Hello KEXP peeps. Michele Myers here. Each week the KEXP Documentary team and I produce a short radio story on a musical subject. And our current series is “Hip-Hop: The New Seattle Sound“.
This week we profiled the backbone of the Seattle rap community: DJ/Producer/MC Vitamin D. When KEXP Documentaries interviewed 10 acts for this series, every single band pointed back to Vitamin D as the originator of the town’s current sound. Vitamin D’s band The Ghetto Children (freaking fantastic group if you haven’t heard them) and Tribal Music label were a huge influence on acts like Blue Scholars, Jake One, D. Black and more. Vita’s studio, The Pharmacy has had an open-door policy, welcoming anyone from the community who was willing to put in the work. In addition to his talents as a DJ, producer, composer and engineer, Vitamin D also mentors youth in the community, giving kids from hard neighborhoods a chance to make music.
KEXP Documentaries are produced by Michele Myers, with assistance from Sharlese Metcalf, Jonathan Moore, Jentery Sayers and John Felthous. Executive Producer is Kevin Cole. All of our KEXP Docs series, including: Punk Evolution, Masters of Turntablism, The Heart of Soul, American Sabor, Civil Rights Songs can be heard online here. Fellow music geeks may want to follow us on Twitter or Facebook to hear songs, watch videos and get the latest research materials.