January 14, 2018 in Politics by

Reclaim MLK Freedom & Unity March

For the fourth year in a row, Don’t Shoot PDX will be hosting a march – organized by the children – from Peninsula Park to the Portland Convention Center, taking Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard in honor of his holiday. 

Starting at noon, supplies such as clothing and bedding will be collected at Peninsula Park for those in need before the march commences. 

January 14, 2018 in Music, Producers by

Fountaine – Blue ? (Blue Questions)

Sometimes on Sundays, I just like to listen to instrumentals, and Fountaine’s latest drop makes for a great listen.

The Cowboy Beep Bop-inspired Blue ? provides all of the moody goodness that I’ve come to love from the young Scorpio, and even without raps the EP is remarkably clear in it’s message. The 20-track project is both versatile and mellow, experimental and complete, and well worth listening to on repeat. These are instrumentals you could rap over, sure, but honestly, I – for one – would rather just consume it as is. Well done.

January 12, 2018 in Music, Video by

$QVTCH Drops Back To Back Visuals for “Loner” & “Good Kid Bad Plaaces”

$QVTCH went for the two-fer, enlisting Ham Creatives for a pair of extra-clean videos for Loner & Good Kid Bad Plaaces. 

$QVTCH made waves at The THESIS late last year putting together a string of electric performances, including one at the sold out 3 Year Anniversary. With a shockingly deep voice, the live show assassin’s music translates well to record, and the accompanying videos fit his vibe. 

Loner is a somewhat personal track with a chill boombap vibe, showcasing his lyrical ability, whereas Good Kid Bad Plaaces is a straight up banger with an infectious hook and tremendous energy. A little something for everyone; can’t lose with either of these gems. 

January 12, 2018 in Interviews, Live Music by

Gangsigns Celebrates 4 Years of Verified

Verified is a monthly dance party thrown every second Saturday at Holocene by a wildly popular Portland DJ, Gangsigns. Very few people understand how hard it is to keep a monthly party going year after year, especially in a place like Portland, so congratulations are certainly in order.

The DJ lineup changes each month, but I got a chance to chat with the man behind it all, Gangsigns. We discussed his role in one of the city’s most popular parties, focusing on how he got started, how he’s kept it going, and what newcomers can expect from the trap-fueled DJ-focused event.

January 12, 2018 in Music, WOHM Premiere by

Andre Waymond – Feelings At The Door (Prod. By Loner Beatz)

Andre Waymond bursts onto the music scene with his standout single, Feelings At The Door, produced by Portland’s own Loner Beatz.

On a rock-influenced rap track focused on shelving one’s own emotions – let alone the emotions of others – to push through perceived ceilings, Andre showcases effortless lyrical gymnastics as he reels off personal moments he’s put aside in search of success. Inspiring and sonically vibrant, Feelings At The Door, is the first release from his upcoming album, Express Yourself. 

WOHM is proud to be back in the business of premiering music, and we couldn’t be more excited of the quality of this new release by Andre Waymond and Loner Beats. #OutHere

Artwork by Casso Dinero

January 11, 2018 in Live Music, Women by

Princess Nokia Is Coming to PDX

For the last couple years I’ve been hearing a lot of hype around the name Princess Nokia, who’s previously performed under the monikers Wavy Spice and Destiny. And after doing my research, I’ve learned that Princess Nokia really is a bad ass bitch. In September Nokia released her stellar, 16-track mixtape 1992 Deluxe, and now she’s embarking on a US tour that, finally, includes Portland. WOHM photographer Renee Lopez (of Miss Lopez Media) has repeatedly told me that Nokia puts on one hell of a show, is unafraid to get real on the mic, and lets her New York attitude hang out. A peruse through her YouTube collection should be enough to convince you to see her live. From gritty hip-hop on “Tomboy,” “G.O.A.T.” and “Brujas,” to R&B joints like “Orange Blossom” and “Soul Train,” there are many sides to the 25-year-old emcee. Looking at the Facebook event page, there’s already a lot of interest in the pre-sale. Tickets go on sale to the general public tomorrow at 10am PST, and my guess is that they’ll sell out fast, so don’t dilly dally.

Princess Nokia

Tuesday, Feb 20, 8:30 pm

Wonder Ballroom

128 NE Russell

January 10, 2018 in Music by

Prince Hyph – Still With The Gang

Prince Hyph did his thing with the new uptempo slap Still With The Gang. Not for the weak of heart, the Turf Noize alum lets it be known that he’s not letting his street roots go anytime soon. 

Lot’s of artsy stuff coming out of Portland these days, but Hyph is one of the few still making anthems for the hood. The Nutty North is alive and well.

January 10, 2018 in Music, Video by

The Last Artful, Dodgr & Neill Von Tally – Oofda [VIDEO]

Noah Porter never disappoints, and his video for Dodgr and Von Tally’s smash hit Oofda comes right on time. Dark and sultry visuals breathe new life into the moody song, and cold season Portland life is well chronicled; from the weed and custom caps to the overhead neighborhood views and sippin’ out of mason jars, Dodgr & Company seem to get this one just right.

Well deserved, the video earned a premiere from the highly respected music blog Pigeons & Planes earlier today, and is already racking up the views. Let’s support and show ’em how Portland gets down. Check out the new single by one of PDX’s favorite rap transplants. #OutHere

Cover Photo taken at The THESIS by CHRISTOPHER GARCIA VALLE for Portland Mercury

January 9, 2018 in News by

Long Live Kool-Aid!

Isaac Rathje, or Kool-Aid as he is widely known, has for long been a staple in the Portland rap scene. Like many, I was shocked late last night to hear that he’d passed, a victim of seemingly senseless gun violence at Fernhill Park, the previous home of Whitaker Middle School.

Turns out it was another guy with the same nickname – and for him we grieve – but I think we’re all rightfully relieved that our guy is still with us. 

January 7, 2018 in Music, R&B by

3am – Party & Fuck (Prod. by KanielTheOne)

3am returns with a new single, pulling no punches with the smoky Party & Fuck. Dude’s transition from rap-singer to full on R&B heartthrob has been amazing to watch. 

The SQD alum seems to drop hit after hit, and with visuals on the way (from the talented Mike Video) plus a following that simply can’t get enough, it’s looking like he might have another hit on his hands. 

Not an official premiere, but you saw it here first. Don’t say we didn’t tell you. #OutHere