Google+ Q Dot: 3 Types of Seattle Hip Hop Heads we all Know

Monday, April 21, 2014

3 Types of Seattle Hip Hop Heads we all Know

1. The Underground Fanboy/Groupie

If it's being played on a commercial station you can forget trying to convince this guy it's worth his time. But if it's blasted all over or another blog site chances are he's a HUGE fan. Smokers club tour? He's been to every Seattle edition. His iTunes is filled with the latest from Smoke Dza, Curren$y, Dom Kennedy, Skyzoo, Troy Ave and probably a bunch of shit from the late 90s East coast greats. XXL Freshman list?  He's been bumpin music from more than half this list for the last 2 years. Needless to say, he's a hip hop aficionado and probably the best source for finding who's next.

2. The unity freak Let's be real - this guy is probably a rapper. And he probably is someone not even his friends bump on a regular basis and because of this he's a social media soapbox speaker who rants about "the town" and rappers "uniting", "coming together", "putting each other on like they do in (fill in a location like Atlanta or The bay)". The funny thing about this guy is he doesn't realize just how small the industry is and how much smaller this city is. Everyone knows everyone if you're worth knowing and he's probably never even left Seattle so he doesn't realize that this supposed lack of "unity" he's projected upon himself is probably furthest from the truth here than any other location on the hip hop map.

3. The "I know Macklemore" guy.

This guy is arguably the worst Seattle hip hop head. Maybe it's because we're all deep down searching for constant approval, validation and recognition for something but it seems as though, before "The Heist" came out this particular Seattle hip hop head never mentioned Macklemore publicly. Once Mack started becoming a household name though, he suddenly feels it necessary to let EVERYONE know on social media about how he knows the guy.

That's all well and good, we all root for Mack whether we like his music or not, but the only funny thing about this guy is he seems like a 6 year old on a playground defending his ownership of toys (i.e,"Thats MY basketball!). He must not realize that at one point or another majority of the Seattle hip hop scene from it's fans, artists, promoters and whoever else has at least met the man. You don't suddenly get extra cool points for "knowing him longer" than anyone else.