Clockwork – After Midnight

The members of Clockwork have three very different personalities and musical styles that they each showcase in their own creative way from song to song. Known for their high-energy stage show, the group has a unique Northwest sound that is derived from multiple different musical influences including Funk, Reggae, Soul, Rock and Pop. Clockwork strives to show their versatility and creativity in everything they do. As a group their styles compliment each other to create an unforgettable blend of music and as individuals, their characters are filled with complexities and simplicities that match the flow of their songs.
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MC Willie B – Whoz The Homey

MC is a term that instantly reminds you of the origins of hip hop/rap with many of the forefathers of the culture using the term. What is a MC? Master Of Ceremonies is the dictionary term but it also has been dubbed as Mic Controller, Mic Checka, Moves The Crowd all which easily relate to what a performer is. MC Willie B is one of the early Seattle artists to drop a tape. This tape features 2 songs and has a release date of 1992 on Telemusic Records. The production on this album was done by Tony Benton.
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Central Dynasty – Why Does Everybody Want To Be A Killa

The Central District is one of Seattle’s most racially and ethnically diverse neighborhoods. It is an area that has rich history and has played a part in the lives of many of today’s stars. From actors, sports players, to musicians the Central District was once part of their lives.1996 was one of the best years for rap as it holds accord to being the year of many classic rap albums to date. It seemed like it was a year that if you dropped an album it was sure to be destined to be talked about as a classic years later. Central Dynasty was a group from Seattle Washington  and their debut album “Why Does Everybody Want To Be A Killa” features 14 tracks with production from Kevin Gardner, Funk Daddy, & Skills, & Mike Wingo.
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RC The Trackaholiq – Still Rainin Compilation

RC Da Trackaholiq aka Oskar Madison is a Seattle WA native and has been banging out tracks on his own production company, Cidewayz Productions for local and national recording artists for 10 + years. His beats offer a consistently unique sound not belonging to any one style. RC can recreate many genres of music such as East Coast, West Coast Dirty South, Crunk, Reggae, R&B, Jazz, Funk, whatever. And then with a North West twist he makes it all his own. As a classically taught drummer and a self taught keyboard player RC brings something different to the table with such influences as Isaac Hayes, Curtis Mayfield, Parliament (and anything else 70s) Dr. Dre,  many Blues artists and some of the current producers blazing the air waves.
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Rose City Playaz Club – Volume 1

Portland is another city in the northwest which seems to have a thriving local scene but despite being on the cusp of the next level has never really moved to the major spotlight. With labels like 2 Real Records and & Jus Family records having major success and even signing deals in the past it looked promising for the City Of Roses. Another label burst onto the Portland scene in the late 90’s was Greenleaf entertainment. The label’s two primary artists were Mackin Rob & Brotha Luv. The two were a big part of the labels first big release “Rose City Playaz Club” appearing on 6 of the 14 tracks. The two later linked up to drop a duo album in 2000 entitled “Oregonized”. The album features appearances from Big Tay, Cool Nutz, G-Ism, Bosko, Redrum, B Sharpe, Maniac Lok, GOTM, Kenny Mack, Tremaine, and many more.
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LA Stone – 187 On Wax

These days most people only know the Seattle area code as 206 but in the early 90’s all of western Washington was under the 206 area code. One of Tacoma’s earliest known rappers at the time was LA Stone who repped the 206 to the fullest. his tape featured two tracks. The main track a diss track to Sir Mix A Lot who at the time was probably one of the biggest rappers not just in the northwest but in the nation. Check out some northwest history!
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MC Overdose – NW Posse

Every region has its history even the great rainy city of Seattle, Washington. MC Overdose and the NW Posse is one of the early groups to release music from the region. This tape dates back to the early era of hip hop being released in 1991 on Posse Up Productions. It features two tracks “What Up Black” produced by the legendary George Clinton and “Hot Mama” produced by local producer Todd Brown.
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Sick Asylum – The EP

The mid to late 90’s was sort of a pinnacle of rap with labels like No Limit & Cash Money garnering multi million dollar deals for their labels. With a plethora of artists on each label it garnered fans from all over. Rapping was nothing new by this time but with the emergence of so many new artists it gave inspiration to others to take up the craft.
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