Voice – Ice In My Cup

R&B is kind of getting a new kick these days with the emergence of artists who halter the vocals but also don’t rely on carrying a sound so traditional. Artists like Frank Ocean have really gasped attention of fans lately with R&B that takes more of a rappers approach which has caught on well. Whilst many people can sing those that actually take it serious are numbered and as talented as the pool of new artists is coming from Portland only recently has it had a onset of singers. Voice from NBG (New Beginin Global) will be amongst the few who try to take his talents from the Northwest on. After appearing on Talentine 2 compilation Voice is releasing the first pre-heater “Ice In My Cup” from his upcoming project “Fallen Angel” which is expected sometime later this year.
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v1creative & Terminill Present – PDX Pass The Mic

Who said Portland doesn’t have emcees? Produced by Terminill for Flatline Studios, Pass The Mic is the city’s ultimate rap cipher and the opening track for Flatline Studios Complilation Volume 1. Inspired by the Pepsi Smash campaign of late, the crisp audio-video collaboration puts 8 of the city’s hottest, most explosive rappers on display. Serge Severe (of Animal Farm) leads off repping Portland on an incendiary digital beat loop, and makes way for Th3oryHazit (Humble Beast) and Jon Belz (Chill Crew) to work magic on the track. Aquick skip in the beat and it’s time for Luck One (of Seventh Science) to add his bit before Quiz Zilla flirts with double-time flows. Next, Mila Gordana adds a woman’s touch with her distinctively sultry sound before Cassow gets init, leaving the final verse for Braille (Humble Beast) to drop knowledge. With this project, Portland becomes the latest in a long line of cities to create a Pass The Mic track. Houston, New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Dallas and Chicago have all represented their respective metropolitan areas in this manner with success. Now it’s Portland’ sturn to show and prove. The associated music video – shot and directed byV1Creative – is sure to turn heads, and will hopefully attract more attention to the Northwest’s growing rap scene. In the words of Terminill, “I just want for the world to get a taste of what Portland has to offer hip-hop.” You can rest assured, this collection will not disappoint.
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SPAC3MAN – L’s Up

Considered one of the better artists in the region it probably has his fans perplexed as to why the artist they call SPAC3MAN has yet to release an all original project. To his credit he has a few mixtapes with “Greetings Earthlings” and “Featuristic” out but its due time for something official. Not complete but categorically garnering strong points with his stage game and developed style both of which are better most other locals. Running with Sport N Life Records who strives on picking up some of the best talent it looks like SPAC3MAN’s first official release “Beyond The Stars” an EP is around the corner. The first single “L’s Up” is produced by Jake One whom SPAC3MAN worked with previously on his last single “This Is That Fire”.
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Young Fame Ft 2 Chainz – Make It Work

Most artists dropping a independent solo album is enough, getting that little love of selling a few CDs, garnering a few fans makes the common artist content. Not for the artist formerly known as Taj Mahal who’s “Fat Of The Land” was just a mere spectacle of what he has in store for the future. Now going by Young Fame Tacoma’s own has begun fortifying his future as an artist by taking the business side of things serious bumping elbows with the suits. While the day of a feature no longer makes or breaks you why not get the hottest artist in the game right now in 2 Chainz. Two hustlers grinding for their representative areas to simply “Make It Work” which is the first single from Fame’s upcoming mixtape with DJ Skee titled “Welcome To The Social Club”.
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Far Squad – Paper Route

A couple years in today’s music game almost seems like a eternity when it comes to how the fads and trends change. Was not even not even a few years ago we was on so and so but now they are considered near irrelevant. New school movements come and go but the young trio that make up the group “Far Squad” hope their unique-ness and non typical Northwest sound will help them rise quickly. Made up of members Darius, Legendary, and Francis the youngsters make relatable music for their age bracket being they are still in school but also draw influence from great artists like Eazy E and Bone Thugs N Harmony. Churning out new songs daily the group plans to select the best tracks for their upcoming mixtape “Road To Success” but in the meantime is currently promoting their first single “Paper Route” produced by Johnny Juliano.
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TxE – Higher

TxE is combination of some of the youngest fine talent coming out of Portland right now. A long time album in the making the group has played lead along since the release of the “Rain In Cali” EP a few years back. Members include Tope artist/producer who has done some solo work and group projects as part of Living Proof. G_Force Aka Calvin Valentine also dually talented as a producer/artist has had his name attached to a projects with Illmaculate, Planet Asia, Halfmanhalf, N.VS, and even his own solo album! Last but not least is Epp the under-rated artist who has shined at every chance when gracing tracks. The albums first single “Higher” features Strong Arms Phil The Agony and honoree member Illmaculate. The full length debut is set to release in the coming months titled “We Get It In True”.
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InfinitRakz – Lord Knows

InfinitRakz is preparing the release of his “Music Laundering” mixtape which really has his full focus and will be his most determined project yet. The last leak “Ham & Cheddar” served more as a teaser but now Infinit is moving on to the appetizer as he releases the second single “Lord Knows (I Try)”. While talk is cheap Infinit bleeds his hunger onto the track talking about doing his utmost best in becoming the best artist he can be while also uplifting and supporting this northwest movement. Its just the beginning for this #RakzLife movement, look for more singles and several videos in the coming months as Infinit prepares for the mixtapes release.
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Brothers From Another – Mr Dynamite

Seattle’s young duo BFA aka Brothers From Another keep it hard to suppress likability as they continue to make good music. Steady on a EP onslaught in preparation for the next chapter in the growing lives of Tiglo and Cole they release a teaser “My Dynamite”. Produced by Morg the song feels more summer-ish and exemplifies the whimsical and care free vibe we have come to love from BFA. As nonchalant as two youngens can get its their own pimp-esque take on the ladies and it is a good hold over until the next project due in a few months, also look for the new video “Neon Nights” premiering soon.
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Mike Bars – Grown Folks

Pushing forward by doing nearly all the work on his projects independently, Bars has a strong drive for success, and a passion for perfection. The Portland raised emcee uses his musical talents to create a new spectrum in rap by fusing funk, pop, rock, r&b, and soul to create a sub genre that is truly unique. His music has been described as “a cross between Ludacris, Eminem and B.O.B.”. Mike’s charisma and charm are added attractions to his live hip hop shows around the Portland metro area. With a jokester spin on life and the witty punchlines to match, the self producing rapper is a “breath of fresh air”, according to fans. Since the 2007 debut of his solo album, The BarrCode (under his former stage name Mickey Dee), his songs “Like Mike” and “I’ll Be Back” have won fans over not only in the United States, but across Europe andAustraliaas well, even without the help of a major record label.
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Camila Recchio – Whisper

People are biased about everything in life including their music but no matter what genre of music you favor when you hear talent its undeniable. Its become the new American staple as to why all these reality music based TV shows have garnered such a huge following. While the Seattle area is full of stars waiting to break out its more on the verge of questioning when and who? Well maybe unknown now but tomorrow Camila Recchio could be a household name we are proud to call our own in the Northwest. Her voice and musical foray is something that freezes you in your tracks to just want to listen as if it were a scene from a movie. As she prepares for the release of her first album “Acoustic Originals” like many other artists is starting her own Kickstarter Campaign which allows fans to fuel the release. Along with the campaign she has recently released her first single “Whisper” featuring Ray Dalton who most may associate his work with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.
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