Switchin’ It Up

I know this blog is pretty folk-oriented, so throwing some hip-hop in might seem like a bit of a curveball. That being said, I love to take a break from my banjo-induced euphoria every once and a while and switch it up. Also, good hip-hop is just fucking wonderful live.
Macklemore, an incredibly talented artist out of Seattle released a pretty nifty track today called “Thrift Shop”. It’s a lot of fun, and y’all should check it out. That being said, if you’ve never listened to Macklemore before, then check out these two videos below. Both are stunning, and show his incredible versatility.

Astronautalis is an astounding, passionate hip-hop artist out of Minneapolis. His album “This Is Our Science” was one of my favorites last year. He recently released a video for one of my tracks from that album:

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And last, but not least, perennial favorites of mine – Doomtree, a hip-hop collective out of Minneapolis. These guys (and gal) are just absurdly fun, and incredibly good at what they do. Check out their absurd music video for ‘Bangarang’ below, as well as a slightly more serious video of Doomtree members Dessa and Cecil Otter at the Fitzgerald in Minneapolis.

Well, that’s the hip-hop bender for the week. Stay tuned for this blog’s first mix (yay fall!) and some other new artists coming your way this week.