Yo!-X – #24th7th

With a catchy voice and wide range of music styles, Yo!-X is bound to be the face of Portland Oregon and carry this new age sound of hip hop. After being looked over on the Portland music scene for years, now at the age of 23 Yo!-X is now taking the town by storm. With his great use of words that demonstrate his everyday hipster style and attitude. X is knocking right at the music industry door. Making music that is compared to artist such as Big Sean, Wale, Wiz Khalifa, U-N-I and the Cool kids. His music almost sounds out of place with the older street style hip hop artist in his home town. Yo!-X has now planted his foot as an up and coming artist from the northwest area. With catchy hooks and a Smooth one of a kind flow, He now is one of the most booked artists on the Oregon gig scene. Now by building a strong camp of artist, Djs, krump dancers and a producer by the name of Bravo Domo. They perform and host shows plus parties by the company name of Dope Swagg Entertainment. This young group of talent lead by Yo!-X will soon be the face of Portland Oregon. With his everyday saying “I’m great at what I do and soon the world we see it.” Yo!-X is one of the only artists with the complete package of street smarts and music skill. He targets to be a big success in the music world for years to come.

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Court3sy – We Get Crazy

Sports is one of those things that brings people together like nothing else. With the city of Portland riding high right now with the Blazers playing well it would be nice to see the music scene grow with it. Court3sy is a new artist from the city with an attack it all approach. While he is a rapper he also engineers and produces a lot of his music as well. With a few mixtapes and albums under his belt Court3sy is prepping the release of his next solo album. The first single features Midwest Strange Music Group members Stevie Stone and Krizz Kaliko. The song titled “We Get Crazy” comes at an opportune time for Rip City.

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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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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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Dust – Dust Raps The Blues

Doing something different is not necessarily going to make you get recognition but the odds have to be better than doing the same thing. Dust may be known to some but in general he is probably a new artist to most. Coming out of Portland Dust brings his latest release “Dust Raps The Blues”. Everything thus far before even pressing play from his moniker to the album title is already feeling bluesy. While probably not a virginal idea rapping a whole album over classic and contemporary blues vibes has to peak interest. Over eleven tracks Dust does his thing and makes blues production adhesive to his rapping style. Everything from the production to the rhymes sound natural and united. Features come from Bill, Mighty Misc, and Milc C. Production by Dust, Operator, and P-Tronic.

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Cool Nutz – Bars

Cool Nutz has started in the generous trend of giving away free music. This is his second freebie album to the fans with the eleven track project “Bars”. The acclimation of the music industry makes it almost so you have to give away your music even as an OG of the music game. With the newer generation buying music almost seems frowned upon as sad as that may sound. Even said Cool Nutz has lived that life from major deals to doing what major artists have been able to do. It’s commendable to see an artist aging still having passion to make music. Cool Nutz has always been a consistent artist that has made quality music and “Bars” follows that trend. Nutz has a potent voice and always covers an array of topics plus he really puts his music together well. Circumstances and timing have a lot to do with blowing up but if asked im sure Cool Nutz would be happy with what he has been able to accomplish thus far.
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Maniac Lok – The City Is Ours

Maniac Lok releases his fourth project to date titled “The City Is Ours”. Synonymous with the Jus Family imprint it is new to see that the album drops on Teebee Enterprises instead of the label you have come to known Maniac to be affiliated with. Does not look like much changes as several Jus Family artists and affiliates make appearances on the album. The new release comes after five year period between Maniac’s last album “Turf Bread & Street Cred”. While Jus Family Records had always been known to make west coast based hip hop each artist on the label shared their own identity. Maniac Lok was always seen as the more street based leg of the team being the connection to the streets of Portland. The more time passes the more things stay the same is something that works for Maniac Lok as he continues to just do what he did from day one. Maybe under the radar in comparison to the last few releases the album still features quality production and guest spots. In short if you liked anything else Manic has put out this album just solidifies his catalog.

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tos x 1800 – Incense x Innocence

Tos is a fairly new name when it comes to northwest artists but his first impressions is what garnered your attention. Without hearing much music he came onto the scene with some really crisp visuals and some different sounding production courtesy of 1800. While 1800 is from Seattle the two met in Oregon where tos resides and the outcome was the debut collaboration “Incense & Innocence”. Tos boasts a unique voice similar to that of maybe an early Camp Lo esque vibe and his music is more everyday rap. What that means is this is not mood music for a particular occasion. Tos is just an artist speaking about his everyday life experiences and trying to make it appealing through the art we call music.  Production is handled in full by 1800 with features coming from vocalists, C-Villain, and Biig Joe.
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