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
[HIP-HOP] Portland MC Serge Severe has always had an
appreciation for the “golden age” of hip-hop. He released a tape of
himself rapping over DJ Premier beats. He refers to himself
[HIP-HOP] Myke Bogan is a sad-clown rapper. Almost all the
material released by the twentysomething MC has filtered heartbreak and
loneliness through the sound of an empty PBR can getting crushe
How to blog Portland hip-hop and occasionally alienate people.
A lot of people have heard of 25-year-old Portlander Kenny Fresh. Most don’t know why.
The New Jersey
transplant, creator of music blog FRSH SLCTS, has become a significant
fixture in the Nort