Putting up three rappers and a special guest is fun and all but I want to be honest, I get tired of the template sometimes, and I know you do too. So here in May, for the monthly first Thursday hip-hop extravaganza we call TheTHESIS, we’ll be switching it up and doing something a little less pre-defined.

Producers Stewart Villain and Bravo Domo headline this month’s marquee event, brought to you by We Out Here Magazine, Vortex Magazine, the Portland Mercury, XRAY.FM, and a host of contributors. Much more than simple beatsmiths, these multi-faceted artists have a lot to share beyond rap tunes. Add TxE legend ePP to the lineup, as well as a few special guests, and we’ve got ourselves a party for sure.

Stewart Villain has been laying his foundations for a while now. Aside from producing for everyone from Tope and Donte Thomas to Danny Brown and Freddie Gibbs, the low-key OG stays busy scoring soundtracks, occasionally rapping and playing big homie to a new generation of young influencers. The PDXPOPNOW! alum can be linked with just about every Nortwest rap clique over the past 5 years, he’s done extensive work with TEAMBACKPACK, and his music can be found everywhere from World Star Hip-Hop to XXL. Recently signed to Martell Webster-backed NW label EYRST, Stewart’s most recent work with Donte Thomas and Bocha – as the Garden Boys – shows tons of promise, and I’d be surprised if we didn’t see some of it performed tomorrow night.


Bravo Domo is an up-and-coming producer with a number of high-powered rap gems, including Mic Capes and Vinnie DeWayne’s 2016 slap Jumper Cables. Often associated with grittier local rap acts such as Yo-X!, Drae Steves, and Weeb, Domo made waves in contemporary circles when he outright won the iStandard Producer Showcase in Portland last year, slapping the crowd with hard-hitting, yet danceable beats. Domo’s versatility is no accident though; in fact, in Krump circles he’s known as Lil’ Galvatron, and is well known for both crushing the dance floor and providing the beat. 

ePP – another EYRST signee – needs no introduction. His hit single Sammich is the unofficial theme song of the TheTHESIS and he leaves every crowd sweaty.

Whether you come every month or haven’t been in a while, tomorrow night’s installment is not the one to miss. 

So come through. Doors at 9pm, $5 to attend. Sorry young swag lords, this is a 21+ event, but we’ll have something extra special for you soon.