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August 24, 2016 in Music, New, Rain Drops by

Landon Larson – Same Problems

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Landon Larson is back. This time he brings us his latest single “Same Problems” where he showcases his melodic talent as well as his creative rhyme scheme.  The portland emcee has been somewhat quiet since the release of his last project “Welfare” but don’t take his silence for weakness. Larson has been grinding while bouncing back and forth from LA to Portland, recently hitting the studio with battle rap champ Illmaculate and producer Chase Moore. The kid has got co-signs up and down the west coast to say the least. In hip hop just like any sport you’re often judged by how much you have improved each season and Landon has done just that. Proving with every release, he’s only getting better.

Get familiar with Landon Larson below and check out his new single “Same Problems”.

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August 23, 2016 in Live Music, Music by

We Take Holocene IV: Raz Simone, Glenn Waco, ROBy, Donte Thomas

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The Summer closes with another promising Holocene takeover, and it’s Northwest vs. Everybody

For all the sorry souls who missed it, We Take Holocene III featured Alia Zin, Blossom, Karma Rivera, and Vytell. Each artist from the all-female lineup brought some serious juice to share with the crowd, and we drank it right up. There was also a live on-stage painting happening throughout the show from artist Ta Zha, and a surprise (?) dance element was added to the show during Alia Zin’s set.

And it was so incredibly lit:

Needless to say, the evening was yet another successful Holocene takeover, complete with a packed house of Portland hip-hop fans, quality local artists artists and loyal supporters.

“With every We Take Holocene I want to give our audience an experience,” says Glenn Waco, the creator of the Summer hip-hop concert series.

Me taking some shots of Glenn Waco before We take Holocene: The Sequel. Photo by Ben Olsen

Me taking some shots of Glenn Waco before We take Holocene: The Sequel. Photo by Ben Olsen

In May, Waco sat it out for the most part, only taking the stage as a host, to perform his fresh new single “Assata” and to provide extra hype support for the girls. For this one, though, Glenn is back as billed performer for the evening, no doubt to promote his upcoming album Human. And I’m almost positive he’ll perform its lead single “Assata,” which focuses on the way law enforcement has wronged the black panthers. Waco has also been shooting scenes for the “Assata” music video every time he makes a trip back to Portland.

One other thing’s for sure: the lineup that Waco chose for this installment is killer.

August 22, 2016 in Music, Rain Drops by

DanielSevenTwo – On The Line (Prod by Ceej)

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DANIELSEVENTWO is a youngin on a mission, and this latest release exemplifies his laid back, smoke-friendly style perfectly.

But watch how the kid’s moving… Over a wavy beat by ATL’s Ceej, the stoned go-getter gets busy, setting the vibe and dropping gems with his worry-free slow flow. Following just a month after his EP, FFF, On The Line pushes the line while further defining Daniel’s hazy style. Check it out.

August 20, 2016 in Music, New, Rain Drops by

Martell Webster – Emerald District (Prod. by Jake One)

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Approximately one week ago, I attended one of the best shows Portland hip hop has had to offer in a long time. The newly formed record label Eyrst celebrated their one year anniversary at the Evergreen. Not only were they blowing out the candles for the label’s birthday, they also were celebrating the release of Martell Webster’s latest album “Emerald District”.

The former blazer has been on the move since he got out of the league and I don’t think he plans to stop any time soon. Tell teamed up legendary producer Jake One to show the world that his talents aren’t just limited to the hardwood. Throughout the album, Martell takes us on a trip through his unique sound and vision of  Seattle better known as Emerald City. He paints a passionate picture of his personal tribulations as well his victories accompanied by the sample heavy beat-smith Jake One. Now for those of you who don’t know who Jake One is, he has produced for superstars such as Drake, 50 Cent, and Rick Ross and many other heavy hitters throughout his career. Considering Martell and Jake are both from Seattle, this collaboration is huge for the northwest. I think it’s time we see Martell for the artist he truly is, not just a basketball player. That time is now.

Get familiar and check out his album “Emerald District” below then go over to  iTunes and slap it in your playlist!

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Photo Courtesy of Vice Sports

August 19, 2016 in Features, New, News by

Pablo Hits Portland

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If you haven’t heard by now, one of rap’s biggest superstars Kanye West is opening 21 pop up shops this weekend worldwide. Back in February Ye released his seventh studio album, “The Life of Pablo” which many thought would be the return of the “Old Kanye”. Well it definitely wasn’t “College Dropout” but I must admit there was definitely some hits on that record. Most of you know Kanye has been toeing the line between fashion and music releasing his own collective of style entitled Yeezy Season.

Approximately 3 years ago on his “Yeezus” tour, West decided to open one pop up shop in New York  debuting his merch for the album while everyone and their grandma lined up to get the exclusive Yeezus merchandise. Now let’s fast forward to few months ago where Kanye went with the same business model that he did for Yeezus opening up several pop shops in promotion for his latest album “The Life of Pablo” raking in over a million dollars in just a few days.

August 12, 2016 in Live Music, Producers by

Crate Diggers II: Second Blood

  

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Crate Diggers is a podcast all about our connections and influences in music. Hosted by The Thesis resident DJ, Verbz and engineered by his brother, hip hop producer, Steez; Crate Diggers has featured some of Portland’s best talent its two years of production. Past guests include WOHM favorites like Tope,BlossomMaze Koroma, and more.

