What’s wavy in the Portland hip-hop scene right now? Short answer: a lot. Let’s talk about it!
Myke Bogan, Cult Beauty
I got some great news this weekend that our beloved Portland import, Myke Bogan, is dropping a new 14-track album on October 18. Cult Beauty is the title of the rapper’s third full-length, and to whet our whistles, the rapper’s released one eye-popping visual for two very different songs in “Jolly” and “No Peace.” Bogan also announced a tour, but strangely, I don’t see a tour date for Portland....
Wynne, “The Thesis” and “Handle iT”
Lake O’s standout rapper Wynne has been dropping drip for the last month or so. Between her two new singles “The Thesis” (featuring Dame D.O.L.L.A., Vursatyl, KayelaJ, and Illmac) and “Handle iT,” the young MC has been tallying hundreds of thousands of plays and views. So when her debut mixtape If I May.. drops on October 25, expect the city to explode with pride.
The Palmer Squares, Stevie Ray, Ryan Van Haygan, Sqvtch, Simone French
Chicago-based hip-hop group the Palmer Squares is swinging by Kelly's Olympian on October 10, as part of the West Coast leg of their "All My Demons Tour." Now I'm not usually on the lookout for hipster rap duos from Chicago—just not really my thing, no judgies!—but the addition of proven locals Sqvtch and Simone French definitely got my attention. If you're looking to feel something, this might be the concert for you. (Thurs Oct 10, 9 pm, Kelly’s Olympian, 426 SW Washington, $12-15)
At Marmoset Music on October 11, live performances and conversation coalesce for their featured event, Umbrellaslang. Hosts Daren Todd and Meron Medhanie will hold space for up-and-coming Portland stars Veana Baby, Donte Thomas, and Blon, while a panel of guests facilitates conversation with the crowd. It’s worth noting that Donte Thomas released the monster project Colors earlier this year, and Veana—after going buckwild at a recent sold-out Thesis—announced that her album drops this November. So both should have some things to prove. Poet/muse/model Janae Ball and—full disclosure—myself are among the panelists at this month’s event. (Fri Oct 11, 6 pm, Marmoset Music, 2105 SE 7th, $5)
Free Tillman, Bird Bennett, Micah the Rapper, Surebert
Zero Wave is quietly doing their own thing on Saturday, October 12, bringing Santa Ana producer Free Tillman back to Portland to rock with Bird Bennett, Micah the Rapper, and Surebert for a free, all-ages event. And the 6 pm start time means you can still turn up like an adult once it’s over! If you miss this show (or just can’t get enough of the guy), you’ll have another chance to see him play on Sunday, October 13 at Future Shock where he’ll be playing a brunch-time beat party with Luv Jonez, Shaheed, and a few other producers about town. (Sat Oct 12, 6 pm, Zero Wave, 720 N Killingsworth, all ages, FREE)
Trap Kitchen Brunch with E-40
Saturday, October 19 should be a fun day with the daytime event Brunch with E-40 x Trap Kitchen going down at an undisclosed location. That’s right, for a mere $100, you can enjoy lunch and chop game with a West Coast rap legend (and get a photo or signed item from the star). Later that evening of course is the JAM’N 107.5 Boo Bomb, the annual October concert where legends of yore descend on Portland so that those of us old enough to remember the ’90s may reminisce. (Sat Oct 19, brunch at 1 pm, location TBA, $100)