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The Physics

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If Grayskul epitomizes Seattle’s predilection toward dark skies & never-ending rain and Blue Scholars the city’s earnest preoccupation with political activism & elitism, then The Physics, comprised of South End natives Thig Natural, Just “Justo” D’Amato, and Monk Wordsmith (née Gathigi Gishuru, Justin Hare, and Njuguna Gishuru, respectively) personifies the 206 as it is on a clear summer day: laid back, refreshing, and most importantly, at its best.

Created while attending O’Dea High School in the mid-90’s, the group immersed itself in hip hop, finding inspiration in everything from A Tribe Called Quest, Slum Village, and The Roots to Nas, Jay-Z, and Tupac Shakur. Locally, however, it was the Do the Math compilation that became an overarching influence. Says Thig, “ inspiring too because it was cats from the Central and South End who were making dope music. And that was the first time we got introduced to Vitamin D’s music. He is a huge influence on us too.”

In 1998, Thig & Justo left Seattle to attend college at Central Washington University while Monk remained in the city, attending Seattle Central Community College at a time when the hallways & classrooms boasted ciphers & battles featuring lauded local emcees such as Yirim Seck, Gabriel Teodros, and Khingz. Despite the distance The Physics continued to hone their craft, with Thig & Monk sharing emcee duties and Justo focusing on his role as deejay and producer.

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