October 26, 2016 in Galleries, Interviews by

The Thesis Recap: October


This Thesis was a doozy! So many dope artists came out to support each other… Just good vibes, dope talent and Unity in the room. Kelly’s was packed before the first artist even went on stage and we sold out the show by 10:30!  I just want to say that all of this went on without any problems while down the street some craziness happened. The local hip hop scene is flaming; if you don’t know, now you know!

The first Artist to hit the stage was Nick B. Nick brought those rare vibes and showed his talent of having bars on top of bars. “Next time I’m in the Apple Store don’t think that I’m Macklemore…”

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October 26, 2016 in Music, Rain Drops by

BCxLD – Smokes


Portland alternative-rap duo BCxLD is good for bucking whatever trends are going on in the hip-hop scene in favor of just being themselves. The resulting non-urban rap songs sometimes land in the cute category, but the writing ability of Lucas Dix, the production of Brass Clouds, and the combined creativity of the group often make for some rather dope – and different – tracks.

Their latest album My, How Time Flies II, is an eclectic mix of songs, combining dramatically cinematic, heavily filtered soundscapes with the cool flows of Dix and his friends. While Billy Bass and Champagne In My OJ don’t slouch either, the most appealing song on the album has to be Smokes, an eerily soothing tale of succumbing to and battling cigarette addiction which features a hypnotic hook from Jay Cobb (of local bluegrass band Fruition). I don’t even smoke, but this song sounds really good.

Comes with a cool visual too. #OutHere

October 25, 2016 in Music, Rain Drops by

Heff ft. Drae Steves – Action


Cover photo by Adin Penner

Alright… I haven’t posted much lately, so I’ve got some catching up to do. So where to start? Let’s head to New Portland for some Rain Drops…

Heff has not slowed down even a single time since exploding out the gates in 2016. His recent teaming with NEP badboy Drae Steves for this single, Action, only serves to accelerate his ascent, and the result is more than a win on paper: it’s a win on wax. Trap fans will enjoy this street anthem from two of Portland’s most buzz-worthy rappers.


September 27, 2016 in Music, New, Women by

Karma Rivera – “Good 4 U”



“Go and get yours, that’s the motto for the team.”

WOHM regular Karma Rivera sums up her attitude and bad bitch persona on her newest track “Good 4 U” with a sprinkle from the feminist wave. Rivera has never had a problem speaking her mind and calling out those who may have more antiquated perspectives about the hip hop industry (see: her dope appearance in a Portland all female cypher). It’s not difficult to see that the “team motto” is her shoutout to any ladies out there who have had to face double standards on the daily.

“Either you were a good girl or a bad one—can’t be both,” says Rivera, “Now, among millenial women, we have to be both. Good girls are now bad girls that ain’t been caught. That’s the culture.”

Her personal message has always been clear—she is confident in the person she’s become and there are few things that she will compromise her integrity for. There’s no point in playing nice, “They say be Madonna don’t ever be the hoe/But why be a saint when she’s never in control.” Her call outs throw the big punches but it’s the playful lyricism that’ll sweep under you.

Listen to her track on SoundCloud here, mixed by Canadian producer Decz:


September 23, 2016 in Album Reviews, Music by

Mic Capes – Concrete Dreams [ALBUM REVIEW]


Cover photo by Ryan DeReamer

4 years ago, Mic Capes burst onto the Portland rap scene with his debut solo album, Rise & Grind, a gloriously introspective – yet noticeably raw – 18-track project that put the young Portlander’s invincible flow and artistic vision on full auditory display. The iconic project served as a catalyst for hip-hop in the North Portland neighborhood of St. Johns, an area that would soon rival (if not surpass) the traditionally urban but rapidly changing Northeast side of town as the epicenter of PDX’s rap scene.

Many rap artists – especially those of the local variety – struggle to follow up noteworthy freshman projects with effective sequels; the pressure to improve one’s sound quality and commercial viability while staying true to who they are as an artist can be overwhelming. In Mic’s case, Rise & Grind - which is close to double the length of many contemporary rap projects – played through like a epic tale, with a beginning and end, that required no sequel.

September 23, 2016 in Features, Galleries by

Most Out Here



It was a stupid crazy month! Check out what I’ve been up to! The beginning of September started with The Thesis. I captured Raquel Divar who rapped her ass off, Lang who always comes with those Rare VIbes, and Mikey Vegaz.

