We’ve come to familiarize ourselves with distinct New York, LA, Chicago and Atlanta sounds each major American city has developed since hip-hop emerged in the South Bronx in the ’70s. And what about others? A new short film called “907’s Own: The Untold Story of the Alaskan Hip-Hop Scene” directed by Vinny Verma brings the spotlight to Alaskan hip-hop culture for the first time. Anchorage rappers and producers Alkota, Josh Boots, Alaska Redd and Keezy explain how growing up in Alaska has influenced their rapping styles, and each share the same ”we’re more than igloos and moose” sentiment that echoes the pre-Drake days of Canadian music. “You’re gonna catch stigmatism from being from Alaska; there’s no way around that ’cause there’s no Alaskan rapper out there that’s made it, so that’s gonna be a big thing when one does” says producer Rawbeatzz. Get a taste of Alaskan sound by watching ”907’s Own” above.
- Vinny Verma