October 14, 2015 in Editorials, Op-Eds, Politics, Smitty in the City by

Smitty In the City: Hip Hop Day

They say to never look a gift horse in the mouth, but we all know what happened in Troy. For the better part of 3 weeks, I’ve been contemplating, discussing, writing and re-writing my thoughts about this Thurday’s upcoming first annual Hip Hop Day in Portland. A really simple concept, Hip Hop Day was announced

August 26, 2015 in Live Music, Smitty in the City by

Smitty In The City: How Damian Lillard Is Effecting Portland Rap

He’s no Macklemore, but Portland Trailblazer’s star Damian Lillard is giving new life to the city’s rap scene. Since that moment in February when Sway coined Damian Lillard “The Best Rapper In The NBA” and uploaded a video of him flawlessly flowing on his radio show, Dame’s bars have forever been associated with flame emojis.

June 3, 2015 in Smitty in the City by

Smitty In The City: State Of The WOHM Address

These days, I rarely take the time to sit with my thoughts. Life moves fast. Things seem important and I vow to discuss them soon – at least internally – but chronological distance has a way of chipping away at the importance of any one occurrence… and thus my mind moves on. Well not today.

January 27, 2015 in Editorials, Politics, Smitty in the City by

I Shot The Sheriff

At this point it’s common knowledge that American police shoot too many people. The Economist theorized last year that British citizens are 100 times less likely to be shot by a police officer than we are, and that was a conservative estimate. Yet and still, while only 3 police officers in all of Britain and

August 20, 2014 in Editorials, Smitty in the City by

The Revolution Might Be Televised

(Cover Image from @RealNewsNetwork)   Bored out of my mind, I was 10 years old when I read Esther Forbes’ Johnny Tremain, and I’ve been intrigued with the notion of revolution ever since. But no matter how much I read about it, growing from childhood readings of Lloyd Alexander and Isaac Asimov, to adult study

April 25, 2014 in Editorials, Op-Eds, Smitty in the City by

Questlove Delivers In Portland

Last week, the drummer known as Questlove (often spelled “?uestlove”) visited Portland as part of Soul’d Out Music Fest and delivered a high powered DJ set to a packed house at Alhambra Theatre. With no advance info on the openers, I was eager to show up on-time to see if any locals were holding it

February 27, 2014 in Features, Music, Smitty in the City, Video by

All Eyes On Us: Portland Hip-Hop + CypherPDX Video

There’s been a lot of talk over the last year or so about Portland’s rap scene. The meteoric rise of Macklemore brought national hip-hop media attention to the Great Northwest, while the silver screen sold it’s own fanciful images of Portland through popular programming like Portlandia, Grimm, and Leverage. But the coverage didn’t stop there…

July 25, 2013 in Editorials, Features, Music, Smitty in the City by

You’re Never Too Late To Learn To Listen

Mac discusses being a new fan of the Lifesavas.

June 20, 2013 in Editorials, Features, Smitty in the City by

WOHMing with Juice Radio

WOHM·ing: [woh–ming] verb: The act of putting on for your region, encouraging the #RapLife, and being generally out here. This last Saturday, Juice Radio held its second annual debate for Freshest In The Northwest, a list of the NW’s top solo rappers as decided by panelists and fan votes. I was asked to represent We

June 11, 2013 in Features, Interviews, Smitty in the City, Women by

Smitty In The City… With Something Pretty: Genesy Rogers

I’ve had the pleasure of running into Genesy Rogers a few times around town. Lucky me. Tall, dark and curvy, she’s not the type of woman one easily forgets, yet it wasn’t until I saw her grace Cassow’s GOTY Interlvde video that I realized she was about that camera life. A burgeoning actress and model