Seattle MC Dave B is a multi-talented hip-hop artist who raps, sings, writes, produces while bringing to the table lyrical content reflective of the golden age of hip-hop. His depth and versatility is partially attributable to his vast musical inspirations: gospel icons Fred Hammond, Kirk Franklin; hip-hop luminaries Andre 3000, Missy Elliott, and Kanye West; R&B songstresses Aaliyah and Erykah Badu; jazz legend Theolonious Monk; and rock god Jimi Hendrix.
Dave’s two album releases Tomorrow (with producer Sango released July 2016) and his debut EP Punch Drunk (released November 2015) have received incredible support from DopeBoyz ("remarkably exceptional”), Pigeons & Planes (“rap-sings effortlessly...flaunting unique flair with ease”), NPR Music (“not simply a rapper…in the highly favored space between rapping and singing”), DJBooth ("Dave B is a revolutionary”), The FADER (“a versatile rapper”), Earmilk (“dropping dime after dime…after dime”), Hypetrak ("Dave's unique, distinct rap style”), Okayplayer (“putting his city on the map in a big way”), XXL (“perfect for today’s sing-song rap style”), Mass Appeal (“The Northwest is in good hands”), Indie Shuffle ("favorite 2015 hip-hop tune”), HotNewHipHop ("promising talent”), Seattle Weekly ("Seattle’s most endearing young rapper”), Seattle Times (“a prolific young rapper”) among many others. Dave B originally blends elements of hip-hop, R&B, jazz and funk over conscious-driven lyrics using soulful melodies and harmonies.
After selling out Seattle’s hottest venues Neumos and The Crocodile multiple times opening up tour dates for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis in 2016, Dave B will kick-off his first headlining tour April 2017.
Romaro Franceswa is a musician who uses hip-hop to deliver street Gospels. Raised in between church and trap houses, Franceswa's style of rapping is brash and aggressive one minute but also humble and rooted in reality.
A product of Federal Way, WA and blessed with the gift of gab from a young age, he started his musical journey around 9-years-old. Growing up as the younger cousin of Seattle rapper Fatal Lucciauno, Franceswa was routinely exposed to live shows and he earned a strong reputation freestyling backstage amongst many of the city's elite artists. A chance encounter rapping in front of Fierce Vill of Dyme Def led to an introduction and deep bond forming with the powerhouse Seattle hip-hop producer Bean One (Yuk The World) who's solely produced all of Franceswa's music projects to date.
In 2015 Franceswa participated in Seattle Theatre Group's More Music @ The Moore program and was mentored directly by legendary drummer Sheila E. To date he's opened for national touring artists such as Rakim, Vince Staples, Jacquees, Vic Mensa and toured nationally with Grieves of Rhymesayers. Franceswa's 2015 debut album Balance, helped thrust the young MC in front of bigger audiences and landed him on the cover of City Arts Magazine in 2016. Balance is laced in songs that reek of authenticity. Eschewing cliché raps, Franceswa can spit verses about all aspects of the streets while steadily encouraging listeners to find a better way to live. Balance isn't just an album title it's a way of life.
In 2016, Franceswa is prepping for a new project to be released under the Black Umbrella imprint. A collection of 9 songs entitled "Mirrors" featuring production by BeanOne, Warm Gun, Red Nephew, Nima Skeems, Antwon Vinson and Elan Wright with appearances by Ariana DeBoo, Ryan Caraveo and Paris Williams.
Seattle rapper Travis Thompson is the perfect example of hip-hop music's ability to be light-hearted and fun. Refusing to take himself too seriously, Thompson raps about being a chubby, hilarious goofball. With a type of self-awareness and honesty that lends an authenticity to his music that's missing in most of today's studio raps. Through his genuine verses and bouncy beats, Thompson is quickly raising his stock in Seattle and nationwide- garnering hundreds of thousands of plays on his debut EP "Living For The Future", which he released just a year ago age 18. With songs on wide-ranging topics including Tom Hanks, Horchata, and Social Justice- The now 19 year old is not only an act you can get behind, but one you can find yourself in.