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The Best Thing I Heard This Year: Portland Edition

WW’s music staff picks its favorite local albums of 2013.


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Blitzen Trapper, VII A consistently suggestive blend of robust alt-country and catchy guitar-picking from Portland’s resident kings of genre-roving Americana. (GS) Epp, Chrome Plated Chronicle   More
 
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 NATHAN CARSON, PETE COTTELL, JAY HORTON, REED JACKSON, CAT JONES, MITCH LILLIE, GEOFF NUDELMAN, MATTHEW SINGER, GRACE STAINBACK, MARK STOCK, KAITIE TODD, BRANDON WIDDER

Album Review: Epp

Chrome Plated Chronicles (1210 Music)


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[HIP-HOP] On “Heart of Gold,” the airy opener to Epp’s proper solo debut, Chrome Plated Chronicles, the Portland MC matter-of-factly proclaims, “You can’t tell us that we ain’t working   More
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 REED JACKSON

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.

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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...   More
 
Monday, September 30, 2013 by REED JACKSON

Hidden In the Crates

Five great local hip-hop albums Portland forgot.


Music Stories
Portland hip-hop has always had a tough time getting respect. At one point in the 1990s, hip-hop acts were even banned from performing in downtown venues. This is a shame, because over the years,    More
 
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 REED JACKSON

MusicfestNW 2013: Joey Bada$$

Hip-hop’s savior is an 18-year-old MC with big dreams, big problems and an even bigger price tag.


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Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ likes to keep things candid. He’ll tell you, without hesitation, that any record label that wants to sign him will have to pay him $3 million up front. He’ll also    More
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 REED JACKSON

Lifesavas: Saturday, July 20

Commemorating the album that built Portland hip-hop, from the drywall up.


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Listen closely to Spirit in Stone, the 2003 debut from Portland trio Lifesavas, and you can hear the foundation of the city’s hip-hop scene coming together—literally. “If you listen to the    More
 
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 REED JACKSON

Album Review: Tope

Trouble Man (Self-Released)


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[HIP-HOP] At age 27, Portland MC Tope has become an old hand in the local hip-hop scene. His career stretches back almost a decade, but this year, he seems to be hitting his stride. His new EP, Tr   More
 
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 REED JACKSON

Cut of the Day: "Family Affair," Tope ft. Grynch & Spac3man

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It’s almost July in Portland, and it’s still raining. Big surprise, right? Well, cheer up, because, based on the upcoming forecast, summer is right around the corner. And when that big bright thingy in the sky finally does decide to smile upon us, Portland rapper Tope has made a jam for you to bump. The song, “Family Affair,” is ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 by REED JACKSON

Reed Jackson on Fleetwood Mac


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Unlike many other kids I know, my parents didn’t introduce me to Fleetwood Mac. Between my jazzhead father and Motown-loving mother, there were hardly any rock records in my house growing up. My   More
 
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 REED JACKSON

Cut of the Day: "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere," Vinnie Dewayne

Also watch a mini-documentary on the St. Johns MC's recent visit to New York, filmed after his recovery from a devastating car accident.

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Three weeks ago, I wasn’t sure if local MC Vinnie Dewayne was dead or alive. Twitter and Facebook were littered with requests to “pray for Vinnie Dewayne” and assurances that “we’re thinking of you, Vinnie.” As it turns out, he and a friend h...   More
 
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 by REED JACKSON
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