Monday, August 31, 2009

Summer Heat: Massive Monkees interview, more Seattle goodies

Los Angeles is on fire, but it also seems like Seattle is ablaze. With a record setting sizzling summer in the 206, it's also fitting that Seattle Fil Am hip hop talent add to the scorcher. Remember to hydrate!

Peep an excerpt of my interview with the Seattle-based Massive Monkees. We were behind the scenes of America's Best Dance Crew, episode 3 (yeah, the martial arts one). Were/are these Seattle Pinoy b-boys the Monkees mention also inspirational to your style?

Any particular Filipino b-boys, b-girls influential to you all and your development?

Marcus Garrison: B-boy Free from Seattle. He's one of the biggest inspirations for Massive Monkees and all of Seattle and all over the world.

Jerome Aparis: And B-boy Remind from Style Elements Crew.

Brysen Angeles:
Actually in Seattle, the place where we did a lot of rehearsal for the audition of the show was the Filipino Community Center. So we got a lot of support from the Filipino community in Seattle. It's a good thing.

In another Seattle shoutout, remember to download the Blue Scholars' new EP entitled "OOF!" This Hawaiian-inspired collection is sure to satisfy your craving for innovative, experimental sounds and relaxing island flavors. Here is a Seattle Times review of each track of the EP. The Scholars keep it burnin like a haole on a beach!


And if you still feen for that 206 spice, be sure to download DJ Daps1's newest mixtape, "206 Summer Heat". All the artists featured in the mix represent Seattle, many delivering that real OG West Coast vibe. Who knew Seattle had such a thriving, raw hip hop scene? Well, now ya know.

Ain't nuthin better than summer in the Northwest!


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