T Soprano Aka Spoon – Class Is In Session

T soprano a.k.a. Spoon was born Anthony Malone in Portland Oregon on October 8, 1983. At a young age he would listen to artists such as Mac Dre, Tupac, Snoop Dogg, The Dog Pound, UGK, The Hot Boyz and the Luniz to name a few. At age 12 he began writing raps. Around that time he was performing in school talent shows and rapping and freestyling with friends and family. He moved back and forth from Portland Oregon to Seattle Washington throughout his junior high years and also through high school. He attended Rainier Beach high school in Seattle but ended up graduating from US Grant high school in Portland Oregon. Throughout those years he would always write music but never really took it serious. One year after graduating high school when Anthony was 19 he was shot twice once in the arm and once on his side. This was a life changing experience for Anthony he realized being in the street life could end up being fatal. After he got out of the hospital and finished rehabilitation he began taking music more serious. He linked up with neighborhood and childhood friend Syko, a producer, who had worked with Mac Dre, Brotha Lynch Hung, and a list of west coast artists and begin to work on projects.
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Jon OBOI Belz – PURPLx EP

“OBOI” Jon Belz releases his first project of 2014, The “PURPLx EP”. The long awaited introduction to his reinvented and re?ned sound is ready to ?ood the speakers of music lovers everywhere. The four track EP produced by Red Velvets Beats showcases a sizable portion of the vast range Belz possess as a Song writer/MC. While he has been known as one of the top tier spitters for quite some time among artists on the upper left coast, Jon is now out to give his dedication and story to Hip-Hop fans across the net and back to his home in the Paci?c Northwest. Follow Jon Belz on twitter ( @OBOI357 ) and be sure to check out previous/future releases at the links below.
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iLL Chris – iLL Chris Project

Over the years you start to grow as an artist so with time comes change. We have all come to know the artist that runs by Logics and then the more google friendly AyeLogics due to his relentless music hustle. He stays busy with projects, shows, promotions, clothing, and just about anything in hand that involves the business of making his brand stronger. Recently stating that Logics is no more and now in comes iLL Chris which is the new moniker in which he feels better represents who he is as an artist today. No longer wanting to be held in the box and paying ode to when ILL was in he brings his latest album the “iLL Chris Project”. In truth as a rapper iLL Chris is not an artist who would correlate to what Jordan was to the NBA. In reality not many are because that means you would be once in a lifetime. Not something we see often but what we do see is a lot of artists working hard to legitimatize themselves at that next level. Any artist can be one song away and iLL Chris is no different. This latest effort continues to show how he stays with the times and has the ability to make some good songs no matter the trend. Production wise this is his best effort in that the beats really fit his style versus just being good beats to rap on. No matter what anyone actually thinks in the end iLL Chris will be further ahead than most simply due to his work ethic. You can get the project as a freebie or support it on I-Tunes. Production is courtesy of Bravo Domo, The Awesome Sound, Mike Weed, Stewart Villian, DJ El Grande, Romelle Green, Carl D, Dupree, Like Of Pac Div, and J. Purganans.

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Raz Simone – Solomon Samuel Simone

Raz Simone is a hip-hop artist from Seattle, Washington. His inspiration stems from his diverse life, as opposed to any musical predecessors. Growing up Raz did not listen to any music. It wasn’t until he started writing poetry, then speaking his powerful words over movie scores that he realized he was rapping. Mixing creative foresight with entrepreneurial spirit, Raz produces, raps, sings, designs graphics and directs videos all under his independent label, Black Umbrella. In 2012 Raz partnered with Sam Lachow to create a five track EP called ‘5 Good Reasons’. The positive reception of the project landed both artists on tour at the start of 2013. Raz then followed up in March, with his debut solo EP, Solomon Samuel Simone. The momentum gained from those 2 projects was abruptly halted when Raz caught a gun charge while performing in New York City for possession of a firearm that he legally owned. After dealing with the effects of the situation through out all of 2013, all charges were recently dropped and Raz has prepared his return to music. In early 2014 he will release his next project, Cognitive Dissonance: Part One. Embodying the passion and frustration that comes with the cognitive response of two conflicting ideas, this project takes listeners deep inside the mind of Raz at some of his most introspective, inspiring, and darkest points.
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Stoned Ape Theory – The Stone Tape EP

