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-
Straight Outta Compton will be cool, but not exactly real.
Movie Reviews & Stories
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
An appreciation of N.W.A.’s most underappreciated member.
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
Filmed in Washington, featuring a Portland rapper-producer and directed by Will Vinton's son.
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, ...
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 ...
If hip-hop albums were measured solely by the production,
then Portland’s best rap record was made not by Illmaculate, Lifesavas
or even Cool Nutz, but by Travis “Chilly Tee” Knight.