What began as a thought-experiment (and a clever way to avoid the intricacies of copyright law) grew into The Bite, a HipHop album that samples performances by Seattle's top Jazz, Blues, Folk and Indie-Rock artists, combining their unique voices with original production and lyrics by Spekulation. The result is a cohesive head-nodding HipHop record that exposes the listener to a sound normally hidden deep within the nightclubs and coffee shops that form the foundation of Seattle's local music scene. As a lyricist, Spekulation borrows techniques from many popular contemporary emcees, both commercial and underground. But his sound is also influenced by his time spent performing Spoken Word and his near-unhealthy obsession with Bob Dylan. These tools allow him to work within genres not normally associated with the art of emceeing, all the while crafting a sound that is distinctly HipHop. Spekulation's work as a producer perhaps best illustrates his attachment to the roots of HipHop, digging through recordings of artists in search of the right break, horn blast or snare drum to complete the experience. And while the spirit and techniques remain, the samples found on this project are taken from performances by local Seattle artists, giving The Bite a distinct sound that represents a natural step forward for the Seattle HipHop movement.