In his mom’s basement, Porter Ray Sullivan is listening to a warm beat drifting through studio monitors. Like most nights, a small group of close friends—beatmakers, DJs, confidants—huddle in this cramped room below a house off Genesee...
Bruce Leroy, featured in this year's Best New Music issue, barters for respect.
Raz Simone Feeds Hungry Crowd at Record Release Show
The Seattle MC was all connection and charisma at Neumos.
When Choice and RJ Met DJ Mustard
A Seattle-Angeleno connects with hip-hop radio's reigning king
Bout That Bitter Barista
"Now I'm more afraid to lose depression than I am of depression." On music, self-sabotage and Internet fame with rapper Matt "Spekulation" Watson.
Rapper Chev's new EP 'Avalon' reminds you of Seattle's capacity for self-aware, trend-damning sincerity.
Return of THEE Boss
Talking with Stasia Irons of THEESatisfaction about life in Brooklyn and her upcoming Seattle show.
Gold From Here On
Rapper Raz Simone narrates Seattle's unconscious. His first LP, "Cognitive Dissonance," exists outside of rap’s feedback loop—it must, because Simone pays little attention to hip-hop at large.
The Rapper: Gifted Gab
Gabby Kadushin, aka Gifted Gab, is the self-possessed female among the many dudes in her crew, Moor Gang, Seattle’s answer to the Wu-Tang Clan.
Sol: Jumping Off the Ladder
Seattle rapper Sol released a Billboard-charting album and then abruptly left the country for ten months. Now he's back with a new EP, and he's preparing to play Showbox at the Market next week. City Arts finds out why he left, and how he's different.