Friday, August 12th, Crate Diggers is throwing their second live podcast and beat battle at Kelly’s Olympian in SW Portland. Joining Verbz and Steez is one of Portland’s finest, Mic CapesCrate Diggers Live 2: Second Blood also brings back the beat battle with a top notch collection of beatsmiths including Portland iStandard winner Bravo DomoALPHA AUDIO, and Drew Locs. A recording of the evening will be released as a two-part episode of the podcast. Crate Diggers is available on iTunes, the Podcasts app for iPhones, CrateDiggers.net, or most other podcast apps.
WHAT: Crate Diggers Live 2: Second Blood featuring Mic Capes
WHEN: Friday, August 12th at 9PM
WHERE: Kelly’s Olympian (426 SW Washington)
HOW MUCH: $5 at the door
August 11, 2016 in Features, Live Music, New by

Eyrst One Year Celebration

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Tomorrow night is definitely going to be one for the books and quite possibly one of the best line ups the city of roses has to offer. Don’t worry if you’re a little behind, we’re here to fill you in! The newly formed Portland record label Eyrst has been on fire as of late with all kinds of new music from their camp. The label is a collective of creatively unique artists (rappers) that you may already be familiar with. Their roster includes Martell Webster, Neill Von Tally, Blossom, Myke Bogan, The Last Artful, Dodgr, ePP, Maze Koroma, Ripley Snell, and Calvin Valentine. Each artist  brings their own piece of individualism mixed with a crazy amount of chemistry amongst them all. I’ve had the opportunity to get to know all of them in different ways over the last year and I can honestly say this IS what Portland Hip Hop has been missing. In the past, the town has always been competitive at the necks of their own while seemingly creating cliche slogans such as “Supportland” or other minuscule terms along the way. All of that is in the past where it belongs. Eyrst is here to change that, proving to everyone in the north west that passion and hard work speaks louder than words.

Tomorrow night Eyrst will be celebrating their one year anniversary along with the release of Martell Webster’s EP at The Evergreen in Southeast Portland. Performances include The Last Artful, Dodgr, Blossom, Martell Webster, Maze Koroma, Ripley Snell, Calvin Valentine & ePP with DJ Nature on the one’s and two’s. Word has it that legendary Producer Jake One might even be in the building.  There will be customized merchandize available provided by ‘By The Collective‘ as well as a food drive which will benefit the Portland Homeless Family Solutions Organization.

So if you didn’t know before, you should be all caught up by now. There is absolutely NO reason to miss this event! In the mean time get caught up with Martell’s latest single, “Told ‘Em” (featured below) off his new EP which drops tomorrow.

See you there!

Friday August 12th @ 9 pm at The Evergreen PDX (618 SE Alder St, Portland, OR 97214)

Tickets will be $10 in advance and can be purchased HERE.

Otherwise they will $12 at the door or $8 with a canned food donation. Get them before it’s too late!

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August 11, 2016 in Concert Buds, Editorials by

Concert Buds: AlunaGeorge Slays @ Wonder Ballroom

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If this review reads like a love letter to what I considered ‘The Aluna Show,’ it’s because it is.

[Editor's Note: This post marks Michelle's second contribution to Concert Buds, which is super appropriate since she's the one who suggested I check-out AlunaGeorge in the first place. I listened, and enjoyed them enough to push for press passes to the event. As soon as the duo kicked-off their set with the upbeat "Kaleidescope Love" we were instantly blown away. As the night went on, our obsession with Aluna began to grow. And it wasn't just us; the entire audience was completely in love with her voice, personality, style, and the way she moved. (Let the record also show that her vocals take on a more soulful quality live.) I only wish that I had brought my Canon so I could have captured her beauty. Next time they come to town, we'll be better prepared -- mentally, physically and emotionally. -- Jenni Moore, Assistant Editor]

I’ll be honest, my personal investment in British synthpop/R&B duo Alunageorge pre-2016 has been pretty lukewarm. Many of us Americans were first exposed to the woodland fairy-like voice of Aluna through the duo’s feature in Disclosure’s extremely successful “White Noise,” which ended up being one of the first songs they performed at their concert in Portland on August 2nd. While it was a great song (their first hit), they pretty much fell off my radar up until their recent deluge of banger after banger: “Automatic,” “I’m in Control,” “My Blood,” and my personal favorite, “I Remember.” (Footnote: in six degrees of WOHM fashion, both “Automatic” and “My Blood” feature ZHU, who we saw with Gallant at the Roseland.

August 10, 2016 in Galleries by

Miss Lopez Media Presents: The Thesis Photo Recap

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Capturing the artists at TheTHESIS is always one of my favorite things to do! August’s edition we had Bryson The Alien who gave a high energy performance. I had never had a chance to see him live before.

Next up was Swiggle Mandela. I really like all the dope videos Swiggle’s been putting out! I also, surprisingly, hadn’t seen a live performance from him before either.

August 8, 2016 in Music, Rain Drops, Video by

Mic Capes – Fessenden Flow (Prod. by Brxtn Chase)

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Mic Capes had a really wavy listening party last Wednesday, playing his unmastered, upcoming, new 20+ track juggernaut of an album, Concrete Dreams for a select crowd, including Seattle rap queen Gifted Gab, who packed out the Yanagida store (many making purchases on the way out).

After an interactive listening session that encompassed the entire album from top to bottom, Mic debuted a creative new video – by none other than Totem Ent. – for a bonus track on the album, Fessenden Flow, produced by Brxtn Chase. And the crowd went nuts.

A powerful throwback beat gives Mic just the type of space he needs to operate, barring out while Ryan DeReamer’s animations give the visuals energy. Mic takes a break from the heavy material on this one, swag rapping along the dimly lit streets of Fessenden, in North Portland… where he really lives. True to life if you ask  me.

The new album is almost here and it’s amazing. This is just a teaser. Check it. #OutHere

Cover Photo by Riley Brown