The Uptown Interview: Nate Gski

‘The Uptown Interview’ is a series of candid conversations with some of D.C.’s cultural influencers in an attempt to interpret and preserve the artistic heritage of the city. Nate Gski is a native Washingtonian from Takoma Park, to be exact.  A stint in North Carolina following high school at Duke Ellington School of the Arts led to a working relationship with record executive/producer 9th Wonder.  Returning to the District in 2010, his Gness has been a constant figure amidst an evolving cultural scene.  In a recent conversation, he touched on his partnership with Afro Velvet, hip-hop today vs. hip-hop of …

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“Matte Yellow Jeep”- Nate G

“Matte Yellow Jeep” is a slow banger of a track off of Nate Gski’s April album Uptown Story.  Sparse drum hits and a repetitive melody produced by Vaughn El frame the conscious rapper’s compact bars. “Yell ‘Uptown’ in the Coliseum/ Spray tag names in the Newseum,” raps Gski in a canary yellow trench coat.  The visuals are directed by VacantImagination.  The song’s lyrics allude to a history of D.C. that is proud and esoteric.  “This is an Uptown Story,” being sure to distinguish himself from other cats “over the water” in Southeast or elsewhere in the DMV honing their musical …

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