2(06) The Break
Live Stream Local Hip Hop Series
‘A VISUAL LEGACY’ | Ep. 6
Friday, June 19, 2020, 7 pm-10 pm
2(06) The Break | Highlighting Pioneers in Local Hip Hop Culture
Georgio Brown & The Coolout Network
One of the longest-running hip hop television programs in the nation, the Coolout Network has been “the butterfly on the wall” capturing the rich musical history that Seattle has to offer for 20 years. Originally seen on SCAN 77/29, and moving to an all-digital format in the new millenium, Coolout has covered all aspects of Seattle’s hip hop culture.
Since 1991, Georgio Brown — creator and director of Coolout — and his team have created more than 700 episodes. This video vault, plus more than 70 hours of new interviews comprise his next project: a full-length feature documentary of 30 years of Seattle hip hop history covering the years 1980-2010.
The Coolout Network is the recipient of a 2009 Langston Hughes African American Film Festival Local Filmmakers Award for the film ‘This is 206 Zulu..’ (vimeo.com/4664125), and a 2004 City of Seattle Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Hip Hop.
Presented by Wa Na Wari and LANGSTON In celebration of Black Music MonthIn celebration of Black Music Month, Wa Na Wari and LANGSTON are partnering to present 2(06) The Break, a seven-episode series that takes a uniquely local ‘spin’ on the live streaming DJ sessions popularized by cultural icons like Questlove and DJ D-Nice via social media these past two months. Each week, Jazmyn Scott, Seattle hip hop supporter and co-curator of the 2015 Legacy of Seattle Hip-Hop exhibit at MOHAI, will pair two Pacific Northwest hip hop DJs per episode to collaboratively program and record a set composed exclusively of songs by local hip hop artists of a specific era, from the 1980s to the present. Each DJ set will be presented in a live stream program hosted by two local hip hop luminaries who will bring their unique insight to the tracks in the program and the local culture and music scene of the era represented in the episode.
The series will begin on Saturday, May 16, 2020, and will conclude on Saturday, June 27, 2020. It will stream via a Zoom video broadcast. Episode details, including DJs and panelists, will be announced soon. Check wanawari.org/events.html for updates.
Episode 1 – Saturday May 16, 2020, 7pm-10pm
Episode 2 – Saturday May 23, 2020, 7pm-10pm
Episode 3 – Saturday May 30, 2020, 7pm-10pm
Episode 4 – Saturday June 6, 2020, 7pm-10pm
Episode 5 – Saturday June 13, 2020, 7pm-10pm
Episode 6 – Special Edition Commemorating Juneteenth
Friday June 19, 2020, 7pm-10pm
Episode 7 – Saturday June 27, 2020, 7pm-10pm
2(06) The Break taps into the cultural and technical zeitgeist of multiple eras and presentation genres. From radio DJs who play tracks interspersed with cultural commentary to party DJs who turn up the energy on for the weekend. From the intellectual and expert panel format that deconstructs and contextualizes the culture, to the talk show interview format where deep history is revealed by those who lived it. From the Black Radio where entire communities could come together virtually via the airwaves, to Black Twitter Trends and Black Instagram Live Feeds where disparate parts of the Black Diaspora gather to cohere and amplify our cultural voice. 2(06) The Break seamlessly brings these social and technological forms together in one package to highlight the brilliance of Black culture in the Pacific Northwest through the lens of hip hop music and history. In this moment of social distancing and quarantine, we are actively reimagining the ways Black cultural programming can be a balm for the deep sense of isolation so many in our community are feeling. 2(06) The Break taps into the best of Black cultural togetherness, past, and present, to make this happen.