KEXP Documentaries: “Hip-Hop: The New Seattle Sound” – Dyme Def


photo by Derrick Santini

Seattle hip-hop trio Dyme Def has been working together since they were in middle school in the early 90’s. In 2006, they hooked up with Bean One, an experienced producer whose aggressive, sophisticated style fit the trio like a glove.  This team’s 2006 debut, Space Music, became a cult favorite, and sold over 50,000 copies without the backing of a major label.

All three MCs — Brainstorm, S.E.V. and Fierce Villain — consider each other family, and the mutual respect they have for each other comes across onstage as they share the mic with a fever.  And their shows have an undeniable party feel.  Their 2009 EP, Panic, was a change of style for the band, with songs that were political, talking about the downturn of the economy and the effects on everyday life.  In 2010 they went yet another direction, with a commercial release called Sex Tape, sponsored by a t-shirt company called Two In The Shirt. (You can figure out the abbreviation on your own.)

In this exclusive KEXP interview, all 3 MCs talk about songs they feel express them the most.  These stories show the personal nature of these men as poets, and the depth of their work as a whole.

Listen to this KEXP Documentary:

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KEXP Documentaries are produced by Michele Myers with assistance from John Felthous, Jonathan Moore, Sharlese Metcalf and Executive Producer Kevin Cole. You can hear all our series here, and follow our progress (and get the latest research materials including film documentaries, videos, interviews and songs) on Facebook or Twitter. Made possible by the American Music Partnership of Seattle.

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  1. Posted November 30, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    Correction… Space Music has sold over 20,000 total units (although ‘Let it Be’ has sold more) not 50,000 as stated here. thanks!

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