Seattle hip-hop is on a hot streak. Can it finally get the national respect it deserves?

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The Seattle Times

SEATTLE — There’s a template bloggers at national music outlets often deploy when writing about rappers from Seattle. It starts off noticing our Upper Left geography, maybe something about our rock pedigree and, with a Macklemore caveat, mentions that the region isn’t really known for hip-hop, but hey, this person’s actually pretty good! “That’s the opening line of every blog post about me — ‘From a place you would never expect!'” said Travis Thompson, a leading figure among the current generation of Seattle rap. The steadily rising emcee was at a Burien skatepark, once an “essential community…

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