L-R: Sugar Bear, Captain Crunch, Sweet J
“KFOX Nasty Nes intro” by Emerald Street Boys
Widely considered Seattle’s first rap group, Emerald Street Boys will temporarily re-form and play a set at the Crocodile Saturday. The last time Sugar Bear, Captain Crunch, and Sweet J rocked a stage together was over 20 years ago at Judkins Park.
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The Crocodile concert is a fundraiser for local media man Georgio Brown and his currently in-production and as yet untitled documentary about Seattle hiphop history. Brown’s show Coolout TV is in its 19th year and airs Tuesday nights from 7-8 p.m. on ITVNW.com, where the Crocodile concert will be streamed live.
In addition to kickstarting first-generation Seattle rap with its “Rapper’s Delight” inspired style, the men of the Emerald Street Boys are all biologically related to several active members of today’s scene: Sugar Bear (Edward Wells) is Vitamin D‘s cousin; Captain Crunch (James Croone) is RC Tha Trackaholiq‘s brother and D. Black‘s dad; Sweet J (Rcurtis Jamerson) is Ishmael Butler’s cousin (Digable Planets and Shabazz Palaces).
I talked to Sweet J about Seattle rap past and present and what to expect from Emerald Street Boys at the Crocodile.