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January 24, 2015 in Music, Video, WOHM Premiere by

Rasheed Jamal – Dope Tape (VLR) [VIDEO]

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Despite his low profile, Rasheed Jamal‘s upcoming project, SANKOFA is growing consistently. The FRSH TRB Republic / Resistance emcee recently reached out to WOHM to premiere the first visual from the album with Dope Tape (VLR). When asked about the video Rasheed comments,“Well first off I haven’t made many videos, so I had to link with Ver$ace Van Londen and get fam to lay the murder game visually. Secondly, I haven’t made many joints that I could just clown and talk shit on lately, so I wanted to make this video first just because its a light hearted song to slab to.”

Following the strong reception to the audio, I think Sheed picked the right track to shoot a vid for. Definitely worth a special Saturday drop, so peep it before you head out for the night. I guess I have a cameo in the video too. Might have to hit him up about a check. #OutHere

January 23, 2015 in Music, New by

Dave B – Loosies (Prod. By Jake One & Stewart Villain)

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I remember listening to last years Freshest In Northwest conversations and hearing some folks really really riding for this cat Dave B who I had never heard of. I didn’t really try to find any of his music and I later heard of him opening up for a couple shows but other than that I slept, big mistake. I have know been awoken by the cold glass of water that is ‘Loosies’, with production from Portland’s rising producer Stewart Villain and established Seattle heavy weight Jake One. The two songs ‘Leaves’ and ‘Church Cloths’ are heat like red coals. Jake One samples Navi from Zelda near the end of his joint which, Majora’s Mask being in my top 5 video games ever, is super dope to me. And Stewart needless to say comes off with a straight banger. Please stop reading this and hit the play button if you haven’t already.

January 22, 2015 in News by

HANiF (fka Luck-One) Announces National Tour w/ Pete Rock, Slum Village

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I’ve been waiting to announce this for a little bit, but HANiF took to Instagram to let us know that he will be joining Pete Rock & Slum Village on a 27-date national tour beginning February 7th.  This is a huge step for the artist formerly known as Luck-One, but I’m nowhere near surprised given recent events.  Check the tour dates below to see when he hits your city…we’ll definitely be in attendance on March 31st.  #APM #OutHere

HANiF Luck One tour dates

January 21, 2015 in Music, New, Rain Drops by

Mikey Vegaz – January 12th [Single]

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Mikey Vegaz takes J. Cole’s January 28th instrumental for a test flight, delivering all bars, no hook, and building anticipation for volume three of his Oregoon mixtape series.  This will be in rotation on my next flight.

S/o to Sincerely Promotions for the find.  #OutHere

January 21, 2015 in Music, New, Uncategorized, Video by

Load B – 80 BLOxxx [Video]

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The Northeast boys from Load B show you what an average sleepy night on Dekum is like before they embark on their great Escape from Snortladia. Sadly, it looks like Fred couldn’t make it to the set of this video as he was in New York shooting his passion project.  Enjoy the uncontrolled chaos of an anti-baking soda cult.

January 21, 2015 in Interviews, Music, New, Rain Drops, WOHM Premiere by

Brookfield Duece Interview + Run 2 (ft. Glenn Waco & Aminé)

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About a week ago (*Bobby Schmurda voice*) I attended the Adidas x Damian Lillard signature shoe event (s/o Glenn Waco) and was promptly introduced to Oakland artist (and number 0′s cousin) Brookfield Duece.  As luck would have it, PDX artist Aminé & his producer/engineer Jahosh were also in attendance, where I learned that there had been a special Oakland x Portland music collaboration in the works for some time now.   Check out my quick interview with Duece where we discuss his background, connecting with Portland artists, his favorite NBA team, & more.  Also check out the WOHM premiere of his new single featuring PDX’s Glenn Waco x Aminé — and produced by Jahosh — below.  #OutHere

Tell us a little bit about your background, growing up in Oakland, and how that has influenced you as an artist.

Grew up in Brookfield Village in east Oakland. Played hoop all the time. My mom named my Duece because I’m a junior. There was another guy named Duece that played hoop in my city, so people had to split us up by saying “you know Duece, not that Duece, Brookfield Duece” so it stuck. Growing up in an area where my first grade class had 30+ kids and only 15-20 aren’t dead or in jail to tell the story makes me feel like I’m endangered and someone has to tell the story of a kid/adolescent/adult growing up and living in Brookfield and Oakland. My music is greatly affected by that. I speak about a lot of social/political/economic issues that we go through and the feelings we experience on both sides of that. Having and not having. Taking and getting took from. Chasing dreams to fix problems and being okay living in poverty. I’ve just recently decided to intermingle today’s sounds with my message due to the fact that I felt like my message wasn’t reaching the people it needed to reach.

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You recently performed @ Amine’s OTM Party in Portland. How did you connect with him, Glenn Waco, & producer Jahosh?

I did a project called Boondock Saints with South Carolina rapper Ceeza Luciano that I met through my cousin out there. And while the tape was on Datpiff I was working planning on releasing another project called Training Camp, I was shopping the songs and doing shows in Oakland. I did a show at my neighborhood picnic and motivational speaker Tony Gaskins was there. He seen me rock and we talked after and he agreed to help me expose my music. I had meetings with a bunch of labels. The biggest being TDE with Dave Free.  He advised me to shy away from Datpiff and get into the more official platforms, iTunes, Google, etc. So, I ran to Datpiff to erase [my project] off the site LMAO. I log on and I see Aminé’s Odyssey To Me tape.  I check it out just based on the cover and the placement. It’s dope AF. So I fished for his contact info. Told them I’d be up there in Portland soon visiting my family because my cousin Dame Lillard plays up there for the Blazers. They say cool, and we stay connected for months.  I then moved my project to Bandcamp just to give fans an option to pay as well as get me an email address too. I search Digi+Phonics beats coming off the meeting with TDE and stumble on The North Face by Waco and V[innie] Dewayne. It was produced by Tae Beast [of TDE]. I seen they were also from PDX.  It all felt like I was supposed to be up there.  Jahosh offered to let me rock a set at Aminé’s OTM party in Portland. I agreed and drove up there. Party was dope. Few hecklers at first but that’s how it is from out of town. Crowd warmed up to me fast though. Lol

You seem to be pretty versatile when it comes to songwriting & beat selection (from sample beats to trap beats, etc). How would you describe your overall style?

