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DJ Wicked & Crooked I, "Jackin' For Beats," Jackin' For Beats 2009




Jackin' for Beats 2009, the newest mixtape snippet from DJ Wicked and Crooked I, contains over four minutes of pure 12-inch wax mastery. Wicked, a vinyl-only DJ who has been honing his skills for longer than some of us have been listening to records, is one of Portlan...   More
 
Monday, June 1, 2009 by Sara Moskovitz

Illaj, "Use Your Heart," What Would Picasso Do? (Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes)


Local MC Illaj (Adam Lewis) and DJ Automaton (Vera Domini, formerly of Portland dance-metal outfit Swan Island) have each had their own romantic hip-hop histories with the city of roses. The two met as teenagers while attending The North West Academy of the Arts, Portland's prestigious performing a...   More
 
Thursday, April 23, 2009 by Sara Moskovitz

LEAK: Soul P., "Money Money Money," (Unreleased)




Six years ago, when he was still Soul Plasma, Soul P. (Easy McCoy on the secondary stage alias tip) knocked the Northwest hip-hop scene on its ass with the release of his freshman LP, Simply Soul, an album filled with Godly references, thickly cut beats with heart and lyrics that ...   More
 
Friday, April 17, 2009 by Sara Moskovitz

Q&A: Questlove of the Roots Talks Public Enemy, Vitamin Water




[Hip-Hop] Band leader, drummer and vocal front man for The Roots, one of hip-hop's most respected national treasures, Ahmir “Questlove” (or, sometimes, ?uestlove) Thompson has long been enamored by a wide spectrum of music fans for his untamed afro, playful personali...   More
 
Wednesday, April 8, 2009 by Sara Moskovitz

Get Right! Tonight with Tony Ozier and More PDX Soul


Bartender and shot-caller Aaron Hall is spinning this evening at one of his nighttime homes, the Someday Lounge. Along with a veritable poupou platter of local gents, Hall plans on packing the dance floor with soul and sweat. He makes a pretty good case for Stumptown's need for soul, and becaus...   More
 
Friday, April 3, 2009 by Sara Moskovitz

Passing Through: An Interview With K'Naan


A native from one of the globe's most atrociously violent cities, Mogadishu, Somalia (nicknamed, "The Lake of Blood"), MC K'Naan has his own definition of struggle, one quite different than that of the average American rapper.

In 1991, amidst Somalia's civil war, K'Naan and his moth...   More
 
Friday, March 6, 2009 by Sara Moskovitz

Fresh Start


Luck-One Conscious takes a rap and keeps on rapping.
One week after his release from the Oregon State Correctional Institution last summer, Hanif Collins tiptoed into a late-night rap cipher on the sidewalk outside of Pi-Rem and verbally decapitated a handful of Portland's most seasoned MCs. Packing an impossible number of syllables into each verse of his calculated, fiercely lyrical delive...   More
 
Wednesday, March 4, 2009 by Sara Moskovitz

Fresh Start

Luck-One Conscious takes a rap and keeps on rapping.


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One week after his release from the Oregon State Correctional Institution last summer, Hanif Collins tiptoed into a late-night rap cipher on the sidewalk outside of Pi-Rem and verbally decapitated a h ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 4, 2009 Sara Moskovitz

Local Producer Wins 2dopeboyz Remix Contest


On January 19th, 2dopeboyz—one of the country's most highly respected and most trafficked hip-hop blog sites—announced a remix contest in conjunction with DJ K.O., who drummed up the thing to try and find sparkling new producer talent to be...   More
 
Monday, February 9, 2009 by Sara Moskovitz

Ben Darwish Forms New Funk/Afro-Beat Group




Ben Darwish is one busy dude. In between hitting the black and whites on his keyboard and composing original music, he organizes nifty events around town. This week, he's put together a bill of jolly green hip-hop, funk and afro-beat giants to jam at Holoce...   More
 
Wednesday, January 7, 2009 by Sara Moskovitz
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