Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One are back with another one! They let this loose a few days before their tour kicked off. Sounds like a B-side but fits the vibe of the project for sure. Tuxedo will be in Portland tomorrow at the Wonder Ballroom. Get your tickets before it sells out!
Portland’s very own Mikey Vegaz releases his latest body of work, “Confessions Of A Hustler.” 21 tracks deep, dipped in street knowledge and hustle anthems, cementing Mikey as up and coming name to look out for on the West Coast and beyond. For those of you who don’t know, Mikey is one of the most travelled artists in the NW region, touring with legends such as E-40, Tech N9ne, Too Short, and many more. In 2007, Mikey was featured in The Source Magazine’s “Unsigned Hype” which helped shed light on the Portland rap scene. Basically if you don’t know MV by now, you’ve definitely been sleeping. Maybe it’s time to get familiar.
Portland’s West African wonder, ISSA, flirts with a reggaeton-like sound, adding a ton of Latin fusion to a dancy rap track featuring Leek and his usual sidekick, Zito. I’m not even sure it is fair to call this a rap track, but the listener does get two solid verses from the featured artists. Check it out!
Portland has another songstress making the rounds. Venture dropped her new album Personal Agenda about a week ago. The Guamanian hooksmith’s solo debut comes in the form an EP; enough for a quick listen without the precociousness of a full length project. The offering establishes the presence of artistry and potential alongside the typical musical characteristics of raw youth.
Sonny Bonoho recently released his much anticipated album entitled ‘Dirty Old Man’. This project has been a long time in the making. We have been fans for quite a while now. One of my favorite tracks ‘“Concubine Juicy‘ was released a few years back and I also rock with ‘“Cougars‘ tough. Sonny catches your ear with his unorthodox lyrics over some of the best production you will hear. The ‘Dirty Old Man’ LP features production from northwest heavyweights like Trox and MTK and even super producer NOTTZ. The project was released under Raw Koncept and is available to cop on iTunes NOW!
Just in time for the weekend… Dre C and Manny Monday take advantage of the heat wave, dropping a smooth, sample powered summer anthem over a clean knock by Portland’s own Stewart Villain. Easily two of the cities most talented studio rappers, the duo makes it sound easy to deliver mutli-syllable rhyme schemes while Cruz (formerly of Flatline Studios) puts an immaculate mix on the busy track.
Oh yeah… This is a WOHM Premiere! #OutHere
“Live and Let Live” – Catharine Sedgwick
“People just need to mind their business.” – My Mother
After years of addressing it at the state level, the US Supreme Court issued a ruling this morning that individual states may not deny same-sex marriages – which I think we mostly agree can now simply be called, Marriages. The news brings happiness to many who have been unable to take advantage of the benefits of state-sanctioned marriage; but not surprisingly, it has also brought the anger out of many who feel a moral obligation to ensure that others adhere to their ways of life… at least on paper.
What’s always interesting (i.e. funny and/or aggravating) about people rallying against someone else’s preferred lifestyle are the attempts to create logical arguments to support their points of view. In the case of opposing gay/lesbian marriage, some of the arguments are downright ridiculous. Here at WOHM, we like to look at things from alternate angles… So without further ado, let’s discuss some of the common, illogical, and now legally irrelevant arguments against same-sex marriage.
Portland’s STRAY representative, Donte Thomas linked with soft-spoken LA rapper BMACTHEQUEEN over a spacey beat to build a rather enjoyable new song, Monsters & Goblins. Donte continues to impress lyrically, switching gears over the bouncy, ambient instrumental.
Def worth a spin or ten. #OutHere