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May 22, 2015 in Music, WOHM Premiere by

Neka & Kahlo – Nothing To See Here (Prod. by Sir Nai)

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One thing about facilitating weekly releases is that it really makes me concious of just how fast the weeks fly by. Now in week 4 of Neka & Kahlo’s Fridays in May EP, it’s clear that summer is right around the corner. With a beat by Sir Nai, the duo ups the tempo a bit as they drive towards next week’s finale.

Set to headline #TheTHESIS June 4th, Neka & Kahlo will debut the EP live at Kelly’s Olympian. Rasheed Jamal and Ripley Snell + a special surprise guest will round out a fun night hosted by WOHM and KPSU. #OutHere

May 20, 2015 in Music, Rain Drops by

Drae Slapz – Late Nights: After Hours

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Drae Slapz, one half of LunchTime Legends, is out with a new project, Late Nights: After Hours. The beatsmith showcases his acclaimed production and enlists Rasheed Jamal, Lang, and DookDaGenius, among others, to supply the rhymes.

One listen in, standout tracks include “Daytona,” “Block Beater,” and “White Vapors.”

May 20, 2015 in Music, Rain Drops by

Nacho Picasso & 88 Ultra – The Witchtape

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If you couldn’t get enough of Stoned & Dethroned, Nacho Picasso is back with 88 Ultra of Blue Sky Black Death and they recently dropped The Witchtape. Dark, spacey, and full of the simultaneously witty, rude, and profound punchlines we’ve come to expect from Nacho, this is another strong Nacho BSBD-related release. With the second half of the project all instrumentals, The Witchtape is leaner than Stoned & Dethroned but packs just as much punch.

May 19, 2015 in Video by

MATTY – BARS UP (WEEK 3) [VIDEO]

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Northwest veteran MATTY has released the finale of his “Bars UP” video series. “These are a warm up exercise for the album to remind people I still got it”, MATTY said.

Over the last 6 years MATTY has been one of the most consistent and respected artists in the region releasing 6 albums and 3 mixtapes independently while staying relevant doing shows and releasing visuals.

MATTY plays with flows and complex rhyme schemes in the finale over a Slaughterhouse beat that is as smooth as his delivery. It’s been a pleasure following MATTY on this series, stay tuned for Album singles.

Social Media:
Twitter.com/Matty503
Soundcloud.com/ThisisMatty
MattyMusic.net

May 18, 2015 in Music, Video by

Talilo Marfil – Dedicated ft. Avian [VIDEO]

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Talilo Marfil is one of Portland hip-hop’s greatest modern heroes; an educator by nature, a leader by nature and rapper by craft, in many ways he reminds me of a younger Mic Crenshaw, or a Luvva J.

His latest video is not Hollywood, but it’s still dope. Just hella raw, and hella real, and sometimes that’s what counts. Cameos from some of the city’s brightest young minds appear throughout the video but what really pops out are images of Talilo’s true to life friends, family and students. This is truly a dedication.

May 18, 2015 in Music, Video by

Donte Thomas – Highway [VIDEO]

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Donte Thomas is definitely an artist to watch. Young, confident and charismatic, the newly minted 21 year old spins microphone tales over jazzy headknockers and has shown he can hold his own with the region’s best.

The first glimpse of his upcoming, unnamed album is Highway, described by Thomas as a “film” that he co-directed. Check it out!

May 15, 2015 in Music, WOHM Exclusive by

Neka & Kahlo – Forget About It

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“I can’t tell it’s cabin fever or something else… I haven’t eaten, just smokin’ drinkin’ and nothing else.” ~ Kahlo

Week 3 of Fridays in May brings perhaps most “rappy” track thus far from the new EP. The smooth and sultry lyrics we’ve come to expect from Neka are ever present though, delicately lacing her own wavy beat between Kahlo’s introspective verses.

2 weeks left! Thanks for rocking with us as we unveil the duo’s latest EP. Come see them live when they headline #TheTHESIS in June! #OutHere

Mixed by Jahosh – Art by Hayley – Percussion by Jordan Harding

May 15, 2015 in Live Music by

SLAP NIGHT + I$$A – All About You ft. Zito

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It had been a while since I’d heard from Portland State graduate Issa Diop. The Senegalese singer was a major factor in the PDX scene about 5 years ago, garnering well publicized attention from BET and Jammin’ 107.5 before eventually getting signed to Hitlab by none other than fellow trans-Atlantic standout Akon.

Well I$$A is certainly back… His recent single, the danceable and radio-ready All About You featuring Zito, has racked up over 16K Soundcloud spins over the last couple months and word has it there’s a video on the way. He also has a performance coming up at tomorrow’s event at Branx, SLAP NIGHT, which is being brought to you by WOHM x SlimGoods x Sticks & Stones x Weirdoze

May 14, 2015 in Music, Rain Drops, Video by

Futro – Chroma 14 [VIDEO]

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I’ve recently been tasked with checking out this PDX collective known as Futro… Admittedly, I wasn’t really familiar with anyone’s work outside of Das Luene – well, I’d heard some beats from Neill - but it looks like the crew is actually fairly deep and talented. I thought this recent cipher video was a fairly decent introduction, so I’m taking you all on this trip with me.

I hear they deliver at live shows too… I’ll be back soon with an update.

May 14, 2015 in Music, Rain Drops by

Drae Slapz feat. Lang – Show Me The Check

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Portland’s Drae Slapz (Lunchtime Legends) is putting some songs together and you should probably pay attention. Known for his rugged and trappy yet commercial production, Drae brought the bars out of PDX rapper Lang, creating a track that you’d never think came out of the City.

Give it a spin and share your thoughts! #OutHere