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