HipHopDX Premiere: Seattle MC and vocalist Xperience, also known as XP, is back with a new single, “Any of Us.” Produced by Theory Hazit, the track begins with an onslaught of majestic horns and finds XP diving into the choppy waters of socio-political issues.
“I’m talking to the people, speaking on every day situations that take place in every hood, every city,” XP tells HipHopDX. “If it’s not by the hand of police, it’s by our own.”
In 2001 XP moved back to Olympia to live with his estranged father. It was there he started to put rhymes to beats and consider rapping as a career. In 2004, he performed alongside a then-unknown Macklemore and the rest is history.
“I was blown away when I saw him do ‘White Privilege,’” XP says. “After the show we hung out and just clicked.”
When Macklemore invited XP to collaborate on music, it was the beginning of what would become a close friendship. XP was featured on “Hold Your Head Up,” “As Soon As I Wake Up,” and “Good For You” on Macklemore’s 2005 The Language of My World and was promptly enlisted to join Macklemore’s first worldwide tour.
Here I am, standing in between two of the greatest independent artists in history. The legend @therealtechn9ne and @macklemore. Getting to see the Strange compound was more than motivational. It was all out awe inspiring. If I can do a fraction of the work these people do, I'm good. Hard work pays off. Sitting on your ass doesn't!!
Meanwhile, XP also met other notable Seattle Hip Hop artists like Sleep, Onry Ozzborn, JFK, Smoke, and Candidt. By 2006, he was the last member to be inducted into the famed Northwest collective, Oldominion— and became firmly planted in the Seattle Hip Hop landscape. He has released numerous projects of his own, including the 2012’s The Mixtape and 2016’s Chasing Grace.