Chef Boyz – Money Hungry

It has been awhile since Chef Boyz Aka Chef Boy R Bangerz put out a new album, if you want to be exact almost 10 years with their last release dropping in 2005. What started out as a duo later grew into a four man group with members Tek and Leeze being the originators. The addition of M Deezo (Teks Brother) and B-Zeen doubled things up for their latest release “Money Hungry”. The last album was fitting for the time and a local favorite. It kind of popped up at the right time when the west coast sound was really moving. Being that the Chef Boyz had a similar sound mixed with a Portland twist it vibed well with fans. Since the gap in albums you saw a song or video popup but with so much time past what would the Chef Boyz sound like now? Honestly not too much has changed besides some updates with the production which is inevitable with time. Content wise it is still Chef Boyz all the way with the album title summing things up. Just some PDX paper chasers revolving their stories of stacking, women, and having a good time doing it. Production is handled by Chef Boy R Bangerz, Tony Ozier, Super Star O, Bux Productions, and DJ JB Beats. You can grab the album in digital or hard copies HERE. 

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J1M C2LE x Philthy Rich – Flavn

Jim Cole aka J1M C2LE hails from Portland, Oregon. He became intrigued with music at 10 years old when he wrote his first song. Inspired by West Coast gangster music, Michael Jackson, and Tony, Toni, Tone his versatile style allows him to connect with various audiences. In conjunction with Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes Jim releases his latest mixtape “Flav’N”. A collaboration with Philthy Rich the mixtape features tweleve brand new tracks with features from CEO Streets, Nasty Nelc, T. Soprano, Face’Shawn, Shadt, and Lil E. J1M C2LE has been featured on many West Coast artist’s albums including T.$oprano, Syko, Duna and many more. He has worked with many producers in the Northwest and continues to expand in order to share his stories of struggles and successes. His loyal fanbase has grown due to his strategic grassroots marketing and determination to build his brand. After multiple performances and several mixtapes he is making a name for himself within his city. The mixtape features production from Yung West, Fronty P, and Syko.

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Stewart Villain – No Manners

Producer turned to rapper? You can already hear the sighs but in the case of Stewart Villain just how he surprised everyone as a producer he does so again as a rapper. Originally looking to be more of an EP “No Manners” actually turned into a full length project. With the assist of features like iLLA, Pac Div, Tope, Milc, Covae, Dvnny $eth, Matt Andujo, and Cassow it probably made things a lot easier working with a lot of other up and coming talent. The project fulfills in a good way with good songs and is probably one of the better northwest projects this year. Stewart doesn’t hog the boards solely instead getting some outside production from Gang$igns, Trox, Mike Weed, Timeless One, Magic Fades, and 1NE HUNNID.
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Aaron Obryan Smith – The Aaron Obryan Show

Aaron Obryan Smith’s music is as fun, uplifting, and as strong as his personality! Hearing is unique mixture of Soul, Mid- 90s Rhythm and Blues, and his romantic lyrics from before his time, you would probably say he has and “Old Soul.” These are just a couple of things that the singer, songwriter, producer, Aaron O’Bryan Smith has heard over the years of his journey to becoming a force. After appearing on 106 and Park and complementing artists songs via features he finally drops his debut solo effort “The Aaron OBryan Show”. You can purchase it HERE.
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Al-One – The Remedy

Al-One has been rapping for a long time and most people know him from the super collective know as Sandpeople. A deep crew with a slew of releases Al-One has played host to a grand line of features and group projects. Surprisingly his only solo dates back to 2003 and only recently he released “Talk Of The Town” a free EP download. Due time just caught up and Al-One is finally releasing his second solo project almost 10 years later. Titled “The Remedy” it features some great production and solid features from the likes of Freeway, Kokane, Sly Boogy, DJ Wicked, Illmaculate, DJ Spark, Spitfire, Epp, Sapient, plus many more. Sandpeople as a whole is interesting because it is essentially a movement of artists that really all have their own styles. They just work well together which seems to bode well in supplicating various projects. When it comes to solo work you really get a feel of the artist though. Al-One is half of what Sandpeople is known to do best and he mixes that with his affinity for that classic west coast hip hop sound. “The Remedy” has a comprehensive production effort due to the likes of DJ Flip Flop, Stewart Villain, Chase Moore, Andy B, DaiN, Pale Sole, and Trox. The rhymes are dope even the big features do not sound like your typical pay and throw away type guest spots. You can purchase a hard copy or digital at the following link http://alonetheremedy.bandcamp.com/
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Philthy Rich x J1M C2LE – Broke Hoes

