Dope Emporium brings best in Seattle hip hop to Washington Hall

When you have the mayor making hip hop declarations, you know things are getting serious. Saturday’s 2010 Dope Emporium is a free, all-ages showcase of the finest in Seattle’s hip hop, spoken word and b-boy (and b-girl!) culture. It’s the fifth year for the event that has grown into a major celebration of Seattle and, especially, Central District culture and talent. More info from organizers below. You can also check out Hollow Earth Radio Wednesday night for a preview of Saturday’s talent.

The Northwest, and specifically Seattle, is full of potential, brimming with talented emcees, producers, breakers and artists who are poised to share their gifts.  A fact already known by many and acknowledged by the City of Seattle this week when Mayor McGinn declared November as Hip Hop History Month.

Dope Emporium, which was founded in 2006 to promote local hip hop artists, returns this year and will feature over 50 local artists, including: Candidt,  XP, Steelo, Laura “Piece” Kelley, Lady Tasz, Suntonio Bandanaz and P Washington; spoken word from Chelsea Richardson, Aaron Reader and Wayman Earls; DJ sets from DJ Neebor and DJ Luvva J; visual art installation by Coolout Network and a marketplace, which includes products and information from over 20 area companies.  

Dope Emporium will take place Saturday, November 13th, 4:00 p.m. to 12 midnight at Washington Hall, which is located at:

153 14th Avenue

Seattle , WA 98122

This is a free, all ages and family-friendly event.

About Dope Emporium

Founded in 2006 by Jace Ecaj, an educator, activist, and celebrated artist (Silent Lambs Project & Black Stax), Dope Emporium honors the individual actions of members of the local Hip Hop community and provides a vehicle to bring the diverse talent of the Northwest together.  Dope Emporium organizes a collective of artists, educators activists and independent media to produce a variety of free, all ages, family-friendly events that showcase local talent and build strong, positive links within the community.

The committee has included contributions from hundreds of artists and crews from Seattle and the greater NW and such organizations as: 4BC Musick, The Town Entertainment, The Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, Hidmo, Youth Speaks, 206ZULU, The Stranger, Seattle Weekly, KBCS Community Radio, Capital Hill Arts Center, Umojafest, Hip Hop Congress, Artopia and more.

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  1. THIS EVENT WAS NOT MANAGED RIGHT, YOU HAD AN ALL AGES EVENT AND SEVERAL MC’S USING PROFANITY AND FOUL LANGUAGE AND SOME THE ACTS CUT SHORT AND FOR TIME AND INTERMISSION WITH ABSOLUTELY NOTHING GOIN ON LIKE IT WAS OVER AND ONE OF THE BEST YOUTH RAPPERS IN SEATTLE, JAHYAIRE WILSON,(who rocked with JAY ELECTRONICA @ BUMBERSHOT in front of 1000 people!) did not get to perform and he was scheduled to! IT WAS A HIP HOP EVENT FULL OF RAPPIN AND DJing,no other elements of hip hop were displayed no GRAFFITT no BREAKDANCING!!! HOW CAN YOU CALL THIS SEATTLE’S BEST WHEN YOUR NOT GIVIN SEATTLE’S ALL only half assin! I visioned walkin into a scene from the movie BEAT STREET but all i seen was KRUSH GROOVE! IF this is hip hop history month and we our displayin our culture for the youth to learn about this culture HIP HOP but from the looks of it they will only think of hip hop as rappin and DJing and no other elements! IF THE YOUTH ARE NOT INVOLVED in all ages hip hop event WHAT WILL BECOME OF OUR FINE CULTURE CALLED HIP HOP ?

  2. Your boy didn’t show up til waaaay late. Plus why weren’t you a part of the planning and management of the show? It was open to the hip hop community and you seem to view yourself as a part of the community. Sounds like you got there late and left a little early cause the event I was at was not just rappin and DJing. There were singers and there was a producer battle at the end. There was some graffiti and food downstairs. And there was hella b-boys there.