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August 10, 2020 in Politics by

Stay For The Revolution

I arrived home early one morning after being at the Justice Center, helmet and gas mask in hand, covered in the stench of tear gas, pepper and gunpowder. Without hardly a thought, I put my protest gear in the designated area, removed my contaminated clothes, and showered with cool water, washing my dreads for the second time in 3 days.

As I started wandering to bed, my wife asked if I was hungry. I was. I’d lost 11 pounds over the past 5 days; CS gas had sapped my ability to taste and left me with no desire to eat, but I was hungry. Knowing I was too tired to prepare anything, she warmed up some dinner for me. And while we waited on the oven to heat, she twisted my dreads. She didn’t tell me that my hair looked a mess, but I already knew.

July 13, 2020 in Album Reviews, Music, Producers, Video by

To Be Honest, No One Cares – Take it From Marcus McCauley

Cover Photo by Robert Schmeltzer.

The first time I cried in a coffee shop, Marcus McCauley made me do it.

I was listening to his latest album, No One Cares, intrigued by the fact that he wrote and produced the entire thing.

June 30, 2020 in Uncategorized by

To Write, Or Not To Write: Why That Is Not The Question

Music by Rae Khalil.

Hello World,

It is me, Akunna.

I restarted this article hundreds of times in my head before restarting it several times on the screen in front of me. I began to type these words last week. I began to type these words even the week before last week.

…But nothing seemed to sound right. Nothing seemed to sound right.

May 26, 2020 in WOHM Premiere by

Video Premiere: R4PC4MP – “Deep Stay, Gent” (Prod. I Like Animals)

Ahead of their forthcoming album, ​R4PC4MP, (Blake Ambrose + Lucas Dix + @KurntCobain) has added a visual to their arsenal of pre-release presents.

(And you’re going to see it here first.)

The album, ​TR4PC4MP, features production from Ohio based crew, I Like Animals, and will release this Friday, May 29th.

We’ve already received two singles- the poetic and eclectic “Black Walder,” and the quirky and statement-sending “Deep Stay Gent.” Today, they’ve released their video for the latter, and what a treat it is.

May 25, 2020 in Album Reviews, Music by

Making a Bold and Blonde Self Declaration, Archie Presents EP, ‘613’

Cover photo by Kalina Cimone.

After taking some time for self-reflection, an artist previously known as PSA has reemerged as Archie, presenting a 4-track EP entitled 613.

The numerically named-project presents as a fine, 4-act Broadway play. With engaging elegance, Archie walks us through each scene, using her voice as her primary prop. Let’s get into the plot.

| ACT ONE |

The thick red curtains part, and our protagonist saunters onstage while the piano plays an animated tune. She sings out and her voice floats from the stage, capturing the crowd in sweet reverie.

“Close the gates, close the curtains. I can’t go on when my soul is hurtin’. Sitting here, staring at the mirror, eyes start to focus, but things ain’t getting clearer…”

May 14, 2020 in Interviews, Music by

Mic Capes Aims to Keep the Music Moving With #MicCapesMondays

Cover photo by Samuel Gehrke.

#MicCapesMondays Weeks 1-5: 4.13.20 | 4.20.20 | 4.27.20 | 5.4.20 | 5.11.20

“If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it.”

It’s an old phrase, but it rings true, and it’s quite relevant right now. As the quarantined days drag on, our sleep cycles remain in shambles, and most of us are just trying to cling tightly to anything that resembles routine or balance.

I sure am, and my efforts are mostly successful, but I always wonder what it’s like for everyone else. I recently caught up with Portland native, wordsmith, and master of the mic, Mic Capes, to ask how he’s spent his time indoors.

May 13, 2020 in Music by

Jus Family Records Reissues “Western Conference All-Starz” Portland Hip-Hop Compilation

Let’s take it back to the old school for a minute.

Jus Family Records was the only local label I knew of growing up, and that was really cool to me because they only made street music. A testament to their staying power, the label continues to operate to this day with Cool Nutz, Bosko and Maniac Lok at the helm.

May 8, 2020 in Music by

Bocha – FREAK (Prod. by Sxlxmxn)

Photo by @lilyerrr

Rockwood representative Bocha dropped off a fun new single today. FREAK, produced by local super-producer Sxlxmxn, is a lyrical smoker’s anthem that’ll rattle your rear-view mirrors.

The two-verse track boasts an extended hook and the timely beat progressions Sxlxmxn has long been known for. Meanwhile, Bocha floats with his sporadic cadence and clever bars that let you know he’s up no good.

Check it out on all streaming services. I recommend Tidal.

May 7, 2020 in Interviews, Music by

Tony Ozier & King Thayo – Light My Fire + Tone Tuesdays

Image of King Thayo by Tim Tidball

I was goofing around on IG last night and came across a clip of a very catchy song on the big homie Tony Ozier’s feed called Light My Fire, which features King Thayo, a Trini-born reggae singer who I’ve been keeping an eye on for a few months since he started popping up in Portland.

The song meshes Tony’s smooth, funky production with Thayo’s raspy crooning, resulting in a relaxing reggae chune that’s perfect for these sunny Spring days.

May 7, 2020 in Album Reviews, Music by

From Mixtapes to Grayscale, From Grayscale to COLORS: The Rise of Donte Thomas

Cover Photo by Reclusive.

I recall seeing the name prior to that moment, but I never actually tapped in…

Donte Thomas.

His recently released visual for a track entitled “OFF WHITE,” was making rounds on my timeline, so I decided to give it a view. I clicked play and sat back in my chair. It was November of 2019.

Instantly, brilliant bright coral stretched over my screen. Comforting chords and subdued bongo beating sailed out of my speakers. My eyes widened and my ears perked up.

“Please don’t act like everything of mine ain’t crackpipe…”

The first line of the song took me aback, but in a good way. I respected the energy and confidence, charging straight out of the gate.