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Travis Thompson generated a lot of buzz earlier this year when he signed a major record deal with Epic – leading to questions of whether he was the future of Seattle hip hop. The 23-year-old Burien rapper had gone from being a kid going to shows to traveling with Macklemore on a sold out tour. Sound & Vision host Emily Fox caught up with Travis Thompson to talk about his new album Reckless Endangerment and his upbringing in the Seattle rap scene.
As a kid, I grew up going to a local hip hop shows and local shows around the city, since I was like 12 or 13. Like, when you ask around about Travis Thompson in Seattle hip ho,p circles, they’ll be like, oh, yeah, that was a little chubby kid with a backpack. I mean, like, my dad got me the [Blue Scholars'] Bayani (ReDux) when I was like a little kid. And then, like [Macklemore's] Language in My World dropped when I was younger, too. And that’s like one of his, arguably, best projects. And then, Sir Mix-A-Lot, like when you tell someone you’re from Seattle and like you’re a rapper, they bring up Sir Mix-A-Lot. Mix-A-Lot, Mac, and Geo are like the Mount Rushmore.
Sound & Vision host Emily Fox spoke with musicians Zola Jesus, Julia Shapiro (Chastity Belt), and Daniel Salas (Versing) about signing a letter boycotting Amazon sponsored events.
A study from USC’s Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism found the ratio of male to female music producers is 49 to 1.
Jim Sullivan was a struggling LA singer/songwriter in the '60s and '70s. In 1975 he left for Nashville to see if he could catch a break there. But on the way, he disappeared in the New Mexico desert and was never seen again.