Hear Tope's New Album This Weekend

Listening party for Broke Boy Syndrome is this Sunday.


Local rapper Tope has had a pretty damn good year, and he hasn't even released his new album yet.  Back in January, his Erykah Badu-worshipping clip for "Take Your Time" received Twitter daps from Ms. Badu herself. Then he placed on our annual Best New Band poll for the second time in two years, as part of the duo TxE. Over the last few weeks, the teaser singles for his latest record, Broke Boy ...   More
Saturday, December 13, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Tope, Chicken Wings & Ice Cream Cones (Self Released)


[PO-HOP] Certain things begin to flourish as June rolls around in Portland: the roses; the bars with outside seating; the traffic on the bridge to Sauvie Island; and the music of local rapper Tope, who specializes in breezy tunes that taste sweeter in the warm months. With his new quick-strike EP, Chicken Wings and Ice Cream Cones—a placeholder until his new full-length drops later this year—he ...   More
Friday, June 20, 2014 REED JACKSON

Going Back to Austin? Nah, I Don't Think So. (But Maybe.)

After arguably the most maligned SXSW ever, we ask Portland bands: Was it worth it?


South By Southwest, once the golden ticket to musical stardom, has become as important as a LinkedIn connection for Portland’s local bands and musicians.With its skyrocketing popularity over the past few years, the Austin-based festival has shed its skin as a platform for scrappy bands to prove their worth. In its place is a beer- drenched free-for-all where anything goes. As a record number ...   More
Thursday, March 20, 2014 ANDREW STEINBEISER

Album Review: TxE, TxE VS PRTLND (Self-Released)

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[PO-HOP] Local hip-hop trio TxE knows how things work around here. The group, made up of members Tope, Epp and producer Calvin Valentine, realize they’re living in a city where indie rock is king and rap is often viewed as something that only comes from somewhere else. So they’ve decided to do something that surprisingly hasn’t been done before: create an album using samples of songs by some ...   More
Friday, December 27, 2013 REED JACKSON

Video: "Take Your Time," Tope

Erykah Badu approves.


All right, we're a little late in posting this—hey, we're busy—but in case you haven't seen it yet, here's the new video from Tope. Directed by Portland's go-to rap video auteur Noah Porter (he also lensed Cassow's latest clip, which we did post earlier this week), it's the first time the popular local MC hasn't appeared as himself. Here, he plays Soul Flower T, an aspiring slam poet and serious ...   More
Friday, January 10, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Cut of the Day Exclusive: "Climb," TxE

On the first single from its upcoming album, the Portland hip-hop trio turns Typhoon into a quiet storm.

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More than any other local hip-hop act, TxE has bridged the gap between Portland's rap and indie rock scenes. Between its appearances at PDX Pop Now, past associations with the Amigo/Amiga label and participation (and victory) in And And And's annual Rigsketball tournament, the group—rappers Tope and Epp and producer G_Force—have traveled between musical worlds that remain largely stratified.And ...   More
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Cuts of the Week

Five new songs from Portland artists you need to hear.

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Every Friday, LocalCut collects the week's new Portland music and puts it all in one place for you, the faithful reader, to enjoy. It's like MTV's The Week In Rock, with less Tabitha Soren. 1. Souvenir Driver, "Kiss You Close" Souvenir Driver's new full-length album, Living Water, isn't out until April 2014, but the band is slowly (very slowly) leaking tracks, one by one, and making them ...   More
Friday, November 8, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Tope

Trouble Man (Self-Released)

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[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 a funky bass rattler built off a Cheryl Lynn sample ...   More
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 REED JACKSON

Hip-Hop Video Roundup: TxE! MY-G! Illmaculate! Al-One!

UPDATE: Now with new Luck-One and Dizz video!


It's been a busy month for local hip-hop, both in the studio and on the screen. Here's how some emcees have spent the Portland autumn. TxE, "Swing Set" In case you couldn't guess from the title of this new track from TxE—that's rappers Tope and Epp and producer G-Force aka Calvin Valentine—or the title of the their new EP, Tetherball, the group has been in a nostalgic mood recently. It ...   More
Thursday, December 6, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER


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