Top Five N.W.A. Affiliates


Top 5
1. Arabian Prince If Ren was Ringo, Arabian Prince was N.W.A.’s Pete Best. An original member of the Felonious Five, he got squeezed out prior to Straight Outta Compton blowing up. But his electro-   More
 
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

The Dayz of Wayback

Straight Outta Compton will be cool, but not exactly real.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Uh, no. Remember that phrase as you watch the long-awaited N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton this weekend. It will surely be an incredible film—but not nearly what it could have been were it no   More
 
Monday, August 10, 2015 MARTIN CIZMAR

The MC Renaissance

An appreciation of N.W.A.’s most underappreciated member.


Music Stories
Lorenzo Patterson gets no respect. No respect at all. The rapper better known as MC Ren was the Ringo of N.W.A., except he doesn’t even have the legions of contrarian drum nerds to champion him. Wit   More
 
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

The Top Five Greatest Portland Do-Overs Of All-Time


Top 5
The roving hip-hop day party the Do-Over is celebrating its 10th anniversary with events in 10 of its host cities, including Portland. We asked co-founders Jamie Strong and Christopher Haycock about t   More
 
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 WW MUSIC STAFF

Hear Damian Lillard's DOLLA's Debut Rap Track

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Music
The Blazers' offseason has been a flaming disaster, but Damian Lillard's summer has been nothing but [INSERT FLAME EMOJI]. He kept a promise to his mother and graduated from college. He signed a contract extension worth approximately a grillion dollars. He's gone around the world selling Adidas. And now, he appears to be graduating from hosting his weekly 4 Bar Friday competition on Instagram and ...   More
 
Monday, July 13, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Introducing Champagne Duane


Music Stories
Sounds like: The bastard child of Pete Rock and Diddy. For fans of: Kanye West, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Wale. <a href="http://music.champagneduane.com/album/a-toast">A Toast by Champagne    More
 
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 TJ LOVE

What's the Scenario?: Dope Reviewed

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Movies & Television
One of the darlings of this year's Sundance Film Festival—and that sentence is enough for you to already have a pretty good idea if you're going to like this movie or not—Dope earned plenty of buzz and a big-time distribution deal.  If you've heard of it, you've probably heard that it's a film obsessed with '90s hip-hop. That's certainly true. It's a movie that wants you to know it has ...   More
 
Thursday, June 18, 2015 ALEX FALCONE

Watch Former Blazer Martell Webster's Pacific Northwest-Heavy Rap Video

Filmed in Washington, featuring a Portland rapper-producer and directed by Will Vinton's son.

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Music
Over the NBA All-Star break, Damian Lillard went on the radio and wowed the basketball blogosphere with his rhyme skills. No less an authority than MTV's Sway declared him the best rapper in the league, and most were apt to agree. But another Blazer alum has thrown his warmups onto the court. Former Portland combo guard Martell Webster, currently of the Washington Wizards, spits a bit himself, ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Watch Damian Lillard Prove He's the Best Rapper in the NBA

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Music
As avid Blazers fans know, Damian Lillard likes to rap.  That's not unique among NBA players, of course, but #0 takes it a step further. Ever since he came into the league, Lillard has helmed a weekly online rap battle, 4 Bar Friday, in which participants upload short verses to Instagram, with the winner chosen by the point guard himself. At last year's All-Star Weekend in New Orleans, he hosted ...   More
 
Saturday, February 14, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

City Auditor's Office Releases Its Investigation Into Portland Police's Treatment of Hip-Hop Shows

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Music
The city's Independent Police Review has released its investigation of the Portland Police Bureau's handling of local hip-hop shows—and finds that city regulators, police officers and state liquor officials don't have a "unified policy" in dealing with concerts.  The review was sparked by a March incident where Portland-based rapper Illmaculate stormed out of his own show at the Blue Monk ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

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