VIDEO: “Young Seattle 4 ” – Sam Lachow (feat. B Skeez, Gifted Gab, Raz Simone, Dave B, Key Nyata, & Ariana DeBoo)

Words by Luke Wigren

As I turned the ripe old age of 27 this year, and later as I watched Sam Lachow’s recent video “Young Seattle 4,” I began to wonder to myself: What is “young.” Who has it? Is it a physical state or a media conspiracy designed to make us go to malls? And most perplexing of all: Where does all the old stuff go?

“Young Seattle 4,” the latest in a series which began in 2010, didn’t really answer my questions, but I did like it. The video is not “young” in the sense that we have become accustomed to seeing many of these artists around the Town, but “young” because they do all happen to be among Seattle’s emerging rap vanguard. They face the daunting challenge of taking on the mantle of what, on nearly every measure, was a stellar wave of Sea-town hip hop, from Macklemore’s world domination to the Blue Scholars’ soulful dissent. (“Old Seattle” anyone?)

As if creating art and growing up in the shadow of giants weren’t hard enough, “Young Seattle” is maneuvering the pitfalls of this generation’s age obsession where appealing to Tweens on Snapchat trumps musical ability, where we narrowly obsess over an annual Freshman Class by a print magazine desperately clinging to relevance, and where, well, every 5th rapper is “Young Something.”

The “Young Seattle” new wave promises to be no less stellar than its predecessors, and this video is wonderful for our busted attention spans, but remember a sampler platter does not a meal make. Do as the video was meant to inspire you to do, and dig into the vast trove of music these artists have crafted in such a short time.

Check out Sam Lachow’s latest album, Friends, Funk & Liquor, here.

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LIVE COVERAGE: Seattle Hip-Hop at Sasquatch! 2015

Sasquatch! | The Gorge | May 22-25, 2015

Photos by Rafael Ochoa.

Armed with a press pass for the weekend, 206UP sent our intrepid photographer Rafael Ochoa into the Sasquatch! fray. He emerged exhausted and sunburned, but triumphant in his efforts to grab some dope shots of Seattle hip-hop artists doing their thing. Check it out below.

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VIDEO: “Cadillacs & Videos” – Sam Lachow (feat. Magik & Ariana DeBoo)

Free-wheeling, free-spirited antics feature prominently in Sam Lachow’s new video “Cadillacs & Videos” from the rapper’s equally maverick Huckleberry. Magik and Ariana DeBoo lend aspirational soul. Catch Sam live on tour with Futuristic when they hit your city.

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NEW MUSIC: “Dreams of Gold” – Sam Lachow (feat. Raz Simone & Ariana DeBoo)

Sam Lachow - Huckleberry

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.


VIDEO: “Still Mobbin” – Raz Simone (feat. Ariana DeBoo)

300’s first hip hop signatory Raz Simone with a fresh clip: “Still Mobbin” featuring vocalist Ariana DeBoo and directed by Raz and Andrew Imanaka. This is mobbin’ as a way of life. I chuckle at the number of white people who likely crossed the street to avoid Raz and his boisterous video mob.