Northwest Mixtape: Hip Hop Culture and Influences by Donnell Alexander. The Pacific Northwest has a relationship with hip hop culture that is complex and, on occasion, commercially exceptional. Its influences have quietly and broadly affected language, fashion, art, and local life in ways that are not always recognized by mainstream audiences. In this conversation, journalist and author Donnell Alexander takes a look at the secrets behind hip hop in the Pacific Northwest. He will look at what makes Pacific Northwest hip hop unique, provide context for the history that brought mainstays such as Sir Mix-A-Lot, Cool Nutz, and Macklemore into being, and explore how hip hop has influenced social, artistic, and political life in the region.
Donnell Alexander is a storyteller and editor who coproduced the 2009 animated short Dock Ellis & the LSD No-No and authored the memoir Ghetto Celebrity (2003) as a personal, elongated addendum to the 1997 essay “Cool Like Me: Are Black People Cooler than White People?” He has served as a staff writer at LA Citybeat, ESPN: The Magazine, LA Weekly, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and the Chico News & Review.
Funded project of Oregon Humanities. Oregon Humanities is a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.