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BLUE SCHOLARS PREMIERE NEW SHORT FILM FOR “SLICK WATTS”
May 26, 2011, 11:22 am
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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.

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TODAY’S SECRET BLUE SCHOLARS SHOWS
August 25, 2009, 2:53 pm
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A few hours ago, Blue Scholars pulled up next to Caffe Vita in an SUV, popped the trunk, plugged a mic into a PA, and played three songs from their new OOF! EP (available today at Vita). While Geo rapped, Sabzi mingled with fans and snapped photos. The dudes will be playing these secret shows all day long, leading up to a CD release party tonight at Ohana in Belltown. Next stop is the 42nd & the Ave at 1:15pm. Check their twitter page for updates, and check out their new video courtesy of The Stranger!
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THE SEATTLE TIMES INTERVIEWS SABZI OF THE BLUE SCHOLARS
August 24, 2009, 2:36 pm
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In a companion piece to his interview with Geo of the Blue Scholars, Seattle Times Music Columnist Andrew Matson shines a light on the local rap group’s musical backbone, Sabzi. Sabzi, aka Saba Mohajerjasbi, talks to Matson about their new EP “OOF!,” the unusual way its best song “Bananas” came together, the “cute” sound of Jawaiian reggae (Jamaican + Hawaiian), and the release party for “OOF!” downtown at ‘Ohana this Tuesday, August 25th, where there will be 100 copies of the EP for sale.



DUCK DOWN SIGNS TO BLUE SCHOLARS
July 27, 2009, 2:17 pm
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Walking away from numerous record label offers, Blue Scholars will release several upcoming projects through a unique partnership formed with Duck Down Records, and Seattle’s Caffe Vita Coffee Co. On August 25, 2009 Blue Scholars will release “OOF!” their newest collaborative multi-media project and the first release to be distributed through their new venture. The sales and distribution model developed by the group for their upcoming releases will allow them to maintain complete ownership of their music and total control over how it is marketed, sold, and even given away. Instead of signing a standard artist/record label deal, Blue Scholars hired the label Duck Down to run point on marketing for all of their upcoming releases. As a major player in the current and ever-changing record label industry, Duck Down Records saw this deal as an opportunity to get creative and experiment with strategies for record labels to continue evolving as viable businesses.