Of all the emcees and rhymers to make Portland the home where they hang their New Era 59Fifty hats, Cloudy October is our favorite. His accelerated flow and avant arrangements make the man known as Genkai Yokomura stand out from the pack, and his The Aviator Is Dead made our list of top recordings from 2010.

Cloudy is now set to release his latest work, The Metal Jerk LP, on October 18 and you can download its first single, the swagger-heavy "Play," right here. In fact, true to tradition, he'll be offering up The Metal Jerk as a free downloaded, but for now you'll have to settle for its energetic lead single.

On "Play" the sharp-tongued emcee isn't afraid to boast as he calls out other rhymers when he declares "Our ears are not dumping ground for your bad ideas," and then later adds, "You can't spell 'rhyme' without 'me,' folks." It's true, you can't. I looked it up. On the internet.


Cloudy October - "Play"

End Hits: Listen up gardeners, ya'll bitches can't spell "thyme" without "me," folks.