Game recognize game is something artists will always mutually respect from each other which is why for those who have been following Jim Cole understand his steady rise. Semi-quiet since his last mixtape “12th Ave” you figure it was for a reason and it happens to be that he is hooking up with Philthy Rich for a collabo mixtape. Kind of one of the storied successes as far as new west artists Philthy Rich is a workhorse whose buzz is due to his insane work ethic. Usually aligned with some of the west coast’s heavy hitters and major names alike you have to see the respect given factor for Jim as the two get ready to unleash the “Flav’n” mixtape. A slang term all too familiar with Portland music and actually something artists in general are starting to use. The first single is “Broke Hoes” which should need to explanation!
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Lunchtime Legends – Black Gold

LunchTime Legends are a hip hop production duo from Portland, Oregon consisting of Paul Lindsay Tabron Jr. and Deondrae “Drae Slapz” Rhone. They came together to form the team in 2012, but have known each other since 2009. In the past year they have produced for many artist in the Pacific Northwest such as MicCapes, Jon Belz, BigMo, Felicia Taylor, The 3rd, Glenn Waco, BlakkSoul, Waxxie and many others. Besides being regional you can also hear their work with Grammy Nominated Songwriter and artist Jaiden “The Cure”. While keeping some contemporary sounds the duo nurture the forgotten poignancy that production should be more than just what’s currently hot. What you initially hear as modern grows into a attrition of often neglected well rounded sounds that play alluringly into you eardrums. It’s seems to be a best of both worlds effect that will set this duo apart from the next production team. You can purchase the project at their website www.lunchtimelegendary.com or thier bandcamp www.lunchtimelegends.bandcamp.com
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eRok – Dreams Aren’t Free

Dreams Aren’t Free what a apt title eRok chooses for a EP that applies to life and the passions that come along with it. A sleeper pick for sure eRok is that artist in your city you may not even know is making good music and then one day he could just be all over the radio. This follows up his debut album “King” which seemed to be a lifetime in the making but as they say you cant rush perfection. Ironically this is a completely free project as eRok wants to give back but for those die hard fans you can also purchase the project on all digital retailers. To keep it simple eRok is a lady pleaser, if you want to impress your woman with some new music throw this on. Sounding like one of those cheesy all in one compilation infomercials eRok really does it all from Love making music, ballads, heartbreak, to pop songs you can dance to. Click, download, listen, it is five songs all produced by Sunny Beatz.
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TxE – Tetherball EP

Artists often seem to forget the fact they were once fans when they start making their own music. For those who need a reminder or the freshly inclined TxE is Tope times Epp on the raps and G_Force aka Calvin Valentine on the beats. Super short even in EP comparisons the team drop “Tetherball” which is a follow-up to their first real full length project “We Get It In True” which dropped earlier in 2012. This is a ode to the early days of when they began to love hip hop and they pay homage with hints throughout the release. G_Force continues to be a ear appeaser on the beats while Tope x Epp keep it historic smooth on the raps. It is hard to hate anything these guys have done so far as its just clean enjoyable smooth music that worst case as any new fan you can say is its not your thing. Released in winter but more sounding like a summertime release you get four brand new free tracks from the TxE duo.
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Illmaculate X Lawz Spoken – Chron Legacy

Admittedly or not you have probably heard of at least one member of the Sandpeople in some form. If not locally, maybe nationally or globally? The different members have had their own share of accolades musically over the years. This is a big click of rappers with each his own but even so talent and creativity is not lacking. With all that ability all you need is a producer which makes an ideal position for Lawz Spoken being the talent behind the boards. Working with the collective since the early years his resume is filled with produced tracks as well as several collaborative effors with various members of the Sandpeople. Im sure the easy comparison for the crew is often the mention of maybe a northwest Wu-Tang. Even in mention this is good company but the catalog for these northwest rhymeslayers is undoubtly impressive.  Very frequent collaborators Only One & Illmaculate find themselves paired together and this time for the follow-up to “Chron”. Last go around it was more of a feature presentation of Only One getting his shine with Illmaculate guest spotting. While many of their collaborations are impressive the tables turn for the second volume “Chron Legacy” with Illmaculate highlighting and Only One as guest collaborator. The thing you never have to worry about with artists like these two is they are actually good rappers so the worst case scenario every time is not liking the music. Lawz Spoken at least does not make that part easy with his theme centered production.  He stays catchy playing his production more like a movie score instead of blanket randomness. To help the cause you get a few guest spots from IAME, Goldini Bagwell, Cassow, and Epp.
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