Category Archives: Streetsounds

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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2012 Top Ten List Spotlight: Street Sounds

For the rest of the year, we’ll be spotlighting our KEXP DJs Top Albums of 2012. You can see what our listeners voted for as their Top Albums of 2012 here. Kingdom Crumbs at KEXP, 8/19/12 // photo credit: Hollyanne Faber (more photos) Larry Mizell Jr.’s 2012 Top Ten Albums Artist Album Label Kendrick LamarRead more…

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Live Video: OCnotes on Street Sounds

The nation is catching on to the wealth of amazing music coming out of Seattle’s experimental hip-hop scene. This year listeners have become entranced by Seattle’s THEESatisfaction, and before that Shabazz Palaces — expect the same kind of attention soon for OCnotes (Otis Calvin, III) and his genre-bending, cerebral beat-making and songwriting. In 2012 alone,Read more…

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Live Video: Kingdom Crumbs

When Seattle’s Kingdom Crumbs stopped by Street Sounds in August, the group started their session with a bit of nervous chatter, giggles, and a Lil B reference. As soon as the trio of Tay Sean, Mikey Nice, and Jerm D (fourth member Jarv Dee was absent) conquered their nerves though, the group tore through tracksRead more…

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SIFF “Face the Music” Event Preview: Emerald City Visions (A Hip Hop Reinterpretation of The Wiz)

Emerald City Visions (A Hip Hop Reinterpretation of The Wiz) Performing live at The Triple Door on Saturday, June 1 7:00 PM (All Ages) and 9:30 PM (21+) One of the most interesting elements of SIFF’s “Face the Music” program is their pairing of live music and film in a special one-night-only event during theRead more…

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