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Friday, April 15 • 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Roundtable: Voices from the Outpost of Hip-Hop

Seattle has launched two rappers into the sphere of pop stardom: Sir-Mix-a-Lot and Macklemore. To the rest of the country, these figures appear to have come out of nowhere. And in a way they did. Seattle is kind of nowhere, in the sense that Atlanta or Miami are certainly somewhere. But Seattle’s nowhereness has never been sleepy but very busy, and very creative. It is a place with a deep and complicated racial, class, and musical history. It’s also very green here. Now, no panel could fully capture the richness of this region and all of its oddities in the time available, but we (Mudede, Abe, Mizell) certainly hope to provide an introduction to what makes 206 hip-hop 206 hip-hop. This panel welcomes you to the gates of the Emerald City.

Daudi Abe, “The Roots of Seattle’s Progressive Hip-Hop”
Larry Mizell Jr., “The Sounds of the Frontier”
Charles Mudede, “What Is Green Gothic Hip-Hop?”


Moderators
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Charles Mudede

Charles Mudede is a music, film, and cultural critic for The Stranger.  He has also contributed to a number of national and international publications. “Fontella Bass and the Philosophy of Soul” | In 2002, the British nu-jazz collective the Cinematic Orchestra opened its second album Every Day with a wonderful experiment in soul called “All That You Give.” It featured the mostly forgotten but very talented Fontella... Read More →

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Daudi Abe

Daudi Abe is a professor at Seattle College and the author of the forthcoming book Emerald Street: A History of Hip-Hop in Seattle. “The Roots of Seattle’s Progressive Hip-Hop” | The voice of Black history in Seattle played a crucial role in the ultimate development of 206 hip-hop. The progressive vibe of the scene has reflected the progressive nature of the region, which included Black men and women voting in the 1880s and a... Read More →
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Larry Mizell Jr.

Larry Mizell Jr. is an LA-born, Seattle-based rapper who has written a weekly column about hip-hop and such for The Stranger since 2004 and DJ'd a weekly radio show on KEXP since 2009. “The Sounds of the Frontier” | Shaped by isolation and identity issues, the last frontier of rap in the US has long struggled to recognize itself and its voice. A strange brew of styles from NYC, the Bay, and the LA underground has... Read More →


Friday April 15, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
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