As the title of his upcoming album, Sweatsuit & Churchshoes, available digitally as of August 17th, suggests, Seattle rapper Candidt straddled two diametrically opposed worlds growing up: that of the hustler and that of the church. “I lived with my mom, and early on I witnessed the whole pimps, hoes, and hustler world,” he said. “Then, later on, my two sisters, brother, and myself were taken away to live with my grandparents. My grandmother was a minister, so that household was totally opposite of my mother’s.
“I don’t look at my upbringing as negative or positive—it’s just me,” Candidt continued. “If anything, it was good for me to experience both ends of the spectrum. That’s the way my world turns.”
Of course, Candidt’s world also turns on hip-hop. In addition to releasing four solo albums (including Dookiebraid Soul and Quiet as Kept) and appearing on songs with numerous acts (including veteran duo Grayskul and Northwest collective Oldominion), Candidt is the founder of the beloved live showcase “The Corner” and of Dionices Entertainment. As an artist, Candidt embraces the streets and religion as important parts of his background. But he doesn’t traffic in a nihilistic celebration of the criminal life anymore than he delivers sermons from the pulpit. Rather, he explores both with a mature, critical eye. The fact that Candidt’s delivery and lyrical style—a combination of intricate cadences and inventive word-play—are so unique only makes the mix that much more potent.
Candidt calls his modus operandi “Bangalang”—a neologism masquerading as onomatopoeia. Or, put another way: a fresh, funky style straight from the soul. “This world is no joke/I’m try’na live to be an old folk /I remember lines a coco/Close yo’ eyes little JoJo” -From “Looking Back”
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2. Say Dat
3. Bully Ft Peegee13 & Maya Jenkins
4. Coolbreeze Ft Xperience & Maya Jenkins
5. All In My Way Ft Snafu, Onry Ozzborn, & Maya Jenkins
7. Super Rappers Ft Sota Boys, Parker, Hyphen8d, & TH
8. Don’t Worry Ft Maya Jenkins
9. Bobbleheads Ft Brotha Brown & Xperience
10. No Stadic
11. Sunshine Ft Xperience
13. Can We Smile Ft Xperience
14. Cinnamon Nights Ft Macklemore & T-Love
15. Grindtime Ft JFK & Xperience
16. Tryna Live Ft Slem One
18. Bangalang Ft Syndel
19. Make Dat Money Ft Von O.P.
20. Imaginary Stereo Ft Maya Jenkins
21. Everytime My Phone Rings Ft Von O.P.
Candidt Ft Xperience & Maya Jenkins – Coolbreeze
Candidt Ft Nafu, Onry Ozzborn, & Maya Jenkins – All In My Way
Candidt Ft Maya Jenkins – Don’t Worry
Candidt Ft Xperience – Sunshine
Candidt Ft Macklemore & T-Love – Cinnamon Nights
Candidt Ft JFK & Xperience – Grindtime
Candidt Ft Syndel – Bangalang
Candidt Ft Von O.P. – Make Dat Money
Candidt Ft Maya Jenkins – Imaginary Stereo
Candidt Ft Von O.P. – Everytime My Phone Rings