Graves33 and Diogenes — practiced executors of subterranean rap, par excellence — engineered a slamming six-track entry right underneath your feet. Life On Other Planets is worthy of all the invariable head-nods given by approving headphone critics the 2-0-6 over. It matches this gray overcast more than that global warming shit we had back in July.
Graves33 drops ill lyrical science from a higher esoteric plane than most Seattle rappers of similar ilk. His brief but affecting Survive EP went live earlier this month. The highlight here is the anti-police brutality gut punch “Pelicula Tocino” (featuring Dox and Araless of Black Magic Noize), which will leave you nauseous and fucking pissed off — exactly where you should be concerning such states of affairs.
Watch the music video for “I Hope You Comprehend” (featuring Thaddeus David), below.
Seattle rap underground wunderkind Graves33 follows up his Smoke Filled Rooms instrumental effort with a brand new album of nocturnal, headphone rap space: Fated Empire features a who’s who of like-minded rappers parsing somber thoughts over Graves’ un-sanctimonious compositions. Check it out before the fog lifts.
We are a beleaguered nation. It’s hard to imagine attending a hip-hop show this week in any sort of celebratory fashion, but yet here we are, left to find some amount of solace in a form of music with blessedly curative properties.
Open Mike Eagle might just be the right man at the right time to help Seattle heal through the fog of the nation’s ongoing race war. The native Chicagoan — and now Hellfyre Club affiliated, Los Angeles-based rapper — brings his distinct comedic hip-hop steez to the Columbia City Theater this Saturday, August 23. Mike pushes an absurdist/satirical edge in the same vein as Das Racist, but with far more coherent lyricism. Stream his recent Mello Music offering, Dark Comedy, below, and watch the video for “Doug Stamper (Advice Raps)” featuring the oft-hilarious Hannibal Buress.
And oh yeah, 206UP will help get you and one guest to the show in style. Our ticket giveaway* features a V.I.P. package that includes a chartered ride from your house (inside the Seattle city-limits only) and backstage passes. Enter to win using the form below.
*Must be at least 21 years of age to enter. Many thanks to Araless of Black Magic Noize (who are also on the bill) for the hook-up!
No frills here. Just four Northwest underground rap luminaries building in the studio and rapping in the booth. Thanks to DJ Able for hipping me to it, and watch for a new EP from Tulsi dropping January 1.