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On Sunday at this year’s Bumbershoot music festival, Macklemore was the hottest performer.  Fans wearing t-shirts filled the Seattle Center, and began lining up at 4:45 for an 8:00 pm show on the mainstage, the Key Arena. Why is Macklemore, an unsigned rapper, performing in a packed-out Key Arena, capacity 16,641?  It was a coming home party for the #206, a celebration that says we’ve arrived, northwest hip-hop has taken over the palace. While not as polished as the follow-up national act Wiz Khalifa, Macklemore brought local excellence,  musical diversity and most of all, fan devotion.  Yes, the packed-out Key Arena also cheered for Wiz Khalifa, but I saw no Khalifa shirts.  Macklemore didn’t come alone, but brought out Shawn Kemp in a poignant moment of Supersonics nostalgia, DJ/producer Ryan Lewis, a horn section, a string section and a crew of vocalists and dancers.  I’ve never seen a hip hop show with so many instruments on stage, with songs ranging from earnest heartfelt humility like The Town, celebrating the Seattle hip hop community, and the anti-drug the Other Side, to the all-out dance party celebration of Dance and Irish Celebration.  Macklemore represents an emergent local hip hop tradition, fully embraced by the region.  In an age of globalization and homogenization, Seattle (and every other place) needs to nourish our uniqueness and creativity, and build seasoned excellence.  It’s how you build a unique culture, a unique city.

Macklemore_Photo_by_Darin_Chin. Source: Wikimedia

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Citymusic: Cairo Edition

This edition of Citymusic honors the city of Cairo, Egypt, population 15,200,000, and its newfound freedom.  Chris Tomlin’s God of this City: “Greater things are yet to come; greater things are still do be done in this city.” (click link to listen)

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For the citymusic selection of the week (it has been awhile) we look towards Detroit.  Black Milk has been a solo hip-hop artist in Detroit since 2005.  This track came out in 2008 – proclaiming to Detroit  that “no you’re not losing yet” in the best braggadocio for which hip hop is known.

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…Cause it is “Christmastime in the City.  Soon it will be Christmas day.”

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all!

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Citymusic: The Town

Citymusic post for the week: I’m bringing out “the town” by Macklemore.  Retrospective of Seattle hip hop, expresses feel and the soul of the place. 

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Citymusic: H206

“We always rep the Town when the rain’s coming down.”  Today I showcase Canary Sing’s rainy hip-hop ode to the H2O in the 206, which is Seattle to those who don’t know. 

H206 – Canary Sing

“Space needle scratching on the vinyl of the sky”

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Its been awhile, so here is a citymusic post, about being grateful for what you have. “If only” by Grynch feat. Macklemore, two Seattle hip-hop artists.

“If only, I had everything I wanted, life would be bliss for me / You’ve got to be grateful for what you’ve get, homey, because somebody don’t got nothing at all.”

It’s easy for me to get wrapped up in my goals, what I want and waht I don’t have.  But, to keep it in balance, I need to remember how blessed I am and focus on what I have already, which is more than many.  Be thankful.

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