Rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot kneeling by a black sports car.

Though far away from the hip-hop centers of New York City and Los Angeles, in the early 1980s Seattle hip-hop artists developed a community-based culture of stylistic experimentation and multiethnic collaboration. Famous hip-hop figures including Sir Mix-A-Lot and Macklemore found mainstream success by going against the grain of their eras.

Hear Dr. Daudi Abe discuss his new book, Emerald Street: A History of Hip Hop in Seattle, to show how Seattle’s hip-hop culture goes beyond art and music to influence politics, the relationships between communities of color and law enforcement, the changing media scene, and youth outreach and educational programs.

History Café is produced as a partnership between HistoryLink and MOHAI.

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Photo: Ricardo Frazer