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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NEW MUSIC: Thraxxhouse Mixtape – Mackned & Key Nyata

Mackned & Key Nyata - Thraxxhouse Mixtape

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.

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206UP.COM YEAR END: The Best Seattle Hip Hop Albums of 2013 – The Top 10

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Today concludes 206UP’s Year End feature on the Best Seattle Hip Hop Albums of 2013. Below the jump you’ll find the blog’s Top 10 Albums of the Year (including a master list of all the albums considered at the very bottom of the post). Click on the album artwork or artist-titles for links to download or purchase.

Thanks so much for checking out the site! In 2014 there are some new features and — hopefully — big surprises to come, so keep visiting 206UP.COM throughout the New Year.

Peace, family!

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NEW MUSIC: The Shadowed Diamond – Key Nyata

Key Nyata - The Shadowed Diamond

Key Nyata is one of Seattle rap’s new young guard. He’s a contributing member of the ubiquitous Raider Klan and a burgeoning blog darling. The Shadowed Diamond is his latest release and features production from P Smoov and guest appearances by Nacho Picasso, Avatar Darko and Dave B, among others.

As an aside…

There’s much hand-wringing around Town about the “Seattle sound” with the general consensus being that there isn’t one. Key is a prime example of that: he strays far from virtually all of his peers with deeply experimental beats that are more mood and feeling than typical rap set pieces. There’s never been a better time for Seattle rap to come into its own; hip hop is democratized to its greatest degree in history which rewards a fiercely independent spirit like the one we have here.

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VIDEO: “Thx Gvrdxxn” – Key Nyata

I use the cut ‘n paste shortcuts on Key Nyata’s posts more than any other Town artist. “Thx Gvrdxxn” by RVIDXR KLVN member Nyata. Naked women and V’s residing where A’s should live; these young cats make it disorienting for an old head like me. Watch for Key’s Shadowed Diamond.

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VIDEO: “Pitch Blvck” – Key Nyata

Is there such a thing as post-Cloud Rap yet? Is the shit Key Nyata cooking up just that? I don’t know enough about the Raider Klan (excuse me, Rvidxr Klvn) to know what I’m talking about. Learn more with Key’s Two Phonkey below and here.

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