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Published on March 5th, 2014 | by Daniel Salas

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Find Tacoma’s hip hop on 253rd Street

Until recently, Tacoma’s hip hop scene didn’t have much in the way of a unified web presence. Although regional hip hop coverage is often strong, Tacoma hasn’t really been given its due. 253rd Street, a new Tacoma hip hop blog, hopes to rectify that.

I had a chance to ask the man behind 253rd Street (who wishes to remain anonymous) some questions about his creation.

How long has the blog been around?

Just started it beginning of this year.

What made you want to start blogging?

The old, “If you want something done, better do it yourself” is what comes to mind first, but honestly, Tacoma just needed someone to give a fuck, man. There is not one media source that is consistently keeping up with the rap coming out of Tacoma or the culture that accompanies it (shout out to Post Defiance though. They give the most love). We felt that needed to change.

The artists out here deserve a place to be seen, a place to be heard, so we created that.

What sort of feedback have you gotten?

It’s been great. We’ve had a lot of traffic on the site. Everybody is showing love on the social media too.

Who are your top five favorite Tacoma rap/hip hop artists?

They’re on the site. *plug*

What are your favorite places to see shows in Tacoma and why?

To say we have a favorite would be inferring that we really “like” one of the venues, and that wouldn’t be entirely true.

If we had to pick the best atmosphere it would probably be the New Frontier, but its stage/sound/lighting sucks. If we had to pick the best stage/sound/lighting it would be Jazzbones, but the atmosphere there can be rather ridiculous at times, and the owners seem to be more concerned with having a top 40 DJ on their stage than a good show.

None of Tacoma’s venues allow people under 21, which makes maintaining a living, breathing hip hop (or any genre) culture, almost impossible. When the kids have to drive to Seattle to see a show, you know we’re failing as a city to nurture the music community. We hope somebody steps up in the near future and opens an all-ages venue. You have our support 100%.

Are there any particular sounds or scenes you’re interested in? How much do you curate the work (as opposed to covering basically any hip hop artist from Tacoma)?

We’re not going to post every single thing that someone sends us just because it’s from Tacoma, but we’re aiming to have an open mind when it comes to our content.

We’re going to give everything a listen as long as time allows. We’re not a popularity contest, we’re not taking money to write up shit, we’re just going to put up what we think is ill. Obviously, our personal bias comes into play when selecting music, but we hope that’s a good thing.

Where do you plan on taking 253rd Street in the future? Do you see it evolving past the blog?

There’s a million things we’d like to do, but first things first: We’re focusing on covering the rap and culture coming out of the city. In the future we’d like to host a party (or two) at a unique location in Tacoma and bring different artists together.

Shout outs?

Yeah, shout out to everybody who ain’t fucking with us yet.

Follow 253rd Street on their site, Facebook, and TwitterBoombox image by Shawn McAllister, Post Defiance Co-Creative Director.

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About the Author

Daniel Salas is an intern at Post Defiance. A senior at University of Puget Sound, he enjoys playing guitar and drums in various local bands. His last name is a palindrome.



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