AUDIO: “100 Songs” – Sol (prod. by The Zillas)

Sol - 100 Songs

Earlier this month, Sol blasted back at Raz Simone’s dual indictments, “Same Problems”/”Charged Up”, with a dramatic reminder of why the positive-minded MC remains so heavy in the Seattle rap game: Pop-minded hip-hop notwithstanding, dude can spit.

Refusing to step out of his well-paved lane, Sol dropped the catchy “100 Songs” late last week as a follow-up to his Tuesday Bitorrent barrage of 99 songs which he released for free. “100 Songs” is the advance single from Sol’s album, The Headspace Traveler due March 4. It also marks the announcement of a national tour in the same name and with a grip of dates you can see here.

2016 is looking to be major for Sol.


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AUDIO: Unmixed Nuts Vol. 2 – Chocolate Chuck

Chocolate Chuck - Unmixed Nuts Vol 2

Seattle beat scene fave Chocolate Chuck dispenses with the pleasantries (and agony) of fine-tuning in favor of just getting his shit out there. Unmixed Nuts Vol. 2 is a peek inside the producer’s head over the course of the “past few years.” Thanks for allowing us the glimpse, Chuck!

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VIDEO: “Acceptance” – King Leez (dir. by Andrew Imanaka)

King Leez is a blog favorite here at 206UP. Finding a new home at Black Umbrella seems to have energized the already powerful MC who has always possessed a gigantic presence. Every statement he makes — and “Acceptance” is no exception — seems grand in the hands of Leez. Listen to his Supreme Being here.

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AUDIO: Chrono Nigger – Sick Ill

Do-it-all media maven Sic Ill satisfies the hip-hop musical cravings of all you aging millennials out there: Check out the Tacoma rapper’s Chrono Nigger (streaming in its entirety below) which is — you guessed it — raps over the music from the seminal video game Chrono Trigger. Life in the digital age is so wonderful, no?

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REVIEW: Balance – Romaro Franceswa

Romaro Franceswa - Balance

Federal Way rapper Romaro Franceswa and the indomitable producer BeanOne dropped a gem of an LP, track-by-track, over the course of November. Balance concluded its roll-out yesterday and can be streamed in its entirety below.

City Arts magazine liked the record so much they named it their Album of the Month for December, and yours truly wrote the review. Click here for the inside look or pick up a print copy of City Arts for free at locations throughout Seattle.

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VIDEO: “Faces In My Memory” – Porter Ray (dir. by Malcolm Procter & Astro King Phoenix)

As night falls, clarity in vision and mission become apparent to young Porter Ray. “Faces In My Memory” is more short film than music video, hinting with well-developed suspense at the cold necessity of life-altering decisions. On the brink of music stardom will Porter risk it all?

Deftly handled direction by Malcolm Procter and Astro King Phoenix. Song from Porter’s recent and excellent Nightfall EP.

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