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Hot Spot No. 8
With 2014 finally here and in full effect, SOHH’s reached out to the biggest regional deejays throughout the nation to name the Top 14 Most Surprising Hip-Hop Hot Spots. Today, DJ SupaSam shows love to the Seattle, Washington hip-hop scene.
When I first moved here from South Carolina, it was like, “Where is the hip-hop scene?” There was that initial lack of identity over the years but I think over the years, that lack of identity has ‘become’ that identity.
It’s like a hodgepodge of different people who may have migrated to the area. I would say that’s what it is. We have everything from people with a “Dirty South” style to a West Coast feel to a straight backpack vibe and I think there’s just a lot of different cats bringing a lot of different things to the hip-hop scene out here.
We have a Sunday night show on [KUBE 93] called “Sound Session” and they play everything. They play things hot off the press, straight from the recording studio. They’re early up on stuff as far as the radio is concerned. They try to stick to a lot of underground stuff that wouldn’t normaly get played. As far as that’s concerned, they also play artists from our area.
As a matter of fact, they played Macklemore and Ryan Lewis years ago. That was old news to them [when they blew up on the mainstream]. But that’s with any artist. I’m sure Jeezy is old in Atlanta. They’re definitely hot on that scene.
There’s a lot of “Here today, gone tomorrow” types of venues out in Seattle but anywhere in Pioneer Square is good for hip-hop events. I deejay at a spot called Tia Lou and that’s popping. There’s some little pockets out here in Seattle that have been doing things for a long time.
Anywhere along 1st Ave in Seattle is also popping. I had to get big on the West Coast influence when I got out here, especially with the Mac Dre influence up here as well. At the clubs, you can get away with playing some of the upscale joints but people always want their hip-hop.
Obviously Seattle is known for coffee but there’s so many spots you can eat at up here. There’s a lot of Southern types of restaurants out here and plus there’s a lot of Asian influence so you can find a lot of those spots. We also have the International Market, so you can get a bunch of different food and pretty much anything you want.