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:
2. D Black
3. Vitamin D
4. Jake One
5. Fresh Espresso
6. Ra Scion
7. Thee Satisfaction
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.
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.