Since then, the guys have been on a whirlwind rise to regional and national acclaim, releasing one LP and four EPs in the last five years. They opened for Kanye West at Bumbershoot in 2006, and performed at Sasquatch! Music Festival in 2005, 2006 and 2008. Blue Scholars has grown to such a success, they’ve been able to help launch MassLine Media, an independent record label shared with MC Gabriel Teodros and Common Market's RA Scion.
Unlike other college-aged musicians, Geo doesn’t just rap about smokin’ weed and gettin’ drunk all day; rather, he takes a stand on political and social issues such as Arizona’s controversial immigration bill (the funky, fiery track “Joe Arpaio” declares: “trust when I say no shows in Arizona / ‘til SB 1070 is a goner”) and life on gritty downtown streets (in “The Ave”, Geo is “distracted by the decadent madness of all the undergraduate addicts / club rats, heads, space cadets and pragmatists / one of the few places that they coexist on the planet”). “Back Home” brings a chillingly candid commentary on the Iraq war (“So the next time you see recruiters in your school or your crib / tell ‘em thank you for the offer, but you’d rather you live”) along with a fittingly somber beats that turn the chorus into a rallying chant for the masses.
Constantly mixing beats and writing lyrics, Blue Scholars is never short on new material. The guys share unreleased songs like any 21st-century artist does: through their many internet/social media outlets. Last Friday, Sabzi uploaded a blog post containing a fresh track - Big Bank Hank, a free download - and gave fans the opportunity to decide the accompanying t-shirt design, even creating the Twitter hashtag #BlueScholarsTshirt to fuel web dialogue. Sabzi says the shirts will be made available at the band’s Eugene shows tonight and tomorrow at the WOW Hall, as well as Portland’s Wonder Ballroom concert on Saturday. If you’re not in the Pacific Northwest this weekend, you can get your Blue Scholars fix on all the usual social-media suspects: MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo and YouTube.