We recently dropped our cover story featuring Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, two rap stars who own the conversation whenever the Seattle rap scene gets brought up. That'll happen with a platinum-selling album, two No. 1 hits, four Grammys, and regularly selling out venues across the world.
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have earned every bit of the spotlight, but make no mistake: There are a number of acts from the Town™ looking to expand the sound and relevance of the scene. Sol has a conscious stream to his lyricism that will draw comparisons to Macklemore, but he also brings his own flavor to the booth and stage that you simply can't overlook. On the other side of the spectrum is Nacho Picasso, who delivers dark humor rhymes and a trippy aesthetic that is a refreshing alternative to the polished stylings of mainstream rap. Gifted Gab, Raz Simone, and Royce the Choice all got next, too, but you'll get hip to that after checking out our "Ones to Watch" playlist for Seattle.
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