Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Seattle math

I just got around to reading the great Cocaine Blunts feature on the history of the Seattle rap scene, in which Mike Clark and the homie Jake One talk about formative local records and share some reminiscences.

It prompted me to dig out and rip the Tribal Music Do the Math compilation:

Back in the mid-90s, my homeboy Beni B networked with super-digger DJ Supreme, who put him down with a lot of the other folks on the Seattle indie rap scene. I think one of them must have hand-to-handed me this home-dubbed D-90 cassette. I used to play the tape a lot and even wrote it up for DJ Stef's Vinyl Exchange fanzine. It's one of the few tapes from that era that survived my car's tape deck and that I bothered to hang onto.

The Cocaine Blunts piece features a couple of tracks from the Ghetto Children, who Jake says are his all-time favorite Seattle group; here are a couple more:

Ghetto Children: "Who's Listening" (Tribal Music, 1996)

Ghetto Children: "Equilibrium" (Tribal Music, 1996)

Narcotik: "Game of Checkers" (Tribal Music, 1996)

"Equilibrium" appeared on 12" and the whole sampler was eventually issued on a long out-of-print CD.

Jake One's next CD is apparently a full-length collaboration with Freeway, a prospect that excites me.



Blogger The Prince of Ballard said...

dont forget DMS!

October 2, 2009 at 1:24 PM  
Blogger Matthew said...

I can't forget what I never knew.

Thanks for the link!

October 2, 2009 at 4:14 PM  

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