Travis Thompson is one of several Seattle artists — alongside Mary Lambert, Ray Dalton and Wanz — who can thank Macklemore for giving them an international platform. Through the Residency, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ program that provides guidance to low-income kids who are also budding hip-hop artists, Thompson developed a style and confidence that obviously caught the attention of the “Downtown” hitmaker. Thompson gained notoriety after appearing on “Corner Store” from Macklemore’s solo album Gemini, and he performed it alongside his mentor on The Tonight Show last year. Now the 22-year-old is on tour with his own LP, titled YouGood?, putting his laidback flow front and center. It’s also one of those visual albums, meaning it’s complemented by a 40-minute short film that’s available on YouTube and lets you burrow further into the young artist’s head.
— Nathan Weinbender