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February 5, 2016 in Interviews, Live Music, Music by

Packard Browne Talks About His New Event, SPLASH: A Hip Hop Collective

  

FLVXPortland hip-hop is on the up and up. People are truly starting to realize the depth of the talent present in the scene and both fans and artists are having as much fun as ever as the walls come down and cliques cross-pollinate.

Tonight at the Rose Bar, the FLVX Society crew has a fun night planned for the rap fans of the city, and it has the makings of something special. Collaboration has always been a core value for FLVX; the collective is headed by DIY producer/rapper/engineer Packard Browne (who rocked The Thesis in November), and extends to a number of talented artists including Zach Drury and Llyght Stevens. To sweeten the pot, the crew also reached out to buzzing underground locals Rey Totem and Sasquatch (of L$P) as well as Seattle’s Donte Peace to round out the bill.

February 4, 2016 in Music, Rain Drops by

iLL Chris feat. Mackned – Eurostep (Prod. by Young Forever)

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In case you hadn’t heard, aging NBA star and pioneer of the eurostep, Manu Ginobili, suffered a terrible injury last night. That didn’t stop filthy fresh NW rapper iLL Chris from dropping Eurostep – chock-full of Ginobili references – with his partner Mackned. Don’t press play till you’re ready to turn up… There, I warned you.

The Bape Gawd pushes the pace on this one, really stepping out of his comfort zone while Mackned swags on the hook. The artwork is particularly fly as well. Word has Chris has a new project on the way, Honor Thy Father, so be on the lookout. #OutHere

February 4, 2016 in Music, Rain Drops by

Illmaculate & Marv Won – Birthday Boys (Prod. by Calvin Valentine)

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First off, happy birthday to the homie Illmaculate. Secondly, congrats to Calvin Valentine for his new deal with EYRST and the associated single. Really proud to know both of these guys. As it turns out, fellow battle rap legend Marv Won - yes the one in the infamous deleted 8 Mile scene - has his birthday today as well. Rather than attack each other on their special day in Highlander fashion, the pair got with Calvin and put out an EP… And it’s gas.

If you know about Illmac, he’s a beast on the mic, and Marv Won is a great match. Mr. Valentine does his thing on the beats per usual, chopping soul samples and adding his signature keys as necessary. Listening to this was a great way to start my day, and I think it’ll be in the rotation for a good while. Listen, learn it, love it.

February 4, 2016 in Galleries, Live Music by

Look Back At It: Photos From The THESIS in January

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So tonight we host yet another night of #TheTHESIS, and the message I want to get out is #DontGetStuckInLine. Seriously, we have some great fans that come out and we want you to know that we appreciate you. So if you’re thinking you might arrive a little late and don’t want to get stuck in the cold, READ THIS and make sure your spot gets saved. We’ll stop taking names at 4pm.

So what’s the big deal about this rap show? Our partners over at XRAY.fm explained that really well yesterday, so check it out. Still not sure? Well here’s a few pics from our January show with Cassow, Bocha, Yung Rob and Tribe Mars, courtesy of WOHM photog and all-around awesome person, Renee Lopez. If these don’t pique your interest, please… stay home.

Otherwise, see you tonight!! #OutHere

February 3, 2016 in Album Reviews, Music, Producers by

Cee Goods – Roots [Instrumental EP]

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So I just want to let y’all know that I’m a cheap mother f***er. I don’t buy new music. The last album I bought at a record store was Kurt Vile’s “B’lieve I’m Goin Down.” I buy my clothes and sneakers at thrift stores. My main splurge is typically a bag of weed on a Friday.

Thank God for the internet. Oh, and I’m super bias. My friend Spencer aka Cee Goods just released his 6 track instrumental journal called “ROOTS” with Mr. Crates. I’m going to play it as many times on his Bandcamp site as I can until it tells me time’s up. Then I’m going to roll him a joint and ask if I can get a CD-R.

Peep the letter he wrote before you listen to this project. From what I understand, this album is based on the music that Quincy Jones made for the movie ROOTS. King Leez (who has something in the works with Cee Goods, from what I hear) just told me they chopped off Kunta’s foot because he tried to escape slavery too many times.

February 2, 2016 in Music, Rain Drops by

X – E A S T S I D E (Prod. by Deadbrainz)

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“I’m rock n’ rollin’ / Hit ‘em with some Guns N Roses / I’m rock n’ rollin’ / Be Rolling Stoned but I’m all alone / I’m rock n’ rollin’”

X from The Locals has a lightweight slap on his hands here. Hailing from “The Numbers” the Portland rapper created a lowkey trap anthem for his fellow East-siders that occasionally flips from English to Spanish with expert precision.

Based raps, a moody hook, and emotional bridges make way for a somber track that I’d definitely play between juugs or on the way from the club to the afties. Check it out and let us know what you think!

February 2, 2016 in Music, Rain Drops by

Cool Nutz feat. Bosko – Yaper

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After working #BRUH for the better part of a year, Cool Nutz has announced an upcoming collaboration compilation as well as set his sights on a new album, D.P.Y . Both drop Feb 16th. The Portland mainstay dropped the first single for the album, Yaper, which features his old Grammy-winning, Portland native pal, Bosko. #GoGenerals!

Some things never change, and Cool Nutz being on top of his game seems to be one of them. A smooth cut inspired by Short Dawg’s Freaky Tales, Yaper will really appeal to fans of old school West Coast rap. Look out for more the polished vet real soon.

February 1, 2016 in News, Politics by

Sponberg For Mayor Campaign Kicks Off, Invites Candidates To Slumber Party

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Jessie Sponberg is wasting no time. As his campaign officially starts today at the site of the same reservoir he famously fought to keep as our city’s water source, the outspoken candidate is expected to invite fellow mayoral candidates to spend a night at North Portland’s Hazelnut Grove, a makeshift community that houses people whom Sponberg refers to as “economic refugees”.

Slowly but surely, Sponberg – who’s been known as a fighter for wage equality, wealth distribution, environmental issues, water rights, a myriad of civil rights, police accountability and the de-stigmatization of marijuana and hip-hop – is beginning to shape his campaign priorities. Today’s event should shed more light on that strategy. But we don’t speak for the candidates… Read the official press release below and show up if you can. 

January 30, 2016 in Album Reviews, Music by

Raz Simone’s Trap Spirituals In Review

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Raz Simone isn’t exactly Macklemore. Raz Simone isn’t exactly anybody else besides Raz. And with an impressive 2015, it appears the Seattle wordsmith is not slowing down in 2016. Raz has put himself in a position to take over in 2016. It’s Raz Simone and Black Umbrella season. Pretty soon, you’ll ask somebody about rap music and who is a great and they’re going to tell you what it is.

But that’s all bullshit, right? Raz Simone’s latest release, Trap Spirituals, is sparse at 8 tracks but thick with thought, feeling and passion.

My first impression of Trap Spirituals is that there are 4 tracks we’ve all already heard, replayed on SoundCloud and dreamt about the music video being made for it. [Editor's Note: And 3 more that we have already seen videos for.] Raz, dog, if you are reading this please release something with all unheard cuts. I’m a greedy fucker, y’all.

January 30, 2016 in Music, WOHM Premiere by

G6ix – Hi.4.Da.Lo

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The STRAY camp continues to impress in January. G6ix slows it down and smooths it out over a chill instrumental in his new single, Hi.4.Da.Lo.

The young rapper shows he’s got bars as he releases stress with a relentlessly steady flow; he definitely fits the mold of the crew he reps. WOHM is proud to bring this new music to you first. Keep an eye out for G6ix and the STRAYs here in 2016. #OutHere