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. 

January 12, 2018 in Interviews, Live Music by

Gangsigns Celebrates 4 Years of Verified

Verified is a monthly dance party thrown every second Saturday at Holocene by a wildly popular Portland DJ, Gangsigns. Very few people understand how hard it is to keep a monthly party going year after year, especially in a place like Portland, so congratulations are certainly in order.

The DJ lineup changes each month, but I got a chance to chat with the man behind it all, Gangsigns. We discussed his role in one of the city’s most popular parties, focusing on how he got started, how he’s kept it going, and what newcomers can expect from the trap-fueled DJ-focused event.

January 12, 2018 in Music, WOHM Premiere by

Andre Waymond – Feelings At The Door (Prod. By Loner Beatz)

Andre Waymond bursts onto the music scene with his standout single, Feelings At The Door, produced by Portland’s own Loner Beatz.

On a rock-influenced rap track focused on shelving one’s own emotions – let alone the emotions of others – to push through perceived ceilings, Andre showcases effortless lyrical gymnastics as he reels off personal moments he’s put aside in search of success. Inspiring and sonically vibrant, Feelings At The Door, is the first release from his upcoming album, Express Yourself. 

WOHM is proud to be back in the business of premiering music, and we couldn’t be more excited of the quality of this new release by Andre Waymond and Loner Beats. #OutHere

Artwork by Casso Dinero

January 11, 2018 in Live Music, Women by

Princess Nokia Is Coming to PDX

For the last couple years I’ve been hearing a lot of hype around the name Princess Nokia, who’s previously performed under the monikers Wavy Spice and Destiny. And after doing my research, I’ve learned that Princess Nokia really is a bad ass bitch. In September Nokia released her stellar, 16-track mixtape 1992 Deluxe, and now she’s embarking on a US tour that, finally, includes Portland. WOHM photographer Renee Lopez (of Miss Lopez Media) has repeatedly told me that Nokia puts on one hell of a show, is unafraid to get real on the mic, and lets her New York attitude hang out. A peruse through her YouTube collection should be enough to convince you to see her live. From gritty hip-hop on “Tomboy,” “G.O.A.T.” and “Brujas,” to R&B joints like “Orange Blossom” and “Soul Train,” there are many sides to the 25-year-old emcee. Looking at the Facebook event page, there’s already a lot of interest in the pre-sale. Tickets go on sale to the general public tomorrow at 10am PST, and my guess is that they’ll sell out fast, so don’t dilly dally.

Princess Nokia

Tuesday, Feb 20, 8:30 pm

Wonder Ballroom

128 NE Russell