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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VIDEO: “Watch Yo Mouth” – Sam Lachow & Futuristic (dir. by Jakob Owens)

Sam Lachow and buzzing (and buzzed) Tempe, AZ rapper Futuristic are profane party rap soul mates and soon-to-be tour buddies. Check their new video “Watch Yo Mouth” below and catch them causing trouble in your town soon. Man I hope they paid that mini Mr. T a fair appearance fee.

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AUDIO: “Night Is Over” – Kevin Lavitt (feat. Sam Lachow)

Kevin Lavitt & Sam Lachow - Night is Over

Kevin Lavitt is a Seattle-based singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist. His debut EP Planets will arrive shortly we’re told. “Night Is Over” is the first drop and it features frequent collaborator Sam Lachow. Kevin reminds me of ’90s R&B crooner Jon B — do with that assessment what you will. In any case, blue-eyed soul is here to stay.

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NEW MUSIC: “If I Fall” – Shelton Harris & Tyler Dopps (feat. Sam Lachow)

SH & TD - If I Fall

Shelton Harris and Tyler Dopps are preparing to release their debut album Lights, and “If I Fall” is the latest one-off from the MC/producer duo. Sam Lachow hops on to offer some insight into the creative process and the pitfalls of risking it all for the art you believe in. This is polished, well-crafted pop-rap and for that reason my cautiously optimistic ass remains, well, cautiously optimistic about what Shelton and Tyler might bring to the proverbial rap table. As the Seattle hip-hop super-continent continues to separate itself from one conglomerate mass into different subsets, acts like SH and TD seem poised to lead the charge for a younger, contemporary fan base whose listening tendencies trend toward the more accessible side of things.