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Kenny Fresh (FRSH SLCTS)

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

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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

Primer: E-40

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Born: In Vallejo, Calif., in 1967. Sounds like: A sugar-tongued gangster with a flair for the dramatic. For fans of: Too Short, Rappin’ 4-Tay, Spice 1, 3x Krazy. Latest release: History: Function   More
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 REED JACKSON

Primer: RJD2

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Born: In 1976 in Eugene.  Sounds like: An extremely gifted beatmaker who has a love/hate relationship with his drum machine. For fans of: Cut Chemist, DJ Shadow, Elliott Smith. Latest release:   More
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 REED JACKSON

Cut of the Day: "Get Lifted," Myke Bogan (with video!)

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Like most of Myke Bogan’s music, “Get Lifted,” off his debut mixtape, So Long South Dakota, seems relatively innocent at first listen. Its laid-back guitar strums and references to Mary Jane give it the sound of a well-made weed anthem. And it is—sort of. But beneath the intoxication talk is a heavy tone of loneliness...   More
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 by REED JACKSON

Rap Class: Wednesday, Oct. 31

Portland beatmaker John Kammerle wants to take the songs stuck in his head and cram them into yours.

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[SAMPLE-BASED] To quote an overused hip-hop proverb, sampling is an art. For local beatmaker and DJ John Kammerle, aka Rap Class, it’s also a turn-on.  “I don’t want that to sound w   More
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 REED JACKSON

Cadence Weapon: Sunday, Oct. 28

How a cerebral Canadian MC evolved from an introverted philosopher into “a traveling fun machine.”

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[ECLECTIC HIP-HOP] Expectations are high for 26-year-old Canadian rapper Rollie Pemberton, also known as Cadence Weapon. He was a poet laureate for his hometown of Edmonton, Alberta, so people e   More
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 REED JACKSON

Cut of the Day: "The Weight," Soopah Eype

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One my first memories of Soopah Eype was at a house party show in Eugene a few years ago.  He was performing in front of a dark living room full of tipsy college kids (not including myself, of course) and rapping out of a couple banged up, woodgrain speakers. From my understanding, it was one of his first shows. After only a few ...   More
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 by REED JACKSON

Cut of the Day: "Everything's OK," Jay Child feat. Kimberly Monique (with video!)

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This summer has been a good one for the Portland hip-hop scene. It saw a new generation of talented local MCs put out a number of quality projects, like Cassow’s well-rounded    More
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by REED JACKSON

Album Review: Cassow

Future Classic (Frsh Slcts)

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[PO-HOP] Portland rapper Cassow (pronounced KAH-so, as in Picasso) has fast become known for his ability to rap thought-provoking lyrics, but it was one of his recent tweets that had a big effect    More
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 REED JACKSON

Cut of the Day: Al-One, "Welcome to My City (featuring Kokane)"


Portland hip-hop has always been heavily influenced by California gangster rap. In the 1990s, Jus Family (Cool Nutz, Bosko, etc.) was Portland’s Death Row Records, cranking out countless g-funk street anthems full of the same type of stuff Cube and Snoop were talking about, but with a more localized flavor (doug-firs over palm trees all day).On Al-One’s newest cut, “Welcome to my City”—t...   More
Thursday, July 26, 2012 by REED JACKSON

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