July 6, 2015 in Live Music, News, Northwest Sports by

The Summertime Kickback Returns!


Whether you knew it or not, we’re about 5 weeks out from the 2nd annual Summertime Kickback, brought to you by We Out Here Magazine and Hip-Hop Junkies. Last year’s impromptu event brought hundreds of people to NE Portland’s Woodlawn Park for a community-oriented day of basketball, food, music, and general fun in the sun. This year’s iteration promises to build on last year’s success, complete with better organization and more to do.

SneakerCartThe 2015 Summertime Kickback takes place Sunday, August 9th and is powered by The Sneaker Cartthe world’s first mobile sneaker shop – which will be open for business at the event with a variety of sneakers available at a wide spectrum of price-points. Stoopid Burger will also be onboard this year, providing affordable food throughout the day, and there will once again be a sales rep from HUF Socks. This year, we will also provide water stations. Additional vendor spots and sponsorship opportunities are available via application, so let us know ASAP if you’re interested.

July 3, 2015 in Music, Rain Drops by

H0T16 feat Epp & Elton Cray – WHEREDOWEGO?

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After hearing his music for years, I finally got a chance to meet H0T16 at the boat party a few months back. The talented DJ/producer has been back in the cave since then though, crafting music for the upcoming Liquid Beats release, Spacesuits. Till that drops though, peep this previously unreleased dancy track featuring Portland’s own Epp and Elton Cray.

Just for fun, he threw in the instrumental as well. SWAG.

July 3, 2015 in Music, Rain Drops by

Cool Nutz – Memoirs [VIDEO]


Nutz assembled the crew and dropped a new video for his single Memoirs, which can be found on his latest and greatest album, #BRUH. Real words spoken on these verses on a drum-heavy slap from Stewart Villain. My only criticism would be that I feel like I’ve seen this video before. I’d love to see Nutz and Limbocker do something new and concept driven. That – for me – would be the icing on the cake.

Check out Cool Nutz live with Mic Capes and more at The Ash Street Saloon July 25th. #OutHere

July 3, 2015 in Music, Rain Drops by

Mat Randol – I’ll Let You W(in)


Mat Randol delivers thought provoking verses over smooth production from Heaven in Stereo. The St. Johns native is giving away exclusive content to fans who subscribe to his website – matrandol.com – today. Word has it a he’s got a visual on the way, so do like me and subscribe so you can get that first.

Mat will be performing live in PDX at the Disjecta presented The Spacesuits exhibition on July 10th, and in Atlanta, Georgia at the A3C Festival this October. If you’re not already, get familiar.

July 1, 2015 in Music, Rain Drops by

Michael Zoah feat. T Spoon – Don’t Go There


I’m not sure I’d actually ever heard Michael Zoah on a track produced by someone other than D Shuts, but today that streak ended. Linking with PDX rapper T Spoon (of the Soar Losers) was a swaggy move by the NW’s smoothest hip-pop artist, and the duo sounds at home on a clubby track over a beat from Chris Rishard and Johnny Good. Peep it.

July 1, 2015 in Live Music, Women by

When Ladies Take Over #TheTHESIS


So a few months ago, I had this crazy idea… What if we threw an all-girl rap concert at TheTHESIS?  It’s no secret that rap has long been entertained as a rough and tumble man’s game. Women, from Lil’ Kim to (yuck) Iggy Azalea, have long been seen as novelties in hip-hop with few – think Queen Latifah, maybe Left Eye – ascending to the status of Legend. Locally, the scene is even tougher, but inspired by the success of last year’s multi-genre GirlFestNW, I decided that this could work. In fact, it must.

To test the waters, we booked standout Portland duo Neka & Kahlo to headline June’s show; the results were amazing. For all of its issues Portland is one of the most progressive cities in America, perhaps even the world, and the tandem of lady lovers brought out one of the best crowds we’ve seen thus far. At that point, we decided, it was a go. We HAD to make this happen. Portland needs it. Hip-Hop needs it. And the ladies of regional rap deserve it.

July 1, 2015 in Album Reviews, Features by

The Tao of Raz Simone


[Editor's Note: Daniel Wojciech penned and submitted a brief but heavy review of Raz Simone's winter release, Cognative Dissonance 2. Driven by the desire to understand the dramatic artist through his music, Wojciech analyzes the album from a refreshing point of view, calling it The Tao of Raz Simone: The Trials and Tribulations and Accessibility of Gangster Rap Through Honest Eyes. I'm hoping you'll enjoy the read as much as I did. Find more of Daniel's work on his personal blog, and let us know if you'd like to see him back for more! ~Mac Smiff, Editor In Chief]

As effortless as the music sounds, if you really listen, it becomes easy to see that Raz Simone has a lot on his shoulders: the world, in fact. Raz takes the listener into his life. You’re invited into a man’s life who seems to be ever teetering on the brink of collapse or soaring. The opening track, Cheap Money begins with a G-funk-esque organ that transitions into mood altering strings. The production is crisp. There isn’t one song on this album that isn’t thoughtful as far as music and lyrics go.

June 30, 2015 in Music, Producers by

Tuxedo – Without Your Love


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!

June 30, 2015 in Music, New, Rain Drops by

Mikey Vegaz – Confessions Of A Hustler [Album]

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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.

June 30, 2015 in Music, Rain Drops by

ISSA feat Zito & Leek – Bunda


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!