Special episode of Sunday Night Sound Session this week, as Nphared and I were joined in studio by local underground Seattle rapper turned international superstar, Macklemore. Mack’s been a friend of SNSS since the very start and despite all his amazing worldwide success, he hasn’t changed as a person one bit. It’s a testament to his character/personality, and the Seattle hip-hop scene in general, where I’ve always thought our most impressive characteristic has always been our authenticity. We don’t have a specific “sound” in the Northwest, but instead, the common trait across most of our artists is that they’re pretty much all just genuine, down to earth people. Mack epitomizes that. He’s had years of personal growth and success, but at the core, he’s the same smart, talented, gracious, and hilarious kid he’s always been.
It was awesome to sit down with him and talk about all sorts of topics, from his new album (some exclusive info in there for y’all), touring, the odd nature of life as a celebrity, his friends in the industry, raising his daughter, and, of course, his memories of our beloved “Mayor,” J. Moore. Jon put Mack on his first shows way back in the day and was a close friend throughout the years. As with many of the successful folks in our scene, J started as a mentor to Mack and their relationship grew as Mack got older and became a peer. I encourage you to read his tribute to Jon on Instagram if you haven’t already. Of course we had to discuss the Egyptian musk story too…
Along with our chat, we ran new records from CyHi, J.I.D, Kendrick, GoldLink, Drake, Little Dragon, Amine, Tuxedo, Thundercat, Miguel + Premier, Jidenna, Loyle Carner, and more. Special 20th anniversary throwback in honor of one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time.
Enjoy the show and as you’ll always hear us say going forward: rest in peace to J. Moore.