“Solar Power: New Sounds In Seattle Hip-Hop” Compilation (2017)

solarpowerSeattle is definitely not known for its hip hop.  Yes, we have Macklemore and Mix-A-Lot, and those are a pair of heavyweights.  And certainly Shabazz Palaces and THEESatisfaction have some cred.  I’m not a student of the genre, so I’m hardly and expert, but I do listen to a lot of music and I do live in Seattle…

But fortunately Crane City Music is here to cast the spotlight on Seattle hip hop artists.  The label’s first release is Solar Power:  New Sounds In Seattle Hip Hop, a collection of 14 tracks all by different artists, male and female and non-binary, straight and gay, a cross-section of the city’s scene.  And man, there is some fantastic stuff here.  From the more straight forward approach of Remember Face on “Hugo Stiglitz” to the free jazz-ish “Tried It” by Stas Thee Boss to the brilliant husky-voiced flow of Guayaba on “Uh Oh” (the collection’s best track, IMO), we’re treated to a wide range of styles and voices.

I’m incredibly impressed with Solar Power – it’s a perfectly curated showcase for these artists.  If you’re a fan of hip hop, you definitely need to check this one out.

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