photo by Christopher Nelson
Every Friday, we deliver a different song from a local performer as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Morning Show host John Richards, is
Butter & Gun$ (Loyalty) by Blue Scholars, recorded live on KEXP 12/13/07.
Before gangsta rap was introduced and the hip-hop genre went mainstream, artists from all walks of life had found a place to vent their personal and social struggles. Unfortunately, the degradation of women, glorification of drug use, and celebration of the price of one’s car became more important than the identification of injustices, which was critical to the genre in the first place. Seattle’s Blue Scholars are among today’s gurus, not just regionally but nationally, who relate the real woes woven in the social fabric, not the fictionalized and over-glorified ones that have taken hold in the mainstream. Beatmaker DJ Sabzi shows his chops by laying down consistently good ’70s/’80s soul/r&b licks and producing for not only Blue Scholars but also for other Seattle up-and-comers and KEXP faves Common Market. MC Geologic, with one foot in academia and one foot in the streets, takes from his past as a spoken-word poet to deliver uninterrupted courses in urbanomics. Together, Blue Scholars seek to make good on the promise of their 2007 breakthrough album Bayani by doing what they do best: cranking out quality albums and touring non-stop. Due to overwhelming demand, the duo are performing tonight and tomorrow at WWU in Bellingham, WA. All other dates on the current US tour can be found on their MySpace page. Before you head out, sample this video performance of
North by Northwest: