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Furious Four: Portland MCs to Watch This Summer

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Summer 2012 is shaping up to be a big season for Stumptown's hip-hop scene, and most of that momentum can be attributed to a group of young, up-and-coming MCs that are bringing some new and refreshing tricks to the local trade. Here are four of those MCs we're especially excited about.

Vinnie Dewayne
My editor loved “Can’t Lie,” a track off St. Johns rapper Vinnie Dewayne...   More
 
Tuesday, July 3, 2012 by REED JACKSON

Album Review: Tope

Until the Next Time We Meet (Amigo/Amiga)


Album Reviews
[PO-HOP] When I first heard Portland rapper Tope five years ago as a member of Living Proof, I immediately fell in love with, above all else, how fun the music sounded. In an era when many Portl   More
 
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 REED JACKSON

Youth Lagoon: Saturday, Jan. 21

There’s a whole lot to love behind Youth Lagoon’s wall of sound.


Music Stories
[BOISE BEDROOM POP] Boise native Trevor Powers is not scared of blending in with the crowd. At first listen, his debut album as Youth Lagoon, drenched in damping effect and reverb, sounds like a   More
 
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 REED JACKSON

VIDEO: PDX Pass the Mic (with Serge Severe, Luck-One, Braille and More)

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Yesterday, V1Creative, a local media agency group, released a video featuring some of the members of today’s hip-hop scene in Portland. Eight different MCs are showcased, ranging from the well established (Luck-One, Servge Severe, Braille) to the relatively new (Th3ory Hazit, Jon Belz), and they each pick a spot around town—Cassow’s choice to rap in front of a Tom Cramer mural is my personal...   More
 
Friday, January 13, 2012 by REED JACKSON

Primer: The Blind Boys of Alabama


Music Stories
Formed: In 1939 in Talladega, Ala. Sounds like: The wind on a warm summer’s night in the rural deep South, circa 1940-something. For fans of: Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, Blind Willie Johnson, Mahalia    More
 
Wednesday, December 21, 2011 REED JACKSON

Primer: Immortal Technique


Music Stories
Born: Feb. 19, 1978, in Lima, Peru. His family moved to Harlem two years later to escape Peru’s internal conflict.  Sounds like: A political watchdog with a microphone. For fans of: Public En   More
 
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 REED JACKSON

Cut of the Day: The Caps, "We Really Need to Get Away"

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Listening to Portland-based rock band the Caps, I can’t help but get nostalgic. Their catchy guitar melodies and stripped-down instrumentation reminds me of mid-’60s surf pop rock—a genre my uncle would always play on his old, dust-covered turntable during family gatherings. I automatically think of grainy camera footage of my mom and dad waving next to a barbecue, smiling and enjoying the s...   More
 
Thursday, September 15, 2011 by REED JACKSON

Primer: Andre Nickatina


Music Stories
Born: March 11,  1970, in San Francisco. Sounds like: A nerve-racking conversation with a sketchy, well-dressed character in a dark strip club.  For fans of: Mac Dre, Rappin 4-Tay, Spice 1,    More
 
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 REED JACKSON

Video: New TxE Disc Coming Soon

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Portland-based hip-hop group TxE (pronounced “T and E”)—a trio made up of Living Proof MC Tope, Epp and up-and-coming producer G_Force (also known as Calvin Valentine)—is about to release its official debut album, We Get It In True. Today, FRSH SLCTS released a “day in the life of” video to promote it. In the 6-minu...   More
 
Thursday, September 8, 2011 by REED JACKSON

Primer: Jean Grae


Music Stories
Born: In 1976 in Cape Town, South Africa (before relocating to New York as a child) Sounds like: A female version of Talib Kweli or Masta Ace—but funnier than either of them.  For fans of: Litt   More
 
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 REED JACKSON
 

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