Roll is cool, who doesn't like a great riff or bangin tune at times...but hip hop, usually at about 90-110 beat per minute might settle in our collective stomaches easier with the climate and atmosphere downtown and such. I love it. And i thought Mackles rise to fame was proof that we are even open to new interpretations of said genre. Seattle's cool man. So is it's scene.
Great post and powerful reminder of our innovative influence on the national scene, sometimes recognized, sometimes not. I remember a lively period in the mid-90's, too, where Source of Labor and Felicia Loud highlighted social conscious hip hop while bands influenced by hip hop (as well as soul, reggae & dub - Maktub, Hi Fi Killers, Bakudan (including Rob Castro) - offered a dynamic alternative to grunge.

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