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August 31, 2015 in Music, Rain Drops by

Dame DOLLA ft Tree Thomas – Heatwave

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Well it’s Monday and it seems that Dame is over the cover tracks and onto making original music. Heatwave is the latest offering from the young hoop star and it features somebody named Tree Thomas. Casual perusing of Dame’s Twitter gave me no clue who crafted the sample heavy soul beat the two spat upon, but I’m not sure Dame has any faith in TIDAL.

I did learn that a yet-to-be-named EP is on the way September 21st, so it looks like Mr. DOLLA will be done with the studio in time for hoop season.

August 31, 2015 in Music, Rain Drops, Video by

Raz Simone – Plottin’ [VIDEO]

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Just a few weeks after firing shots at fellow Seattle rap success Sol (who seems to have completely ignored the attack), Raz Simone and video genius Jake Hill are back with clean new visuals for Plottin’, a dark, negro spiritual-esque feature about facing multi-directional challenges as a thug fellow.

Jake really does a great job with the visuals, shooting in a Portland park and including several familiar faces, including PDX rappers Mike Bars, Karess and Glenn Waco (2 “Ns”) and WOHM’s own Renee Lopez. Have a look-see for yourself.

August 31, 2015 in Music, Rain Drops by

AminĂ© – Calling Brio [ALBUM]

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Aminé is one of Portland’s most dynamic hip-hop artisans, fusing Afro-Caribbean sounds with asymmetrical (and improved) raps for a cinematic, often trappy reggaeton-like sound that takes advantage of very active production.

For a full review of the new tape, check out Patrick’s write-up. No need for me to re-invent the wheel. Still finna spin through this a few times though. #OutHere

August 31, 2015 in Interviews, Music, Women by

Alia Zin Discusses New Release: “S.O.S. (Sorrows of Sandra)” Ft. Blossom

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How can you be an artist and not reflect the times? That to me is the definition of an artist.” –Nina Simone

With Janelle Monae and the Wondaland crew’s rally for racial justice last Monday, her free show at the Roseland, and Glenn Waco’s epic Holocene takeover, Portland’s hip-hop scene has had a very active week. And on August 22, Alia Zin just couldn’t help herself in releasing “S.O.S. (Sorrows of Sandra)” a day early.

The powerful track demonstrates Zin’s ability to handle an emotional topic; her euphonic flow, and top-of-the-line storytelling shine while soulful vocals from Blossom (aka Keisha Chiddick) are a great complement. The lyrics offer the perspective of a targeted black female and a police officer who abuses his power.

“This will be the last track that I early release before I drop my project – Wiccan EP - in October of this year,” says Zin.

Luckily, she gave WOHM some more insight into her creative process for S.O.S. Enjoy:   

August 28, 2015 in Music, Rain Drops by

Slick Devious – PORTAL [ALBUM]

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“Invisibility cloaks up on the merch table…” – Slick (on Shadow11)

Slick Devious (aka the white guy in RenCo) is a vicious lyricist who recently dropped an album that is pretty damn good. Jazzy, gritty, spacey, intellectual, based… Those are 5 words I’d use to describe Portal, Slick’s 9-track project.

The album boasts features from Janet Earth, Maze Koroma and ZOO?, while production was done by Skilli Skell, Scorched Earth and Slick himself. Slick’s Bandcamp page describes the album as, “A ceaseless give and take between the dust particles of existence. Trancending the realms of space, time and reality. A dub echo being projected across infinite solar systems and funneled into your brain for 28 minutes.”

What he said. Do peep.

August 28, 2015 in Features, Interviews, Video by

Moments at Wayne Manor Presents: Uno, A Moment with Jake One

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Jake One has been a Northwest titan for a long time. So long, in fact, that many of us are too young to really even know why.

Seattle filmographer Darryl Reese does a great job capturing the producer in his natural element – home – and also manages to provide a refresher course for anyone thinking the Jake One is just a big name. Few people have put in the work and brought it back home like Jake, from G-Unit to Tuxedo, the prominent beat-maker gives us a glimpse of his personal and artistic flavor… and his daughter is adorable.

August 27, 2015 in Music, Rain Drops by

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Downtown [OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO]

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have a new video out for a new song, Downtown, that heavily invokes the feel of the 80′s. Yes, kids, this is what the 80′s was like… random dance scenes and all. If you don’t believe me, ask your uncle.

With “features” from Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee, Grandmaster Caz, Eric Nally and a moped, I assume 80′s is exactly the feel they were going for. Big budget ish from the 206′s most famous duo. #OutHere

August 27, 2015 in Music, Rain Drops by

Kung Foo Grip – The New Flesh [ALBUM]

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Kenny Fresh said it was one of the best rap albums he’d heard all year so I checked out Kung Foo Grip’s latest offering and it was a treat for the ears, though I may not be quite as sold as Mr. Fresh. It’s been two years since the Seattle vets have dropped an album though, and this should certainly satisfy their fan base.

There’s no slacking on the rapping on this one, and the production is refreshingly creative and new; still, at times I found myself a bit lost on some of the more experimental joints. Nonetheless, great listen. Plus it’s a free download. Can’t lose.

August 27, 2015 in Live Music, News, Video by

Damian Lillard Hits Stage For First Time At Portland Hip-Hop Show [Video]

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Last night was a movie, so its only right we post some real footage, right?  Watch Dame DOLLA spit his verse over Brookfield Duece’s I Wish I Could Tell Ya below (full track below as well).  #OutHere

Video by Mac Smiff

August 27, 2015 in Album Reviews by

Album Review: Casino Carpet

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With the release of Casino Carpet, Myke Bogan’s future looks bright while he admits he’s right where he’s supposed to be.

There aren’t too many rappers who I would like to live vicariously through their lyrics and at the same time believe the stories they tell. Myke Bogan raps with sincerity with personally charged bars and respect for the craft. While bumping Casino Carpet, I wouldn’t mind crushing some Xanax into a Sprite, if I was about that life. Bogan just seems like a cool cat to hang out with, and the music is demonstratively honest, welcoming and brilliant. I would smoke a blunt with this dood and I don’t even smoke weed.

Lefty did his thing on the beats too. There are no make-that-face-like-it-just-melted beats on Casino Carpet, but the music compliments the lyrics nicely. The beats are just as smoked out as the words. The music supports the lyrics. There is a synergy in this album, which is made possible because Myke Bogan is an EMCEE and Lefty is a PRODUCER.