Last May, Kevin Capp had some pretty substantial things to say about local seven-piece hip-hop outfit Theoretics in the Weekly's Short List:
Theoretics is exactly what the Seattle hip-hop scene needs--what any scene looking to maintain an edge needs, really--at the moment: a funky-fresh infusion of live instrumentation and Jurassic 5-style lyrical showmanship. The seven-member outfit isn't earth-shatteringly original or mind-bogglingly good. They sound a bit like a mix between The Physics and the Saturday Knights . . . But Theoretics doesn't seem to have that kind of puffery stalking them right now, which is a good thing.
And while they still don't have the hype that, say, similarly constructed outfit Dyno Jamz achieved with their EMP Sound Off! victory, Theoretics' output leads you to believe they've got the chops to earn a taste.
The recent video for "Higher," lead single from their nearly released eponymous debut record, features crisp cinematography from the ever-improving Garrett Wesley Gibbons (responsible for Victor Shade's "Soothsayer") and top-notch break-dancing cameos from Uykhang Brian Ung, Jessica Hu, and the homie Mikeskee, formerly of UW's Hip-Hop Student Association and always of all things b-boy. But the highlight is the sense of passion in Chimaroke Abuachi's voice as he belts the song's chorus: "Go high, go high, go high, go HIGHER." And, ironically, "The Passion" is also the name of my favorite song on Theoretics' 13-track record, a project that sports more highs (aggressive and contemplative raps, well-sung choruses, worthwhile instrumentals) than lows (clichéd choruses like "Why can't we all fight for the same thing?").
You can get a taste for yourself at the all-ages album release, hosted by RA Scion of Common Market and Victor Shade, which goes down this Saturday at the Hard Rock Café, with support from Dyno Jamz, Rypynt's That1Show, and DJ WD4D. Doors open at 9 p.m., tickets are $12 now and $15 day-of, and both those prices come with a copy of the album.