December 6, 2016 in Music, Rain Drops, Video by

Drae Steves – Next Up [MUSIC VIDEO]

Cover photo by Christopher Garcia Valle Squares hate Drae Steves‘ provacotive lyrics, but everybody loves the swag. A rare talent and NE legend, Steves recently did the damn thing at TheTHESIS, and his video for Next Up, has been making its rounds on the internet. Looking more and more like his dad every day, the young Portland

December 6, 2016 in Music, Rain Drops by

The Last Artful, Dodgr – Sway

If you caught her interview on Sway’s Universe, you probably heard a clip of this track that The Last Artful, Dodgr wrote a few years back, accurately projecting her goal of one day being a guest of the iconic disc jockey. Rarely one to disappoint, Dodgy went ahead and dropped the K.Dot-nodding, upbeat throwback as

December 5, 2016 in Music, Rain Drops by

Russell North – Undefeated feat. Kool John

Cover photo by Christian LaMontagne Perhaps best known for his role in bringing the ultra-popular 40oz Bounce party to locations across the West Coast and beyond, Seattle hustler Russell North steps out of his comfort zone to try his hand at rapping. His debut effort is impressive. Over a trap-heavy beat from Phil Valley, North and Kool John share

November 23, 2016 in Music, Rain Drops, Video, Women by

Blossom – Black Magic Woman [VIDEO]

When it comes to soul, Blossom has it in spades. Fresh off a plane or two from a little stint on network television, the Trini-born Portland girl finally gives us the visuals for the Fountaine-produced Black Magic Woman, easily one of the sexiest songs of the Spring. The Tim Slew-directed video beautifully captures what I’ve essentially always assumed

November 17, 2016 in Music, Rain Drops by

A-RU$$ ft. Croosh – Numbers [AUDIO]

Portland singer/rapper/songwriter A-RU$$ is as talented as anyone in the NW rap scene. The 20 year old has had a productive 2016, dropping music at a steady rate while tearing down shows with his SQD collective (who will be headlining TheTHESIS’ 2 Year Anniversary All-Ages show on December 2nd). His latest drop features production and a clean guest verse

November 16, 2016 in Rain Drops, Video by

Aminé Performs On The Tonight Show [VIDEO]

In case you fell asleep early last night, here’s a legit video of PDX hero AminĂ©’s historic performance on network television. Also, as you might have gathered from the cover photo, AminĂ© has a show coming up at the Hawthorne Theatre… Very, very #OutHere.

November 15, 2016 in Music, Rain Drops by


​Lots of lowkey stars emerging from this suddenly crowded Portland scene, and local overnight R&B sensation TYuS came correct today with new visuals for Stay from his latest project, Never Forget, which just dropped in October.  Looking to reacquaint himself with a love from his past, TYuS pulls out all the stops in the new video, cockily begging in a way

November 15, 2016 in Music, Rain Drops by


​Portland rapper DMarx has been working. Shortly after dropping his debut album, Easel (check the single Believe It Or Not), and organizing his own all-ages concert in Clackamas, DMarx kicked things off at the last edition of TheTHESIS in November. Over the weekend, he dropped a new video for a previously unreleased track UPS, produced by Anvil. The TaylorMade

November 10, 2016 in Music, Producers, Rain Drops by

Tieren Simon – Seasons [EP]

Underground Seattle producer Tieren Simon shot over his 3-track EP and it’s amazing, if not totally hip-hop. I pressed play during a work break, fully expecting to have to turn it off after 30-60 seconds, and instead found myself doubly confirming that I was listening to an unsigned artist. Seasons is a masterfully produced project that utilizes an array

October 26, 2016 in Music, Rain Drops by

BCxLD – Smokes

Portland alternative-rap duo BCxLD is good for bucking whatever trends are going on in the hip-hop scene in favor of just being themselves. The resulting non-urban rap songs sometimes land in the cute category, but the writing ability of Lucas Dix, the production of Brass Clouds, and the combined creativity of the group often make for some rather