Speaking of that clean, upbeat Seattle sound, Tyler Dopps has been at work. The masterful producer behind rising Seattle star Shelton Harris, Tyler is a force to be reckoned with. That’s not to take anything away from the emcee though.

Shelton Harris’ name has been in my ear for years but he honestly just caught my attention in a major way with his new EP, Awake (which I peeped on fellow NW blog Respect My Region). Easy to play through and lightly sweetened with soulful hooks, the EP provides the dynamic rapper an excellent canvas to create on, and he wastes no breaths. I threw in the video from the lead single, Strangers, as well because sometimes a visual helps. Good stuff.