January 17, 2017 in Music, Rain Drops by

A-RU$$ – Private Party (Prod. by Robodruma)

Cover photo by Michael Magnuson

A-RU$$ didn’t skip a beat heading into the new year. PDX’s most swagged out singer is right back at it, dropping new heat barely a month after the release of his EP, you know who you are

The skillful soprano has really upped his marketing, picking up over 6,000 Soundcloud plays on day one and currently approaching 25K total streams on his latest diddy, Private Party. Word has it A-RU$$ will be down in LA later this month opening for the homie Demrick. Great look for the kid! If you have a friend in the City of Angels, let them know to check him out! #OutHere 

January 16, 2017 in Galleries, Interviews by

Miss Lopez Media Fav Projects of 2016

I picked my favorite projects of 2016: Mic Capes with Concrete Dreams, Donte Thomas with Grayscale, and ROBy with Cartoon Summers ’16. I caught up with all 3 artists, asked them some questions about what happened in 2016, whats next, and took some fresh shots!  

Below, I’ll talk about why I picked each album, and also some Q’s and A’s with each artist. Enjoy!

Concrete Dreams is the album I’ve been waiting for from Capes. Mic comes with some real ass lyrics about his life growing up. Some beautiful words for black women and even some turn up songs (5 Finger Discount is one of my fav songs on the album) I keep saying this but it’s been inspiring to watch Mic grow as an artist. He’s changed the way the city views Hip Hop by being his authentic self. Cannot wait to see what happens for him in 2017!

January 11, 2017 in Music, New, Video by

Foday – Never [MUSIC VIDEO]

Foday decided to step onto the scene with a video called Perfect, but now he’s ready to show us how imperfect America is. The 23 year old Northeast Portland native reminds us that even though it’s a new year, we’re in the same place.

Foday brings us a new visual called ‘Never’ which was produced and written when he was living in Eugene. After being told that his beats were trash, he decided to lash back with a point that few could hate on.

‘Never’ is a video directed by Meta.8, who you all might know as Justin Gabriel. The two teamed up to deliver a lyrical PSA that blends visuals of intense red lighting with a 1st person account of Portland’s protests at the end of last year. The overall theme of the video doesn’t really hit home until the beat drops and Foday decides to deliver a spoken word about the President Elect.

‘Never’ is on Foday’s upcoming project, titled ‘Prod. By Foday’. And yes, it all actually is produced by Foday himself. Fopop has continued to surprise and impress me with his versatility; we even have some music in the works for you all!

Take a few minutes to remind yourself that we have to prepare for the next four years. Check out ‘Never’ below. We Out Here.

January 6, 2017 in Music, New, Producers by

Mat Randol & Snugsworth – Libero EP

The Webster definition of libero is “the rearmost, most defensive player in a volleyball match or soccer game”. The title name of this six track EP still intrigues me. But after a quick Twitter check by Snugsworth, I have been informed that the EP is based around the Italian word meaning “free”.

My WOHM colleague Max McHugh put me on this EP and I was thoroughly impressed, but I needed to listen again to grasp the theme. I had heard of Mat Randol before, but never really got the chance to get updated on his music. His flow and song structure gives me a faint reminder of Ab-Soul with a slower tempo. Rumor has it that Snugsworth is the creator behind “Shabba” by world renowned A$AP Ferg. It only goes to show that this collaboration is a tasteful mix of similar music styles.

The smooth transitions between songs, the simplicity of the beats being used. This EP is easily something I could play front to back after a long day of work while I light up a joint. My personal favorite is Peace of Mind. Maybe it’s because it personally relates, or maybe because it’s so relatable to human beings. “Building up from the bottom, where I go I don’t know. All I know is, peace of mind is the goal”.

Stream Libero below. You can also find the EP available for purchase on Apple Music.

January 5, 2017 in Features, Music, New by

Showtime – Cooper Glass feat. Nick B

Cooper Glass decided to make his WOHM debut as he packs his bags and heads overseas to Thailand. The newly established Portland artist has taken some time to step back and observe the scene while he re-establishes himself as a brand. The lyrical loud mouth rapper lays out his rhythmic flow on his newest single, Showtime.

