How to blog Portland hip-hop and occasionally alienate people.
A lot of people have heard of 25-year-old Portlander Kenny Fresh. Most don’t know why.
The New Jersey
transplant, creator of music blog FRSH SLCTS, has become a significant
fixture in the Nort
Born: In Vallejo, Calif., in 1967.
Sounds like: A sugar-tongued gangster with a flair for the dramatic.
For fans of: Too Short, Rappin’ 4-Tay, Spice 1, 3x Krazy.
Latest release: History: Function
Born: In 1976 in Eugene.
Sounds like: An extremely gifted beatmaker who has a love/hate relationship with his drum machine.
For fans of: Cut Chemist, DJ Shadow, Elliott Smith.
Like most of Myke Bogan’s music, “Get Lifted,” off his debut mixtape, So Long South Dakota, seems relatively innocent at first listen. Its laid-back guitar strums and references to Mary Jane give it the sound of a well-made weed anthem. And it is—sort of. But beneath the intoxication talk is a heavy tone of loneliness...
How a cerebral Canadian MC evolved from an introverted philosopher into “a traveling fun machine.”
[ECLECTIC HIP-HOP] Expectations are high
for 26-year-old Canadian rapper Rollie Pemberton, also known as Cadence
Weapon. He was a poet laureate for his hometown of Edmonton, Alberta, so
One my first memories of Soopah Eype was at a house party show in Eugene a few years ago. He was performing in front of a dark living room full of tipsy college kids (not including myself, of course) and rapping out of a couple banged up, woodgrain speakers. From my understanding, it was one of his first shows. After only a few ...
[PO-HOP] Portland rapper Cassow (pronounced KAH-so, as in
Picasso) has fast become known for his ability to rap thought-provoking
lyrics, but it was one of his recent tweets that had a big effect
Portland hip-hop has always been heavily influenced by California gangster rap. In the 1990s, Jus Family (Cool Nutz, Bosko, etc.) was Portland’s Death Row Records, cranking out countless g-funk street anthems full of the same type of stuff Cube and Snoop were talking about, but with a more localized flavor (doug-firs over palm trees all day).On Al-One’s newest cut, “Welcome to my City”—t...