2 Chainz the crowd favorite at Summer Jam, Macklemore makes ‘white people’ jokes

2 Chainz at Summer Jam 2013

2 Chainz at Summer Jam 2013 by Dave Conger

It was a gorgeous but windy 88 degrees in George, WA for KUBE 93’s annual Summer Jam, which made it’s second consecutive return trip to the Columbia River Gorge, after a nine-year stint at Auburn’s White River Amphitheatre this Saturday. By mid-afternoon, the grounds were thronged with the gathering mass of bikini top/booty shorts-clad females and tank-topped/tattooed males, who ambled past the abundant on-premises “streetwear” vendors and “entertainment company” CD hustlers to the main stage.

Though his set started just after 6pm and was finished well before sundown, 2 Chainz was the overwhelming people’s choice, getting nearly the entire hillside to “turn up” to his catalog of hits (or at least ones he’s featured on) about, well, “turning up.” He rolled out a set list consisting of Kanye West’s “Mercy,” Nicki Minaj’s “Beez In the Trap,” and Juicy J’s “Bandz A Make Her Dance,” in addition to solo crowd favorites like “Birthday Song,” “No Lie” and “I’m Different” (there was a measure of irony in seeing thousands of radio listeners singing along to this ).

The ever-prevalent, 808s/hi-hat-laden “trap” beats from premier producers like Mike Will, Drumma Boy and Sonny Digital got nearly the entire hillside to do that dance – arms bent, fist balled skyward, pumping up and down to the beat – going ham in broad daylight. “Can I get a ‘rest in peace?’..” 2 Chainz bellowed. “To this stage! ‘Cuz I’m killing this!

Between sets, KUBE DJs worked the crowd, highlights of past Summer Jam performances flashed on the big screen, crowd members flashed the DJs, a brief twerking contest occurred, members of the Seahawks made an appearance, and hometown hero Macklemore (who’s hosting duties were mostly limited to introducing the next act) joked with the crowd.

“I hope all the white people have sunscreen on,” the white rapper said. “I see some of y’all looking like salmon out there.”

While Trey Songz’ set of sexed-up, “for the ladies” R&B crooning literally got them screaming, the amphitheater started emptying out gradually from there. Going back to the undoubtedly raucous campground seemed to be a better option to most than sticking around for Southern rap vet T.I.’s set of old-album classics (“Rubberband Man,” “24s,” “You Don’t Know Me”) and new-song-remix features (Kanye West and Jay-Z’s “N****s In Paris,” the aforementioned “Bugatti”/“All Gold Everything,” Rihanna’s “Pour It Up,”) at that point, and they were probably right.

As was made apparent throughout the day, for most attendees, Summer Jam is all about the “turn up,” the music is just an added bonus.


Glen Boyd, West Seattle Music Scribe

If Seattle is known for one thing it’s music; Quincy, Jimi, Kurt, and so on – You know the list.  And as recent as 10 years ago the music industry was a completely different animal than we see today.  Last decades musician’s had to fight, grind, and struggle to make it.  No internet, no YouTube to get your name to the masses.

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Glen and Nasty Nes 1990

Often it wasn’t a matter of talent, or even hard work that made the difference, but knowing the right people behind the scenes – Seattle’s very own star-makers.These people were, once upon a time; record store owners that stocked and sold the product, radio Dj’s that drove the sales, and fanzine & newsprint journalist’s that wrote reviews and gave fans a behind the scenes look at their favorite artists.  The “machine” was especially alive and well in Seattle in the 1980’s and 90’s, one of its key movers and shakers was Shockmaster Glen Boyd.

Glen Boyd had his hands in every aspect of artist promotion.  His record and tape store “Music Menu” was Seattle’s hot-spot for new music.  Located just blocks from Franklin High School in Seattle, kids would travel from as far as Tacoma or Everett just to pick up new stock.

Operating one of Seattle’s most successful record stores may have been enough for some, but that was just the day job; as Glen moonlighted as the pioneer of FM Rap radio with his show “Shock Frequency.”  Radio was obviously in his blood, as Glen went on to partner with Seattle’s “Godfather” of Rap Radio Nasty Nes Rodriguez as co-host of KCMU’s highly rated “Rap Attack,” (a partnership which they would also share as co-host’s of Seattle’s “Bomb Shelter Videos”).

I guess Glen didn’t need sleep, because he still found time to write reviews and news for a number of both local and national newspapers and magazines; such as The Rocket, The Source, Tower Records Pulse, and Spin.  As we said before, Shockmaster Glen Boyd had all aspects of the star-making machine running on full throttle.

His proudest achievement?  Being instrumental in the early career of award-winning artist Sir Mixalot.  It was a young and hungry Sir Mixalot that made regular trips to Glen’s record store to ask Glen to critique his newest demo-tapes.  Although sometimes drowning in product from local artist’s fighting for Glen’s approval, Mixalot’s music stood out as something special.  So much in fact that Glen began writing about the hot new artist in some of the Newspapers and Magazines, giving Mixalot the attention necessary to get the breaks he needed.

Glen continued working with Sir Mixalot and close friend and business partner Nasty Nes, and was a major player in the forming of Seattle’s first hip hop record label, “Nasty Mix”.  Mixalot provided the talent, Nes made sure the records were getting national airplay, and Glen was sure that the albums were available nationwide.  Glen’s reputation as a major player in the entertainment game was so stellar that it eventually caught the eye of (American Records) President and Founder Rick Rubin.  Before long Glen was making major calls as part of Rick Ruben’s inner circle.

Fast forward to 2011: It’s been years since Glen closed down the old record store, said “no thanks” to the late night radio shows, and left Rick Ruben’s empire to survive on its own.  Yes, Glen has returned to his roots in West Seattle for a more quite life.

But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t still fire burning in the Shockmaster.  Glen is still putting in long hours with his longtime mistress; music.  Although this time, it’s a slightly different arena.

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Shockmaster 2011

Glen has (for the most part) given up rocking the airwaves, although you will still catch him from time to time doing a guest spot with (KUBE 93) Dj B-Mello, or his longtime friend Nasty Nes Rodriguez.  Instead Glen spends the majority of his time focusing on his writing.


You can find Glen’s still thought provoking articles on several internet blogs, his critiques of newly released albums as well as old favorites are available at, as well as, and   But what most Glen Boyd fans are most anxious about is the Unauthorized Neil Young Biography (Neil Young FAQ: Everything Left to Know About the Iconic and Mercurial Rocker) that Glen has just completed and is available at Amazon.Com and a number of other outlets.

So the next time you’re visiting the West Seattle Junction, take a minute to appreciate that you may be walking the same stones as the Shockmaster himself.  Appreciate that any restaurant or coffee shop on the strip could have been the place Glen sat while making (or breaking) your favorite musician’s career.

And if you happen to bump into Seattle’s favorite (music) scribe, understand that you have just touched greatness.

-JP Scratches