Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Hey Hey” by State of the Artist from their debut full-length Seattlecalifragilistic-extrahelladopeness available through Members Only.
State of the Artist – Hey Hey (MP3)
It’s Friday and a long holiday weekend is in sight. You can trust DJ Kevin Cole to help you get the party started by offering up the opening track to one of Seattle Hip Hop’s best party albums of the summer (so far). The cleverly titled debut from Seattle’s State of the Artist (a.k.a. the SOTA boys) is a party in of itself and it’s guest list reads like a who’s who of the Seattle Hip Hop scene, with appearances from Grynch, Helladope, Fresh Espresso/Mad Rad, J. Pinder, Thee Satisfaction, and Pearl Dragon to name a few. Today’s song, “Hey Hey,” was produced by P Smoov (Mad Rad, Fresh Espresso) who also lends vocals along with local songstress Shaprece.
The fashion-forward SOTA boys (producer and MC Parker, along with his co-MCs Th and Hyphen8d) seem to have a knack for garnering attention in this increasingly saturated market. They were recently part of the “Ford Fiesta Movement” where they blogged/tweeted/drove a new Fiesta emblazoned with “The SOTA Boys” as part of a marketing gimmick for the automaker. They are also part of the “Members Only” collective that are responsible for much of the merrymaking going on in Seattle’s young hip hop community: their manifesto: “We throw parties. We throw shows. We have dj nights. We press wax. We put out records.”
You can catch State of the Artist this weekend at The Crocodile supporting Helladope along with Darktime Sunshine and Katie Kate and DJ Radjaw (of Mad Rad). They’re also planning some tour dates this fall so keep an eye on their MySpace page for more info. For now, here’s the band’s first video, shot last summer during their 6-week trip to Los Angeles: