This past Saturday, Green Noise Records diverged from its normal range of punk and hardcore shows, and hosted three Portland hip-hop artists. It wasn't hard to see why the record store decided to host its first rap show—with sets from established MC Mic Capes and newcomers [E]mpress and KayelaJ, it was clear Portland MCs are making some of the city's most audacious music.
The show kicked off with [E]mpress. A budding rhymer with a mean flow, [E]mpress has enough of an animated stage presence that they can convincingly banter about everything from SpongeBob SquarePants to Trump. But most importantly, they can spit like crazy, which was especially apparent during their remix of Kendrick Lamar's "Humble."
That's when the concert's community and camaraderie extended beyond the attendees—cars honked as they drove by, while the crowd milly rocked and booty bounced.