After Scrapping an Entire Album, Portland Rapper Fountaine Wants to Be Your Therapist
Fountaine, born Michael Stewart, had an R&B-influenced album slated for release last October. The release was highly anticipated—Stewart’s producer cred runs deep, and his ability to masterfully blend everything from jazz to soul to anime references is distinct. When the brawn of his beats meets his adept lyricism, the payoff is undeniable. His last release, H.F.I.L (Hell for Infinite Losers), goes into detail about Stewart’s experiences as a creative black youth born and raised in Portland. On the album, his diarylike verses, narrating his experiences with depression and racism, are juxtaposed with dance-inducing, grooving rhythms and catchy hooks.