January 9, 2018 in News by

Long Live Kool-Aid!

Isaac Rathje, or Kool-Aid as he is widely known, has for long been a staple in the Portland rap scene. Like many, I was shocked late last night to hear that he’d passed, a victim of seemingly senseless gun violence at Fernhill Park, the previous home of Whitaker Middle School. Turns out it was another

January 19, 2017 in Live Music, News, Style by

Dame 3 “Rip City” Sneaker Launch

As you may have heard, superstar basketball player/rapper Damian Lillard is dropping his Dame 3 “Rip City” shoe today, and tomorrow he plans to celebrate the launch with you – the fans! Once again, Dame and adidas are tapping Amine to perform at the release – you may recall that Amine rocked Dame’s initial signature shoe

December 11, 2016 in News, Politics by

Don’t Shoot Portland Announces New Series of Community Safety Trainings

In response to the upswing in hate crimes and incidents of violence towards marginalized communities in Portland, and Oregon at large, Don’t Shoot Portland will be hosting a series of workshops and training designed to develop a community safety network. People may attend to learn strategies and tools for responding to hate crimes and protecting

August 19, 2016 in Features, News by

Pablo Hits Portland

If you haven’t heard by now, one of rap’s biggest superstars Kanye West is opening 21 pop up shops this weekend worldwide. Back in February Ye released his seventh studio album, “The Life of Pablo” which many thought would be the return of the “Old Kanye”. Well it definitely wasn’t “College Dropout” but I must

March 7, 2016 in Live Music, Music, News by

Go See The Flavr Blue Play @ Holocene on March 10

After a stop in Grants Pass, Seattle-based pop band The Flavr Blue will bring The Love Notes tour to Holocene this Friday night. The Portland show marks the near-end of their tour, which will rightfully conclude in Seattle on March 12. The synth-indie-pop group has already had a very big year in terms of live

February 11, 2016 in Live Music, Music, News, Rain Drops by

Hanif feat. DJ Sneakers & Taye Johnson – Still Here (Prod. by Mike Mo)

I’ve been out of it for the last two days… I was successfully defying the inevitable birthday month hangover when a second wave of flu season took me out of commission. But guess what? I’m still here. …and I’m not the only one. Quietest kept, HANiF (formerly known as Luck One… we’re still saying that, right?)

February 1, 2016 in News, Politics by

Sponberg For Mayor Campaign Kicks Off, Invites Candidates To Slumber Party

Jessie Sponberg is wasting no time. As his campaign officially starts today at the site of the same reservoir he famously fought to keep as our city’s water source, the outspoken candidate is expected to invite fellow mayoral candidates to spend a night at North Portland’s Hazelnut Grove, a makeshift community that houses people whom Sponberg refers

January 25, 2016 in News, Politics by

Hip-Hop Activist Jessie Sponberg Leads All Candidates in KGW Poll

Maybe it was the declaration that “The City is on fire!” Or perhaps it was his Facebook call to put out a campaign mixtape with local rappers. Or perhaps his early campaigning at the Sanders rally. In any case, mayoral candidate and self-proclaimed front-runner Jessie Sponberg is torching all competition in a new KGW poll, taking

January 19, 2016 in News, Politics by

PDX’s Worst Kept Secret: Rapper-Turned-Activist Jesse Sponberg Runs for Mayor

If you thought the upcoming mayoral election was set to be a snoozefest, WOHM has other news for you. Occasional local rapper and long time activist Jesse Sponberg is officially running for mayor, in a move many have expected for the last ten years. By throwing his name into the hat, the liberal progressive challenges the de facto frontrunners

January 12, 2016 in Features, News by

Willamette Week Discusses The Upcoming “X-Ray” Web Series

Matt Singer might be a gentrifying Californian (his words, not mine!), but he sure does a great job putting on for local music and the related arts. His latest work is a high-level review of how X-Ray – an upcoming web series peddling the fictional tale of an underground Portland rapper – came to be. Gathering info