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If you’re into celebrating April 20th at all, the Nectar Lounge will be the place to do it, and these are the dudes to do it with. Come spend an evening with some of Seattle’s most blunted.

On this most important of dates, some of Seattle’s dopest hip-hop names will be having a party at the Nectar and everyone’s invited. Seattle blunted masterminds Mash Hall will be hosting, Tha Stahi Bros (check out Vitamin D’s recently released Bornday EP ) will be doing what they do best, The Good Sin will be debuting his new full-length Ready or Not- The Mix tape, and Clockwork will close the place down in proper 4/20 fashion. Don’t sleep on this show! Remember, it’s a free one.

Presented by “the dopest shop around,” Piece of Mind. - Seattle Show Gal


Show date and suggest attendance - The Stranger


STAHI BROS. (VITAMIN D & MAINE) - "CALL THE POLICE"

I know y'all ain't got THIS shit...be here Friday! - 206Proof


Seattle hiphop’s unquestionable all-time MVP, the local production legend Vitamin D, celebrated his birthday today— by generously dropping this free 9-song EP on us, featuring that all-too rarest of birds: him rapping! He popped up on 206Proof saying:

i recorded and produced most of this shit on my b-day.didn’t have time to mix it tho but enjoy it anyway!

- which is all good with me.

Lots of MC’s from around here (including myself) would tell you that Vitamin’s old group Ghetto Children were their favorite crew from the 90’s local rap boom. Still others would tell you that the unreleased Vitamin D solo album on Rhymesayers from a few years back (again, where he raps, not either of the classic Table Manners mixes he did) is a must-hear (though I have unconfirmed suspicions that some of the songs on Bornday are from that very same record, who put out this single in 2003).

This EP breaks from the gloriously ironic ignorance of the Stahi Bros. project (which perhaps flew under the radar of some of the crowd at the Shabazz show in January) he’s been doing with Maineack Tubman and takes it back to the essence of Vita: slick, thoughtful streetwise raps (the dangers of Facebook macking, the evils of money, would-be 206-rap saviors) from a clever hood resident, immaculately flowed, over the kind of beats that, well, this whole city’s scene was built on. In short, it’s fucking terrific—the best straight-up hiphop release I’ve heard out of here this year. Anybody who’s called themselves excited about hiphop from our region, or raved about rappers from here that rightfully have invoked Vita as a huge influence—had better download this with the quickness. (Unless your Comcast so-called high speed internet has you attempting to download it 20 goddamned times over the course of a day, as in my case. Nonetheless— totally worth it.) - RaindropHustla.com


On Sunday, May 17th, 2009, the life and legacy of Malcolm X was commemorated in celebration of his 84th birthday at the first annual Malcolm X Day Hip-Hop Fest at Umojafest P.E.A.C.E Center. The event, keynoted by former congresswoman Cynthia McKinney and recently released activist Gerald Hankerson, was the only one in Martin Luther King Jr. County that honored the often misunderstood and misrepresented human rights leader. Almost 300 people from Seattle to Oakland and all points in between came out to get down with a healthy dose of education, entertainment, and political empowerment.This free, all-day, all-ages event featured speakers, workshops, food, live performances, networking, and children’s activities that lit up the corner of 24th Ave & Spring Street in Seattle’s Central District.


Malcolm X’s teachings provided the blueprint for three break-out work sessions that kicked the day off. Facilitators used his themes of community self-empowerment through education, positive service, and political and economic awareness to guide discussions on local issues such as youth violence prevention, media justice, the upcoming city and county elections. “Malcolm X provided invaluable jewels by letting us know: ‘We must understand the politics of our community and we must know what politics are supposed to produce,” said event visionary Wyking, “We must know what part politics play in our lives, and until we become politically mature, we will always be mislead, lead astray, or deceived .”

The education workshop, facilitated by Monika Mathews of the NIA center, focused community-based education including home schooling and learning centers with culturally relevant learning environments. The economics workshop, facilitated by Shamako Noble of the Hip Hop Congress and Khep Ra Ptah of the Got Green Project layed out a Hip-Hop cluster economic model that includes revenue streams from entertainment, education/youth programs and non-profit/community development sectors and also addressed the opportunities to participate in the Green Economy as a pathway out of poverty.
The politics workshop lead by Omari Tahir and Kenyatto Amen of the Hip Hop Coffee Shop framed politics as “decision making” and the theme was “either you’re at the table eating…or you are on the menu to be eaten.” Participants worked on practical strategies for improving political leverage in the community, and next steps, including canvassing the community, holding candidate forums so that candidates can speak directly to our issues, and running our own candidates to represent our interests.

Gerald Hankerson, highlighted the power of an organized voting bloc in close elections, a theme that Malcolm X spoke on in his famous “Ballot or The Bullet” speech. He also reminded the crowd that we can’t forget the members of our community that are still incarcerated and must create opportunities for them to be productive when they come back to the community namely access to housing and jobs. The keynote was given by former congresswoman and human rights advocate Cynthia McKinney. McKinney reported on her humanitarian aid trip to Gaza to deliver medical supplies in which her boat was attacked and nearly sunk by Israeli warships. She emphasized the importance of staying engaged in shaping our world, and that it can’t be taken on face value that people who may look like you will represent your interests.

Hip Hop artists from Seattle, Portland and the bay area came out to rep for Malcolm, healing and building the hood, including Lil T-Kid Maine One(Self Tightld), De.Ale of DMS fame, Maineak B of Stahi Bros, Jus Moni, Black Stax (Silent Lambs Project feat. Felicia Loud), M.Famous, Black Aries (Yirim Seck & LaRue), K.H.M.E.T., Thee Satisfaction, Razpy feat. Angel Mitchell, Shamako Noble, Ouwar Arunga, Seazonz (Oakland/Green For All) and even young Jah Jigga got up and represented for the children. Representatives from South Seattle Community College Black Student Union, Global Fam of Portland, Million Family Task Force of Portland, L.I.F.E. program (Tacoma), 206 Zulu, B-Girl Media, Hidmo, Block Teamsters Union, Common Ground, were present, and even mayoral candidate James Donaldson showed up too.


Photos for this article were pulled from the Umojafest P.E.A.C.E Center Facebook Group. Click on the links below for video of the event edited by Notyer Average! - Sheepskin Camo: Julie C


A Fresh Dose of Vitamin D

by Larry Mizell Jr.

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VITAMIN D

Seattle hiphop's unquestionable all-time MVP, the alpha and omega of the 206, local production legend Vitamin D, celebrated his birthday last week—by generously dropping Bornday, a free nine-song EP, featuring that all too rarest of birds: him rapping! And it's nothing less than a damn shame how rare that is, seeing as how Vita is not just a genius on the boards but one of the best to ever rock a mic from this city, ever. He's got that MC's-MC flow that stays in the pocket like lint and Metro transfers, his lyrics down-to-earth, self-deprecating, and often hilarious.

There are lots of MCs from around here (including myself) who would tell you that Vitamin's old crew Ghetto Children were their favorite group from the '90s local rap boom. Still others would tell you that his unreleased solo album on Rhymesayers from a few years back, which contained that "No Good" b/w "Touch da Sky" (featuring H-Bomb) single from 2003 or so (again, where he raps—not either of those classic Table Manners mixes he did), is a must-hear. (I have unconfirmed suspicions that some of the songs on Bornday, such as "Real Money" are from that same record.) But in the end, if y'all can't hear the shit, it's hearsay—so I'm just glad we get some new shit from D's Pharmacy. Because, as you all know, the reason Seattleites get so fucking depressed most of the year is because we don't get enough Vitamin D. This is a scientifically proven fact!
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This EP breaks from the glorious, ironic ignorance of Tha Stahi Bros project (whose nuances perhaps flew over the heads of some of the crowd back at that Shabazz Palaces show in January) he's been doing with Maineack Tubman and takes it back to the essence of Vita: slick, thoughtful streetwise raps from a clever hood resident, immaculately flowed, over the kind of beats that, well, this whole city's scene was built on. In short, it's fucking terrific—without a doubt the best straight-up hiphop release I've heard out of here this year.

Anybody who's called themselves excited about hiphop from our region, or raved about rappers from here who rightfully invoke Vita as a huge influence, had better download this with the quickness. (I'm not gonna try to print the whole sendspace URL in here, but just check my day-blog www.raindrophustla.com, if you don't mind the conflict of interest.) More good news: Vita and Maineack are apparently already grinding on a Bornday sequel.

Oh yeah, speaking of Vita, you'll be amazed to know that the almighty Ghetto Children (Vitamin D and B-Self) are reuniting for a set at the Coolout 19-year anniversary party at the Crocodile on April 3. Say whaaat! Yeah, and Xola aka Kid Sensation, D.Black, Khingz, and Canary Sing are rocking, too—plus, all proceeds will go toward the completion of Coolout's Northwest-hiphop documentary. Big ups to the cool-ass Coolout founder, my man Georgio Brown! Thanks for the cameo! recommended
- The Stranger-Larry Mizell Jr.


Repeat listens to Seattle DJ/producer/rapper Vitamin D's recent, freely downloadable "Bornday" EP reveal just how good a songwriter he is. He did everything on it: scratches, beats, raps.

On "Real Money," the verse backdrop is a rhythmic push-pull between a horn stab and a tambourine shake; the combination evinces Vitamin's anti-clutter production style and ratchets attention to his raps. On the choruses, he scratches vinyl vocal snippets that repeat the song's title.

The lyrics to "Real Money" are about the significant difference between being a thousand dollars ahead of next month's rent versus owning a house. They're about how talent doesn't necessarily equal a paycheck, how money ruins friendships, and generally about the realistic social and ethical ramifications of getting or trying to get paid. They come off like no-nonsense philosophy from a guy who's more familiar what cash can do than the experience of actually having it himself. - The Seattle Times/NW Source


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Vitamin D-Bornday EP

Tha Stahi Bros-Hi on Wax
Tha Stahi Bros-Auto Tunes

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Tha Stahi Bros is a true school hip hop group. Vitamin D aka Greenery Brown and Maineack Tubman aka M.C.420 have been friends and bonded by hip hop for over 15 years. As a group they have opened for a some of tour favorite rap/hip hop acts, Vitamin D has produced music and done mixing for a great deal of known acts and performers in the hip hop and neo soul genre. Tha Stahi Bros have a sound and feel that they call StahiMuseick, yes they definitely rhyme about 420 related topics but our main objective is to make meaningful music that all people can relate to. The Stahi Bros started out just making freestyle session cuts, then from there we decided to come together and make this something meaningful and solid. Both artist have solo careers and both support each other to the fullest in those endeavors. When Vitamin does a show Tubman is his hype man, when Tubman does a show Vitamin is his D.J. so no matter how you look at it when you see one you get two. . . Tha Stahi Bros.