Let's dive right in. All the hiphop is happening on Saturday, June 20, so choose your own adventure. For starters, new jack old soul Joey Badass is playing the Showbox, and game-changing elder statesmen of hiphop De La Soul will be playing the EMP with Brothers from Another. In my heart, it'll always be a D.A.I.S.Y. Age.
But that same night, the aggro-rap backpack icons of the indie era Jedi Mind Tricks (MC Vinnie Paz and producer Stoupe) have reunited and hit the road to assault your frontal lobes in support of their eighth LP, The Thief and the Fallen; they'll be at the Crocodile with Ripynt & Carl Roe and Black Magic Noize opening. (If there's not an a capella bit featuring a really stupid bar about Caitlyn Jenner, I'll eat my fedora.)
You can also catch New Jerusalem's sharply serving rapper Cakes Da Killa on June 20—performing at Kremwerk for Girl Bye, a night and space for queer folks who want to dance to hiphop without braving the dickhead Thunderdome of the Pike/Pine corridor. Imagine! Support comes in the form of residents Riff-Raff, General Meow, and Reverend Dollars.
Lastly, and not leastly, there's the Station—a coffee shop, a Beacon Hill institution, and one of the few businesses in this town that loves, supports, and incubates our hiphop community (which is a little different from merely "profiting off of" it)—that's been around half a decade now. If you've never hit up the Station (or its tasty sister act Beacon Ave Sandwiches)—where, for these past five years, you'd be guaranteed to see somebody you know from the scene on either side of the counter—do you even live on Beacon? (Step your gentrifying up.) A whole bunch of the Station's friends, family, and sometimes employees—namely Prometheus Brown, Gabriel Teodros, OTOW Gang, Spekulation, Julie C, King Khazm, JusMoni, Jamil Suleman, Tulsi, Spyc-E, Paolo Escobar, Stephany Hazelrigg, Youth Speaks Seattle, Seattle Capoeira Center, the Fandango Project, WD4D, EarDr.Umz, and absoluteMadman—will help celebrate the Station's fifth born day on Saturday with a bang-up block party from 2 to 9 p.m., totally free and all ages. Much love to the whole Station crew.
Okay, Saturday doesn't hog all the hiphop. Denzel Curry, among the most promising of the ex–Raider Klan members out there, plays the Crocodile on Sunday the 21st with Thraxxhouse (that's "Rookie of the Year" Mackned and Key Nyata, another ex-RK'er who's since boomed up) and rising local Donte Peace.
Meanwhile, we continue to bear witness to these death throes of whiteness, as black children are assaulted, arrested, and drawn down upon for the age-old American crime of Swimming While Black. At least nobody poured acid in the pool this time. So, my melanated folks (and the people who love us), do your patriotic duty this summer. Dive on in, splash, yell out loud!