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Album Review: Sleep

Oregon Failure (Oldominion)


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[PO-HOP] On the first verse of “Rap Rehab,” a playfully introspective track on Oregon Failure, the newest album from Portland MC Sleep, the 37-year-old poses a question that most rappers undou   More
 
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 REED JACKSON

Introducing…: The Resistance


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Who: Rappers Mic Capes, Glenn Waco and Rasheed Jamal. Sounds like: Lupe Fiasco if he was a little more street; Kurupt if he was a little more conscious. For fans of: Kendrick Lamar, Common, Earl Swe   More
 
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 REED JACKSON

Cut of the Day: "Do Not Disturb," Illmaculate

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Let’s state the obvious: local rapper Illmaculate is very good at battle rapping. The bite-sized MC has won two World Rap Championships and been involved with some of the greatest battles and devastating punchlines ever caught on tape. My personal favorite remains when, in a 2007 battle, he said to an overweight opponent, “It�...   More
 
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 by REED JACKSON

Celebrate J Dilla's Birthday Tonight at Belmont Bodega

The late hip-hop producer would've been 40 today.

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Snow days are special in Portland. They make everything look so whimsical and pretty. They also shut shit down, so we don't have to go to work or take care of any responsibilities and can instead, like, drink whiskey and tie a sled to the back of a friend's van (not recommended). One idea for today specifically is to visit the Belmon...   More
 
Friday, February 7, 2014 by REED JACKSON

Scene Report: Hip-Hop

The Portland MCs melting mics in 2014.


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Portland and its hip-hop scene have not always gotten along. Over the years, local rappers have faced scrutiny from a number of sources, who aren’t always eager to support music that paints thei   More
 
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 REED JACKSON

Video: "Let's Get Wealthy," Cassow

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Portland rapper Cassow has a good eye. You can tell by the lens-flared, candy-painted album cover he chose for 2012's Future Classic. You can also tell by the quality of his videos, which usually try to infuse some color in our ...   More
 
Monday, January 6, 2014 by REED JACKSON

Album Review: TxE, TxE VS PRTLND (Self-Released)

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[PO-HOP] Local hip-hop trio TxE knows how things work around here. The group, made up of members Tope, Epp and producer Calvin Valentine, realize they’re living in a city where indie rock is king and rap is often viewed as something that only comes from somewhere else. So they’ve decided to do something that surprisingly hasn’t been done ...   More
 
Friday, December 27, 2013 by REED JACKSON

The Best Thing I Heard This Year: Portland Edition

WW’s music staff picks its favorite local albums of 2013.


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Blitzen Trapper, VII A consistently suggestive blend of robust alt-country and catchy guitar-picking from Portland’s resident kings of genre-roving Americana. (GS) Epp, Chrome Plated Chronicle   More
 
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 NATHAN CARSON, PETE COTTELL, JAY HORTON, REED JACKSON, CAT JONES, MITCH LILLIE, GEOFF NUDELMAN, MATTHEW SINGER, GRACE STAINBACK, MARK STOCK, KAITIE TODD, BRANDON WIDDER

Album Review: Epp

Chrome Plated Chronicles (1210 Music)


Album Reviews
[HIP-HOP] On “Heart of Gold,” the airy opener to Epp’s proper solo debut, Chrome Plated Chronicles, the Portland MC matter-of-factly proclaims, “You can’t tell us that we ain’t working   More
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 REED JACKSON

A Response To Portland's "Hip-Hop Problem"

Local rap aficionados react after Vice airs out the city's "dirty laundry." UPDATE: Author Thor Benson responds to the response.

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Vice Magazine caused quite a stir last week by publishing an article on the Portland hip-hop scene and its struggle with racism, the Portland Police Department and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. The article opened a number of eyes—it was shared close to 300 times on Facebook—to what local rappers have been enduring...   More
 
Monday, September 30, 2013 by REED JACKSON
 

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