Meet Dr. Goon, Portland's Representative at Damian Lillard's 4 Bar Friday Live Event in New Orleans

Blazers All-Star invites local MC to his All-Star Weekend rap battle.


The NBA calls it an All-Star "break," but Damian Lillard must not have received the memo. This weekend in New Orleans, the Blazers' reigning Rookie of the Year and Slam Magazine cover star is making history—and, most likely, a whole bunch of money for himself and his marketing team—by competing in five events, including both the All-Star and Rising Stars games, the dunk contest, the three-point ...   More
Thursday, February 13, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Live Review: Action Bronson at Roseland Theater, 2/3

Queens rapper puffed a joint onstage, fought security, and got the show shut down early.


Before last night’s Action Bronson show at the Roseland, I had never been to a concert in Portland that was shut down early. But on what started off as another sleepy Monday night, at a show that was moved up from Peter’s Room to the actual Roseland to accommodate a theater that was about half-full, all hell broke loose the second time the crowd serenaded Bronson—the chef-turned-rapper ...   More
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

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.


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 since the early 1990s, when hip-hop shows were essentially illegal downtown ...   More
Monday, September 30, 2013 REED JACKSON

Oregon Distiller Sued Over the Booze It Made For the Ying Yang Twins

Ying Yang Vodka

The Ying Yang Twins, fine purveyors of mindless club hop, just wanted a product they could call their own. Specialty salt shakers would have been easy and too predictable, so they decided to get into the booze business.  Side Pocket Distillery in Cottage Grove was paid almost $150,000 to produce a name-brand vodka for the Atlanta hip-hop duo. But the Ying Yang Twins' marketer claims the distillery ...   More
Monday, January 28, 2013 by Matt Kauffman

Cut of the Day: Serge Severe feat. Luck-One, "Know the Truth"

serge severe

Everybody knows the global economy is fucked right now. And anybody with common sense should be troubled by the great disparity between rich and poor in this country. I had a long conversation about this with a smart friend last night. We were sitting outside Valentine's and he summed it up real well: "I think shit is about to get really weird in this country," he said. "There are just too many ...   More
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Mack to the Future

Seattle's Macklemore is sincere, independent and huge. Is this the new face of hip-hop?

Cover Story
“See everybody’s striving for that same shit/ To get paid and make it/ And I’ll be honest, I’m trying to become famous” —“Ego” (2005) Ben Haggerty has lost his train of thought. Mom   More
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Braille: Friday, Aug. 26

Portland's Braille is a hip-hop lifer.

Music Stories
[HIP-HOP] When Portland’s Bryan “Braille” Winchester was 17, hip-hop seemed like a practical career path. With adult responsibilities on the way and no high-school diploma, Winchester’s bes   More
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 REED JACKSON

Cut of the Day: Luck-One, "Can't Get Over You," King of the Northwest Mixtape (Out Aug. 30)


I know, I know, it seems like half of what this blog posts is either or directly or tangentially related to Luck-One. But when you're hot, you're hot, and the MC—who recently re-relocated to Portland after a stint in Seattle—is definitely on fire. Rapping over a supersmooth Maze/Frankie Beverly sample, Luck drops an African proverb before moving on to string bar after devastating, perfectly ...   More
Monday, August 1, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Last Gasps from SXSW: Animal Farm's SXSW Tour Diary

Erik Abel of Animal Farm and Focused Noise kept notes on his journey to SXSW last week. It's a bit of a bumpy ride... Wednesday, March 17th After a sleepless night, we boarded a 6:15 am plane to Austin, overflowing with members of Portland's Hip-Hop community, including Serge Severe, Mic Crenshaw, Cool Nutz, Fury from Animal Farm, DJ Fatboy, Double 00, and myself. We stopped at our hotel and redecorated ...   More
Thursday, March 25, 2010


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