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May 28, 2009 at 12:14 PM

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Best Seattle hiphop video ever: Jake One - "Home"

Posted by Andrew Matson

"Home" is the best song from the best Seattle hiphop album of 2008 (and maybe ever), Jake One's "White Van Music." The video just hit the blogosphere.

"White Van Music" was Jake One doing vignettes. He's a producer, a scene-setter, a director of movies for rappers to act on. "Home" is the "I love Seattle" vignette.

The beat on "Home" is a low-key, sleigh-bells-y, memory lane-ish thing, and the rappers' lyrics are sentimental waxings about life in the 206.

Vitamin D says the clouds in a Seattle sky are actually made of marijuana smoke (little known fact), C-Note's rapping about KingCo is probably a first, Maineak Tubman raps "I read Seattle Times," which I gotta love, and Ish outs himself as a true-blue Seattleite, a good revelation for rap fans the world over, who most likely thought he was from New York because that's what he used to rap about (remember jazz-rappers Digable Planets? Please say yes...)

The video introduces another character: Seattle itself. Sir Mix-A-Lot's there, still hanging out in front of Dick's on Capitol Hill after all these years -- but the "Posse On Broadway" car is now an orange Lamborghini -- and a few Central District spots make appearances. There's just something special about elevating Catfish Corner on MLK & Cherry and especially the Grocery Outlet on MLK & Union to landmark status.

Jake One directed the song, but the video was directed by Zia Mohajerjasbi, aka the brother of Sabzi from Blue Scholars. Check Zia's YouTube profile for his other work. Over the past few years, he's risen to be undoubtedly the best hiphop music video director in Seattle. All his stuff has a full-bleed, color-saturated tone that lends instant nostalgia to the action. The style is perfect for "Home."

h/t Hustla

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