If you’re not up on the Blue Scholars, here’s your last chance to say you were down with them before they blew up. You know something is going right when you’re opening up for GZA- especially if he’s performing Liquid Swords. And, they made it on Playboy’s Top Ten Things To Watch in ’08 list? It’s definitely a good time to be these dudes. So go ahead and check out their new video “Loyalty.” It’s directed by Zia Mohajerjasbi, it’s bangin’ and it’s clean. What more could you want?
Currently carrying the Northwest Hip Hop torch, Blue Scholars are polishing up their soon to be dropped EP Butter&Gun$. The six track record shall be dropped strictly on the digital tip with the support of Massline and Rawkus Records.
Despite their musical endeavors and while currently touring with Hieroglyphics as well as their own personal political organizing, the duo shall hop right back on the road to play SXSW and then join GZA starting on Mar 8th in San Diego.
New Tour Dates
2.28.2008 Fort Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre w/ Hieroglyphics
2.29.2008 Seattle, WA @ Key Arena (Supersonic’s Halftime Show)
3.1.2008 Middlebury, VT @ Middlebury College
3.8.2008 Oberlin, OH @ Dionysis Night Club
3.28.2008 San Diego @ …
Better late than never…
10. Zeb – Stop the Eart, I Want to Get Off!
Turntables on the Hudson’s resident strummer May not man the decks, but he’s a beast on production, and his worldly compositions are nothing short of hypnotic.
9. Blue Scholars – Bayani
Geologic and Sabzi provide the classic one-two punch as emcee-DJ/producer of this surging Seattle rap duo. Their sound is smooth and evocative, yet undeniably fierce.
8. The Pimps of Joytime – High Steppin’
Reserve a slot in between Ozomatli and Antibalas at your next tree-fest for these funksters outta N’Orleans and Brooklyn. If they bring this kind of heat on CD, I can’t wait to see them rock a bandshell.
7. Talib Kweli – Eardrum
Is he mainstream? …
The new video “Back Home” from the Blue Scholar’s poises the Seattle-based duo heavily anti-war message delivered both visually and musically. In a battle “against the self described right,” MC Geologic and producer Sabzi put together an intense, emotionally charged video that resonates with anyone affected by the war. The somber duo urges, “so next time you see recruiters in your school or your crib/ tell ‘em thanks you for the offer but you’d rather you live/ we got more than just our bodies to offer so fuck a coffin wrapped in red, white, and blue/withdraw past due.” The album is called Bayani and like the video, is sharp like the blade on the logo of their Rawkus records.