Seattle Office of Film + Music


A Decade of Oldominion
January 29, 2009, 1:59 pm
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The Stranger:
Local hiphop supercrew Oldominion (they boast 30-plus members) came into shape in 1999. This was an important year for hiphop. It marked the end of a transition that began in 1997 with the release of Company Flow’s Funcrusher Plus—this transition involved two points, the mainstream and the underground, and the movement of hiphop innovation from the former to the latter. By 1999, the separation between commercial and independent hiphop was complete. Rappers around the country became something like ronins in feudal Japan—masterless samurai. Corporate record labels wanted nothing to do with battle skills and the cult of DMC. It was now not about how well you spit but how many times you have been hit by bullets. Oldominion emerged at this dark, label-less time.