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Late notice: Jet Set hosts Jake One and Supreme La Rock 10/18/10 UPDATED
Posted by Andrew Matson
UPDATE: Jake One cancelled
Seattle DJ-based hiphop showcase Jet Set happens every Monday at Capitol Club, and tonight hosts Jake One and Supreme La Rock aka The Conmen. As usual, the event is free. Not as usual, the guest DJs are Seattle rap luminaries who have agreed to play only 45s.
Jake and Supreme used to be involved with a Sub Pop-affiliated label called Conception Records in the mid-'90s. With the news of Sub Pop signing Shabazz Palaces, I've seen Internet chatter about "finally, a rap act on the label," but there's some history there.
Seattle rap, and hiphop in general, is undergoing a generational wrap-around right now, with pioneers still active, and some of them like Jake and Supreme taking on music professor roles. They do their jobs producing for 50 Cent and DJing at clubs in Pioneer Square, but also educate.
Supreme is the record collector behind "Wheedle's Groove," the project that dug up Seattle's '60s/'70s soul/funk scene in recent years. So far, "Wheedle's" has turned into albums, a documentary, and a Mayor-approved city-wide holiday, and a lot of that is due to Supreme unearthing old songs and tracing them back in time.
Supreme's personal involvement with local rap history predates Jake's. On Supreme's blog, he says back in the '80s, he traded a pair of shoes for a drum machine, then traded that drum machine to Dan Peters of Mudhoney for another one, a Roland TR-808. With that, he made songs like this:
"Untitled unreleased demo" by MC Kid P and Incredicrew
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