I would say my overall style is reality. Narrative. I speak about things I’ve done, or seen closely. I understand that not everyone gets a voice so I speak for much more than me and my family. I speak for my hood and my city.

Working on a project right now, or just dropping singles?

Yea, just released a project called Training Camp, which is part one of a two-part project.  It’s about trying new things and warming up for the new styles that will be added into my music, as well as explaining the battle that many artists go through with deciding either to make commercial or hip hop music.  Part two is called Hoop Dreams, and it’s about chasing the dreams further and for me chasing them with these new styles I tried in in the previous project.

I usually drop music when I feel like it. If the Street Academy think tank (Cash Rules, ShonuffNYC, C-Rob, Joyntz and my home Green Chair Music with Ryan Watts & Joel Weston) says it’s hot, then I try not to sit on it, but I feel comfortable making albums about a specific concept.  The view points and pitfalls as well as solutions.  I feel like because I focus on concept albums that gives me the freedom to switch styles so freely as long as my message is there.  Nostalgic classic hip hop, trippy, trap, street, etc. can all be done by me with no problem.

Where can people listen to/download your music?

I have all my music in almost every popular outlet: iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Deezer (UK), Rdio, Beats Music, Spotify, Bandcamp, Soundcloud. Pretty much everywhere lol.

Onto more serious matters.  Blazers or Warriors?

Warriors!!  I’ve invested too much into losing with Oakland to not be ready to win.  We haven’t won my whole life.  ’75 was the last title. I know y’all up there.  ’77 for y’all.  But I am a Blazers fan.  I actually own two jerseys period.  Clyde Drexler, and Dame Lillard.  No Warriors jerseys. But yea Warriors are #1-A, Blazers are #1-B.  If PDX and Oakland end up in the conference finals, I would have to side with PDX. Always going with family.  Always.  The Dubbs will be around a while as well as PDX so I’m sure I’ll be fighting myself for a few years.

Lastly – who is better on the mic….you or Dame?

Come on now.  ME.  Ask him [fake editors note: we will!], he’ll keep it real with you.  Lol

 

January 20, 2015 in Music, New, Uncategorized, Video by

TeamBackPack Cypher – Kosha Dillz, Mega Ran, Stewart Villain [Video]

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The good people at TeamBackpack bring us another installment of their ‘LAX to JFK’ series featuring Kosha Dillz, Mega Ran and Portlands own Stewart Villain over a beat Produced by who? Stewart Villain. PDX stand up.

January 20, 2015 in Music, Rain Drops by

TYuS ft. Cassow – Bad Gyal (Remix)

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Looks like Cassow decided to start his new year off by remixing singer/producer (and fellow GOTY artist) TYuS‘ Bad Gyal record. The two PDX natives have taken their talents to the city of Los Angeles where they have continued their consistent output of quality records.  Look for more releases from this camp soon.  #OutHere

January 20, 2015 in Album Reviews, Features, Music by

Tope – Broke Boy Syndrome

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It’s no secret that I’ve been recruiting new WOHMers. A breadth of opinions and views is key to keeping the attention of our fanbase, and newcomer Patrick griffin brings us just that. A young Hip-Hop aficianado from PDX with a slick pen game, I’m very pleased to introduce Patrick through his in-depth review of Tope’s breakthrough album “Broke Boy Syndrome“.  ~ Mac Smiff (Editor-In-Chief)

Tope has been a city pillar for years now, from his previous solo releases (including the still-rockin’ “Soul Music”), his collaborations with other local legend Epp, to his controversial appearances in the all-city Rigsketball Basketball Tournament (the cat can ball). On the newly released “Broke Boy Syndrome,” Tope sounds as if he aspires for more mainstream recognition, perhaps now that the hip-hop world is slightly more accepting of white rappers from the Northwest (especially ones who tour their asses off).

January 20, 2015 in Uncategorized by

PDX On Point – MLK Sunday at Ainsworth UCC

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Ainsworth United Church of Christ is quite unlike many other churches in America. In their own words, Ainsworth UCC is “multi-cultural, multi-racial, open and affirming.” And they’re pretty serious. Thirty years ago, 2nd Reform Church, a white congregation, was renting space to St. Andrews Church, a black congrregation, for separate services on Sunday afternoons. The ministers of the two churches decided that sharing a church without really sharing the church was nonsense. So they went on to create a heartwarming mashup of black and white church culture and eventually committed themselves to diversity, social justice and progressive Christianity.

Jan. 18, Ainsworth hosted their annual Martin Luther King Jr Celebration and Potluck and reminded everyone of what’s been setting them apart for decades; good food, good people, and hard conversations. In addition to pulled pork sliders, mac-and-cheese, REAL chili (no beans), and fried chicken, Ainsworth devoted itself to an afternoon of education and reflection on race and the most famous leader of the Civil Rights Movement. Tables were covered with info cards about important Black historical figures, groups discussed MLK quotes, and questioned whether their church was fulfilling its mission of inclusiveness.