“Seattle has its own unique style, but there are other styles that get overlooked.”
I’m about to translate what that statement REALLY means…we have to always remember that a lot can be said in a few words…
let’s get started, shall we?
“Seattle, as far as the hiphop scene goes— and I know a lot of people who disagree with me—is not the place for the things I want to accomplish,” explains Pinder over the phone. “It is definitely a hard place to do certain styles of music. Seattle has its own unique style, but there are other styles that get overlooked. Sometimes, when you create the music I create, it may not be the best thing for Seattle as a whole.”
“Also,” he says a little later on, “I wanted to be closer to the people I’m working with, like Kuddie Fresh, who recently moved here from Seattle. And there are others—Tha Bizness and the Parker Brothaz are in Atlanta now. And, you know, it’s just a different energy from Seattle.”
Charles Mudede: “J.Pinder up and left town for Atlanta—Seattle’s opposite in every way: a black city…”
LOOK…my point is this: it’s NO SECRET THAT SEATTLE IS A “WHITE” CITY AND ATLANTA IS A “BLACK” CITY…
why is that important?
it’s important because IN MY OPINION, WHITE PEOPLE “FEEL” OTHER WHITE PEOPLE’S MUSIC MORE THAN THEY “FEEL” BLACK PEOPLE’S MUSIC.
and what does that mean for black artists in a white city?
that means that they gotta go where they are “wanted”…go where people can actually understand them…”relate” better to them; and last but definitely not least, FINANCIALLY “support” them.
MY FINAL VERDICT?
THE SEATTLE HIP HOP / RAP “SCENE” WILL NOT AND CAN NOT “FLOURISH” LIKE THAT OF L.A., ATL, and / or N.Y. because RACIALLY, whites are more inclined to “support” their own artists…and since Seattle is NOT a “black” city, the scene is “doomed” because a black artist will never be FINANCIALLY SUPPORTED more than a white artist (even if the black artist is “better” <more talented>) in a city that’s “majority” is white.
(meaning that a black artist will never have the market “cornered” out here in order to be taken seriously by the “industry” as a whole. Seattle would rather give that position to an artist that is LESS TALENTED <by black standards> but WHITE, or non-black)
my advice to black artists???
BE CLEAR on the fact that in a white-majority city, THEY AIN’T GONNA BE FEELIN’ YOU LIKE THAT…and your pockets (accounts receivable) (in relation to your skill / talent level) will stand as immediate and irrefutable proof.