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January 10, 2018 in Music by

Prince Hyph – Still With The Gang

Prince Hyph did his thing with the new uptempo slap Still With The Gang. Not for the weak of heart, the Turf Noize alum lets it be known that he’s not letting his street roots go anytime soon. 

Lot’s of artsy stuff coming out of Portland these days, but Hyph is one of the few still making anthems for the hood. The Nutty North is alive and well.

January 10, 2018 in Music, Video by

The Last Artful, Dodgr & Neill Von Tally – Oofda [VIDEO]

Noah Porter never disappoints, and his video for Dodgr and Von Tally’s smash hit Oofda comes right on time. Dark and sultry visuals breathe new life into the moody song, and cold season Portland life is well chronicled; from the weed and custom caps to the overhead neighborhood views and sippin’ out of mason jars, Dodgr & Company seem to get this one just right.

Well deserved, the video earned a premiere from the highly respected music blog Pigeons & Planes earlier today, and is already racking up the views. Let’s support and show ’em how Portland gets down. Check out the new single by one of PDX’s favorite rap transplants. #OutHere

Cover Photo taken at The THESIS by CHRISTOPHER GARCIA VALLE for Portland Mercury

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 guy with the same nickname – and for him we grieve – but I think we’re all rightfully relieved that our guy is still with us. 

January 7, 2018 in Music, R&B by

3am – Party & Fuck (Prod. by KanielTheOne)

3am returns with a new single, pulling no punches with the smoky Party & Fuck. Dude’s transition from rap-singer to full on R&B heartthrob has been amazing to watch. 

The SQD alum seems to drop hit after hit, and with visuals on the way (from the talented Mike Video) plus a following that simply can’t get enough, it’s looking like he might have another hit on his hands. 

Not an official premiere, but you saw it here first. Don’t say we didn’t tell you. #OutHere

January 7, 2018 in Music, Video by

Eso.Xo.Supreme – Martina (Official Video)

Eso.XO.Supreme returns with psychedelic new visuals for Martina, the lead single from his 2017 Lonely Ghost EP. No small feat, the sultry upbeat dance track has amassed over 30K views in less than 1o days, so safe to say it’s catching on… fast. 

Directed by Thomas Dierikx (Shiner Films), the trippy and sensual visuals are hella wavy, and I hear Mulu had a hand in the project as well. A great look for the more pop-driven sound of PDX hip-hop, Eso reminds the world that Portland rap is more than just bars on bars on bars. 

January 7, 2018 in Live Music, Music by

Jah’di Levvi – Bitch I’m Awesome

Jah’di Levvi has been bubbling on the Portland scene for cool minute. He dropped a cool video for his single Melanated Brotha in December, but what really caught my attention was his latest single, the controversially titled banger, Bitch I’m Awesome

Jah’di shows off his lyrical chops on this one over UK producer TroiBoi’s BIA instrumental, and I think he does it justice. If you like what you hear, catch Jah’di live topping the bill at NW Selects on January 18th at Kelly’s Olympian. Might see me there too. #OutHere

Cover Photo courtesy of Miss Lopez Media

January 7, 2018 in Music, Video by

Keith Canva$ – Philly 2 LA (ft. Croosh) [Official Video]

Keith Canva$ has really blossomed since we interviewed him nearly 2 years ago as a teen. By my estimation, he should be 21 now, and it would seem that his career in music is following the path he predicted. Still making upbeat and youthful rap songs, the LA-to-PDX-to-LA rapper/singer recently linked with popular LA artist Croosh and racked up a cool 20K plays on his video for Philly 2 LA.

Never done a xan, and I probably never will, but this video is still fun to watch. Shouts to Cody Benjamin on the beat, and Mike Video for the video. 

January 7, 2018 in Music, R&B by

Shelby The Singer – “Exhale”

I’ve been following Shelby on Twitter for some time now simply off the strength of her tweets, but recently I realized she’s quite the singer/songwriter as well. 

“I wrote this song 2 yrs ago during one of the hardest times in my life, when I legit thought anxiety was going to swallow me whole,” Shelby wrote on Twitter. ” I had to remind myself of how far God had already brought me though & that the past is just that & to breathe.”

Exhale caught my attention with simple but effective production, heartfelt lyrics and a hypnotizing hook. The perfect background music for lounging on a Sunday afternoon, the song has a relaxing mid-nineties feel that I really dig. But really listen to the lyrics; the West Seattle native drops gems on this one. 

January 6, 2018 in Music, R&B, Video by

Drew Loza – Nothin’ Changed [VIDEO]

OK, Drew Loza… I see you. This Brandon Whitely-directed video for Nothin’ Changed is something serious. Super creative, high quality, and with a wild twist. Definitely left me feeling some kind of way. Peep it for yourself!

The Portland scene could definitely use a few more male singers. Nice to see Drew stepping up to the plate.

January 6, 2018 in Music, Video by

FliBoiMoe – Press’n On Da Plug [VIDEO]

“Press’n on da plug, tell em ‘andale’… Just the other day I made me 20K!”

FliBoiMoe dropped a visual for his trap single, Press’n On Da Plug, showing that he’s not done milking his 2017 project Fresh, Fli & Fat 2 quite yet. Smart man.

This song definitely makes me want to get to the money. Hopefully it has the same effect for you. Get it how you live. #OutHere