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Watch the New Trailer for Seattle Hip-Hop Documentary 'The Otherside'

It's the first look at the buzzed-about film produced by Olympic speedskater J. R. Celski.

By Laura Dannen March 4, 2013

Thanks to the rise of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Seattle hip-hop is getting a lot of international attention right now (and not all of it positive). So the timing couldn't be better to release the trailer for upcoming documentary The Otherside, a Kickstarter project about the equally DIY nature of our local rap scene, with appearances by...well, everyone: Mack and Lewis, Blue Scholars, Fresh Espresso, Massive Monkees, Mad Rad, RA Scion, Grynch, The Physics. The list goes on.

The documentary has an unlikely origin story that starts with Olympic speedskater J.R. Celski, who was drawn to Macklemore's addiction-recovery raps at a time when Celski was rebounding from a near-fatal accident during the Vancouver Olympic trials. His post-Olympic path led to film production: Under the brand M.A.D Northwest, Celski worked with Vinny Dom and filmmakers Dan Torok and Jeff Santos to bring Northwest hip-hop to the masses; after all, a lot of people still think of Seattle as "the city that brought you big butts and teen spirit," they say.

"Hip-hop has become the dominant genre in Seattle and the amount of talent that is present in the area right now is absolutely mind blowing," reads the Kickstarter page. "The problem is that for the most part, hip hop artists from Seattle have historically struggled to gain mass appeal. We've heard from locals that the excitement and overall vibe of the current music scene is reminiscent of the grunge movement in the 1990s. This could be the start of something big."

A release date has yet to be set for The Otherside. Read on at

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