January 20, 2018 in Album Reviews, Live Music, Music by

Dave B – Pearl [ALBUM]

Admittedly, I’m late getting to this Dave B album. But with a project this good, there’s really no time limits. Easily one of my favorite artists in the Northwest, Dave continues his streak of dropping consistent and timeless music with Pearl. 

From the opening track to the bonus track, Dave’s 3rd album impresses with smart lyrics, soulful melodies and beautiful production. Magnum and Sweetest Thing stood out to me, but each listen has me discovering gems, such as the expert rap flow on Dreamboy, which also includes heartfelt words from his mom. Production from Darius Rios, Elan Wright, and Nima Skeemz power the project with dreamy beats that complement the rap-singer’s groovy flow.

January 19, 2018 in Music, Video by

Warm Gun – Nu Diamonds / Got Me Now [VIDEO]

Seattle dynamo Warm Gun dropped an alluring visual for his sonically temptuous singles, Nu Diamonds and Got Me Now. 

It seems that Black Umbrella has taken over everything in Seattle, and I can’t say I’m mad. Clique cameos from Dave B, Raz Simone and Sam Lachow add life to the Sam Roberts-directed mini-flick and the likes of Emree Franklin don’t hurt a bit. 

Good luck not getting this one stuck in your head. 

January 18, 2018 in Music by

G-Low – No Comparisons

Portland rapper G-Low makes his WOHM debut with a somewhat eclectic 7 track EP, No Comparisons, which grew on me more with each listen. 

Sporting a measured but swaggy flow, he gathers production from SL333P, Deadxbrainz and J. Hixson, while going bar for bar with regional standouts Nick B, RC Spitta, Ugly Frank and Danny Sky. 

Different but dope, No Comparisons lives up to its name. Check it out. 

January 17, 2018 in Music by

Danny Sky – THX [AUDIO]

Burn Money Music representative Danny Sky makes a strong WOHM debut with a harmonic single in THX. Blending singing, rapping and soulful production the 22 year old Portland native is sure to turn a few heads with this one (which is also available on Spotify so go stream it there).

Though it hadn’t been announced yet, Danny is signed on as the special guest for February’s love-inspired THESIS, but I’ll keep the secret headliner under wraps for now. While we’re spilling tea, I should also mention that Danny has a fresh video coming out for THX in early February. Be sure to check back and we’ll have the super-clean visuals up for you soon. In the meantime, have fun singing along and come see him LIVE February 1st at Kelly’s Olympian!

January 17, 2018 in Music by

ItsMardi – American Way

Mardi is back with a solid slap produced by AzBeats. Thoughtful and catchy, American Way digs into the culture of capitalism and it’s impacts on society’s lower class.

The jazzy single touches on some serious concepts, from friendships and race to policing and Big Pharma, but never gets too heavy. Going the conscious route is not always Mardi’s thing, but he shows here that he does it exceptionally well. Check it out!

January 16, 2018 in Music, Producers by

SL333P – Vol. 2 [Instrumental]

SL333P (pronounced “sleep”, but not to be confused with Sleep of Oldominion) is a Portland producer who’s been making waves of late, and a few rappers have suggested I check out his latest beat tape, Vol. 2. I’m glad I did.

I don’t do much any rapping these days, but the warm and mellow production on his smart and consistent 9-track instrumental definitely inspire the flow. The SE Portlander has a knack for clean chops and soulful feels that don’t quite come off as boom-bap but definitely make the head nod. Expect to hear his work a lot in the near future, the youngin is doing his thing. #OutHere

January 16, 2018 in Music by

YoungShirtMane – YSMBIAGSO

“Daelonz is long gone. Welcome to Shirty season.”

Everybody is rebranding for 2018, and the rapper formerly known as Daelonz is now YoungShirtMane (and he ain’t gotta shirt on). His new single YSMBIAGSO reinforces that decision.

Still every bit as repugnantly awesome but purportedly more focused, the brash but technically proficient rapper is starting the year with all the confidence in the world. I actually thought he had an unnamed feature on the third verse, but that’s just Shirty switching the flow. A fun track for sure, feel free to turn up.

Cover photo by Riley Brown

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.