Portland is known for many things: Hip-hop is not one of them. But once a month, a collection of music lovers converge on Mic Check, a showcase that features some of the best Portland hip-hop acts for a night of ferocious, brilliant rhymes and a deep appreciation for the culture. On the last Thursday of June, Mic Check held its one-year anniversary of professionally structured cyphers. But the question remains: Will this be the boost the city needs to make Portland a force in hip-hop?
Arts | Music | News | Nation | Uncategorized | opbmusic's Best of 2016OPB | Dec. 2, 2016 8:29 a.m.
In 2016, KMHD and OPB staff were honored to experience some special performances from newcomers, industry veterans and even a tribute to a jazz icon. Here's a look at some of the best shows of the year and artists you'll need to become familiar with and see live for yourself.
Phife Dawg, a masterful lyricist whose witty wordplay was a linchpin of the groundbreaking hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest, died Tuesday from complications resulting from diabetes, his family said in a statement Wednesday. He was 45.
For Glenn Waco, a primary force in North Portland hip-hop, 2015 brought a record release, increased activism, and now, a move to Santa Barbara.