Stomping Grounds: Seattle, WA by JFK of Grayskul

JFK of Grayskul

JFK is one half of the two-man show known as Grayskul. The duo moved to Seattle over a decade ago in pursuit of a hip-hop stardom and so far it seems to have panned out pretty nicely. On their latest release, Bloody Radio, the pair are joined by Aesop Rock, Atmosphere and Cage as well as other rainy coast reps, Sapient and Bean One. Here, we find out part of what drew JFK to Seattle for this Stomping Grounds exclusive.

What’s your town’s nickname?
Sea town

What’s your nickname for your town?

Why do you live there?
We both moved to Seattle in ’96 – Onry moved out here to pursue music and I moved here to get away from some trouble I got myself into.

What is your favorite local attraction (monument, park, etc)?
Under the space needle, EMP.

What is your favorite local event/festival?
The Bumpershoot. The biggest music festival that goes on in Seattle.

What is the best time of year to be there?
The summers the best time to visit Seattle cuz the weather during that time is the best.

Who is your favorite local celebrity/personality?
I would have to say the only real celebrity that’s from Seattle that has world wide notoriety is Sir Mix A Lot but a I’d have to say Barfly of Oldominion and the Saturday Knights is a born celebrity real funny dude all around – solid kat.

Where is the best place to drink and what’s their specialty or happy hour?
Capitol Hill is where most of our friends hang out a lot of shows are thrown out there. Free drinks are always the specialties.

Who has the best jukebox (and what’s in it)?
As for jukebox’s we have live DJ’s at all the spots usually.

What is your favorite place to see live music and what was your favorite show there?
The Show Box is the nicest venue to see shows and Busta Rhymes and Redman were the best shows I’ve seen there.

What is your favorite local band?
The Saturday Knights. Their signed to Light in the Attic out of Seattle.

What is your favorite diner or restaurant and what is their best dish?
The Five Point – their deep fried Mac n cheese is bomb and their chicken fried steak is off the hook. Nothing like diner food after a night of drinking.

What is your favorite record store and what was your best find there?
All record stores. Best find would be our first national release out on Rhymesayers with our LP Deadlivers. Pretty exciting.

What is your favorite local shop?
Goods Boutique. They show love with sponsorship. Awesome gear.

What is your favorite local publication (alternative weekly, zine, website or blog)?
The Stranger is a great supporter of the hip-hop community and KEXP 90.3 big supporter as well.