Street Academy – Street Branded Volume 1

Street Academy was a crew making a name for themselves between the Seattle/Tacoma area in the early to mid 2000’s. Street Branded was one of their many releases. Features include Logics, ABCDE, Jay Barz, Italiano, Second Family, Jae Millz, 151, IQ The Great, Language X, Bad Newz, Strik, Krusal, Sawchosiz, and many more.
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Sam LaChow – Huckleberry

Easy to say “Huckleberry” is an anticipated album from Sam Lachow. It’s his second full length project and he managed to get nearly 20 grand in support via Kickstarter. Very impressive kind of reminds you of another artist from Seattle before things really skyrocketed. Music runs deep for Sam who has been at it awhile even before being solo. What Sam does well and it showcases well on this new album is his ability to surround himself with talent. Whether its collaboration or the production behind the music. You have a lot of live instrumentation and looking at the credits you can tell a lot of work went into the boards for the production of “Huckleberry”. No best rapper arguments here and I’m sure Sam wouldn’t disagree but his understanding of music would surpass many. Try not to classify Sam as a rapper strictly because he is more than that. He is an artist and understands the concept of music in making it appeal to a listeners ear. Very easy to say Sam Lachow is part of the backbone that is going to make the future of Seattle Music.
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Sam Lachow – Avenue Music EP

Sam LaChow’s “Brand New Bike” was a great introduction for him as a solo artist. It really showed his ability to make good natured music that gratifies not only the local Seattle youth. Avenue Music was the follow up to “Brand New Bike” and it was the EP that really got his buzz going outside the region. Collaborations galore the song “Liquor Store” has become a favorite among many. Also a good note of Gifted Gab getting love on here before her buzz really started. Produced by Sam and Maggie brown it is another in the many projects we will see from Sam in the future.
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Raz Simone – Cognitive Dissonance

Artists and fans alike always seem to gripe about the torch not being passed once a artist blows up from their city. Unless you have been secluded these past few years then you know Macklemore has once again brought prominence to the city with his music. While it is not any artists responsibility to pass the torch the question comes in as who is next? Until it happens it is all a guess but Raz Simone is a name in play. Not that Raz’s talent isn’t up to par but most people were probably somewhat thrown off when he announced his partner ship with Lyor Cohen. Nonetheless everything seems to be working so far as Raz releases his second solo project “Cognitive Dissonance”. Videos galore and a tour on the horizon show the small steps are steadily peaking. All the work from Razpy to Raz show nothing was overnight. This project will be a special point in the timeline of Raz the artist. A lot of people rap but with nothing behind it which makes a lot of music disposable. Raz’s strongest trait on this project is his ability to keep soul in everything.  No matter the subject he intertwines you first person as he speaks you feel. Looking forward to the future of Raz Simone.
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Fatel – Don’t Sweat Me

The 90’s had that feel good R&B. Even today when it comes on it makes you feel some type of way. Hidden like treasure was a group from Seattle named Fatel. The group consisted of two young ladies named Cherre and Tange who released “Don’t Sweat Me” in 1994. The project only featured five songs but was some vintage material. Who would of thought the northwest had some long lost R&B duo? Other key thing is you have some early work by Seattle producers who went on to make a great name for themselves like Mike Wingo, Kevin Gardner, and Don Quijano.
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UGLYFRANK – Bobby Hill EP

ILLFIGHTYOU really came onto the scene with some praise and their music is worthy. It is good to see a Tacoma group with a good online presence and also doing very well with the legwork part of the game as well. UGLYFRANK is part of the trio and what most probably expected next was a follow up project. Instead we get “Bobby Hill” a EP of seven songs which really let’s UGLYFRANK shine. The production is handled by Kream Team which gives the project an artist to producer consistency which is easily heard.
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DJ Funk Daddy – Chill Hop

Funk Daddy is a pioneer for the northwest music scene and though respected does not get his just due these days. As a producer he has made beats for many local and established names. Lets not forget he was also a rapper and was one of the first artists locally to have distribution and videos. He stays active as DJ these days and dabbles in the music scene with various production placements and the occasional release. The latest is a beat tape called “Chill Hop” which is some signature Funk Daddy sounds mixed with what is described as Sub Bass meets Jazz. A very smooth ear pleasing experience over 13 songs which you can purchase on I-Tunes.
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Shaprece – Molting EP

Shaprece is back! Always liked her on guest appearances and she also dropped a short EP a few years back called “Scatterbrain”. Since then it has been promise of a album but it still has yet to arrive. In the meantime Shaprece has hooked up with Noisetrade to release the “Molting EP”. It is only six songs but should give you a direction of what Shaprece is heading towards sound wise in the future. She does a great job of being able to mix soul into a electronic R&B sound. No features besides a Blue Sky Black Death Remix on the last track.
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Thaddeus David – Everything

Thaddeus David never leaves you without new music. Just when you might of outplayed his last project he is already in route ready to drop another. Summertime is the perfect time to release the right single and Thaddeus finds a banger in “Everything”. The song features Portland’s go to producer Stewart Villian and T Spoon and T Soprano. The sample is undeniable and you sometimes hate to see artists not do them justice but that is not the case here.
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Swisher Sleep – Fresh Out The Box

Swisher Sleep been grinding for awhile so it’s good to see his album “Fresh Out The Box” drop. Remember him running with Mac Wayne heavy in his early promo days. He started to drop a few mixtapes which he really pushed and they did pretty well locally. Swisher keeps a west coast sound alive that many of the OG’s have even strayed away from. He has that gumbo pot flow which is a mix of several good elements that if you could make them one you would have Swisher’s style. Production is handled by Big Will, Pac Man, Cheese, West Coast Stone, John Silva, Psycho, Mafia, and Saucy P Newton. Features you have a few known names like Layzie Bone and Crooked I. He also found Francci! Have not heard that name in awhile but she used to tear the features up. Mac Wayne, I Am Radio, and Jay Townsend also make appearances.
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