September 22, 2016 in Music, New, Rain Drops, Video by

The Last Artful, Dodgr – Jelly Hunt [Video]


I remember about 2 years ago when I first met The Last Artul, Dodgr, before the Record Label Eyrst was formed, before Portland knew who she was .. before anything really. I was with another Portland emcee Epp who told me that this girl was coming over to our place who’s got some pretty dope music. When she arrived I noticed that she was a genuine and humble person straight from the jump. Soon enough we all got to talking (smoking) and she informed me just moved here from California which I thought was very interesting considering a lot of Portland musicians do the opposite. Right then, I knew she was different.

Eventually, it got to the point where I wanted to hear what she had to offer musically and I politely asked her if I could hear some music. So I grabbed my janky iHome and an old auxiliary cord and plugged in her phone. I can honestly say I had no idea what to expect so I just sat there and thoroughly listened and within in 30 seconds of the first track, I had a huge what the f*** moment. My jaw immediately dropped and I was absolutely blown away. I knew from that tiny moment in my garage that Dodgr was going to do something BIG.

I’ve had the opportunity over the last few years to get to know her personally and see her progression sky rocket and I all can say is that it is truly inspiring. Her confidence, stage presence, and delivery has grown tremendously to the point where she is on a completely different level than most rappers in Portland. I remember a few weeks back at the Eyrst One Year Celebration, I pulled her aside and talked about the first time we met comparing it to where everyone is now. I told her she she was going to be the one that opens the gates of Portland hip hop to the industry and she humbly responded, “If I’m lucky, I just want to be one of the many gate keepers because there is too much talent in Portland not to be heard.”

Having said all of that, if you’re not familiar with The Last Artful, Dodgr, it’s time to pay attention.

Check out her latest visual for her single “Jelly Hunt”  below which was produced by Neill Von Tally and shot and directed by the wizard himself TimSlew from Soundlapse Media.


September 21, 2016 in Galleries, Live Music by

The Thesis Photo Recap

Mikey Nutz

Hopefully by now y’all know I love to put my ladies on, so I was really excited to see a full set from Raquel Divar! Last time she graced the stage she did a quick song on Alia Zin’s set at We Take Holocene…  Let’s just say that Raquel rapped her ass off!

Next up was Lang and Drae Slapz*ohhhh gawd! Rare Vibes!* Lang always comes with that fire energy and always kills his set, plus Drae holds it down and the 1′s and 2′s.

The headliner, Mikey Vegaz, had a dope set as well and brought on some homies too in Cool Nutz and FliBoiMoe.

I also caught some of our fearless leaders doing their thang, I love my WOHM team!

September 19, 2016 in Music by

ROBy – Cartoon Summers

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This guy ROBy is something else, in a good way. He can turn up on a beat with that wavy, feel good atmosphere; or break down the problems of society into a science like most of the Golden Era artists. Although Cartoon Summers is only considered a summer mixtape aimed to promote his upcoming album, this is probably my favorite project from him thus far.

Before I delve into the specifics of this project, I have to acknowledge the moves Rob has been putting in to put on. The 23 year old South Central native has been all over the Americas with the sounds of Cartoon Summers (CS16) in his company. Appearances in New York, Los Angeles and the Dominican Republic show that his exposure has some serious reach. The last time I heard from him he was still on the road promoting CS16 in Las Vegas.

Last year, ROBy’s debut project, The Red Carpet caught my attention. The 16 track album has an introspective theme that felt emotionally deeper than CS16. This turn up mixtape exceeded my expectations though.

ROBy has a great choice of beats; his lyrical style paints a refreshing picture regardless of the vibe. It’s very rare to see an artist reach into the best of both worlds, and apply his artistry to both sides of Hip-Hop music. His title track, Cartoon Summers is a slapper full of conscious bars with double meanings.

               “It’s either Hilary or Trump, man this s***’s too late,

                and Barack wasn’t lyin’ when he said we’ll see change” 

ROBy is having fun, but he is still aware. There’s no way I can pick a favorite song, but my top two would have to be Cartoon Summers and Get It Man. Both of those songs force your head to move with a disgusted look on your face.

All I can say is that if this mixtape is promoting his upcoming winter album, I’m anxious to hear more. ROBy’s vision has placed him up with the front runners of Portland in my book. Be on the lookout for more, and study up on his music in the mean time. Listen to Cartoon Summers below.

September 9, 2016 in Music, Rain Drops by

Load B – Underground

Load B

While we’re listening to turn up music, I should probably mention that Milc & Brill - otherwise known as Load B – dropped a new gem this week and it’s hella worth it.

The grit and the gruff trade wild verses over a grimy industrial beat that’ll haunt you, and that’s OK because you can always just play it again. Definitely one of my favorite tracks of the week. Be sure to Czech out the latest from NEP’s Load B.