You might know Perry Porter as one half of Sleep Steady, the enigmatic duo that’s been making underground noise around Town for the last five years or so. Kings Only is Perry’s new solo EP and the rapper sounds the most self-assured he’s ever been. Vocal comparisons to Jay Z are a little lazy but not completely out of bounds (from a superficial standpoint anyway). Nay, Perry Porter seems like that rare cat who marches to the beat of his own inner metronome — definitely one to watch. Kings Only features production by the Supreme Sound Architects (BlackMic x The1storn x DJ Semaj).
Farid Xan reps the Bay Area and Puget Sound in equal measure — if I’m not mistaken he’s from SF originally but attended college in Tacoma. Anyway, “Bambaataa” is a video he shot while visiting NYC (my current home) for the first time. Blak Mic and DJ Semaj contribute studio work and Steve Curran hopped behind the lens. Watch for Farid’s upcoming Prerolls & Carryons.
Three of the most promising voices in Seattle rap collab for “Sweet Life,” another production by the 253’s DJ Semaj (see previous post).