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Black Stax is comprised of Seattle accomplished MCs Silas Blak and Jace ECAj, and celebrated vocalist Felicia Loud. They consider their music inspiring, relevant and controversial. It’s smart music; every word carefully chosen and every song carries a message of societal challenges, common justice and community uplift. Fans appreciate the eclectic, urban sound laced with jazz and 70s-era soul, which provides life’s soundtrack to the sophisticated connoisseur. A collaboration that works, Black Stax successfully blends musical genres and attracts a varied and supportive following.
In a review, The Stranger said “what defines Loud is…is her flawless command of the tones and textures of American Soul…what defines [the MCs] is their commitment to a hip hop that is complicated at the levels of ideas and expression, politics and language.”
Their first album “Talking Buildings” (2010) was released with their first single “I Love My Life,” a lyrical, urban and soul influenced song. The music video celebrates life, gives appreciation to heritage and demonstrates the positive, home-grown vibe of Black Stax. Well received, upon its debut, the music video played in Foot Locker and Foot Action stores nationwide. Their latest project is called “High Rhymes Smoking Jackets” an EP produced by Rob Castro that is part of The Producer Series; collaborations with varied Seattle-area producers, each with its own exploration of the Black Stax sound.
Besides their unparalleled sound, what sets Black Stax apart is their ability to put on a memorable live show. Individually they are seasoned performers and collectively they are masters of setting a vibe and drawing in an audience. No two shows are ever the same as delivering something new is important to them.
Black Stax has appeared in the pages of The Stranger Newspaper, Seattle Weekly Newspaper and The Hype Magazine; online features include publicola.net and hiphoppress.com. They have also performed at Seattle’s popular music venues such as Rendezvous Jewel Box Theater, Contour, ETG, Langston Hughes Performing Art Center, ACT and Chop Suey, at the Malcolm X Hip Hop Festival and on the national Dope Emporium Tour.