Eugene hip-hop impresario Marv Ellis (aka Garrick Bushek) took us out in the woods for a hike. Never heard of a hip-hop artist who likes hiking?
“You can be Northwest and hip-hop too,” he told Oregon Art Beat. And while Eugene may not seem like a hotbed of hip-hop culture, Ellis spins out rhymes less about urban realities and more about the Northwest’s own brand of social conscience and green culture, all in a musical style he feels communicates it effectively.
“Everywhere around the world, it’s the music. People know it. People get it. Kids get it. Kids will listen to you if you can rap,” he says. “We’re trying to push it out the way we push it out, stretching out hip-hop as we know it.”
One other reason Ellis loves the genre is because it allows him to tell us everything about himself in 20 seconds, all in rhyme. So we said, “Go!” and he went on for about four minutes. He even incorporated our audio technician, William Ward, into the rap. Watch the video at the top of the page to get a quick sense of where he took us.
To learn more about Marv Ellis, tune in to Oregon Art Beat on Thursday, April 17 at 8 p.m. or Sunday, April 20 at 6 p.m.