Vitamin D's Rent Party, Seattle and Costs

Vitamin D's Rent Party Flyer

I'm not going to make this a super long 2000 word "blog" post like usual. We'll keep this nice and brief. Today is Friday. If you're going out on Saturday, you should be at Hidmo at 8pm for Vitamin D's Rent Party.

If you'd like to read about why, let me point you to these two already written pieces in the Seattle Weekly:

Vitamin D - Essential Nutrients - March 3rd, 2004

Only Mom Can Stop Vitamin D From Winning Beat Battles - August 17th, 2007

If you'd like to hear and see why, let me point you to some audio treats:

Vitamin D - Let Go - From the 2010 "Born Day EP"

Ghetto Children - I'm An MC - from the 1995 Tribal Productions tape only release - Untranslated Prescriptions

Jake One - Home f. Vitamin D, The Notework, Maneak B & Ish from Digable Planets - From Jake's 2008 fantastic "White Van Music"

You can also download the entirety of the Bornday EP (released this year on March 22nd, Vita's b-day) here:

I fully intend on doing my own recap of Vita's involvement in what I think is an absolutely crucial and somewhat overlooked period in the development of Seattle Hip-Hop at a later date. Quite frankly, documenting the Tribal Productions era is really the most important thing I could ever endeavor to accomplish with this site.

Right now however, here is my brief sales pitch on why Vitamin D's Rent Party is something you *need* to check out.

The truth is that being an artist isn't an easy life, and furthermore, making that choice comes with a significant cost. I know with certainty that decisions I've made in life have cost me opportunities I can't get back. While I've been tremendously fortunate to have ended up on the right side of things with a great family, job and a career of sorts, for most artists it's a different story.

Other than a paltry number of "beats" on a Myspace page I no longer remember how to access, my time as an "artist" was short enough as to negate the usage of the word as to define it. I gave it a try. What I didn't do is put in two decades of hard work into building the foundation of Seattle Hip-Hop. Vitamin D, along with a handful of others, did exactly that.

The truth is that sometimes the best art gets overlooked, and I would not hesitate to describe the music that Vitamin D has put out over the last twenty years as being some of the best - not only relative to Seattle in particular, but Hip-Hop in general. Obviously if financial success was the implicit result of artistic quality I wouldn't be writing this right now but for a variety of reasons, some of which I've touched on previously here, that isn't the case. In this instance, Vita needs a little support. I intend to do my part to provide it, and I would strongly encourage you to do the same.

If nothing else, put down $5 at the door for the privilege of downloading the absolutely excellent Born Day EP that is linked above. It's without question my favorite album of 2010. In the space of 24 refreshing minutes Vita illustrates everything that I could possibly say in words about the Why of the need to support this rent party. Do yourself a favor, admit that you're in your 30's just like I am, and make time to listen to an MC trying to deal with mature real life topics (Ok, I'll call it Grown Folk Shit - you more comfortable with that?) in a manner that is unquestionably dope.

The truth is music isn't free. Neither is rent.