Category Archives: Streetsounds

2016 Top Ten List Spotlight: Mike Ramos

For the rest of the year, we’ll be spotlighting our KEXP DJs Top Albums of 2016, leading up to our 2016 90.3 Top Album Countdown! Voting ends on Friday, December 9th at 6:00 PM PT, so let us know your favorites now, and tune in on Friday, December 16th to hear if your picks madeRead more…

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2015 Top Ten List Spotlight: Larry Mizell Jr.

For the rest of the year, we’ll be spotlighting our KEXP DJs Top Albums of 2015. Click here to check out other lists from our DJs, staff, volunteers, and interns, and click here to see the Top 90.3 Albums of 2015, as voted on by KEXP listeners! Larry Mizell Jr.’s 2015 Top Ten Albums artistRead more…

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2015 Top Ten List Spotlight: Mike Ramos

For the rest of the year, we’ll be spotlighting our KEXP DJs Top Albums of 2015, leading up to our 2015 90.3 Top Album Countdown on Friday, December 18! Tune in to make sure your favorites made the list! Mike Ramos’ 2015 Top Ten Albums artist album label Drake & Future What A Time ToRead more…

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KEXP Spring Fundraising Drive: The Streets of South Dakota

Certain moments in KEXP history loom larger than others: venturing into space with astronaut Stan Love; Sir Paul McCartney’s Afternoon Show phone-in; Mudhoney rocking the tippy-top of the Space Needle. But honestly? The day-to-day flashes of our shared passion for music spur my greatest feelings of pride in KEXP. The reminders that, thanks to listenerRead more…

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Live Video: Mobb Deep

Last month, Street Sounds went old school, featuring veterans of hip-hop Mobb Deep, who’ve been keeping it real since the early 90’s, when New York MC’s Havoc and Prodigy first made a name for themselves depicting hardcore street life and became key players in the East Coast rivalry with West Coast rappers like 2Pac andRead more…

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Live Video: Raz Simone

Growing up, Raz Simone didn’t listen to the radio. He heard bits of gospel music in his house, but didn’t pay too much attention. In middle school, however, he began writing and performing his poetry over movie scores. At 14, Raz started to record his work. And now, some years later, he is making someRead more…

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Black History Month Spotlight: Ice Cube

For Black History Month, KEXP asked our specialty show DJs to pick an outstanding African American artist in their genre. Larry Mizell Jr., host of Street Sounds on KEXP, chose rap icon Ice Cube. A true Renaissance Man of Rap, Ice Cube is known not only for his groundbreaking work in hip hop, but alsoRead more…

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Live Video: Brother Ali

The album cover for Minnesota rapper Brother Ali‘s 2012 LP, Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color, features the Muslim artist praying towards Mecca and kneeling on an American flag as his prayer rug. The image encapsulates much of the spirit which Brother Ali has staked his career on. Brother Ali’s social commentary is uncompromisingRead more…

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Live Video: The Coup

Watching these videos you might be thinking: political outrage hasn’t seen this much ferocity in music since Rage Against the Machine disbanded a dozen years ago. The fact is, Raymond “Boots” Riley and his band The Coup have been making socially outspoken jams for just as long and have turned out even more incendiary albumsRead more…

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Live Video: The Internet

Last year, Odd Future (a.k.a. OFWGKTA) really stepped up its game. Although it has always been more than the negative headlines that circulated around co-founder Tyler, the Creator, who nonetheless held critics’ praise, the LA hip hop collective proved to be more than a gimmick with the huge success of OFWGKTA member Frank Ocean‘s soloRead more…

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