America, meet Portland hip-hop.
Tonight, Amine, the young singer-rapper behind the viral hit "Caroline," performs on The Tonight Show. And he's decided to make it into a family affair, inviting two of the city's other brightest emerging talents, R&B diva Blossom and WW Best New Band finalist the Last Artful, Dodgr, to share the spotlight with him.
It's not an exaggeration to say this is the biggest moment yet for Portland's ascendant rap scene. Local musicians have appeared on late-night television before—Typhoon and Sallie Ford played Letterman in the same week back in 2011—but you have to dig pretty deep to find the last time a Portland hip-hop act was showcased on a national stage. New jack swingers the U-Krew rocked Soul Train back in the '80s, and Yung Mil was on BET a few years ago, but this is obviously on a whole other level.
The Tonight Show airs on NBC at 11:35 pm. For those lacking a TV—or who simply want to celebrate this collective achievement—there's going to be a viewing party at Century Bar: