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Talk About It

Your new favorite record is a parallel-universe rose-colored portrait of COVID-free summer fantasy where, instead of stay-at-home, you hung with Blimes and Gab in LA, attending both house and pool parties, when the crew crowded too many in the Lyft, and got high at the after-party and ate tacos until dawn. Between the tracks are many amusing short skits describing their experiences with the weirdos of LA. Two years in the making, Talk About It delivers on all the hype and promise of the viral sensation “Come Correct,” the Red Apple-starring music video that blew up the Internet in 2018. Jay Park, Bahamadia, and Iamsu! drop by. Method Man appears on “Hot Damn,” a remix of their 2019 hit, “Nasty.” The song “Shellys” is the future soundtrack for 1,000 backyard BBQs, while “Feeling It” will leave you magically happy and joyfully nostalgic for that amazing summer that never was.

Here’s another take:

In their annual year-end critics’ poll, The Seattle Times ranked Talk About It as one of the very best Seattle albums of 2020, saying:

Central District mic slayer Gifted Gab captured lightning when a quick-hit collaboration with Bay Area rapper Blimes went viral in 2018. The women with unimpeachable classicist flows kept that spark alive on their long-awaited duo album. Yes, the head-nodding, lyrical exhibitions are here and predictably flawless. But the emcees who only have an A-game also came out swinging with big hooks over feel-good, West Coast beats fit for club-night pre-funks and recuperative mornings after. With its late June drop as the summer protests boiled, there was a real possibility that after two years in the oven, their carefree LP could fall flat. Instead, its more summery jams reminded us it’s OK to roll the windows down and rap along offbeat. They made it OK to feel good again.

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This 82-minute feature film is an intimate introduction to Seattle’s vibrant hip-hop underground. It was assembled from hundreds of tiny performance clips—shot for Instagram—into a single, continuous concert mosaic, and stars 93 of the top hip-hop artists from The Town.

Here’s how KEXP describes it in their review: “NEWCOMER stretches the idea of the concert film to an artistic extreme: Sub-minute snippets artfully arranged to resemble a field recording of Seattle’s rap scene, the pieces fractured and pieced back together in a truly engrossing way. The narrative flows through venues like Barboza, Cha Cha Lounge, Vermillion, Lo-Fi, the Showbox, the Crocodile, and dozens more. It’s Khris P pouring Rainier into a Solo cup while he raps; bodies packed into regional landmark ETC Tacoma; SassyBlack improvising a song urging concertgoers to buy her merch; the delightfully awkward dance moves of white people in KEXP’s Gathering Space; Chong the Nomad beatboxing and playing harmonica simultaneously; Bruce Leroy bullying a beat next to the clothing racks at All-Star Vintage; Specswizard rhyming about his first time performing in front of a crowd while standing before The Dark Crystal playing on a projection screen. The film is about the moments we experience—as lovers of live performance—just as much as the performances themselves.”

NEWCOMER was directed by Gary Campbell and was an official selection at the 2020 New York Hip-Hop Film Festival and the 2020 Golden Sneakers International Hip-Hop Film Festival in Hamburg, Germany. Throughout November 2020, the film screened for four weeks on the Northwest Film Forum theatrical screening site in honor of Hip-Hop History Month.

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