Rappers from here, there and everywhere play three different shows in Seattle on Sunday night. Artists include Young Thug, Rich the Kid, Lil Yachty, Porter Ray, Kung Foo Grip, DoNormaal and OCnotes, with a raft of local guests.
What’s up with big rap events always happening in Seattle on the same night?
This Sunday (May 22) there are multiple events to choose from, including stacked local lineups and a high-powered Atlanta bill headlined by the wildly creative rapper Young Thug.
Young Thug’s March 2015 Seattle stop as part of Travi$ Scott’s “Rodeo” tour was a sold-out rager, but his solo show the following October was criminally underattended. Thugger could’ve phoned in a performance but instead wowed the small-but-enthusiastic crowd with an animated, personal performance of hits encompassing his “1017 Thug” and Rich Gang days, “Barter 6” studio debut and “Slime Season” series.
With Rich the Kid, Lil Yachty and EMI. 8 p.m. Sunday, May 22, at the Showbox, 1426 First Ave., Seattle; $29.50-$75.00 (888-929-7849 or showboxonline.com).
With King Foo Grip, Nu Era and DoNormaal. 9 p.m. Sunday, May 22, at the Crocodile back bar, 2200 Second Ave, Seattle; $11 (206-441-4618 or thecrocodile.com)
With surprise guests. “Rap Loops II, Live,” 8 p.m. Sunday, May 22, at Therapy Lounge, 1509 Broadway, Seattle; admission price to be announced (808-391-7333 or facebook.com).
Those performances were at the Showbox SoDo. This time around, he’s at the original Showbox for his “Hy!£UN35” (stylized “HiTunes”) tour — named after a highly anticipated new album, from which he may premiere new material.
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Also on the bill is up-and-coming/already-kinda-there mixtape-circuit mainstay Rich the Kid, whose latest release is “Trap Talk.” Lil Yachty, who recently offered his debut mixtape “Lil Boat” and is currently riding a wave of buzz started by his Kanye West fashion-show appearance, will be there, too, as will local singer-songwriter EMI, recently named a “best new artist of the month” by the blog Pigeons & Planes.
A few blocks away, on Second Avenue, there’s a local rap bill with big-venue aptitude going down at the Crocodile’s back bar. Golden-voiced storyteller (and Sub Pop signee) Porter Ray headlines. Also on the show are the consistent, perennially slept-on duo Kung Foo Grip and free-form art-rapper DoNormaal.
Kung Foo Grip just released a great single, “Zerkin,” and announced a new EP “Chemtrails.” DoNormaal’s excellent album, “Jump Or Die,” nicely encapsulated her style. She has been a favorite discovery of many local critics the past year.
Up on Capitol Hill, the same night, Broadway’s Therapy Lounge will be bustling in a more open format with “Rap Loops II, Live,” a celebration by producer, DJ, singer and rapper OCnotes of his second anthology of rap-ready instrumentals. The longtime Seattle resident, who is about to move to Arizona, appears with Astro King Phoenix, Gifted Gab, StasTheeBoss (formerly of THEESatisfaction), Diogenes, Rik Rude and several other local rap personalities.
It’s a one-off special occasion that won’t happen again anytime soon, if ever, and it’s just one of the worthy possibilities Sunday night.