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

The Portland rapper left his own show in protest.


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

Exit Interview: Luck-One

The Portland rapper discusses his move to New York, his feelings on the local hip-hop scene, and offers advice for fellow MCs: "Stop biting my style."


A little over a month ago, Hanif Collins—better known by his MC name, Luck-One—left Portland and relocated to New York. It was an unceremonious departure for one of the city's most lauded rappers, no farewell shows or anything. He just up and left. That, it turns out, is precisely how he wanted it. Willamette Week emailed Collins to ask about his relocation, his feelings on leaving Portland behind ...   More
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Video: Luck One, "Searchin'"


Reports of Luck-One's retirement have been greatly exaggerated. I just don't buy that this dude is leaving the music world any time soon. This video, for one of the finest cuts from his latest release, Beautiful Music Part 2, should tell you why. Hanif Collins is what they call "a head." His interest in and passion for music is going to eat away at him no matter how far he travels or what he's doing ...   More
Friday, July 13, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Luck-One & Dekk

Beautiful Music Part 2

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[HIP-HOP] First things first: Beautiful Music Part 2 is the best album Luck-One has recorded to date. It’s a fine mix of the personal, the political and the spiritual. Dekk’s beats stagger d   More
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Let's Get It: Free Albums From Luck-One and Sapient Out Today


These days, it's more surprising to hear of someone actually paying for an album than it is to hear about an artist giving their work away for free. This shouldn't diminish the amount of work it takes for guys like Sapient and Luck-One to bring us their albums free of charge. If you like the music, go see these guys live or buy another album. Local music—and local hip-hop in particular—deserves ...   More
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Portland Hip-Hop is Having a Big Month


A handful of items of note from the local hip-hop world, in case you, like me, are bad at Twitter. Seriously, I can't remember a time when this much good stuff was pending or seeing release all at the same time, so I had to give it one big rundown. Lots of free music here, so get your ears and your clicking-finger ready.But first, two items:1. I have very specifically avoided chiming in on the Luck-One/DJ ...   More
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Cut of the Day: Serge Severe feat. Luck-One, "Know the Truth"

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Everybody knows the global economy is fucked right now. And anybody with common sense should be troubled by the great disparity between rich and poor in this country. I had a long conversation about this with a smart friend last night. We were sitting outside Valentine's and he summed it up real well: "I think shit is about to get really weird in this country," he said. "There are just too many ...   More
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Cut of the Day: Luck-One, "Can't Get Over You," King of the Northwest Mixtape (Out Aug. 30)


I know, I know, it seems like half of what this blog posts is either or directly or tangentially related to Luck-One. But when you're hot, you're hot, and the MC—who recently re-relocated to Portland after a stint in Seattle—is definitely on fire. Rapping over a supersmooth Maze/Frankie Beverly sample, Luck drops an African proverb before moving on to string bar after devastating, perfectly ...   More
Monday, August 1, 2011 CASEY JARMAN


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