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

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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

Album Review: Illmaculate

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[ANXIOUS RAP] “It must have been a mix-up,” Illmaculate says three minutes into Clay Pigeons, after pummeling the listener with relentless bars dumped over a piano-led Lou Reed sample. “I th   More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 CASEY JARMAN

Hip-Hop Stopped

The tension between Portland rap artists and police goes deeper than the Blue Monk.


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If you had walked past the Blue Monk around 11 pm on Saturday, March 1, it’d be reasonable to assume a crime had taken place. Six police cars were parked in the middle of Southeast Belmont Stree   More
 
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Scoop: Let’s Swarm Mike Reese’s Band’s Next Show.


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CROWD CONTROL: Portland rapper Illmaculate stormed out of his own headlining show March 1 at the Blue Monk in Southeast Portland in protest over police presence at the gig. Officers, including membe   More
 
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 WW Culture Staff

Portland Cops' Treatment of Hip-Hop Shows Will Be Investigated in Wake of Blue Monk Incident

City Auditor's Office will conduct independent review.

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Following last Saturday's hip-hop show at the Blue Monk—which caused headliner Illmaculate to cancel his performance in protest over excessive police presence—the City Auditor's Independent Police Review Division has announced it is launching an investigation into the Portland Police Bureau's policies toward rap-related music events and venues. On March 1, officers, including members of the ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Illmaculate Declares "I Will Not Perform In This City" After Police Swarm The Blue Monk

The Portland rapper left his own show in protest.

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It was supposed to be a rare meeting of two of Portland's most widely-respected MCs. Instead, it turned into yet another example of what many in the local hip-hop scene believe is an ongoing, targeted assault on rap shows by the Portland Police Bureau. Last night, celebrated battle-rapper Illmaculate—the focus of a 2009 Willamette Week cover story—was scheduled to headline the Blue Monk along with ...   More
 
Sunday, March 2, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Cut of the Day: "Do Not Disturb," Illmaculate

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Let’s state the obvious: local rapper Illmaculate is very good at battle rapping. The bite-sized MC has won two World Rap Championships and been involved with some of the greatest battles and devastating punchlines ever caught on tape. My personal favorite remains when, in a 2007 battle, he said to an overweight opponent, “It’s the truth I know, if this fat-ass takes one more step we’ll ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 REED JACKSON

Video Roundup: Stephen Malkmus! Wild Ones! Casey Neill! Dresses! Illmaculate!

Plus, Lake Oswego rages against the machine!

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Hey everyone! It's Friday. Here are some new videos. What a novel concept, right?! Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, "Lariat" As you may have heard, Stephen Malkmus—ex-Pavement frontman, fantasy sports enthusiast, newly re-minted Portlander and casual Timbers Army troller—and his Jicks have a new album dropping in January, under the wacky-ass name Wigout at Jagbags, and based on the lead ...   More
 
Friday, November 15, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

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

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

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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

Divide, Conquer

Illmaculate’s long-delayed debut album has guts—now can it find ears?


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Greg Poe hasn’t grown any—height-wise—since gracing the cover of WW in 2009. The Portland MC, better known as Illmaculate, is still 5-foot-5 with a crooked Blazers cap. And while he jokes ab   More
 
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

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