I’m not really big on posting video trailers, but I’m really excited to know visuals are coming for what I felt was one of the most underrated songs on 2014, Senseless. Keep an eye out for Alexis Whitney. #RakzEnt
“I’m in the kitchen always cooking like a Mexican stove.”
Serge Severe kinda got off on Dilla’s Red beat during XRAY.FM’s Welcome To The Neighborhood with DJ Klyph. Catch Serge this Sunday at The Hawthorne Theater with Dj Oremiere and Royce Da 5’9″, and check out Klyph every Saturday at 8 on 107.1 FM.
Yeah, we know….finally! Our Juice Radio podcast is now available for stream via MixCloud. Episode six features an interview with Oakland emcee (and Damian Lillard’s cousin) Brookfield Duece, as well as new music from Tope, Cool Nutz, Tuxedo, & more (the ticket giveaway is already over, but you can still give us a listen). Check us out!
The problem isn’t letting others know what kind of music you can make. The problem is selling it through the right channels. Without the backing of a label, many artists find it hard to earn money through the music they create. With the help of video game licensing, however, that can all change. The video games industry is one of the most lucrative businesses today, and independent musicians from all over the world can take a slice of that success for themselves.
Today, the most popular and successful video game genre has to be slot machines. Slots were first created in the 1800s but they’re still very lucrative today, making up at least 70% of a casino’s income. InterCasino, the world’s first online casino that opened in the 90s, is still in operation thanks to its wide variety of games that are constantly being enhanced not only by groundbreaking graphics but encouraging sounds as well.
With his new album 12 Inch Vinyls out and a tour with Pete Rock and Slum Village around the corner, AirPlaneMode rapper HANiF releases a video for Servant II The King - which serves as a bonus track on his latest tape – through VIBE Magazine. In other words, he’s basically killing it.
Highly recommend viewing at 1080p. Shout out to VIBE for rocking with a NW staple. See the VIBE article HERE.
I was admittedly unfamiliar with Mayer Hawthorne’s music until I saw people on my Twitter timeline raving about somebody named “Tuxedo.” I hit a link and discovered that Seattle super-producer Jake One & the aforementioned singer/songwriter had delivered an r&b/funk album that is thee troof. I really can’t wait to BBQ to these joints. Their self-titled debut album is available for preview/purchase on iTunes today. Download & dance. #OutHere
MOsley WOtta, aka MOWO, has made a name for himself rocking shows throughout the Northwest. The Bend MC has also made a direct impact on many Oregon youth through teaching, utilizing music to connect and encourage literary expression. Now he’s trying to bring the stage and the classroom together with the “Markets Flooded” Tour. MOWO and electronic music producer Collothen, who are also getting ready to release a project titled “Crack in the Bell,” recently began a crowd funding drive to make the tour a reality. If successful, they will be able to tour venues and provide schools with MOWO’s brand of music-inspired education for three months straight (which translates into a tour stretching into the fall).
In case you weren’t paying attention (or don’t follow us on Twitter), We Out Here Magazine gave a pair of free tickets for tonight’s sold out Forest Hills Drive Tour stop in Eugene to one lucky winner over the weekend. J. Cole is huge right now, and this tour – which kicks off tonight – plans to launch his new label-mates into superstardom as well.
Enter Cozz, a 20 year old rapper from South Central with an ill flow and dreams of being rich. Signed to Cole’s Dreamville Records (an imprint on Interscope Records) in June of last year, the previously unknown LA native dropped his debut album, Cozz & Effect to critical acclaim, with his lead single Dreams breaking the Billboard charts upon the announcement of his signing. A true overnight celebrity, I got a chance to chat it up with Cozz for a bit over the weekend and talk about life, the music industry, and his first trip to The Great Northwest.
A lot of people see J. Cole as the future of hip-hop and it became clear that Interscope put faith in him as well when they inked his Dreamville Records to an distribution deal in 2014. He went on to sign 2 artists, Bas and Cozz, from Queens and South Central, respectively and are now embarking on a 3-part international tour with some of the industries brightest stars.
What really awesome is that Act 1 of The Forest Hills Drive Tour – nicknamed Hometown – kicks off in Eugene, Oregon before it takes off to 19 other midsized cities around the country. Act 2 (The Journey) takes the team across Europe before they come home for Act 3 (Hollywood) where they will tackle the larger metropolises, including Seattle. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The kickoff show in Eugene goes down March, 2nd. That’s next Monday.