March 21, 2016 in Rain Drops by

The Menticidalists – Monster Knocks ft. Max Graves & Stephen Sauer

Proper Knocks spinoff group the Menticidalists released their first single, “Monster Knocks,” over the weekend. The group, which consists of Diction Uno, Elton Cray, and Flynnstone, get dark over this track which is reminiscent of Dr. Dre’s “Loose Canons” and Pharoahe Monch’s “Assassins” with a monster-themed tinge. Featuring guest spots from Max Graves and Stephen

November 6, 2015 in Music, On..., Op-Eds, Video by

Raz Simone’s Epic 2015: What Does It All Mean?

Earlier this week, I wrote a piece on how I couldn’t put together an essay on Raz Simone. The aborted piece was supposed to coincide with the release of Raz’s latest project, Trap Spirituals. Then Raz announced he wasn’t releasing the album. To quote the post on his Facebook page: “Oh, I’m not dropping Trap

September 22, 2015 in Music, Rain Drops, Video by

Rasheed Jamal – Japanese Mammoth [Video]

To commemorate his late father’s birthday, Rasheed Jamal dropped the latest video from SANKOFA, “Japanese Mammoth.” Laid back and lighthearted, the video could easily be a companion piece to “ZuZu’s & WamWam’s.” Check it out for yourself and let us know what you think.

August 19, 2015 in Music, Rain Drops by

Raz Simone – Massa Sir

The tear that is Raz Simone’s 2015 continues. Fresh off releasing a video for his Sol diss “Charged Up,” Raz is back with “Massa Sir” off of his upcoming project Trap Spirituals.  As the title of the project suggests, “Massa Sir” channels and updates the Negro Spiritual for 2015, comparing the hustling, underground economy to

August 13, 2015 in Music, Rain Drops by

Diction Uno – Truth About The System feat. Serge Severe and HANiF

With “Truth About The System,” Diction Uno enlists Serge Severe and HANiF (formerly Luck-One) to drop some knowledge about the realities and consequences of capitalism. Produced by J-Hoch, with cuts by DJ Weather, “Truth About The System” is off of Diction Uno’s upcoming album “The Scorpion, The Eagle, & The Phoenix,” set for release in

July 24, 2015 in 10 THINGS, Music by

10 Things: Projects to Geek Out To

With the release of albums like D’Angelo’s “Black Messiah” and Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp a Butterfly,” 2015 has shown it still pays to make multi-layered, nerd-out-friendly projects. A little over halfway through the year, here are 10 Northwest releases worth listening to, not just all the way through, but on repeat and often:

May 20, 2015 in Music, Rain Drops by

Drae Slapz – Late Nights: After Hours

Drae Slapz, one half of LunchTime Legends, is out with a new project, Late Nights: After Hours. The beatsmith showcases his acclaimed production and enlists Rasheed Jamal, Lang, and DookDaGenius, among others, to supply the rhymes. One listen in, standout tracks include “Daytona,” “Block Beater,” and “White Vapors.” View Full Entry 1

May 20, 2015 in Music, Rain Drops by

Nacho Picasso & 88 Ultra – The Witchtape

If you couldn’t get enough of Stoned & Dethroned, Nacho Picasso is back with 88 Ultra of Blue Sky Black Death and they recently dropped The Witchtape. Dark, spacey, and full of the simultaneously witty, rude, and profound punchlines we’ve come to expect from Nacho, this is another strong Nacho BSBD-related release. With the second

May 11, 2015 in Features, Interviews by

7 Questions: K.L.O

K.L.O calls himself a “Millennial Author” so it’s only fitting that his new, national reading initiative is #WHATAREYOUREADING? With this social media initiative, the Portland author hopes to build one of the largest, most diverse book reference sources within 30 days. He also recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for his novel 2Empires. WOHM caught up

April 28, 2015 in Editorials, News, On..., Op-Eds, Politics by

On: Baltimore, Cloaks, and Daggers

The word of the day is ruthless. It’s not a word I can use to describe Baltimore protesters. It’s the word that comes to mind when I see things like #bluelivesmatter. When you see people “rioting,” that’s anger. That’s desperation. Ruthless is the people who will do and say anything to hold on to power.