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Opening for Gossip: the bleeding edge of Seattle hiphop, Champagne Champagne
Posted by Andrew Matson
Thomas Gray and Pearl Dragon; photo by Josh Lovseth from Sound on the Sound
Fun fact: The singer in DJ Gajamagic's other group Past Lives (Jordan Blilie) is the twin of Gossip's drummer (Hannah Blilie). Ms. Blilie's face is now an icon, as it's basically the only thing on the cover of Gossip's outstanding new "Music for Men" album.
Champagne Champagne embodies Seattle hiphop's new directive, which is "never be boring." In fact, come to think of it, the group's had a dog in that fight for about two years. When it first came onto the scene slurring sex raps about Molly Ringwald over lo-fi amorpho-synth beats, haters played the "hipster-hop" card. In retrospect, I think it's safe to say the group helped kickstart the creative, free-thinking momentum happening right now in our city's rap scene. Do you know the momentum I'm talking about? I blogged about it in the summer, and recently, too.
The best Champagne song is all about blackness. "Magnetic Blackness" benefits from an eerie Gajamagic beat, impassioned raps from Pearl and Thomas, and a guest shot from recent Seattle expats THEESatisfaction.
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