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Comment Archives: Stories: Music: Rip City: Rap City

Re: “Rip City: Rap City

Since the WWeek review of the record won't 'appen, a few "Notes on Sleepyhead":

This *is* "Portland rap", and in *no very good sense*. Compared to *aesthetiques* with some connection to Portland like Atlas Sound, Dutchess/Duke, Rail Road Jerk, and (for those *sub specie aeterni*) Austrian Death Machine, Sleepyhead is "Locals Only" material: *everyone* who lives in Portland Metro of *any* stripe has to produce "material" like this, and generally it's rather unlovely, especially from the most *dangerous* "MCs". "No Pussyfooting" is something you were told as a *serious warning* once, and though the "rhizomatic" striations of pastiche-language presumably might serve as a guide on "How to Date A Stripper"; but when purity of heart is to will one thing but you're not really Danish, things *don't always turn out* and "Sleepyhead" might be serious about his medication, yo, like *so many*.

On the other hand, a lot of "Left Side" figures in *better* places *just have* to produce mid-grade, mid-tempo material like this, and it might even be a guide to how "brothers" with dark pasts and tastes diverse might "work it out" (Eno-Fripp fans, "represent" briefly and *bravely*, actually). Basically, work rocks to this beat and the streets accept: something else is for *somewhere else*, but what J-Closer said is true on account of *long usage*: "what goes around comes back around", and one might think harder about who is screaming about what on "Washington School" and why all your dirt must needs end at the *state line* than whether elderberry blunts are the way to roll in the Portland joint -- or whether you *could really say that* to a girl once, provided you were willing to "accept the charges".

Posted by 'Racetrack Fats' Cotswold on 11/06/2009 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Rip City: Rap City

Alphabet Stew, Bad Crowd, Jon the Baptist, and more will be performing December 6th at the Hawthorne Theater for Ozone's Hip Hop Sock Drop. A package of new socks gets you in the door for some 25 acts. All donations go to Portland Impact. Worth checking out!!

Posted by eastwest on 12/04/2008 at 12:35 AM

Re: “Rip City: Rap City

Good review Manic... thank you.

Posted by Zebulon Dak on 11/08/2008 at 3:50 PM

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