Huge news for local music: The Blue Scholars are releasing their highly anticpated new album "Bayani" June 12 under the Rawkus label. Rawkus is best known for putting out albums by Talib Kweli, Mos Def and the two rapper's duo effort as Blackstar.

Rawkus gave Blue Scholars mucho props in its press release:

Rawkus sees Seattle group Blue Scholars (MC Geologic and DJ/ Producer Sabzi) and their label MASSLINE being a huge part of this new movement. The momentum behind this group and the scene they come out of in Seattle is undeniable. Armed with a purpose beyond creating music for music's sake, Blue Scholars take the classic form of the emcee/DJ duo perfected by groups such as Gangstarr, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Eric B. & Rakim while carrying the essence of militant, yet personal struggle shown by hip-hop luminaries such as Public Enemy and KRS-One.

This "Bayani" album is going to put Seattle back on the hip hop map. Sergio and I got to preview the record and it is cooler than a polar bear's toenails.