Born: March 11, 1970, in San Francisco.
Sounds like: A nerve-racking conversation with a sketchy, well-dressed character in a dark strip club.
For fans of: Mac Dre, Rappin 4-Tay, Spice 1,
Portland-based hip-hop group TxE (pronounced “T and E”)—a trio made up of Living Proof MC Tope, Epp and up-and-coming producer G_Force (also known as Calvin Valentine)—is about to release its official debut album, We Get It In True. Today, FRSH SLCTS released a “day in the life of” video to promote it. In the 6-minu...
Born: In 1976 in Cape Town, South Africa (before relocating to New York as a child)
Sounds like: A female version of Talib Kweli or Masta Ace—but funnier than either of them.
For fans of: Litt
Native Lungs (Humble Beast), King of the Northwest Mixtape (Focused Noise)
Two of Portland's finest MCs—hip-hop veteran Braille and fiery young talent Luck-One—both released albums today for free, vastly improving your Tuesday with a dose of intellectual-yet-bumpable hip-hop.
Let’s be real: June, weather wise, is not really a summer month in Portland. And, if we’re going to be completely honest, aside from a few days here and there, neither is July. The sun mostly only shines its big fat face in August and September, when it gets sick of everyone's whining and smolders the city with heat as if saying, “You asked for it! Good luck wearing your flannel now!” So...
[HIP-HOP] When Portland’s Bryan “Braille” Winchester was
17, hip-hop seemed like a practical career path. With adult
responsibilities on the way and no high-school diploma, Winchester’s
What better beer company to open a brewery near PSU’s
campus than Rogue, creator of the ingenious PSU IPA? Located beneath the
student-packed halls of the Vue apartments and right next to the Sout
David “Papi” Fimbres is a big, sweaty, teddy-bear genius.
[SPACE JAMS] When you spend time with David “Papi”
Fimbres, two things quickly become apparent: First, the 31-year-old is
extremely talented—he plays everything from drums to tuba as part of h
1985 - Best Pizza Thrower
Dave Hite is something of a hero
among working-class eaters. Before the bespectacled young man from
Spokane, best known as the dapper saxophone player for the Fabulous
(Sigh) Another musician is leaving our small town for the bright lights of a bigger city. This time, it’s Animal Farm’s talented MC/producer/manager Gen. Erik. On “Dear Portland,” the Focused Noise CEO writes a break-up song for his old flame (Stumptown), explaining that he’ll always love her, but is taking off with a much better-dressed, well-connected lady friend that can help him su...