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".
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!!
Good review Manic... thank you.
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