Conscious Hip-Hop in the Northwest
Megan Sukys/Dave Beck
At 2:07 p.m. - Alan White
A simple phone call can change your life forever. It was a call from pop music icon John Lennon that catapulted a Seattle area drummer to rock and roll stardom. Alan White played drums for the rock band Yes and for John Lennon and Yoko Onos Plastic Ono Band. Alan White joins us to talk about how John Lennon, George Harrison, Eric Clapton and others helped Alan secure an honored place in pop music history.
At 2:20 p.m. - Socially Conscious Hip-Hop
Social consciousness is the bedrock of hip hop. Currently, mainstream rap is more about the money and the party and the flash, but here in the Northwest there is still a strong connection to the original spirit of rap. Dr Daudi Abe grew up in Seattle, attended Garfield High, and now teaches a course on hip hop history at Seattle Central Community College. Today, he tells us how the Northwest keeps it real.
At 2:45 p.m. - Gavin Borchert
Composer and Seattle Weekly Music Critic Gavin Borchert reviews new classical music recordings regularly on The Beat.
At 2:55 p.m. - Jonah Smith
Tastefully rootsy and endlessly soulful, Jonah Smith's self-titled debut ranges from vintage, pedal steel-laced Americana to classic, Rhodes-drenched, blue-eyed soul. We'll sample tracks from his CD later this hour.
Jonah Smith performs this Thursday, April 19th at the Showbox, 1426 1st Avenue, Seattle.