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?
Portland's hip-hop scene is probably one that feels disrespected. For a major metropolitan city, and the most listened to music in the world, you would think the scene would be robust.
But what Portland may lack in quantity, it makes up for with quality.
Mic Check, a monthly showcase of that "hidden" talent, is a night for pure hip-hop heads. And if you're craving truth in the form of music in the Rose City, this (for now) underground musical gem is where you'll want to catch the next blistering scene of hip-hop.