Our SNSS local song of the year a few years ago is now a smash hit on the international charts. Wow! Congrats to everyone involved, especially Mack, Ryan, and Jon Jon. This might end up being video of the year too!
It’s no secret that Seattle’s hip-hop scene is thriving these days and the rest of the country is rapidly taking notice of the talent we have in the town. Macklemore is leading the way, but there’s a bevvy of artists making great music with breakout potential. People already know about folks like Sol, The Physics, Grynch, J. Pinder, Nacho Picasso, etc., but from what I’ve heard of Raz Simone, I think it’s safe to put him on that list as well.
Here’s the video for “Cold,” a record Raz debuted on Sound Session last week from his upcoming Solomon EP. Great stuff.
Some great footage recapping Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ two shows in Seattle, courtesy of Ryan and Jon Jon. Watching Mack’s ascent has been amazing and something that the entire region should be proud of. He’s doing it.
Thoroughly enjoyed this documentary from Jabari on the homies Mack & Ryan, shot during the lead up to their stellar album, The Heist, and including behind the scenes footage of the “Thrift Shop” music video. Shout to everyone involved with this.
Dee-1 was recently named as the main support for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ nationwide tour, which should come as a great time since Dee is gearing up for his #TheFocusTape, hosted by DJ Drama and Mannie Fresh, set to drop 9/11/12. Here’s the first song and video from the project, “Shut Up and Grind”…something more rappers should do.
Not only is it great to see Mack and Ryan link up with my guy Nick @ Hard Knock TV (cough…SXSW HoopxHang Champions!…cough) during the Paid Dues Festival, but the interview turned out really good as well. But if you’re familiar with Hard Knock content, that’s no surprise. Peep both clips to hear the fellas talk all about their story, their upcoming album, Seattle’s hip-hop scene, and much more.
Following up on his XXL Freshmen cover, Mack releases his new video with Ryan Lewis for “Victory Lap,” showing that his rise to stardom has been in the works far longer than just the past year. Obviously everyone in Seattle knows this firsthand, but this video should help tell that story to the rest of Mack’s rapidly growing fan base. So proud of these two guys for absolutely killing it…for years!
I’m in awe.
What started out as somewhat of a novelty record has attained cult-like status, and it’s sure to grow to unprecedented heights with the release of the visuals for “And We Danced.” I remember when we played this on Sound Session after Ryan first sent it over and we confused the hell out of our listeners. I don’t know why though…the proposition is simple:
We’re having a hoedown…are you hoes down?
You should be.
Yet another immaculately conceived and executed video from Mack and Ryan, this time co-directed with their “My Oh My” collaborator, Jason Koenig. We’re still witnessing Mack’s rise to stardom, but when it’s all said and done, I think “Otherside” will be his defining track. I don’t know if it will be his best (though it’s hard to beat such a heartfelt, no holds barred view into his battles with addiction), but the combination of the song’s impact/resonance with his fans and what it must have meant to him to record it make it the most notable track in his catalog…so far.
Don’t miss his performance opening for Wiz Khalifa at Bumbershoot this weekend, aka the next stepping stone in his path to stardom.
The long awaited video from Mack, Ryan, and Zia Mohajerjasbi for “WINGS” has finally been released and premiered today on XXL. Yet another great look for some of my favorite artists and homies from Seattle. Great job fellas!