seattleweeklySeattle Hip-Hop Legend Jonathan Moore, 47, Passes Away
Beyond his own artistry and mentorship, Moore was also one of the architects of the hip-hop scene we know today.
The local hip-hop community is in mourning today after news of Jonathan Moore’s passing, which spread throughout social media platforms last night. He was 47. While the details of Moore’s passing haven’t officially been announced, the news itself has been lighting up timelines of fans, musicians, and acquaintances of Moore.
It’s hard to find the proper category to describe Moore’s work, his reach in the city was far and wide. He was an artist, performing with the classic Seattle hip-hop group Source of Labor as MC Wordsayer, he was a manager (founder of the Jasiri Music Group), and he was the host of Sunday Night Sound Sessions on KUBE, where he kept the music of local artists in heavy rotation. He was instrumental in bringing hip-hop from the Central District to Seattle’s Downtown music scene, helping book crucial early breakthrough shows for local artists at the all-ages RKCNDY nightclub, which closed its doors in 1999. His list of credits and credentials go on and on. ****
Whether you had the opportunity to get to know Moore personally, or, like me, you remember staying up late on school nights to listen to Sunday Night Sound Sessions, take a minute today to reflect on and remember the legendary Jonathan Moore. He impacted many lives. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Moore and his family.
Read the full article by M. Anthony Davis & listen to selected tracks here: http://bit.ly/SWlegendjonathanmoore
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