To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Digable Planet's Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space), KEXP talks with front man, Ishmael Butler about the making of the album and what it’s like having written one of the greatest rap lyrics of all time.
The Rain City Rock Camp for Girls has become an instituion of inspiration, a place where girls, womxn, and gender non-conforming people can learn how to play music and have a safe space for expression and experimentation. We spoke with Executive Director Natalie Walker about the ways RCRC continu...
Shing02 shares his story and how it intertwines with Japanese jazz hip-hop pioneer Nujabes ahead of tribute show March 7 at The Crocodile.
On the eve of his live performance from the 2018 Capitol Hill Block Party lineup announcement party in the KEXP Gathering Space, Seattle rapper Sol talks about his new video, how he's changed over the last few years, and the state of the Seattle hip-hop scene.
Aramis Hamer is a visual artist who painted the mural that used to run along the outside of our building up until October of 2017. It featured cassette tapes, galaxies, and a purple goddess. Aramis talked with us about what Black Future means to her, and about some of her musical influences.
Astro King Phoenix shares the reminders this time of year gives to never give up, dreaming about what the youth will do next, and how Tupac Shakur and Kanye West's poetry inspired him.
Eva Walker of The Black Tones shares her experiences growing up loving rock music but not feeling represented, her encouragement for the future, and the artists who've inspired her.
Seattle hip-hop artist Draze has been influenced by both the Seattle music scene and his Zimbabwean roots. He was kind enough to share his thoughts on Afrofuturism and some of his musical influences, and the power music has to change communities and each other.
Nikkita Oliver is an educator, attorney, poet, and musician, who also ran for mayor of Seattle in the 2017 election. She was kind enough to come into our studios and talk about what Black History Month means to her.
Seattle songwriter Olivia Thomas, who performs under the name LIV†, shares the importance of taking pride in the accomplishments of black people, encouraging black female artists, and feeling represented by artists like Alicia Keys and Lauryn Hill.
Bridging the illustrious musical legacy of Seattle’s Central District and his family’s rich Senegalese heritage, "wordsmith MC" Yirim Seck brings a unique insight to Black History Month and Black Future.
Whitney Mongé is a Seattle musician, who plays what she calls “Alternative Soul”, a blend of the R&B and ‘90s rock music that inspired her. In celebration of Black History Month, she shares influences and talks about how it's "pretty cool to be a brown person playing music."