2(06) The Break
Live Stream Local Hip Hop Series
THE 1990s | Ep. 3Highlighting Local Hip-Hop of the 1990s
Saturday May 30, 2020 7pm-10pm
Set compositions by DJ Topspin and DJ Rocfizzle
Conversation and Commentary between Larry Mizell, radio dj, writer, artist and cultural journalist, and Notework, photographer, filmmaker and emcee.
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.
DJ Topspin aka Blendiana Jones
DJ Topspin is established as a musical pillar in the Northwest and increasingly across the world. He [seemingly] easily weaves a complex blend of hits & unearthed genre-spanning gems from both past & present eras, creating a musical tapestry all his own. He’s particularly renowned for his harmonic ear, showcased by his signature blends / remixes, selection & timing; as evidenced
by the “a.k.a. BLENDIANA JONES” addition to his moniker. The nickname says it all, as he’s left his sonic imprint on Seattle’s cultural nightlife scene throughout the span of his just under 25 year long career & has plans to continue taking his talents far & wide globally. Born from a Jamaican father & Panamanian mother, the pulse of the diaspora [in the form of dancehall / reggae / soca / afrobeat] is always present in his musical displays. He’s recently showcased them in The Kingdom of Bahrain for the 2nd time in as many years, & has produced a weekly countdown show broadcasted throughout Tanzania [where he’s spun 3x so far] & to other African nations. ‘Harmony-heavy flavor for those that love to dance’ is the envelope he pushes via the records [he pushes & pulls]. Make no mistake; “you need it from the TOP!!!”
Notework (aka C-Note) has been a fixture in the music and arts scene in Seattle since the mid-90’s. His journey began as a member of the hip hop collective Tribal Productions where he along with Tizzy T formed the rap group Narcotik. The two went on to create the classic album, Intro To The Central, a lyrical 206 time capsule with early production by Vitamin D and Topspin. Several projects followed and culminated with Note being featured on the track Home, a soulful ode to the Emerald City produced by Jake One.
Larry Mizell Jr is a writer, radio DJ and artist based in Seattle, best known for his column “My Philosophy” in The Stranger (2004-2016) and for hosting KEXP’s Street Sounds (2009-2016, 2020-present).