It's been a busy month for local hip-hop, both in the studio and on the screen. Here's how some emcees have spent the Portland autumn.
Illmaculate, "Walk on Water (Fear of God)"
Two years ago, Sandpeople emcee OnlyOne and producer Lawz Spoken dropped their "'80s drug drama/computer sci-fi" concept album CHRON. On Dec. 17, the sequel, CHRON: Legacy ('notch) hits as a free download, but with Portland battle rap icon Illmaculate stepping up to the mic. In this video, Illmac reps St. Johns over sepia-toned religious imagery, while Lawz's synthesized, Jan Hammerish beat underscores his deft rhymes with cinematic heft.
Al-One featuring Chase Moore, J Leake, "Spliffs & Vodka"
Any guesses about what's depicted in this video? Hint: It's in the title. Hippie Sabotage's airy head-nod production soundtracks four minutes of joint-puffing, bottle-swigging and, oddly, Scrabble-playing, from Sandpeople member Al-One and friends. Admittedly, it looks like a hell of a party.