Stoned Ape Theory is the duo of emcee HD Thuro and producer Ill Pill (Rockwell Powers, Sol, Grynch). The two aim to interpret the consciousness of both the separate and collective human experience in music. Tackling both human and theoretical problems, Stoned Ape Theory uses humble bars to describe relationships and acknowledge influences, referencing contemporaries and citing inspiration. As a rap collective whose sound ranges from chill, downtempo soundscape to thump-ready, bass heavy urbanite beats, and their objective is to please the ears of the populace and challenge their mode of thought. The past three years have given Stoned Ape Theory the opportunity to travel through Europe and Asia, giving them the time and space to hone their crafts and lay the foundation for their debut EP.
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Second Family – The Leaks Volume 1

Second Family or as they call themselves Tacoma’s own homegrown superhero’s recently released some new music in “The Leaks Volume 1”. Said to be served up as appetizer while new projects enter the finishing stage of release. If you didn’t know now you do the group is composed of Cally Reed formerly known as Element and Noquezt. The leaks features several songs that have been released since the group’s last album “Gateway Drug”. It also includes a bunch of new tracks that were said not to fit the formula of upcoming projects the group is currently working on. Features include AyeLogics and the groups own in house group Tha Committee. Production is provided by DJ Phinisey, Nonstop, The Perfectionists, Paul Cabbin, Seanotes, and Mo Bucks.

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Chill Crew – Dublé Ve

Chill Crew is a group primarily made up of Jon Belz and PC. They have been working the Portland music circuit for a while now with “Duble Ve” now being their third release as a collective. They are in the same sentence with a lot of other up and coming young artists from Portland area. As of the last few years they have progressively been getting better musically with each project. You even see a steady move forward in the fine touches of other things like promotion and trying to make the right steps. This has probably been the most talked about project from the crew with Stewart Villain doing all the beats. Essentially a pretty short project with only about ten songs and three interludes. It is probably just right in the sense if you want to see if it is for you or not. Jon Belz is a pretty strong artist and even early on you could tell he could be something special. Not to count out PC by any means as his flow is a bit more laid back with his own suttleness of bringing things out. Flow style is more of a traditional hip hop with topics and creativity that are on par relatable with the audience they are trying to reach. Continually eager to see what the future holds for this group.

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TxE – Vs PRTLND

Them Portland fellas known as TxE always seem to be able to find that middle ground between solo projects to click back up. “Vs PRTLND” marks the fourth release for them as a group and takes a unique approach. The ten track release pays ode musically by sampling local Portland rock bands on every song. The cross promotion surely does not hurt but this is just one of the many reasons TxE continues to gain recognition. Each song starts with a sample of the orginal and then you have G_Force aka Calvin Valentine on all the production. Even in a different arena he continues to show why he is one of the Northwest’s best kept secrets. The short stint in a rock group may of helped. Tope and Epp always counterbalance one another. Tope with that airy fresh flow and Epp with the stronger controlled classical hip hop flow. Fans of music always say they want something different so here you go.

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Sarasvati – Build Bridges To Love

Former Vocalist of Seattle Hip Hop Band, Token Folk, Sarasvati has evolved to deliver you her Solo Debut EP entitled “Build Bridges To Love”. She has teamed up with LA Producer Polyester The Saint to put together a long-awaited, powerful creation. Sarasvati’s meaningful writing expressed in the form of smooth vocals, on a foundation of funky, edgy beats from the underground is a recipe for classic. This EP blurs genre lines, providing sounds that appeal to the hardest hip hop fan, while also attracting the attention of soul, funk and house music lovers…all on a base of poetry from the heart. “Gold Scraps” is the lead off track on the project, and provides you with a persuasive window into what the rest of the EP will embody.
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Dave B – MCMXCII

Dave B, the town repping rapper-producer that some would say came out of nowhere is one of the most promising, up and coming hip-hop acts out of Seattle as of late. As of June 2012 he released his debut project “MCMXCII” (1992) featuring production from known Seattle producers such as KD Cutz, Kuddie Fresh, Tryfe, and even featured his own production on a few of the records. Shortly after the well-received release of “MCMXCII” Dave went on to perform at venues throughout Seattle including Neumos, The Crocodile, Chop Suey, and Nectar Lounge. In October 2012 Dave opened for Rockie Fresh (of MMG) at the Roseland Theater in Portland and at Barboza in Seattle. After winning 1st place in the 2013 EMP SoundOff! Competition in February alongside his band, Dave released “The Coffee EP” in March of 2013. The tapes collaborators included Gift uh Gab, Justo of The Physics and more. Amidst having to prepare for summer shows and festivals Dave is gearing up “The Doughnuts EP”, which is slated for a 2014 release.

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