A couple months back, a slew of Pacific Northwest hip-hop acts converged on Mt. Baker for the first-annual Sunday Cypher Awards. (cypher, for those not totally hop to the kids' lingo, means freestyle rapping, though not necessarily battling a lá Eminem in 8 Mile.) Besides making an excellent excuse to party, the event also provided some networking opportunities, which, luckily for Seattle, led to the stacked bill tonight night at Nectar.
Headliners My Dad Bruce took home the Cypher award for best live performance of 2011 (full list of winners here), and The Bad Tenants claimed hardware for best music video, among other honors. Freestyle extraordinaire Lokeye was named (what else?) best freestyler, and DJ Einstein claimed a lifetime achievement award. But those achievements, like Barry Bonds' home run record, come with an asterisk.
The caveat is that all four helped organize -- or are tight with the organizers of -- the Sunday Cypher Awards. That doesn't mean they aren't deserving of accolades (check the dope video for The Bad Tenants below for proof these guys got flow), it just bears mentioning that we're not talking about the Grammys or anything.
Credit Seattle-based duo Stat Drift for helping bring the B-Ham talent down I-5 for a night. The pair, comprised of Bellingham native Dylan and Jackson Hole, Wyoming rapper/producer Craig, dropped their sophomore album Waves last December, and have since been kicking it around the 206, opening for locals Slow Dance and others.
Here's a sampling of My Dad Bruce. (And yes, one of the dudes is rocking a Millennium Falcon on his chain.)
And here's the Bad Tenants' epic video for their track "When I'm Back."Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.