Filed under: Film, Music | Tags: blue scholars, Cinemetropolis, Film, film contest, hip hop, Music
Seattle Hip-Hop group Blue Scholars has announced that submissions are open for the Cinematropolis short film contest. The Cinemetropolis album is a soundtrack, the band says, and they want fans and filmmakers to create a video/short film under 5 minutes in length, using any track they’d like. Deadline for submissions is midnight on April 6th. Get all the details on the Blue Scholars website.
Filed under: Music | Tags: blue scholars, KEXP, local artist, seattle hip hop
The Seattle hip-hop scene will never be the same because of groups like Blue Scholars. In their latest release, they fuse lyrics that touch on topics from socioeconomic class struggle to community empowerment with high quality beats. Watch the duo perform a hit from their new album Cinemetropolis, live in the KEXP studios.
Filed under: Film, Music | Tags: blue scholars, Cinemetropolis, Jason Reid, MC Geologic, sabzi, Slick Watts, sonics, sonicsgate
To celebrate the release of the group’s new conceptual album titled Cinemetropolis, local hip-hop duo Blue Scholars premiered a short film for the first single off the ablum, “Slick Watts”. Based on the former Sonics player turned Franklin High School basketball coatch, Watts himself stars in the video alongside MC Geologic and DJ/Producer Sabzi. The short also contains shout-outs to several distinct Seattle neighborhoods and fond references to Seattle’s former basketball team. Fittingly, the short was directed by Jason Reid and the crew responsible for the award-winning documentary Sonicsgate: Requiem for a Team, which retold the rich history of Seattle’s basketball culture and the heartache of the Sonics’ relocation to Oklahoma City in 2008. Cinemetropolis, the Blue Scholars third studio album, was funded entirely by a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign. Watch the short film for “Slick Watts” below. To read more about the Blue Scholars and Cinemetropolis, click the link above.
Filed under: Music | Tags: blue scholars, brother ali, City Arts Magazine, Fresh Espresso, macklemore, mash hall, paramount, party
City Arts Magazine recently released a mini-documentary on a monumental Paramount show back in October. Hindsight has never looked as sharp as Seattle hip-hoppers Blue Scholars, Brother Ali, Macklemore, Fresh Espresso and Mash Hall do in this epic retrospective behind-the-scenes compilation of concert footage, interviews and venue montages. Watch the video to relive the glory, and those that missed the show can come as close as they ever will to time travel.
The Seattle Times
The Blue Scholars already have a video for their song “Coffee and Snow,” but since it snowed again last week, they decided to make another video. So, behold, “Coffee and Snow 2.”
Blue Scholars’ members Sabzi and Geo interviewed below, discussing their forthcoming album Cinetropolis. They also discuss compromise, cinema and integrity. Check it out below, and catch them at the Paramount Theatre tonight as part of the City Arts Festival!
Filed under: Music | Tags: blue scholars, D. Black, Dyme Def, Fresh Espresso, jake one, KEXP, macklemore, ra scion, seattle hip hop, shabazz palaces, theesatisfaction, vitamin d
This week KEXP launched a new 10-part series “Hip-Hop: The New Seattle Sound.” They picked ten of Seattle’s hottest local acts and are doing short radio stories on them. These ten talented performers will be profiled in the coming weeks: Blue Scholars, D Black, Vitamin D, Jake One, Fresh Espresso, RA Scion, THEESatisfaction, Macklemore, Dyme Def, and Shabazz Palaces. In these episodes, producer Michele Myers sits down with each artist and asks them to tell stories, talk philosophy or just rap. Then in the editing room, they illuminate the most memorable points with their music. The first episode is on the duo Blue Scholars, made up of MC Geologic and DJ/Multi-instrumentalist Sabzi. They talk about how their music is based on storytelling, what the “Seattle Sound” is for hip-hop and also give props to local producer Vitamin D and his former band The Ghetto Children, the people who laid the foundation for today’s new hip-hop scene. The intro to each episode is a rundown of Sea-town’s hip-hop history, told by the “Mayor of Seattle Hip-Hop,” Jonathan Moore. To listen to the first episode, follow the link.
More than two dozen acts from the Seattle area are headed to “the spring break for the music world,” South by Southwest, this year. It’s a party on the surface, with all-night concerts, and beer and barbecue sauce flying through the air. But SXSW is also a networking thing, the concept being that if a whole bunch of musicians, media members, and industry people jump in a blender, great opportunities will arise. For two decades, common wisdom has considered SXSW a rite of passage for up-and-coming bands. The festival bills itself as a place to discover tomorrow’s stars today. For instance, Seattle rapper Grynch will play on the Billboard stage this year because his single, “My Volvo,” grabbed the attention of the folks at Billboard Magazine after they heard it on KEXP. Beyond giving bands an opportunity to be “discovered,” the festival is good for networking on a micro-level, artist to artist, and for getting “face time with press, both planned or better yet, unplanned.” Like Geologic of Blue Scholars who just wants to network with other artists at the music conference to plan tours and collaborations. To read more about SXSW 2010 and which Seattle artists are making their way down there, follow the above link.
Filed under: 1 | Tags: blue scholars, Champagne Champagne, CMJ, D. Black, seattle hip hop, the physics
More proof that Seattle’s hiphop scene is in its moment, the CMJ’s hiphop chart holds three works that were produced by locals artists: The Blue Scholar’s Oof, which is at number 3; D.Black’s Ali’yah, which is at 4; and the Physics’ High Society, which is at 16. Last week, CMJ’s music festival had no less than four acts from the Seattle area: THEESatisfaction, D. Black, Grynch, and Champagne Champagne.