Experimental hip-hop duo Shabazz Palaces just released one of the most epically weird albums of recent memory, but that doesn’t seem to be enough for MC Ishmael Butler, who appears determined to set up something of a Seattle hip-hop pipeline from his hometown to his label, Sub Pop. In 2011, Butler persuaded the label to sign THEESatisfaction, an all-female Seattle r&b/soul/rap group, after they appeared on Shabazz Palaces’ 2013 debut album, Black Up.
Since then, Butler has signed on as an official A&R man for Sub Pop, and has made his first official signing the Seattle rapper Porter Ray. Ray, who Butler has previously referred to as “the golden child” of Seattle hip hop, churned out three separate EPs in 2013, and has just released a mixtape through Sub Pop called FNDMNTLS, which will help a national audience get acquainted with the MC before his full length Sub Pop debut in 2015. Seattle is not exactly known as a hip-hop town, but with Ishmael Butler’s help, Sub Pop may be changing that in the very near future.
Check out Dice Game Diagrams from FNDMNTLS, below.