Fresh Dressed NWFF

FILM SCREENING: Fresh Dressed – Northwest Film Forum, 6/26 through 7/2

 

Fresh Dressed NWFFThe Northwest Film Forum (1515 12th Avenue) presents a series of special screenings of Fresh Dressed, an acclaimed documentary on the history of hip-hop fashion, directed by intrepid music journalist, historian and filmmaker Sacha Jenkins. More information on the screenings can be found here and tickets can be purchased here. Go catch this flick and get your fit game up!

Showtimes:

Friday, Jun 26 at 08:00PM
Saturday, Jun 27 at 04:00PM
Saturday, Jun 27 at 08:00PM
Sunday, Jun 28 at 04:00PM
Sunday, Jun 28 at 08:00PM
Monday, Jun 29 at 03:00PM
Monday, Jun 29 at 08:00PM
Tuesday, Jun 30 at 08:00PM
Wednesday, Jul 01 at 08:00PM
Thursday, Jul 02 at 08:00PM

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Jarv Dee

THE SIX: Jarv Dee

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Jarv Dee, chief operating officer of the Moor Gang — Seattle’s tight, eclectic and most talented lineup of rappers since the Mass Line collective — turns street-oriented party rap into a scathing critique of itself on his recent album, Satellites, Swishers & Spaceships. The dexterous MC directs technically proficient barbs against foes real and (sometimes) imagined, which allows for a more expansive listen than you might think upon first spin.

Jarv spent a few minutes with 206UP for this week’s entry of THE SIX. Read on below.


206UP: You open the record with an audio clip from an interview with Jordan Maxwell, a well-known conspiracy theorist and philosopher. How does the content of this clip inform the rest of the album and, ostensibly, your view of the world in general?

Jarv Dee: There are a lot of lies in the world and in rap music, and I felt that his particular clip touched on what’s happening in both those worlds. I feel like some up and coming rappers [and] aspiring artists feel you have to do certain things to be [successful]. The internet is a gift and a curse: a gift for rappers to be able to spread the word of their music without a record label’s help, and a curse by giving voices to those that are ignorant. The clip is pretty straight-forward and is definitely something I believe.

“Mind of the Masses” and the “Fox Urban” interlude seem to work hand-in-hand with each other: both describe cyclical modes of deception and thought, neither of which leave room for nuance or real hard truths to be uncovered. Do you think this type of thinking was at play when Northwest Folklife canceled the Moor’s show?

Due to last minute censorship and miscommunication, we as a collective decided to decline the invitation to participate in the Joke Life, I mean Folk Life, Festival.

Talk about the earliest days of the Moor Gang’s formation. When and why did you decide to form the collective?

Me & Nacho started as Bad Ass Yellow Boyz with Steezie NASA and felt like more heads were better than three. All the Moor Gang members were already around us so we decided to clique up and make moves together.

What would you consider your greatest musical success to be at this point in your life?

It’s just the simple fact that I’m even being heard and listened to. That’s success all in its own.

In your opinion, what are the best and worst things about summers in Seattle?

I’d say Seattle summers for me personally are a gift and a curse. It’s great and enjoyable, but it’s a bitch when I have to work in that hot ass sun!

What projects do you have in the works?

I have a few collaboration projects in the works right now, one with my bro Kris Kasanova from Brooklyn. We’ve been working on that for a while, but getting our schedules to align and finishing our own projects have gotten in the way. I also have a few possible projects with a few Moors and possibly a member of Kingdom Crumbs. You’ll just have to stay tuned to iamjarvdee.com to find out more!

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Made in Heights

AUDIO: Without My Enemy What Would I Do – Made in Heights

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Mysterious yet accessible, impeccably cool but with a mischievous wink, Made in Heights’ new LP, Without My Enemy What Would I Do, hints at hip-hop and EDM delicately encased by smart, graduate-level pop song craft. At turns romantic and bombastic, danceable and ruminant, producer Sabzi and vocalist Kelsey Bulkin made a stunner in WMEWWID.

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ocnotes

AUDIO: Color Wheel – OCnotes

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2015 Stranger Genius Award nominee OCnotes recently dropped a new album: the aptly titled Color Wheel spreads its groove-infused light across all spectrums from hip-hop, funk, electro to new wave. CW bounces and shines from all angles of view. A carefully curated group of guests appear throughout — THEESatisfaction and Palaceer from Shabazz Palaces immediately spring to ear — but the star is all OC and his indelible attention to musical detail.

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Aaron Cohen

AUDIO: Home Less – Aaron Cohen

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A number of years ago Aaron Cohen moved from Seattle to Queens with a beard and a hip-hop dream. Hear more of his story in the 206UP x 28HUNDRED interview with the rapper from last summer.

Home Less is Cohen’s latest album, an EP that carries his particular low-key stunting grime into deeper territory and highlights the reasons why the MC is hitting even on an international level. And check out the video for “Booyakah” featuring Los Angeles psychedelics expert Alexander Spit.

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Mike Larry Draw - Similar Contrast video

VIDEO: “Similar Contrast” – Mike Larry Draw (dir. by Michael Ward)

Mike Larry Draw is an underground rapper from the Bronx and Araless is an underground rapper from Seattle — so you’d think they would get along swimmingly in Mike’s new video for “Similar Contrast.” If only Ara hadn’t taken that last hit of acid…

(Also co-starring a grip of other local underground hip-hop faves.)

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