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Cut of the Day: "Everything's OK," Jay Child feat. Kimberly Monique (with video!)

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This summer has been a good one for the Portland hip-hop scene. It saw a new generation of talented local MCs put out a number of quality projects, like Cassow’s well-rounded    More
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by REED JACKSON

Album Review: Cassow

Future Classic (Frsh Slcts)

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[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    More
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 REED JACKSON

Cut of the Day: Al-One, "Welcome to My City (featuring Kokane)"


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...   More
Thursday, July 26, 2012 by REED JACKSON

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)

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[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.

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[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)


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

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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

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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"


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
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