The Crocodile and ReignCity present
Fatal Lucciauno, Thaddeus David, Porter Ray, DJ TopSpin
2200 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA, 98121
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
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.”
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.
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.
By society’s account, Porter Ray Sullivan should be elsewhere. If the statistics were correct, a coffin, or prison would seem to be his most likely destination. A high school dropout, who watched his hoop dreams evaporate after enduring a series of well-documented tragedies. His coping mechanisms temporarily diverted his attention, leading him down a seemingly never-ending path of overindulgence.
But perception isn’t always reality, and time heals some of the most painful wounds. Avoiding complete self-destruction, Sullivan chose to reinvent himself through penmanship. The results? Porter Ray, a gifted young scribe from Seattle’s Central District, who has effectively turned his poetry into beautiful music.
Ray’s perspective on life in the Emerald City’s famed neighborhood is vividly described through intricate tales of everyday street-life. By articulating the thoughts and feelings of his generation, Porter Ray effortlessly paints realistic images of what growing up in Seattle as man of African-American decent actually means.
Porter Ray’s future is bright. With a 4-project catalogue in his portfolio, Porter recently partnered with Seattle’s legendary Sub Pop Records through Ishmael Butler [Shabazz Palaces] to tell his story on a broader platform. With his official album debuting mid 2016, a series of interesting show dates and projects scheduled previous to its release, Ray seems destined to take his rightful place in music’s international conversation.