VIDEO: Wizdom featuring Grynch & Fearce Vill’s “My City’s Filthy

It’s getting a little colder up in the 206. For those who don’t know, that’s the primary area code for Seattle, and Wizdom has been doing his thing for a number of years and he wants to let you know why his city matters in “My City’s Filthy”. The song and video feature Grynch and Fearce Vill, put together by director Jeff Santos. The song is from Wizdom’s album The Next Step (my review of which can be read by clicking here) and yes, Macklemore makes an appearance before the first verse is dropped. If you know your way around Seattle, you’ll definitely love the paths everyone drives on in this.

SOME STUFFS: Seattle’s Grynch shines “Street Lights” on new recording
Grynch is back with an all new album, eleven new songs plus an remix and he’s calling it Street Lights. If you know how he is, you know the man is capable of dropping nicely in a manner that requires for you to listen, and then to listen to it a few times again. The new one features appearances from Slug of Atmosphere, Wizdom, Mario Sweet, Kokane, Bambu, and more, along with productions from Jake One, D-Sane, Justo (The Physics), BeanOne, and… just get the album and find out.

REVIEW: Wizdom’s “The Next Step”

 photo WizdomTNS_cover_zps642480fb.jpg The perspective of Seattle hip-hop seems to change every few years, or for the mainstream as a whole, maybe every twenty years. Ask anyone outside of the Pacific Northwest, and they’ll tell you Seattle hip-hop is Sir Mix-A-Lot and Macklemore, and nothing more. Ask anyone who has been in tap with the music, and they’ll tell you about everyone from Kid Sensation to Turntable Lab, Byrdie to Blue Scholars. Wizdom has always been there but you might not have been aware of it but like fellow 206 gents Jake Uno and Vitamin D, you should be, for he has been making music for almost ten years. As he says in “My City’s Filthy” (which brings in fellow Seattleites Grynch and Fearce Vill), “strength in numbers, homie”, and that’s a reference to not only Seattle’s hip-hop scene, but the sports community, restaurateurs, and anyone who is in the 206 to win. Where to go next? Wizdom let’s everyone know about the plan in the appropriately titled The Next Step (self-released).

While anyone can rap about the mission of rapping, Wizdom has always been someone who has rapped about life and how he wants to live it. It’s not about “this is the right thing to do”, it is about what he wants to do in the best way he knows how, one of the more admirable elements of his rapping style. He has no problem in telling everyone how he is a pro at what he does (“N64”) but there’s more to his lyrics and flow than just ego and presentation, you want to be impressed by someone who has the skills and knows it. He goes beyond that and says “I have you listening, let me lay a few things on you, I have a story to tell”, which is why you want to keep listening to Wizdom and buy one of his T-shirts. The Next Step is not only about the next, but what his mission has been about all this time, consider this a continuation of the path he started.

You can call this an EP or a short album, but The Next Step is eight songs of solid goodness from someone who has worked to make sure he is heard, giving you a reason to put his music on repeat. If you want some love hip-hop, you have “Forever”. You want something that could get a lot of airplay, listen to “No Good”. You just want some quality hip-hop, Wizdom is your man. The next step could be anything and anywhere, whether it’s finding himself in other tracks or having his career take off in a manner that will be a continuation of Seattle’s hip-hop diversity, to let people know the scene doesn’t begin and end with anyone specific. As he refers to The Roots in the title track, there is so much more and if that’s what you want, he’s more than happy to guide you in his direction.

(You may stream the album in full by heading to

AUDIO: Wizdom featuring Grynch & Fearce Vill’s “My City’s Filthy”
The main man known as Wizdom is back for 2014 with a powerful cut honoring the gritty side of Seattle not many outside of the Emerald City may know about. He brought in Grynch and Fearce Vill to let everyone know why “My City’s Filthy”, produced by D-Sane.

SOME STUFFS: Sasquatch 2012 music festival line-up announced

When music festival line-ups are announced, even in early February, it makes enduring cold temperatures worth it. The annual Sasquatch Music Festival in The George at George (Washington, as in state) will be happening during the weekend of May 25-28, tickets go on sale next week Saturday, February 11th at 10am. Some of the artists scheduled to play there include The Roots, Shabazz Palaces, Grynch, The Physics, Beck, Bon Iver, Tune-Yards, Mogwai, Childish Gambino, St. Vincent, The Walkmen, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, The Mark Lanegan Band, Shabazz Palaces, Araabmuzik, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Howlin Rain, The Physics, and many more. The big headliner will be Jack Black, who recently announced the forthcoming release of his solo album.

For the complete line-up, along with ticket information, head over to

VIDEO: Grynch featuring Sol’s “All I Wanna Do”

From Seattle comes an MC by the name of Grynch, and if you haven’t heard him or of him, make an effort to do so by clicking the above track/video. It teams him up with Sol for a song where they talk about “All I Wanna Do”, or in their case “they” do. The song is from Grynch’s new EP, Timeless, and you can hear more of his work by heading to his official Bandcamp page.

VIDEO: Wizdom & Grynch’s “Got Ya Numb (D-Sane Remix)”

“3 seconds on the clock and Wiz got the ball”, and once again Wizdom has the ball and passes it for a remix. Six month ago he dropped a video with Grynch for the song “Got Ya Numb“, and this time there’s a remix for it with a new video. The remix is done by D-Sane, who some may know as the head of the Seattle hip-hop label Street Level Records. I like the treatment D-Sane has done with the song, and hopefully you will too.

VIDEO: Wizdom & Grynch’s “Got Ya Numb”

Seattle hip-hop has been on the edge of massive exposure for years, but maybe the coffee has helped them remain contained. If there are some MC’s who may help things go over the rim with the rich taste of style and lyrics, I would say Wizdom and Grynch could be two of many who will do it. Together, they collaborate on a track called “Got Ya Numb”, from the Bring It Back EP. Video was directed by Jon Augustavo, and if you like his visual style, check out his previous work on YouTube.

SOME STUFFS: Sol’s “Dear Friends” EP

Image and video hosting by TinyPic In the last few years, people have put too much faith in the term “emo rap”, because it basically means the rapper in question puts a lot of emotion into his rhyme style and lyrics. In other words, being personal, reflective and retrospective is considered too weird in a genre that has been dumbed down by its own applied dumbness. Sol calls the 206 (Seattle) home, although if you feel you know what a Seattle MC sounds like from other area MC’s of the past, push them to the side. Sol kind of has the vocal tone of old Fat Joe mixed in with the vibe of Common and Smif-N-Wessun, but manages to bob and weave through the comparisons and influences to come out sounding like an MC ready to put his skills and talents to the test.

Dear Friends is a 6-song EP that keeps things brief and sample, so you get to hear him and his music, no skits, no fluff, no nutter, no nada. What you do get is someone who lives and loves the music, as he and guest Kush Carter talk about in the soon-to-be-stoner classic, “Music Crazy”. For a slight party vibe, but one that isn’t suffocate the song, you have “Millions”, which is what he seeks but he also seeks true love from his lady who is “my Beyonce, she calls me Jay-Z/my P.Y.T., pretty young thing”. “Never D.I.E.” has an old school feel, but that can be said about the entire EP, although don’t think of the throwback style to be an easy remedy just to get across to a certain audience. It’s more a classic feel than anything, and Sol is a rapper whose lyrics and delivery are worth listening to. He’s not just audio darts to fill the the void during any given time, you want to pay attention to him because you sense he has a lot of respect for hip-hop and the craft of writing.

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