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