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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.

MFNW 2013
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.

Music Stories
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)

Album Reviews
[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


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

Music Stories
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.


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

Album Review: Serge Severe

Boom Bap & Bars Vol. 1 (Focused Noise)

Album Reviews
[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 as    More
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 REED JACKSON

Primer: Joey Bada$$

Music Stories
Born: In 1995 in Brooklyn, N.Y. Sounds like: Your older brother’s favorite hip-hop cassette tape from the early ’90s.  For fans of: Nas, Gang Starr, Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth. Late   More
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 REED JACKSON

Album Review: Myke Bogan

Monkeys on the Beach (Self-Released)

Album Reviews
[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   More
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 REED JACKSON

Kenny Fresh (FRSH SLCTS)

How to blog Portland hip-hop and occasionally alienate people.

Music Stories
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   More
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 REED JACKSON
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