Friday Nite Spotlight – Blue Scholars’ self-titled debut

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Summertime in the Emerald City. As Blue Scholars say, it’s one of the best kept secrets, summer in the Northwest. Most of our summer days are 70-80 degrees, sunny, with a slight cool breeze. No humidity. And everything is still so green. The light turns golden. Finally, people seem to come out of hibernation, dropping their parkas and fleece for shorts and flip-flops. This is the way I first saw Seattle.

Local hip-hop due Blue Scholars are one of the best-kept secrets of the Northwest too. Their smart rhymes are spun over jazzy samples and warm beats. They get political, but in a personal way. Geo talks about his brother going to Iraq. How the government drafts the poor. How a you can “die in the blink of an eye.” Check out “Blink”:

The Blue Scholars are Geo and Sabzi. Two local Seattle guys who crush the stereotypes of rap with words of respect for their women and calls out for fathers to be responsible for their kids. They talk like street kids, but aren’t afraid to bring in lots of R&B flavor. Check out “Life and Debt”:

Their first record is still my favorite, it’s simply called “Blue Scholars” and I recommend the extended version of the CD. Of all their trax, tho, this song “Inkwell” I think is the best. Geo is a poet.

Yo, you ever go outside at night, look up into the sky, into the big, immense sky... and think to yourself that’s a big sky!
Like an inkwell...
In a city that’s been waiting to blow since big butts and team spirit
Many make music you can hear it, secluded in the upper left dominantly gray-shaded sky
Every other day, sorta like today
Just a little bit wetter And cold in the winter
Proximity to water make the soul a little gentler
Out of towners don’t be knowin about the best-kepts
Ain’t nothing better than the summer in the northwest


Michele Myers spins Nite Life Fridays at 9pm and each week brings in a favorite record to spotlight. She also produces KEXP Documentaries and hosts on WNYE in NYC for KEXP.

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6 Comments

  1. dannf
    Posted July 10, 2009 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    I always thought the lyric was “since big butts and _teen_ spirit”, referencing Nirvana. I love this album - Motion Movement and The Ave are two other fantastic tracks.

  2. MKE
    Posted July 10, 2009 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    DJ Shadow?

  3. Thommyv
    Posted July 10, 2009 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    Yeah. Summer 2005. Ready to be every summer. Sagaba. “Inhale the imagery: a queen walking steadily, effortlessly. Ready to be every woman. And now the story teller ends. Waiting for the beat to fade. Gathering his thoughts near the edge of the day, like....”

  4. Thommyv
    Posted July 10, 2009 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

    First YouTube link is cool but the link does not = Blink?

  5. Thommyv
    Posted July 10, 2009 at 9:31 pm | Permalink
  6. Stizl
    Posted July 11, 2009 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    Yeah, the first video is sweet but is not Blink. Also, the lyric has a few errors. It’s actually:

    In a city that’s been waiting to blow since big butts and teen spirit
    Many make music few hear it, secluded in the upper left dominantly gray-shaded sky
    Every other day, sorta like the bay
    Just a little bit wetter And cold in the winter
    Proximity to water make the soul a little gentler
    Out of towners don’t be knowin about the best-kept
    Ain’t nothing better than the summer in the northwest

    Also, it’s probably worth mentioning that their next album is dropping next month.

    It’s always good to see the Blue Scholars get some love tho!

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