Porter Ray, known in the local hip-hop scene as Sub Pop Record’s ‘Golden Child’ is about as Seattle as it gets. Born on 14th and Republican, in the heart of Capitol Hill and having spent his later formative years in the Central District, the development and changes in his life have often been reflected in the rapidly evolving landscape of the city. His debut LP Watercolor paints a vivid picture of what it’s like navigating personal loss, growth, fatherhood, burgeoning popularity, and a hometown that is becoming increasingly unfamiliar. With an extensive catalogue of mixtapes and EPs produced since his first release, BLK Gold, in Spring 2013, Porter’s jazz-infused cadence and intricate has become synonymous with the PNW hip-hop scene, and his laundry list of critically acclaimed local collaborators, including Shabazz Palaces, Stas THEE Boss, Sisters, Erik Blood, and more, lend evidence to the permanent role he is carving out for himself as a pioneer in Seattle sound. If ever you find yourself on a slow winding drive along Lake Washington Blvd, on a typical grey Seattle day, throw on Ray’s debut LP, Watercolor and be transported to a new era of Seattle Hip Hop.

 

 

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