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April 17, 2014 at 11:00 AM

The Doggfather and his Dogg-sessor at WaMu

L.A. gangster rap innovator Snoop Dogg is like a modern-day Willie Nelson, recognized for his celebrity and unswerving marijuana activism almost as equally as his musical accomplishments. Along with a catalog of hits 20-plus years deep, he’s bringing along frequent collaborator and movie co-star Wiz Khalifa (who’s working on becoming a Snoop Dogg-level stoner-rap icon…

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0 Comments | More in R & B/Hip-hop | Topics: Jarv Dee, Nacho Picasso, Snoop Dogg

April 14, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Schoolboy Q and the new, improved L.A. gangsta rap | Concert preview

(Courtesy of the artist.)

(Courtesy of the artist.)

There are multiple levels of meaning in the title of the latest album, “Oxymoron,” by Los Angeles rapper Schoolboy Q, who plays the Showbox SoDo Monday, April 14. (Note the show has been moved from the Showbox downtown.)

First, there’s its multifaceted sound: The beats meander from sneering, hard-knocking West-Coast opener “Gangsta” to bouncing, dub-reggae single “Collard Greens” to thumping-808 trap-house anthem “Hell Of A Night” to the blog-friendly, indie-sampling “Man Of the Year.”

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March 21, 2014 at 6:58 PM

The new EP from ILLFIGHTYOU’s Ugly Frank | New recordings

Last year’s self-titled debut from Tacoma trio ILLFIGHTYOU took them from relative unknowns to one of the best new talents in an already strong local rap climate — and is one of the main reasons why it’s not cool for Seattle people to talk sneeringly about Tacoma anymore. The strongest points about the ILLFIGHTYOU album were…

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0 Comments | More in R & B/Hip-hop | Topics: BOBBY HILL, ILLFIGHTYOU, Ugly Frank

March 6, 2014 at 2:45 PM

T-Pain’s Auto-Tune news at Neumos

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(Photo by Hannibal Matthews)

It’s been almost a decade after Tallahassee’s T-Pain left behind his rap career with the group Nappy Headz and released his first solo album Rappa Ternt Sanga, but the same Auto-Tune vocal effects he pioneered — and were inspired by the vocoder leads of ‘80s/’90s R & B originators Roger Troutman and Teddy Riley — are a staple of not only the music industry, but many aspects of American pop culture in 2014.

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February 8, 2014 at 11:28 AM

2 Chainz, Pusha T’s seasoned rap game come to Showbox SoDo

(Photo by David Conger)

(Photo by David Conger)

Georgia’s 2 Chainz and Virginia’s Pusha T — two of mainstream rap’s biggest, most ubiquitous names — are coming to Seattle’s Showbox SoDo for a stop on their national 2 Good to be T.R.U. Tour.

The rappers — both 36 — have become a strange type of new-school veterans to their genre. Though they could be easily mistaken for young, contemporary artists to new listeners, both have already had eventful careers starting in different groups from their specific home regions.

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January 31, 2014 at 12:08 PM

The latest from Southern master rapper Young Thug and local feel-good punkers Dude York |New recordings

Young-Thug-Bloody-Jay-Black-Portland-608x608Young Thug & Bloody Jay “Black Portland” (Mixtape)

Atlanta’s Young Thug built some serious momentum last year by releasing his incendiary 1017 Thug mixtape on Gucci Mane’s 1017 Brick Squad imprint, which has since nearly dissolved — with Gucci serving another prison term after falling out with fellow label figurehead Waka Flocka Flame and leaving the once-great rap empire in shambles.

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0 Comments | More in R & B/Hip-hop | Topics: Dude York, New Recordings, Young Thug

January 22, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Ryan Hemsworth’s seamless trances| Concert preview

(Conrad McGee)

(Conrad McGee)

In less time than it took him to earn his journalism degree from his hometown Halifax, Nova Scotia’s University of King’s College, producer and DJ Ryan Hemsworth has ridden waves of internet buzz to become an internationally-touring performer, releasing his debut full-length Guilt Trips on famed Canadian label Last Gang Records (who has also released albums by the likes of Metric, Crystal Castles and Death From Above 1979) along the way.

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November 13, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Q&A: Killer Mike on Reagan, Obama, Sasquatch and ‘Rap Church’

KillerMike_3Atlanta’s burly-voiced rap preacher Killer Mike has had an unusual career arc – coming up as part of the Outkast-affiliated Dungeon Family in 2000 before stepping out as an independent solo artist with his severely-underrated “I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind” mixtape series, then experiencing a late-career revival in the last couple years after collaborating with Brooklyn veteran (and former head of definitive indie-rap label Definitive Jux) El-P for his 2012 “R.A.P. Music” and this year’s Run the Jewels self-titled. Soundposts caught up with him via phone right before he had to head out on his last run of shows for the year to talk about politics and, of course, rap music.

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