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Friday, October 17, 2008

Focus on Outtasite

posted by on October 17 at 17:26 PM


Rap metal that doesn’t suck is rare. Outtasite—Seattle rapper Michael Singleton and guitarist Joel D. Davila—do a sound job of making the maligned genre seem worth not consigning to the scrap heap of history. Sir Mix-A-Lot’s Rhyme Cartel Records is releasing Outtasite’s Careful What You Wish For (the local rap legend appears on the title track). Back in July, Stranger hiphop columnist Larry Mizell Jr. wrote about Outtasite in his My Philosophy column:

Now I’m not mad at Outtasite the rapper, he’s solid—but the “hard rock,” guitar-laced jammy jams his group cranks, while mostly avoiding the easy trap of poorly conceived rap-funk-rock stuff by dint of his legitimate rhymes, still strike me as overly slick, dudebro X Games fare. But I’ve only seen the guy’s name on the Showbox’s marquee (featuring Sir Mix, just as of Friday), so there must be a number of folks that do vibe on it.

I can see Larry’s points, but my expectations for rap metal are so low, even an adequate version of it can sound all right. Davila flaunts some Tom Morello-like dexterity on his ax and Singleton flexes some above-average vocab and thoughts with a flow that splits the difference between street and backpack. If you can like only one Seattle rap-metal outfit, make it Outtasite. If you can’t, that’s okay, too.

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Wow. You're like...all open minded n stuff.

Posted by Killah Presto | October 17, 2008 9:47 PM

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