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October 23, 2009 at 10:15 AM

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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

Opening for Gossip tonight at the Showbox is local hiphop group Champagne Champagne (rappers Pearl Dragon, Thomas Gray, and DJ Gajamagic, erstwhile drummer for Past Lives).

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.

"Magnetic Blackness"

Champagne Champagne on Black Cab Sessions.

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