KEXP Documentaries: “Hip-Hop: The New Seattle Sound” – Blue Scholars

photo by Christopher Nelson

photo by Christopher Nelson

Greetings Friends, Michele Myers here… producer of KEXP Documentaries.  This week we launched a new 10-part series “Hip-Hop: The New Seattle Sound.”  We picked 10 of our hottest local acts and are doing short radio stories on them. It was hard to choose from all the talent in the city, but in the end we chose these 10:

1. Blue Scholars
2. D Black
3. Vitamin D
4. Jake One
5. Fresh Espresso
6. Ra Scion
7. Thee Satisfaction
8. Macklemore
9. Dyme Def
10.  Shabazz Palaces

Now these are not your  normal radio stories.  I sit down with each artist and have a conversation and ask them to tell stories, talk philosophy or just rap. Then in the editing room, we illuminate their most memorable points with their music.

Our first episode is on the duo Blue Scholars, made up of MC Geologic and DJ/Multi-instrumentalist Sabzi.  They talk about how their music is based on storytelling, what the “Seattle Sound” is for hip-hop and also give props to local producer Vitamin D and his former band The Ghetto Children, the people who laid the foundation for today’s new hip-hop scene.

We also have an intro to each episode that’s  a rundown of Sea-town’s hip-hop history, told by the “Mayor of Seattle Hip-Hop,” Jonathan Moore.

Listen to this KEXP Documentary (includes intro):

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KEXP Documentaries are produced by Michele Myers, with assistance from John Felthous, Jentery Sayers, Sharlese Metcalf and Jonathan Moore. Executive Producer is Kevin Cole.  You can hear all our finished series including Punk Evolution, The Heart of Soul and Pop Goes Electronic online here.

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5 Comments

  1. Andy K
    Posted May 26, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    Well done M&M!

  2. evya chelebi
    Posted May 27, 2010 at 8:06 am | Permalink

    looking forward to the shabazz palaces episode >>

  3. Huey
    Posted May 27, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    D.Black and Macklemore should be pretty interesting

  4. Jon
    Posted May 28, 2010 at 6:57 am | Permalink

    What a great idea. All 10 are excellent selections…can’t wait to hear all of them.

  5. Paul
    Posted July 12, 2010 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    CURTIS YOUNG SON OF LEGANDARY PRODUCER DR. DRE WILL BE PERFORMING LIVE AT THE HARD ROCK AUGUST 7TH !!!!! WITH SPECIAL GUEST D.J. SALAAM WRECK WHO WORKS WITH ARTISTS’ SUCH AS EMINEM, D12, THA DOGG POUND AND MANY OTHERS

    CHECK OUT
    MYSPACE/CURTISYOUNGOFFICIAL
    : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ns35tkNNdXg

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