December 27, 2017 in Album Reviews, Video by

The Ultimate Listener’s Guide To Better Late Than Never

Front Page Music signee Brookfield Duece dropped a Soundcloud mixtape this month in curious fashion, releasing one EP at a time for four weeks, the sum of which form an impressively coherent – if not concise – mixtape. Better Late Than Never is a complex project that offers quite a lot beyond the tricky packaging. Ambitious in

September 7, 2017 in Album Reviews by

Rasheed Jamal – Indigo Child [ALBUM]

Cover photo by Renee Lopez Portland has put out some really good projects this year, but few have moved me as much as Indigo Child by Rasheed Jamal, available in full on Spotify and iTunes. Jamming 13 songs into 46 skit-free minutes, Rasheed masterfully executed his vision for navigating his continued existence in a flawed

June 10, 2017 in Album Reviews, Music by

Al-One: The Remedy – Sharptongue [EP]

“Rey on the dang drums, motivate me to say su’um/  For real I been a microphone killa since day one” From The Chosen, to Sandpeople, to Alphabet Stew, Al-One has been one of Portland’s most respected underground MCs since the late nineties and never strays from his roots.  His latest solo venture, Sharptongue, serves as a

November 23, 2016 in Album Reviews, Music by

A-RU$$ – You Know Who You Are [EP]

I’m just going to keep stressing it; A-RU$$ is the real deal and I don’t see him slowing down anytime soon. His ability to weave between the hip-hop and R&B worlds as either part of a collective or as a solo artist is truly impressive, and his charisma is off the charts. This weekend, he dropped a

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

July 27, 2016 in Album Reviews, Music, Rain Drops, Video by

Shelton Harris – Awake [EP] + Strangers [VIDEO]

Speaking of that clean, upbeat Seattle sound, Tyler Dopps has been at work. The masterful producer behind rising Seattle star Shelton Harris, Tyler is a force to be reckoned with. That’s not to take anything away from the emcee though. Shelton Harris’ name has been in my ear for years but he honestly just caught

May 26, 2016 in Album Reviews, Music by

HalfManHalf – FILTH [ALBUM]

The PDX native made the move to Sacramento recently, and after a 5 year break between projects, HalfManHalf dropped an impressive full length project that demonstrates his artistic focus and stands as a cohesive body of work. The boombap rapper copped production from some of The Town’s best, bringing Trox, N.VS, Ari Stackhouse, Theory Hazit, Lawz and Lukis Beeats in to

May 25, 2016 in Album Reviews, Music, Uncategorized by

Gifted Gab – Gab The Most High [ALBUM]

Seattle rap queen Gifted Gab talks big on her new album Gab The Most High, giving her fans what they’ve long been waiting for. With 3 projects under her belt – Queen La’Chiefah, Girl Rap and G-Shit – Gab put out her most ambitious album to date, with 14 tracks and a variety of styles

May 24, 2016 in Album Reviews, Music by

Yo! X & Bravo Domo – #SilentWavez [EP]

I don’t say this often, but this is exactly the project that Yo! X needed. The SE Portland trapper has shown promise for years, but seems to have really dialed in recently. The D$C squad mainstay has been electric at shows as of late, and his new project with PDX-area producer Bravo Domo is flame.

May 2, 2016 in Album Reviews, Music by

Jon Belz & Dain – Ghost Dog [EP]

“Know the difference the coaching is so specific / From the thorns, a rose most prolific / And now I’m in the game droppin’ anvils / and he’ll bring ya campaign to a standstill.”    ~Jon Belz (On Fire) I got a chance to catch up with Jon Belz and DaiN the other night at the XRAY.FM