Introducing Alia Zin


Music Stories
Sounds like: Kendrick Lamar if he went straight into the studio after hearing Tupac for the first time. For fans of: Nas, Lauryn Hill, Digable Planets, Black Star, Joey Badass, Vinnie Dewayne. The   More
 
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Thank You For Being a Droog

He wanted anonymity, but Your Old Droog was too good to stay secret.


Music Stories
In Russian, “droog” translates to friend, and for rap fans, that’s precisely what Your Old Droog sounds like: an old friend. His comforting mix of soulful samples, bass-driven beat loops a   More
 
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 MATTHEW SCHONFELD

P.R.E.A.M.


Food Reviews & Stories
Call a catered dinner or theme night a pop-up, and the foodniks suddenly pony up C-notes for oysters when otherwise they’d leave work early for happy hour at the Parish. It’s sort of amazing   More
 
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

MusicfestNW 2014: Run the Jewels

Hip-hop’s most dynamic duo fights the power.


MFNW 2014
Maybe hip-hop duo Run the Jewels are like the new Avengers, marauding to improve civilization. Or maybe it’s just a couple of guys who get along really well.  Either way, they’re a fo   More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 DAVE CANTOR

Clipping: Saturday, July 5 at Doug Fir Lounge

Call it “noise,” call it “avant-garde”—just make sure you also call it “hip-hop.”


Music Stories
Some records are considered “challenging.” Others issue challenges. CLPPNG, the almost self-titled new album by L.A. noise-rap crew Clipping, begins by practically daring the listener to conti   More
 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Show Preview: Future


Music Stories
[BACK TO THE…] Earlier this year, Auto-Tune aficionado and new father Future released “Move That Dope,” the first single on his then-highly anticipated second studio album, Honest—and it was   More
 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 SAM CUSUMANO

Show Previews: Riff Raff, YG, and Lil Jon at Roseland Theater


Music Stories
[MUSTARD ON DA BEAT] While everyone was convincing themselves that Schoolboy Q’s Oxymoron was the second coming of good kid m.A.A.d city—spoiler alert: It’s not—YG quietly released the current   More
 
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 WW Staff

Show Preview: Danny Brown

Show Preview: Danny Brown at Roseland Theater


Music Stories
[DETROIT RAP CITY] If Drake is, as New York Times critic Jon Caramanica wrote last year, “all the emoji: prayer hands, dancing girls, diamond ring, blown kiss, laughing through tears,” then    More
 
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

The Renaissance Coalition

Portland hip-hop’s odd future is now.


Music Stories
Copycat rappers, unimaginative rappers, pretty rappers, Portland rappers who film themselves rapping on bridges—that’s that shit the Renaissance Coalition doesn’t like. Add Dwight Howard t   More
 
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

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