I recently picked up the self-titled debut by Seattle hip-hop outfit the Blue Scholars. Now, I don't know about you, but I always like finding new hip-hop, and new local hip-hop even more. It means that local live shows will likely be cheap and plentiful.
According to their website, "Emcee Geologic and DJ/producer Sabzi [the duo behind Blue Scholars] bring an innovative yet familiar sound distinguishable from what's currently blasted on MTV or BET." That's a fair enough assessment I suppose. Their music is reminiscent of other great West Coast hip-hop, such as Hieroglyphics and Blackalicious: upbeat, funk-fueled beats and dense, loquacious lyrics. It's excellent stuff to listen to on those days when the sun comes out. You can find albums by all of these artists @ Your Library!
The motivation for this post though is one particular Blue Scholars track called "The Ave." They being from Seattle and all it is, indeed, about life on University Avenue: dodging gutter punks, getting in fights with frat boys, talking philosophy in coffee shops, making fun of over-privileged undergrads, and stealing records from Second Time Around. It's fun stuff. Here's a video of the band performing live at Bumpershoot (opening for Kanye, no less!)
And if you wanna catch all the lyrics, check this page here (you'll have to scroll down a bit, but it's there).