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Conscious Hip-Hop in the Northwest

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Social consciousness is the bedrock of hip hop. Today on the Beat, Seattle's Daudi Abe tells us how Northwest hip hop artists have kept it real. Also, Seattle-based musician Alan White tells us about his collaborations with John Lennon, George Harrison, and Eric Clapton.

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.

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  • 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.

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  • Daudi Abe's Seattle Times Op-Ed

  • 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.

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    Jonah Smith performs this Thursday, April 19th at the Showbox, 1426 1st Avenue, Seattle.

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