WW’s music staff picks its favorite local albums of 2013.
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
[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
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...
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,
Hip-hop’s savior is an 18-year-old MC with big dreams, big problems and an even bigger price tag.
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
Commemorating the album that built Portland hip-hop, from the drywall up.
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
[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
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 ...
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
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.
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