@prometheusbrown giving some credit where it’s due. Just a reminder, the Olympics are wrapping up on Sunday so this weekend will be your last chance to stream The Otherside for free. Don’t sleep on it! Photo by @jordanloveskats at our @siffnews premiere last year..
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The messages of Macklemore and other Seattle rappers inspired speedskater J.R. Celski as he battled back from his leg injury in 2009 and then helped make a documentary about them.
Celski, who resides in Seattle, is an avid hip-hop fan, and more specifically, a major fan of Pacific Northwest hip-hop. One of the local artists at the time had an interesting sound and message that appealed to J.R. That artist was named Macklemore.
Hip hop artist Macklemore and U.S. speedskater J.R. Celski may be friends, but Celski isn’t expecting the rapper to join him at the Olympics.
"I don’t think he’s going to be in Sochi," Celski said. "He’s risen to fame pretty fast in the past couple months. He’s a busy guy."
So is Celski. Not long after winning two bronze medals at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Celski turned his attention to producing “The Otherside,” a documentary chronicling the Seattle hip hop scene which features Macklemore. It debuted at the Seattle International Film Festival in May and will be shown at other festivals in upcoming months.
Photos from Bumbershoot 2013
In August, Seattle hip-hop got yet another big national boost, as local duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis accepted three MTV Video Music Awards, tying Justin Timberlake for the most Moonmen of the night. The moment was huge — not just for a city that, to quote the Blue Scholars, “has been waiting to blow since big butts and teen spirit,” but for a do-it-yourself community that has been hustling to make it happen for decades. The burgeoning independent hip-hop scene is borrowing from the scrappy, bootstrapping path laid out by Seattle’s grunge pioneers and, finally, it seems to be taking hold.
Outtakes from THE OTHERSIDE
Planted between the Puget Sound and the Cascade Mountains, Seattleites get the perfect balance of mother nature and city life. Hiking the trails at Mt. Rainier, tubing down the Snoqualmie River, kayaking up Montlake, cruising down Lake Washington, BBQ’s at Golden Gardens… There’s always something to do.
2. People don’t take sunshine for granted.
While it doesn’t rain in Seattle as much as outsiders seem to believe, days with clear skies and warm weather are few and far between, especially during the non-Summer months. But when we do get that perfect, 75 degree, not-a-cloud-in-sight day, everyone is outside and taking advantage of reason number 1. When it’s nice outside, it’s normal for people to skip class and leave work early. Earlier this year, a school in Bellingham canceled class because the weather was “exceptionally nice.” I’ll bet that doesn’t happen in LA.
3. Seattle hip hop sets the perfect soundtrack.
Those mellow, feel-good, summertime vibes are well-known and well-represented by the hip hop scene. Here are some of our favorites.