From its beginnings in 1979, to Sir Mix-a-lot’s “Posse on Broadway,” to Macklemore, Seattle hip-hop has been informed by the history and diversity that defined the scene. The story of local hip-hop includes not only Grammy-winning rappers, but a world champion break dance crew, an internationally read hip-hop magazine, producers who have collaborated with some of the biggest names in music, world-renowned clothing designers, and grassroots organizations dedicated to community service and education. In this presentation, Dr. Daudi Abe will discuss how Seattle hip-hop is a living document of our region’s social and political movements, styles, energies, and ideologies, and how it embodies a unique sense of community.
Dr. Abe is a Seattle-based professor, writer and historian who has taught and written about culture, race, gender, education, communication, hip-hop and sports for over 20 years. He has been published in The Stranger and the op-ed page of The Seattle Times, and appeared on national media such as MSNBC and “The Tavis Smiley Show.” Dr. Abe holds an MA in Human Development and earned a PhD in Education from the University of Washington. His forthcoming book is Emerald Street: A History of Hip-Hop in Seattle.