Seattle hip-hop chosen son Gabriel Teodros celebrated the release of his new full-length album, Evidence Of Things Not Seen, last night at the Columbia City Theater. The show also featured Draze, Xperience, DJ/producer EarDr.Umz, and one very special (and very famous) guest — hit the jump to find out who. Photographer Rafael Ochoa attended on behalf of 206UP.
Finally got a chance to check out XP’s new EP, The Revelations. Local master of bombast MTK is responsible for producing all eight tracks which are very Just Blaze-ish in their big-samples-meets-big-synth grandiosity. “Make Enough” (featuring Hellfyre Club’s resident genius Open Mike Eagle) and “Take Me Back” (with Q Dot and Ashley Dubose) were highlights for me. Xperience has always sounded like he’s rapping (and singing) from the pulpit, but on Revelations he explicitly puts himself there: check out “Walk By Faith” for rap proselytizing on wax, the likes of which Seattle hasn’t really seen before.
Xperience drops a new clip from his upcoming The Revelations EP. “New Religion” was produced by MTK and the video was shot in Brooklyn and Seattle.
This one’s been a while in the making. It was supposed to drop in its entirety last year but instead we got a steady stream of loosies and videos, each one more slap-happy and super-lyrical than the last. Anyway, Th3rdz — the Oldominion supergroup consisting of JFK, Candidt and Xperience — add the full length This That & Th3rdz to the mix and it’s definitely worth your seven to ten ducats. Shit is just fun, freewheeling rap, appropriate for the particular season in which it finally sees a release.
This That & TH3RDZ is scheduled to drop June 18 on Camobear records. The best thing about this Oldominion supergroup is how they combine slap-heavy party joints with smart humor and some of the deftest lyricism you’ll find anywhere on the Western seaboard. We talk a lot about chemistry when it comes to the best team-ups in rap, and TH3RDZ is a perfectly balanced formula.
Fucking slaps and riotous laughs in this clip by Th3rdz. Candidt is a special fool for this one. For your reference:
Th3rdz jump-off live from the basement again. This time for “All Do It.”
Live performance treatment of “Therapy” by Th3rdz. I wish this album from the soon-to-be legendary Oldominion crew would just hurry up and drop already.