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Hurricane G Will Make You Feel Good: A Chat About the '90s-era Puerto Rican MC

In honor of Black History is Now, we are sharing a conversation between Larry Mizell Jr. and Albina Cabrera about one of Latinx Culture in NY’s most influential female rappers, Hurricane G.


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Who Stole the Soul from Rock 'n Roll?

Martin Douglas digs for the Black roots of rock 'n roll music in this personal and historical essay.


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Black History Month Interviews

The Cast and Crew of Bazzooka on Celebrating BIPOC Art and its Ability to Enact Change

Cast and crew of Danny Denial's new web series Bazzooka chat with KEXP about filmmaking during a global pandemic, the parallels between the fictional Seattle of the series and the one we’re living in today, and the power of art in enacting change.


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Aramis Hamer Talks About the Power of Representation in the Media for Black History Month

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.


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The Future is Tomorrow: Astro King Phoenix Looks Back on Adversity and Forward to What's Next for Black History Month

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.


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Black History Month Interviews

Seeing Myself Reflected: Eva Walker of The Black Tones on Black History Month and Blackness in Rock Music

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.


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Black History Month Interviews

"I'm Not Into Sidewalks, I'm Into People": Draze Discusses the Power of Music to Change Communities for Black History Month

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.


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Black History Month Interviews

"There is Value in Trying": Nikkita Oliver Talks About Being a Multidisciplinary Artist for Black History Month

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.


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Black History Month Interviews

Focusing on the Amazing Things We've Done: Olivia Thomas – aka LIV† – on Black History Month

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.


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Sub Pop 30th Anniversary Count-Up

In 2018, KEXP celebrated the 30th anniversary of local record label Sub Pop with a four-month retrospective, "counting up" every catalog number in their vast discography of over 1,200 releases. Dig into the archives of our catalog coverage, featuring in-depth coverage on the history of their releases.


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