If Seattle wants to really arrive on the national scene, it must borrow a move from the playbook of the old school. Recall how important the first Fresh Fest tour (Whodini, Fat Boys, LL Kool J, Run DMC) was to the consolidation and cementing of the culture. That tour, which happened in 1986, erased any doubts about the status of hiphop—it was here to stay.
Seattle finally has accumulated an A-list of acts—meaning, acts that can generate ink and ticket sales. They are: Macklemore, Blue Scholars, Shabazz Palaces, Jake One, and Vitamin D. Those five should hit the road as one. Their combined success would greatly benefit the local movement—from top to bottom, past to present. This tour should cover the major joints of America and Europe. This is what I'm thinking about today. The sun is out today.