Blue Scholars: Performing at Sonics rally

Big Smooth hits eight consecutive three-pointers against the Raptors. Mr. Sonic dishes out twenty-five assists in a single game, tying an NBA rookie record. The Glove floats alley after oop to the Reign Man, who flushes each one down with a thunderous boom. Detlef Schrempf, for Zeus’ sake. Even if these names are lost on you, there is a mystical force that resides in the collective memory of all pacific northwesters, a powerful tingling sensation ready to surge forth and overflow into a fantastic display of what can only be called…pride. It rests in the soul of every man, woman and child, waiting never-less-patiently to be released in orgiastic frenzy the moment those magic words echo through the PA system: “Ladies and gentlemen, YOUR Seattle Supersonics.”


The people have waited long enough. The folks up at WWU’s Associated Students Productions department are getting in on the action to “Save Our Sonics” with their #SonicsAllDay rally on Saturday April 27th in Carver Gymnasium. The event will feature keynote speeches by supersonic legend Shawn Kemp and Save Our Sonics founder Steve Pyeatt in their attempts to bring the NBA home to Seattle.


This year’s public rallies in Seattle have yielded musical performances by green and gold fans like Sir Mix-A-Lot, Common Market, the Presidents of the United States of America, and of course, the Blue Scholars who will be performing at WWU’s Sonics rally. Blue Scholars have made a name for themselves on northwest pride, especially with their video and track, “Slick Watts” off their last full-length release, Cinemetropolis. To get an idea of what keeps the Blue Scholars fighting for the Sonics, What’s Up asked MC Geologic a few questions.


WU: The Blue Scholars have made a point of showing their love for the Sonics and their potential return. What is it about the green and gold that is such a draw for you?


G:My family moved to Washington in 1990 from Hawaii, but my parents told me we’d be moving here a few years earlier so I started rooting for the Sonics like in 88. Then when we moved here it was something I had in common with folks here whom I haven’t even met, which helped ease in a kid like me around these parts. Now that I’m older I look back and see how things like sports provide a way for people who are normally disconnected to relate to one another.


WU: For a city like Seattle, what would it mean to have the Sonics back in the fold?  


G: It’ll be as lively as it was before–but many times more now that we know what it’s like to not have them (and to see them eventually succeed elsewhere). It would also mean we have something to distract us from mourning the Seahawks season ending and dread the mariners season beginning every winter.



WU: Can you each tell us about your first Sonic experience? Were you hooked right from the start?

: My first Sonic experiences, like many 80s kids, was from TV. I didn’t get to go to a game until ’96, after their Finals run and I was in high school. But I’d watch games w/ my pops or w/ friends or at family parties with hella food.


WU: Who is your favorite Sonic of all time? Also, can you talk about your favorite Sonic moment?


G:I love Shawn and GP but the coolest Sonic of all time is Slick Watts. My favorite moment was shooting the “Slick Watts” short film directed by Sonicsgate with him starring.


WU: What are your thoughts on the current Kings roster? Do you catch any of their games knowing they could be up here?


G: I don’t pay attention to the Kings, since the deal and the move isn’t official. Actually, that’s a lie. I’ve watched a few games. As in, every game since the All-star break. And they look young and talented. Great to see Isaiah Thomas pick up where he left off at UW. I really hope Seasonal Affective Disorder doesn’t affect DeMarcus up here, though.


WU: While the Sonics have been gone, have your rooted for any other teams?


G:I lent temporary support to the Nate McMillan/Brandon Roy -led Trailblazers for their very brief playoff run a few years ago. And of course, any team vs. OKC (yes, even the Lakers), especially during the playoffs.


WU: What do you think fans can do to help make the Sonics a reality?


G:Right now, it’s a waiting game so the best thing to do is show some visible support–whether it’s rocking that Sonics gear, or signing up for the ticket wait list, or just talking about it with others to generate a momentum of conversations leading to the moment of truth when the NBA Board of Governors decides our collective fate.



WU: How confident are you in the return of the Sonics?
G:Anything can happen, but I would say that I’m about 84 percent confident in the Sonics returning next season.


WU: Why do you think there’s a connection between hip-hop and basketball?


G:The most obvious answer to that question is that hip-hop is Black culture, and the majority of professional basketball players, more than in any other sport, are Black. Then along came kids like me who grew up listening to hip-hop and playing and watching basketball who consumed both at the same time, and, finally, the corporations that recognized this and marketed them together to make money off it.



WU: What can fans expect from Blue Scholars in the future?


G:For the rest of 2013, I’m going back to UW to finish my degree and Saba’s in LA. We’re both currently working on non-Blue Scholars music projects right now but also sitting on some unreleased material and passing each other ideas and beats/vocal references for future songs. The embryo of a new album. In the near future, we’ll be dropping individual songs and videos.



Tickets are on sale now at the PAC Box office on campus or online at The real kicker is the price point at $3 for students and $5 for public for an afternoon with Shawn Kemp, Steve Pyeatt, the Blue Scholars, and most likely a ton of free swag. The event starts at 4pm on April 27th, with a tailgate outside of Carver Gymnasium at 3pm.