M. Anthony Davis

Bruce Leroy’s (North)West Coast Hip-Hop

Bruce Leroy’s (North)West Coast Hip-Hop

The Tacoma rapper’s latest makes a case for the PNW’s inclusion in the West Coast rap canon.

Bruce Leroy’s (North)West Coast Hip-Hop
Diogenes and Remember Face Reflect the Exciting Spectrum of Contemporary NW Hip-Hop

Diogenes and Remember Face Reflect the Exciting Spectrum of Contemporary NW Hip-Hop

At their joint album-release party, sample a distinctive but broadening regional sound.

Diogenes and Remember Face Reflect the Exciting Spectrum of Contemporary NW Hip-Hop
On ‘Hiding Places,’ Local Rapper/Producer Brakebill Puts His Past on the Table

On ‘Hiding Places,’ Local Rapper/Producer Brakebill Puts His Past on the Table

The downcast ambient hip-hop record finds the artist wrestling with the sins of the father.

On ‘Hiding Places,’ Local Rapper/Producer Brakebill Puts His Past on the Table
When His Daughters Asked Hard Questions About Tamir Rice, Local Rapper Yirim Seck Made a Song

When His Daughters Asked Hard Questions About Tamir Rice, Local Rapper Yirim Seck Made a Song

“We Call it Murder,” speaks to the psychological damage images of brutality are having on children.

When His Daughters Asked Hard Questions About Tamir Rice, Local Rapper Yirim Seck Made a Song
On Crimewave’s Latest, Death Metal and Hip-Hop Join in an Awkward Marriage

On Crimewave’s Latest, Death Metal and Hip-Hop Join in an Awkward Marriage

The Tacoma artist’s ‘Cage W/Mirrored Bars’ EP attempts to innovate, but lands in a noisy jumble.

On Crimewave’s Latest, Death Metal and Hip-Hop Join in an Awkward Marriage
Stasia Irons on Taking Over KEXP’s ‘Street Sounds’ and the State of Seattle Hip-Hop

Stasia Irons on Taking Over KEXP’s ‘Street Sounds’ and the State of Seattle Hip-Hop

The former THEESatisfaction frontwoman plans on keeping the show chill and focusing on the jams.

Stasia Irons on Taking Over KEXP’s ‘Street Sounds’ and the State of Seattle Hip-Hop
Video Premiere: Khingz Issues a Rallying Cry With ‘Good Gangster’

Video Premiere: Khingz Issues a Rallying Cry With ‘Good Gangster’

Seattle Weekly’s 2009 ‘Best MC of the Year’ returns with a sobering new track.

Video Premiere: Khingz Issues a Rallying Cry With ‘Good Gangster’
The Genre-Fluidity of Raven Matthews

The Genre-Fluidity of Raven Matthews

‘Disco Christ’ is a raw, emotional, uncategorizable work of self-exploration.

The Genre-Fluidity of Raven Matthews
J’Von’s ‘Potato’ Is More Than Just Meat and Potatoes

J’Von’s ‘Potato’ Is More Than Just Meat and Potatoes

The animator/MC’s latest has a simple surface that belies its lyrical and structural complexity.

J’Von’s ‘Potato’ Is More Than Just Meat and Potatoes
Tacoma Rapper Yung Fern Condemns Society, and Himself

Tacoma Rapper Yung Fern Condemns Society, and Himself

‘Weekend at Fernie’s’ is the latest addition to the city’s new wave of hip-hop.

Tacoma Rapper Yung Fern Condemns Society, and Himself
Ghoulavelii’s Dark, Punk-Infused Trap Epitomizes the New T-Town Sound

Ghoulavelii’s Dark, Punk-Infused Trap Epitomizes the New T-Town Sound

Take a whiff of the new Tacoma aroma—equal parts Marilyn Manson and flex-ready rap.

Ghoulavelii’s Dark, Punk-Infused Trap Epitomizes the New T-Town Sound
Auburn Artist Ike Watson’s Latest Is a Local Entry in the New Age of R&B

Auburn Artist Ike Watson’s Latest Is a Local Entry in the New Age of R&B

On ‘To Venus From Mars,’ he can sing, he can rap, he can sing while he raps.

Auburn Artist Ike Watson’s Latest Is a Local Entry in the New Age of R&B
Gifted Gab Takes R&B and G-Funk Back to Its Roots on ‘Gab the Most High’

Gifted Gab Takes R&B and G-Funk Back to Its Roots on ‘Gab the Most High’

“I like to sing about love. Not just trying to hit it.”

Gifted Gab Takes R&B and G-Funk Back to Its Roots on ‘Gab the Most High’
Sassyblack. Courtesy of the artist

SassyBlack’s Sci-Fi Seduction

“I remember going to Disneyland with my homegirl,” she says, giggling on a U District patio. “We went to the Star Wars part, and I was tripping. They had, like, a synopsis of all the journeys and I kind of cried a little bit at the end. It was so good.”

Sassyblack. Courtesy of the artist
Photo by Aubrey Rhodes

Jarv Dee’s Dank Adventures

A firsthand account of the rapper’s hot-box bus stunt.

Photo by Aubrey Rhodes
The ILLFIGHTYOU crew. Photo courtesy of the artists

ILLFIGHTYOU’s Mosh-Pit Trap Hits the Crocodile

You can find the Tacoma-based trio ILLFIGHTYOU at the corner where glass-rattling bass intersects with murder-mayhem lyricism.

The ILLFIGHTYOU crew. Photo courtesy of the artists
Photo by Brady Harvey/EMP (detail)

Campana Is a Grounded Space Cadet on ‘Eviction Notice’

The album, which chronicles the artist’s experience being evicted from his home, is impressive, especially considering it is being narrated so soberly by a 21-year-old.

Photo by Brady Harvey/EMP (detail)