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Album Review: Serge Severe

Boom Bap & Bars Vol. 1 (Focused Noise)

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[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$$

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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)

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[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.

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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
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