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July 15, 2017 in Interviews, Live Music, Video by

The Thesis Recap Video

After two and a half years, TheTHESIS is still going strong. In fact, we’re still growing. 

Our last show started off with a bang as surprise guest Young Onassis from LA took the stage, immediately drawing the crowd in. Raquel Divar and Cory Oh brought the bass, debuting their new video, Vandals, and performed a few favorites as well. Mighty – fitted in Black Mannequin gear – came big with the banner and forced the crowd to listen with next-level lyricism. Finally, 21 year old Danielseventwo took the stage with Keijian and delivered an energetically based performance to close out the night. Of course, Verbz held the stage down between and during sets, controlling the flow of the night.

As always, the crowd is as important as the performers at TheTHESIS. This is really more than a rap show, it’s a tradition, a networking event, and a way to support the local scene. As Mic Capes puts it in this video recap (courtesy of Lord Burgundy), “I came out to support those that support me, man. I support TheTHESIS.” And that’s the gist of this whole thing, right there. 

Shout out to Kelly’s Olympian, all of our amazing guests, and our wonderful press sponsors. Whether you’re checking it out or re-living the night, check out Lord Burgundy’s first video foray into the TheTHESIS. Enjoy.

July 14, 2017 in Music by

Manny Monday- T$D$ Freestyle

Manny Monday has been a staple in the Portland community for quite awhile now. Although lately we haven’t heard much from the talented emcee, he has recently surfaced again. After a little hiatus he has made a triumphant return with his newest freestyle “T$D$“. Now… Not too many rappers would tackle a beat such as Joey Bad’s “Waves” without some slight hesitation. Manny however has had no problem with this endevour, nonchalantly slaying the instrumental with his clever delivery and alliteration. Keep an ear out for this man as I’m sure this isn’t the last we’ll hear from him. Peep.

If you like what you hear you can check out his last project “WORKAHOLIXHERE.

 

July 11, 2017 in Music by

Ki$- Stripes Only

Originally hailing from North Portland, Ki$ is no stranger to the 503. He moved to Dallas at an early age where he developed his infatuation for double cup music and the southern sound. However five years ago he returned to his hometown as most do to our alluring city. His newest track features a sultry beat with some impressive wordplay and flow. Be on the lookout for more from this up and coming emcee. Now go Po’ up, roll up, or do whatever suits your means of relaxation best and press that play button.

July 7, 2017 in Music, Producers, Video, Women by

Cory O & Raquel Divar – Vandals [VIDEO]

The hip-hop tag team of bass specialist Cory O and lyricist Raquel Divar blessed TheTHESIS last night with a big screen debut of their new single, Vandals. This morning, they dropped the video. 

The high energy video – shot by none other than Tim Slew – successfully captures Divar’s intense and explosive rap persona almost as well as her live show. And, it features cameos from a few WOHM regulars. Check it out!

July 6, 2017 in Live Music, Video by

The THESIS: DanielSevenTwo, Mighty, Raquel Divar & Cory Oh, Verbz

Tonight the names above go up in lights for TheTHESIS, Portland’s marquee monthly hip-hop extravaganza, which features an amazing DJ – Verbz – and a rotating cast of phenomenal talent. Tonight’s line-up, as usual, is heavy on local talent. The young and popular DanielSevenTwo will take the stage for the first time, as will veteran phenom Mighty, and THESIS favorite Raquel Divar returns with Cory Oh with a special mission. 

Booking 72 was an exercise in patience. The kid’s been grinding for years, and since turning 21 in December, we’ve been looking for the right show to fit him on. That time is now, and he’s bringing his buddy Keijian for good measure. With a hazy flow that makes me think of Wiz or Curren$y, Daniel’s brand of rap is young, defiant and markedly different from that of other locals. You’ll just have to see for yourself.

June 27, 2017 in Music, Rain Drops by

Danielseventwo – London Freestyle (Prod. by Fyra)

In case you hadn’t heard, Danielseventwo will be making his debut appearance at the next installment of TheTHESIS in July, and we’re pretty stoked about it. 

A 21 year old rapper with a slow flow and potent bars, Daniel recently linked with his old buddy Fyra (FKA WhoIsColson) and dropped a little slaplet for our listening pleasures. Check it out and come out July 6th for yet another Thesis!

June 27, 2017 in Music, Rain Drops, Video by

Yung Mil – God Bless [VIDEO]

Fresh off the heels of his decidedly impressive remix of Drake’s Portland, the city’s youngest rap veteran, Yung Mil, and his self-owned video production company Aeon Visual dropped a video gem for his latest single, God Bless.

With thick religious themes and striking cinematography, it’s truly a joy to watch; and the song – produced by J.Ross & Simms Beats – more than holds its own. See it for yourself below.

June 27, 2017 in Interviews, Producers, Video by

P-Lo Discusses Portland Tour Stop & New Album, “More Than Anything”

 

Later tonight, Bay Area trendsetter P-Lo takes over the Hawthorne Theatre for what’s sure to be a great show featuring openers Rexx Life Raj, sxlxmxn (FKA Stewart Villain) and Donte Thomas.

An originator of the Heart Break Gang (Kehlani, Sage The Gemini, Iamsu!), P-Lo touts fresh lyrics over insane production and is currently pushing his new album, More Than Anything. In addition to producing for his own all-star crew P-Lo has crafted tunes for the likes of Yo Gotti, Jeezy, YG, 2 Chains, E-40 and Wiz Khalifa. In 2016, he completed a tour with G-Eazy and he’s been written up by rags like XXL and The Fader. 

I got a chance to catch up with P-Lo ahead of his Portland tour stop, and talk a bit about rap life. Check it out, and check out his show later tonight!

June 17, 2017 in Music, Rain Drops, Video by

Burn Money Music Presents: Bridge City Cypher #3

RC Spitta, Kid Indigo and the rest of the Burn Money Music camp light it up (both literally and figuratively) in this premeditated cypher vid. I’ll admit, I’m not too familiar with the squad, but I like what I hear and their studio space looks pretty awesome. 

Don’t be swayed by the nonchalant opening bars, these guys warm up fast and the energy goes off the charts. I’m hoping there’s more to come, I’ll be keeping an eye out. 

June 17, 2017 in Music, Rain Drops, Video by

Sadistik – God Complex [VIDEO]

Seattle rapper Sadistik dropped Alters back in April and his second single from the new project is wild. Impressive lyricism meets the ever-so-clean camera of Tim Slew for blasphemously gorgeous results. Safe to say Sadistik just keeps getting better.  

The video premiered on niche site Beautiful Bizarre, and if you like the song the related interview is certainly worth a read. #OutHere