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[SOUTH IN YOUR MOUTH] When first listening to a record by Louisiana rapper Kevin Gates, it’s pretty easy to pinpoint what makes him one of the most exciting young talents in hip-hop: the voice.    More
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 REED JACKSON

Album Review: Sapient

Eaters Volume Two: Light Tiger (Self-Released)

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[BRUTAL BEATS] For a good visual representation of what local rapper-beatmaker Sapient’s music sounds like, look no further than the cover of his latest album, Eaters Volume Two: Light Tiger.    More
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 REED JACKSON

Album Review: Tope, Chicken Wings & Ice Cream Cones (Self Released)


[PO-HOP] Certain things begin to flourish as June rolls around in Portland: the roses; the bars with outside seating; the traffic on the bridge to Sauvie Island; and the music of local rapper Tope, who specializes in breezy tunes that taste sweeter in the warm months. With his new quick-strike EP, Chicken Wings and Ice Cream Cones—a place...   More
Friday, June 20, 2014 by REED JACKSON

Album Review: Sleep

Oregon Failure (Oldominion)

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[PO-HOP] On the first verse of “Rap Rehab,” a playfully introspective track on Oregon Failure, the newest album from Portland MC Sleep, the 37-year-old poses a question that most rappers undou   More
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 REED JACKSON

Introducing…: The Resistance

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Who: Rappers Mic Capes, Glenn Waco and Rasheed Jamal. Sounds like: Lupe Fiasco if he was a little more street; Kurupt if he was a little more conscious. For fans of: Kendrick Lamar, Common, Earl Swe   More
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 REED JACKSON

Cut of the Day: "Do Not Disturb," Illmaculate


Let’s state the obvious: local rapper Illmaculate is very good at battle rapping. The bite-sized MC has won two World Rap Championships and been involved with some of the greatest battles and devastating punchlines ever caught on tape. My personal favorite remains when, in a 2007 battle, he said to an overweight opponent, “It�...   More
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 by REED JACKSON

Celebrate J Dilla's Birthday Tonight at Belmont Bodega

The late hip-hop producer would've been 40 today.


Snow days are special in Portland. They make everything look so whimsical and pretty. They also shut shit down, so we don't have to go to work or take care of any responsibilities and can instead, like, drink whiskey and tie a sled to the back of a friend's van (not recommended). One idea for today specifically is to visit the Belmon...   More
Friday, February 7, 2014 by REED JACKSON

Scene Report: Hip-Hop

The Portland MCs melting mics in 2014.

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Portland and its hip-hop scene have not always gotten along. Over the years, local rappers have faced scrutiny from a number of sources, who aren’t always eager to support music that paints thei   More
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 REED JACKSON

Video: "Let's Get Wealthy," Cassow


Portland rapper Cassow has a good eye. You can tell by the lens-flared, candy-painted album cover he chose for 2012's Future Classic. You can also tell by the quality of his videos, which usually try to infuse some color in our ...   More
Monday, January 6, 2014 by REED JACKSON

Album Review: TxE, TxE VS PRTLND (Self-Released)

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[PO-HOP] Local hip-hop trio TxE knows how things work around here. The group, made up of members Tope, Epp and producer Calvin Valentine, realize they’re living in a city where indie rock is king and rap is often viewed as something that only comes from somewhere else. So they’ve decided to do something that surprisingly hasn’t been done ...   More
Friday, December 27, 2013 by REED JACKSON
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