Hear Damian Lillard's DOLLA's Debut Rap Track

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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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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

Hear Tope's New Album This Weekend

Listening party for Broke Boy Syndrome is this Sunday.

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Music
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

Once Again, A Portland Hip-Hop Show Gets Shut Down—But Not By The Cops

The Alhambra Theatre pulls the plug on Sir Michael Rocks for smoking weed and throwing water...so he finishes the show in the street.

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Another hip-hop show in Portland was shut down early this past weekend—though this time, the police had nothing to do with it.  Management at Alhambra Theatre pulled the plug on a headlining performance by Sir Michael Rocks on Oct. 11, after the Illinois rapper’s tourmates “repeatedly broke venue policy and Oregon law,” according to talent buyer Chase Varga—specifically, spraying the ...   More
 
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Crystal Ballroom Shuts Down Schoolboy Q Show Amid Structural Concerns

"Portland 2 rowdy," the rapper Tweets.

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Music
Apparently, even Portland's architecture is screwing with hip-hop shows now. Last night, a sold-out concert by Schoolboy Q at the Crystal Ballroom ended about 20 minutes into the L.A. rapper's headlining set after venue staff noticed a crack in a structural beam. The building was evacuated around 11:20 pm, sending 1,200 to 1,500 concertgoers spilling into the street.For his part, Q, who performed ...   More
 
Monday, April 14, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

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