Seattle has long been a destination for underground music. From the 1990’s with the rise of the grunge wave to the present era of hip-hop with artists like Macklemore, Travis Thompson and Ryan Caraveo coming out of the Emerald City. For those of us lucky enough to reside in the “New York of the West Coast” with as much coffee as you can drink and as much traffic as you can sit in, it can be intimidating to wade through the surf of new artists and new music crashing onto the shores of Soundcloud and Spotify daily. A shining piece of beach glass in the breakers is Blksknn, a young Seattle Hip Hop artist on the rise. In the game for just a short time, Blksknn has made a big impact, playing at local staples like The Crocodile and The Vera Project he has already garnered a fan following in the Seattle Metropolitan area.
On August 31st of this year (2018) Blksknn is dropping his anticipated debut album “Local Dope Dealer” and he was gracious enough to give us a sneak peek. The melodic record features 9 songs which showcase the current talent and future potential of Blksknn through professionally produced beats and mixes in combination with a genuinely captivating flow and lyrics that are easily identifiable as real life experiences. This album tells a story, in a very literal sense with several tracks containing and ending of 30-60 seconds of dialogue in which Blksknn plays a very appropriately names videogame called “Local Dope Dealer” but in a more real sense it tells the story of Blksknn’s life growing up, his musical journey thus far and the aspirations that he hopes this album will help him to achieve. The opening track “Dope” hard charges the listener into the album featuring Blksknn killing the flow with lyrics like “they treat me like a God but I’m no better than a man”. The album overall is a kickback, the kind of music you can listen to at any time, hanging out with friends, driving in the car or playing it cool at the house. However within the collection are higher tempo bangers like “Charge It” and “Friday" which can really get you hyped for a night out. All in all the album is a strong addition to the anthology of this up & coming Seattle artist. In the high-functioning and high-turning music scene in the PNW this is one artist that can consistently deliver solid hip hop that you don’t find in the mainstream media nowadays. Blksknn really has become the Local Dope Dealer of great music. Make sure to listen to the album when it realeses on 8/31/18.