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Nick Feldman
Tay Sean, aka Swan Coltraine.
Helluvastate

The High Dive

Thursday, Jan. 20

1. There's a huge audience for hip-hop in Seattle. And a

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Four Things to Learn from Helluvastate's Debut Performance at the High Dive Last Night

tayseanhelluvastate.jpg
Nick Feldman
Tay Sean, aka Swan Coltraine.
Helluvastate

The High Dive

Thursday, Jan. 20

1. There's a huge audience for hip-hop in Seattle. And a diverse one too. Despite three worthwhile events going on at the same time last night--including Jake One and Freeway with The Physics at Neumos and the Mash Hall House Party party at Central Cinema--The High Dive had no problem filling up. And though they weren't necessarily your average hip-hop heads, a fact host MC Candidt capitalized on in his between-set banter, both the tunes and artists didn't go wanting for love.

2. Anything with the Cloud Nice or Members Only stamp on it is a team effort. Tay Sean, aka Swan Coltraine, and TH, aka Thadwick Tristen Trevor III, had no issues rocking their set to the fullest, but it's always fun to have the whole family out. At various points near the end of the set, Cloud collaborators Jarv Dee and Mikey Nice made their way to the stage, as did SOTA boys Parker and Hyphen8d. And when these crews are around, a party is never far behind.

3. Helluvastate's music isn't exactly groundbreaking relative to its members' camps--but that's not remotely a bad thing. Sounding especially matured, the strong, fluid lyricism and crisp production is a dazzling progression and intersection of the CN and SOTA vibes. If Helluvastate is a place, it's definitely in the clouds. And though the set was understandably short considering their recent emergence and lack of material, what the duo did bring to the table was wildly promising.

4. Thaddeus (TTTIII) makes awesome drink choices. Erin Thompson playfully ragged on him for ordering a vodka cranberry when she caught up with him for a "Through @ 2" column in August. And last night he was spotted on stage with a Capri Sun among the water bottles and cans of Pabst. Well played, sir!

 
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