One of the most prolific and original groups in hip hop, the infamous Mobb Deep are still a very active force in today’s music industry with twenty years of experience. The group has appeared on records that have sold over 40 million copies. Aiming from the Queensbridge neighborhood of NYC, the duo has been responsible for delivering some of the most popular and forever current anthems in rap music. . Tracks like “Survival Of The Fittest’” “Shook Ones Part II” and “Quiet Storm RMX” have remained significant and still move crowds from NY to Tokyo. Mobb Deep’s ability to perfectly describe their gritty surroundings and lifestyle always made them a first choice for music writers and critics across the board. Mobb Deep have graduated to the role of cult group; today, they are followed by a new wave of cutting edge music listeners, as well as their original core foundation of hip hop aficionados.

The New York Times boasted: “No rap group — maybe no act in any genre — has gotten more mileage from straight talk than Mobb Deep.”

Fatal Lucciauno

Considered by some to be one of the more controversial Hip Hop artists out of the Pacific Northwest, Sportn’ Life Records recording artist Fatal Lucciauno was born in Chicago and grew up in the Seattle’s Central District neighborhood, a.k.a. ”The Crime District”. He began writing poetry and rapping at the age of eight, at times that talent turned hardship into hustle when he would sing on the streets with his father for food and money to take care of their family.

After spending his formative years balancing street life and creativity, he excelled as a battle rapper, earning a name on playgrounds, street corners, and on public buses. Realizing there was more than just competition pumping in his blood; he pursued his desire to make music. He credits his mother, Northwest’s renowned Blues and Gospel singer Josephine Howell, and his label mate D.Black as his inspirations. At the age of fifteen Fatal became the second solo artist signed to Seattle based Sportn’ Life Records. After taking some years to grow and develop as an artist, it was in June of 2007 that his critically praised debut album The Only Forgotten Son was released, and was ultimately hailed a regional classic. The album found its way to URB Magazine’s “Next 1000” list, as well as being named ”Best Solo Hip Hop Album” of the year by the Stranger Magazine. The album was a cinematic feature with the perfect music scored by the likes of Vitamin D, BeanOne, D.Black and Kuddie Fresh. Fatal weaved in and out of the tracks telling stories of homelessness and hustling to get where he is today.

It’s Fatal Lucciauno’s unique approach to street rap that sets him apart from the pack. His lyrics are intelligent, and he possesses a keen sense of history and people. Recognized as credible voice on the streets in his community, his music offers more than just the average tale of problems young black men in America face, he offers solutions and often displays a comedic side. What makes him different than your average street wise MC is his obvious old soul, and after delving deeper into his music and personality you begin to know the density of Fatal Lucciauno the person and the artist.

Thaddeus David

Most hiphop fans probably recognize the lifelong Seattle resident through one of his many aliases, known as Young TH in State of the Artist, or as his alter ego Thadwick Tristen Trevor III on "The Adventures in a Helluvastate" project. Thaddeus David demonstrates how he continues to be a maven at his craft. Having been involved in the Seattle hiphop scene for years, recognized by XXL magazine as one of "The New New - 15 Seattle rappers you should know", aswell as dropping a handful of projects as a solo artist.

Porter Ray

A 25-year-old rapper, Porter Ray Sullivan was once described to me by Shabazz Palaces’ Ishmael Butler as “the Golden Child.” A son of Seattle’s Central District, Porter Ray namechecks Butler and revered Seattle MC Infinite as influences. Appropriately, “5950′s” is 206 from head to toe; named for a model of New Era baseball cap, it’s described as sporting Mariner teal throughout Porter’s stunning debut, BLK GLD. Here, Porter reels off the minutiae of murder, betrayal and narcotic sales with a poetic eye that recalls vintage Nas, tempered with a numb, gray-sky detachment (and aided by a sterling verse from Nate Jack) all over shimmering piano keys, a subdued drum shuffle and quiet-storm rain effects. In this city — built on, around, and seemingly under water — it’s even easier than you’d think to get washed, depending on where you’re standing.

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Mobb Deep with Fatal Lucciauno, Thaddeus David, Porter Ray, DJ TopSpin

Tuesday, May 14 · 8:00 PM at The Crocodile