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Video Premiere: Behind MC Sol’s New EP ‘Eyes Open’

An inside look at the Seattle hip hop artist's latest release.
Q&A

Grayskul: More Focused than Ever

The Seattle rap group releases its first album in five years. MC JFK tells us what's changed.
Feature

Heavy Weather

Blue Sky Black Death brought a wave of darkness to hip-hop’s sunny landscape. Now everyone wants under their umbrella.
Album of the Month

Album of the Month: “RSE GLD/WHT GLD” by Porter Ray

Ray engages the violent forces around him in order to digest them.
Essay

New Religion: Rapper Nissim Returns

Damian Black started out as “D. Black,” a rapper who detailed street life in the Central District. He then converted to Judaism and retired from music. Now he returns as an Orthodox Jew named Nissim.
Essay

New Religion: Rapper Nissim Returns

Damian Black started out as “D. Black,” a rapper who detailed street life in the Central District. He then converted to Judaism and retired from music. Now he returns as an Orthodox Jew named Nissim. Black’s pivotal role in Seattle hip-hop and...
Review

ILLFIGHTYOU’s knockout debut

Seattle hip-hop is currently separated into two camps: Seattle-centric positivity and dark, pill-propelled haziness. The best of the former is pop catchy; the best of the latter an intriguing case for nihilism. Sonically, though, neither is...