Slow roll psychedelics from Seward Park —> Queens, NY rapper Aaron Cohen (with some help from Cali agent Alexander Spit). “You Wouldn’t Know” is the title track to Aaron’s upcoming EP dropping September 22.
Newly minted in aggregate is this collection of joints that rapper Thaddeus David has featured on between the years 2007 and 2014. A nice piece to round out your collection of 206 rarities and deep cuts.
Your official 2014 Seattle Summer Anthem is “Action Figures” by Sam Lachow, from his forthcoming Huckleberry.
Wizdom teamed up with local producer Exoticey — winner of a Kickstarter promotion for Wiz’s recent The Last Step — for “Make It Last,” a 206 rap spin on Keith Sweat’s OG love ballad, “Make It Last Forever.”
“Promise Me” is the first single from The Good Sin’s Life Before which dropped earlier in the week. This is a smart, nuanced look at the changes we all go through and how our romantic relationships are affected.
Tacoma’s Rockwell Powers and DJ Phinisey make great music with a humanist spirit. Their Build is important hip-hop from the South Sound; the clip for “Alive” was directed by Peter Berkley of The Art Dept.
From their We Strizzy Boi LP, Young Diffy and Ju-Ju Twist behave like you’d expect very young people to behave. I suppose there’s a time and place for this track but that time for me is not at this moment. Do you, though, fellas.
The Good Sin recently relocated to Harlem, NYC and put in hard work on his new album, Life Before, which dropped yesterday. Click the album cover above to purchase on iTunes and stream it below.
“Forerunner Foray” is the latest from Shabazz Palaces’ Lese Majesty (due July 29 on Sub Pop). It’s a spectral hip-hop jam from the future featuring frequent collaborator Catherine Harris-White of THEESatisfaction. It’s also a description of the antics my bro and I used to get into in the earlier part of this century in my ’94 forest green Toyota. We don’t need four-wheel drive where we’re going, bruh.
(h/t Gorilla vs. Bear)
Harry Clean (of venerated Town rap video production house Detooz Films) presents his first short film/music video in which he appears as the primary star and performer. Harry pulls out all the stops for this one, including a trippy dream sequence (or is it a blunted reality?), images of him and the crew posted in the parking lot, and a grip of dope cameos from members of the Seattle hip-hop community.
For more on Harry and his hustle, check out the Q&A we did with him earlier in the year.
My internet buddy Andrew Martin (former editor of Potholes In My Blog), recently shined some light on this latest go ’round by Seattle underground fire-starters Mackned and Key Nyata. And by “fire” I mean “slow burn” and by “go ’round” I mean “haunted crawl through the SEA’s darkest rap corners.” Get it below.
Accomplished underground MC and producer Graves 33 dropped this collection of instrumentals yesterday. Smoke Filled Rooms is available to purchase for $10 on the artist’s Bandcamp page, and it comes with a unique offer: upon purchase, Graves is allowing all creative types non-exclusive rights to use the beats in basically any fashion they wish, so long as explicit credit is given to Graves. More information on Smoke Filled Rooms, here.
Raz Simone continues his streak of winning music videos for songs off his recent Cognitive Dissonance. “Bow Down” is an allegorical fable directed by Joe Garber and featuring striking animation by Carina Simmons.
Theoretics are a five piece hip-hop/electronica band who specialize in live instrumentation. Their “One A Month” series of single releases kicks off with “Funk Break” featuring Moe Betta. Stream it below and download it if you’re so moved.
Um, there’s a lot going on here. From Av’s latest Soviet Goonion 3, downloadable here.
Just in time for tomorrow, Brothers From Another lose their phones and grass stain their kicks. “Day Drink” is the first in BFA’s “Adventures of Los Hermanos” singles series.
Sam Lachow is preparing to release Huckleberry (August 1), the follow-up to his Brand New Bike, an unassuming but accomplished album that put the rapper/producer/videographer on the map in 2011. Since that LP’s release, Sam has made deft moves positioning himself as one of Seattle’s most promising hip hop artists, a common fixture on those dubious “next to blow” lists that fans of Seattle rap so love to ruminate on. “Dreams of Gold” is the first official drop from Huckleberry and it features longtime collaborators Raz Simone and Ariana DeBoo.
Avatar Darko puts the hat trick on his Soviet Goonion mixtape series. Part 3 is up for your consideration now at this location. Preview the last two leaks below.
SHOW & TICKET GIVEAWAY: clipping. at Columbia City Theater – Thursday, July 3, 2014 [CONTEST CLOSED]
clipping. is a genre-bending hip hop trio from Southern California who will undoubtedly challenge your aural senses and very idea of what rap music is capable of sounding like. Their Sub Pop debut album, CLPPNG, has been stirring a fair amount of online buzz since its release on June 10th. The group’s sound, courtesy of producers Jonathan Snipes and William Hutson, falls somewhere between a stripped-down version of Hank Shocklee’s Bomb Squad histrionics and the Neptunes, circa Hell Hath No Fury. And lead rapper Daveed Diggs sounds like a street-seasoned spoken word poet channeling Ice-T. clipping. may not be everyone’s cup of coffee, but by listening you are guaranteed to feel some sort of way, and that alone means something in a rap landscape otherwise roamed by clowns and clones.
206UP has two pairs of tickets to see clipping. on Thursday, July 3, at the Columbia City Theater (21+ only). Joining them in support will be Seattle’s very own OC Notes and Sneak Guapo, two artists that this blog rides for consistently. Enter to win a pair of tickets by filling out the form below (one entry per person) or by shooting us a tweet (@206upBlog) with the words “CLIPPING RINGS THE ALARM!” in the body of the text. Two names will be drawn at random and notified by email on Wednesday, July 2 no later than 5 pm PST.
Stream a few of clipping.’s tracks below and check out the lyric video for “Work Work” (featuring Cocc Pistol Cree) from CLPPNG.
Seattle — but for now New York-based — rapper The Good Sin is on the verge of completing his next project which is titled Life Before. “Two Lips (Roses)” is the first leak from that effort and it will catch you off guard: over a stuttering, electronic production by Shri, Sinseer recounts lost love with a refreshing and raw honesty.
The prolific Moor Gang-er Thaddeus David with a new video for “iSleep,” a hymnal composition by SAT Beats from the duo’s collaborative Laws of Attraction.
Mr. Thrift Shop, Wanz, with a new single in honor of the late great Nate Dogg, the California rap crooner to whom Wanz is most often compared. This joint already rolls along nicely in a G-funk fashion, but to make matters even better Warren G, Grynch and Crytical all join in the tribute. Grab the track here.
A.K. Romero is an affiliate of the Honor Roll crew (Kung Foo Grip, Bryce Bowden, Cake and $alad, et al) and, until now, you’ve likely only seen his name in the credits of various music videos he’s brought to life for the homies. On “Blue Skies,” A.K. steps from behind the lens to the front, and sheds darkness on the otherwise pristine Seattle summer. This self-directed clip is simple and a little scary; a perfect debut for an interesting new voice. HR teammate Kayne Ortiz on the beat.
Blue Sky Black Death’s third installment of their Euphoric Tape series is a compilation of instrumental joints that previously featured vocals by the likes of Nacho Picasso, Deniro Farrar and Skull and Bones. Now you can rap over these jawns, too! Lucky us. Not.