Xperience (XP)'s CD Release Party Hosted by Macklemore! October 7th
Xperience, also known as XP, is bringing the celebration of his new album "Chasing Grace" to his hometown of Olympia, Friday October 7th at The Society Downtown. This show is all ages. Doors are 7:00 pm and show starts promptly at 8:00 pm. Show ends at 10:00 pm and anyone under 21 must leave. First 100 get a copy of "Chasing Grace"!!! Hosted by Macklemore, and Performances by Zikki (Olympia), Dave B (Seattle) and of course XP (Seattle, Olympia) with a little help from his step cousin Macklemore! DJ Kid One on the wheels of steel! You won't want to miss this!
To say the new 16-track album from Seattle hip-hop emcee and vocalist Xperience aka XP, Chasing Grace, is a hip-hop record would be an understatement. The Seattle (by way of Olympia) rappers third album is a sonic journey into the mind of man whos soul is at war. Its a view into the essence of a man who is transforming from an insecure kid burdened with Americas social constructs, into one who questions the world and the religion he was raised in.
On track no. 3 The Mula, XP takes his moniker alter-ego, Turtleneck, and is a typical club cat mackin' on girls, extolling the virtues of his own game. Things start to get real by track no. 7 Yung Nigga, when XP starts to question the realities of living in America as a black man. On#Adam the rapper/singer laments the pain of watching yet another unarmed black man being brutalized by police. On the final track, Harim Abiff, XP gets deep, questioning God, a father he hardly knew, and the passing of his mother from breast cancer in 2014.
XP says this album is a biography of his life, being raised by a single mother in a poor part of Detroit. I went from thinking that hood stuff was cool, he says, and thinking that superficial things made me a man.
Born Olympia, WA, XP was raised by his motherand the church in Detroit until moving to Gary, Indiana in 1995. Like many young African Americans, the church was XPs outlet and he started singing in the choir at the age of 8, and maintains much of his church sound in his music today.
In 2001 XP moved back to Olympia to live with his estranged father. It was there that XP started to put rhymes to beats and consider rapping as a career. In 2004, he opened up for Brother Ali, alongside a young, up-and-coming, white emcee and fellow Olympia-based emcee Ben Haggarty aka Macklemore.
I was blown away when I saw him do White Privilege, recalls XP. After the show we hung out and just clicked." When Macklemore invited XP to collaborate on music, it was the beginning of what would become his long, close friendship. XP was featured on Hold Your Head Up, As Soon As I Wake Up, and Good For You on Macklemore's 2005 The Language of My World and was promptly enlisted to join Macklemore's first world wide tour.
Meanwhile, at that time XP also met other notable Seattle hip-hop artists like Sleep, Onry Ozzborn, JFK, Smoke, and Candidt. By 2006, he was the last member to be inducted into the famed Northwest collective,Oldominion and became firmly planted in the Seattle hip-hop landscape. He has released numerous projects of his own, including the 2012 The Mixtape The Durden Papers "Vol 1" and the 2013 EP, The Revelations.
XP admits that being Macklemores homie has its benefits and drawbacks and on the lead single Not Today, XP tackles this subject matter directly. There are a lot of haters out there, explains XP. But Im forever grateful for all the opportunity hes given me and I highly respect his talents. Its just people expect that I have it easy or I didnt work to get where I am."
Production on Chasing Grace is shared by Ryan Lewis, BeanOne, SmokeM2D6, and Djay Cas.
If Seattles Dave B embodies the elements of the next generation of MCs, the genre is in good hands. The multi-talented artist who raps, sings, writes, and produces also brings to the table lyrical content reflective of the golden age of hip-hop.
The depth and versatility of his stylings can partially be attributed to his vast musical influences that range from gospel icons Fred Hammond and Kirk Franklin to hip-hop luminaries André 3000, Kanye West, and Erykah Badu to jazz legend Thelonious Monk and rock god Jimi Hendrix. Im really into going to the record store and digging and finding things, he says. I just love music.
Dave B, who has also scored modeling work appearing in campaigns for Vans and The North Face, sees no boundaries and thats the message he wants his music to convey to his listeners. I want people to get a sense of Be yourself, he explains. Its hella shit going on in the world. The media, online, so many people telling you who to be. You shouldnt have to try to be yourself. You should just be.
Dave Bs wisdom, talent and mindset make him an invaluable asset to his class of MCs.
The Society (View)
120 4th Ave. E.
Olympia, WA 98501
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|