Glass shows his versatility by fading between bouncing lyrics to subtle singing. His wordplay coincides with Portland artist Nick B with a line that pulls directly from Nick’s hit single “Moves”.

The Rare Vibe spokesman, Nick B, takes the helm on the second half of the turn up, delivering chop after chop with those catchy ad-libs we all know and love. I can hear this single playing inside a packed out venue, you will too. He speaks truth in verse as well, saying “I been doing this for about ten months and I got buzz in the town”. I’m already looking forward to what the next ten months has in store for both of these artists.

This single released at the perfect time. Most of Portland’s biggest brands are performing and showcasing their art at the Moda Center tomorrow for a collaborative event called Culture Shock. The Portland Trail Blazers have endorsed this event, proving that Portland continues to keep a symbiotic support system intact.

Sit back, roll up and roll out the red carpet. It’s showtime.

January 1, 2017 in Music, Rain Drops by


“Lord knows that I’ve come far/ Section 8 in my white tee/ 20 bands before 19/ I could care less if they don’t like me…”

Freshly-minted 21 year old rapper DANIELSEVENTWO dropped a new banger Thursday for his birthday. The Teddy Walton-produced slap showcases the based rhymer’s continued progression as he sums up his current mindstate heading into the new year.

Really dropping gems, Daniel spits quality bars at his own pace, catering to a niche audience that is steadily expanding. The lowkey rapper is in the big leagues now though; can’t wait to see how that translates to his career arc.

SoundCloud link below, or go peep it on Spotify/Tidal. Happy belated birthday, Daniel, and Happy New Year!

December 30, 2016 in Music, Style by

It’s Time To Stop Sleeping On Dior Worthy

I first met Dior Worthy after I opened for Tory Lanez at the Hawthorne Theater a while back. As I walked off stage for a quick smoke break he dapped me up, congratulated me and asked me to stick around for his set. When I came back to the stage area he had half of a nearly sold out crowd jumping and chanting his lyrics.

A year or so passed before we interacted again at The Thesis: 2 Year Anniversary, but I had an ear out for him. You can say what you want about him or the music that he makes; but you cannot deny his work or how many moves he makes. He recently returned from Paris after creating a project, performing abroad and participating in fashion week. His return from Paris brought us a visual called Paycheck, which became a personal favorite of mine.

December 28, 2016 in Music, New, Rain Drops, Video by

Caverns – The Last Artful Dodgr [VIDEO]

Fresh off of Sways Universe, The Last Artful Dodgr has been making moves to say to the least. Not to mention her and local songstress Blossom recently backed up Amine on his latest Jimmy Fallon performance as well as rocking a sold out Roseland crowd with him last night. But yeah, so what right? To everyone around the country that might not mean anything. But it means EVERYTHING to the city of Portland. Dodgr has been making waves since she moved here and now she’s finally surfing them right into the industry. Yes I may be a tad bit bias but take one listen of her latest song and you may start feeling that way too. Teaming up with one of the most talented producers in the North West Neill Von Tally and the genius behind the lense, TimSlew. The three come together to make a catchy yet eerie masterpiece called “Caverns“.

Please do yourself a favor and get familiar before there’s an “I told you so” moment”. Nobody wants that.

Be on the look out for “Bone Music” exclusively by The Last Artful Dodgr and Neill Von Tally, coming soon.


December 22, 2016 in Music, Rain Drops by

TSpoon ft Larry June – Big Money [VIDEO]

TSpoon keeping it lit is nothing new. The PDX vet, known for high energy swag raps and ferocious features heads to The Bay for his latest video release, swooping up the ever-influential Larry June to cut up over a slap by Nonstop.

A creative heist video compliments the upbeat knock, showing off Spoon’s high-end street style and Larry’s laid back demeanor. Still repping Soar Losers, expect a full-length project from TSpoon in ’17.

December 21, 2016 in Music, Rain Drops by

Donte Peace – Disrespectful

Donte Peace may not be the most popular rapper in Seattle, but it’s tough to find many more skilled.

His latest release, Disrespectful, is an excellent showing, putting his gritty style and clever wordplay on display. An ill nineties-styled beat by Tcustomz gives the single an old-school trap feel. Word is that Donte is working on a follow-up to his critically acclaimed Locals Only. No word if this is a part of the upcoming project, but it gives us something to look forward to regardless.