July 22, 2014 in Music, Rain Drops, Video by

Drae Steves – Fuck What You Heard ft. Ace Dough [Video]

Steves + AD

I keep telling y’all Drae Steves‘ record SLAPS, I’m not sure y’all listening though. His latest visual honestly doesn’t stand out from his last, but it’s well done and the song – which features up-and-comer Ace Dough – hits… just like the last. Where was THIS track when DJ Dizz was spinning at AD’s birthday party?

#AddItToThePlaylist #UnfinishedBusiness

July 22, 2014 in Music, Rain Drops by

JRayC – The Intro


Portland’s JRayC leaked the intro from his upcoming tape. Sounds like promising light-skinned music. Interested to see what he cooking up…

July 22, 2014 in Music, Rain Drops by

Nyles Davis – Rise and Grind [Prod. by Nyles Davis]


Boston-born and Seattle raised, Nyles Davis drops a laid back yet catchy gem with a fun video shot by Seattle’s First Ladies. Made his own beat too. We see you.

Nyles Davis – Rise and Grind [Prod. by Nyles Davis] from First Ladies Productions on Vimeo.

July 21, 2014 in Music, News, Sponsored Article by

Preview: Rakim Returns To Portland


Cover photo by Sure Shot Fotografie

The last time Rakim came to town we were all over it, documenting his stops in both Portland and Seattle. I honestly didn’t think I’d ever see him perform in my hometown again. Thankfully, I was wrong.

Rakim is back in town TOMORROW night at the Hawthorne Theater with a trio of dope Northwest openers in Prince Charmn, Mighty, and the electric Jon Belz (who has an album with Trox coming out soon). Where Runaway Productions nabbed some heavy hitting veterans to roll out the rug for the wintertime show last year, Way2Hott made it a point to put fresh, young, yet accomplished talent around the legend for the summer performance, all while maintaining the lyrical quality you’d expect from anyone daring to open for Ra. To round things out, DJ OG One will be on the decks and – yes, as the flyer says – yours truly will be hosting! Hope you’re ready for the Tuesday night turn up! Last year, I was on stage taking pictures, this year, I’m part the show. #Honored

July 21, 2014 in Music, Rain Drops by

Karma Rivera – Lost In My Own Thoughts


Karma Rivera is starting to ramp up with the bangers. The Vancouver, WA rhymer flexes her story telling skills on Lost In My Own Thoughts. Do peep!

July 21, 2014 in Music, Rain Drops by

Thaddeus David – Lost & Found Features 2007-2014

Thaddeus David Press Photo

Thaddeus David is one of those guys that murders features… So what could be doper than a 25 track compilation of his best collabs? Not much, I will attest. From 2007 to present, Thad shows you why he was voted one of the Freshest in the NW with this latest project featuring EVERYBODY. Hella bars… This tape might inspire a road trip.


July 18, 2014 in Editorials, On..., Op-Eds by

On: Finding Self-Esteem in Eugene

Karimu Kudura leading AAROP kids in their morning tai chi. Photo by Intisar Abioto.

Sometimes, to be the change you want to see, you have to first see the change you want to see.

Yesterday, the Urban League sent Intisar Abioto and me down to Eugene to cover the African American Rites of Passage Summer Academy, or AAROP. As a former Prospective Gent (of the now defunct Bridge Builders), I have a lot of expectations when it comes to programs like these. What I saw at Lane Community College killed every bit of skepticism I had. Watching multiple generations not just working together, but clearly enjoying each other’s company was chicken soup for the jaded Black soul.

To be honest, I wasn’t aware of other rites of passage programs outside of Portland. But then again, that’s the narrative of Black people in Oregon. Let the media tell it and you’d think Portland is the only place with Black people doing anything significant collectively.

July 18, 2014 in Features, Interviews by

7 Questions w/ Nyce Lutchiano

Not too long ago, my guy DJ Fatboy hipped me to an up-and-coming artist named Nyce Lutchiano. Since then, the rapper’s name has been everywhere. I’ve been lucky enough to hear bits of his upcoming mixtape, and I can attest that it goes, so when I heard he’d been booked for multiple stops on the Paisley Tour, I figured it was time to get that interview.
Far from new to this, Nyce was actually first featured in WOHM in 2011 dropping slaps. But people take time to catch on, and his grind is starting to pay off. I got a chance to rap with the nasal-voiced rapper while he was preparing for the Seattle leg of the tour. Fortunately, he hit me back before he starting big timing, taking pictures with Macklemore and stuff. I kid, I kid… but really though. Here’s what he had to say.

July 18, 2014 in Features, Music, Rain Drops by

Luck-One – Summer Of My Youth (Prod. by Mike Mo & Samerai)


Branded as “the bearded one” by Dope Boy Shake, Luck One hopped back on his boom-bapping, spoken-word ways dropping his 9th #WeeklyWonder, Summer Of My Youth, which features production from Mike Mo and (Portland’s) Samerai.

P.S. Luck One thinks he’s buff.

July 18, 2014 in Music, Rain Drops by



It’s Friday, turn up! MackNed of Moor Gang/THRAXXHOUSE dropped a crazy joint right here with Pale Tear Drops that he produced with Key Nyata. Don’t listen if your kids’ around.