Illmaculate & G_Force’s Green Tape review

From wweek.com;

“…Illmaculate took this opportunity to evolve. The soulful building blocks of the new disc elicit a few love songs from the Portland MC, who is still best known for his rap-battle prowess—though both “Just 4 Me” (one of two cuts featuring excellent vocals from J-Rome) and the OnlyOne collaboration “2 Much” are really too emotionally mature and analytical to be tossed in the same dumpster as tracks like Enrique Iglesias’ “I’m Fuckin’ You.” In fact, over the album’s first eight tracks (the disc ends with a healthy dose of bravado), Illmac’s are only thin excuses for self-examination and deep probes of the human condition.”

Read the rest of the review here, but don’t forget to download your own copy of The Green Tape over at FreshSelects.net

Debaser taking over the internets!

Localcut.com says;

“Debaser—the group’s name itself meaning to tear down or degrade—is right to brag. Not only is the duo the most heralded of the Portland-based, 10-member crew Sandpeople’s offshoot groups, it also contains Sandpeople’s chief beatsmith, Sapient. A skilled MC with an even greater knack for hip-hop production, Sapient, known to his parents as Marcus Williams, is in hip-hop not just to satisfy his own hunger, but to put food on the table (he raps about his wife and young daughter on Debaser’s “Results”). Williams’ hustle has paid off. “I’d put [Sapient] against any successful, nationally or globally recognized producer,” Bauer says. “He can hang with them.””

Portland Mercury says;

“FOLLOWING UP a classic release is a challenge for any musician. No matter your next move, there are those who will say it just doesn’t measure up. For Portland hiphoppers Ethic and Sapient—members of the Sandpeople crew who together are known as Debaser—that challenge is met and matched with their newly pressed disc, Peerless.”

The Grouch of Living Legends says;

“If you haven’t grabbed it yet, you should.”

So what are you waiting for? And if you have it already, go tell us how dope it is in our forums!

IAMe Show Review

From oregonmusicnews.com;

“IAME took the stage and every rapper in attendance stood up to pay attention. Affiliated with both local crews Oldominion and Sandpeople, IAME is well-recognized for his standout voice. He has been grinding on stages much larger than the Calabash for long enough to immediately get in sync with a crowd – hands went up on his call and heads nodded along to the heavy beats. “

Read the rest here.

Sandpeople on Hot Indie News

From hotindienews.com;
“With the success and acclaim of their recently released EP, Long Story, Short…, still bubbling, Portland’s Sandpeople continue working, and have now released the EP’s first official video, “Hate Aside.” After teasing us with behind the scenes footage some time ago, the video brings the EP’s lead single to life, weaving the tale of a mystery package, passed from one crew member to the next, interspersed with shots of the crew doing what they do best – rapping their asses off. Sandpeople’s latest release, the Long Story, Short… EP is available now via Sandpeople Music.”

You can read the rest here.

Also, Sandpeople’s “Hate Aside” video is currently number 4 in the top 10 videos on MTVu! Check that out here. (scroll down the left side)

Review: Sapient – Make Morphine

Will Johnson over at The Musik Lounge has posted his review of Sapient’s ‘Make Morphine’ album.
“For a crew with the rep Sandpeople have amassed over the years on their grind it seems crazy to think they are giving music away for free. Shouldn’t they be on some major indy by now? Truth is told in this day and age you can probably do just as good on your own – if you are willing to put in the work. Apparently they have been going so hard that they have too much music and decided to give away three albums for free over the next three months.”

You can read the rest here.

Download or stream “Make Morphine” for free here!

RVAmag.com reviews I Am My Enemy

Here’s what they had to say;

“Oregon native IAME(I-am-me) has no problem confronting and questioning his role in society and constantly challenging it. On his sophomore album I Am My Enemy he gets personal. Confronting the generalities in Hip Hop that too many people think make you “real” such as bling, Escalades and proper gear, IAME examines his place with in the music industry and his community. This becomes apparent on such tracks as “Unlikely Candidate”. Speaking about Portland, where he lives, “Home to fake gangsters/and real hoodlums/who look at me like I ain’t shit cause I ain’t got no jewels or rings/but skip the superficial shit/just let the music spin/this user friendly way I speak truth has got them tuning in”. More then just a treatise on the superficialities of Hip Hop, the song speaks about Portland’s history citing a situation not unlike the Katrina disaster in New Orleans which happened in 1943 at Van Port City, Oregon.

I Am My Enemy will keep your body moving and your head bangin’. You’ll gain a little knowledge with each nod.

-Christian Hendrickson”

You can check out RVA’s site here. You can purchase IAMe albums and t-shirts in our online store.

Odds and Ends

Tigard Times has a nice article on IAMe and his freshly released album ‘I Am My Enemy’ that you can peep here.

Hot Indie News has the song ‘Dapper Mob’ off the “Long Story, Short…” EP available for streaming. The song is accompanied by a short writeup with a quip from Sapient. Check it here.

And finally, ESPN has used Sandpeople music in their online video for the X-games Skate Street gold medal winner. I’d embed it but it’s not allowed, so go ahead and watch it here.

Sandpeople interview with Planet Urban

PlanetUrban has posted up an interview covering topics from battling to the creative process of a 10 member group;

ILLmaculate and TheSaurus are both battle tested emcees, do you guys ever battle or spar amongst each other?

OnlyOne: I have battled IAME and M-OB, also Sape and Illmaculate in a two on two against Al-One and I. We got crushed.”

The OnlyOne & Al-One vs. Sapient & Illmac battle is one of the greatest things I have filmed that you will probably never see, I’m going to have to write about it sometime. You can read the rest of the interview with Planet Urban here.

IAMe LocalCut Write-up

Willamette Week’s LocalCut has a nice write-up on IAMe and his new album, “I Am My Enemy”. Some good information for those of you that don’t know much about him;

“It’s funny, because for a while I thought that was how to be cool,” he admits. “To have shit. But hip-hop was something that opened my mind to different people’s living situations.” As soon as he landed his driver’s license, he was out of the ’burbs and into Portland, investigating the city’s decidedly un-bling hip-hop scene. But McMahon, who had shown an interest in writing from a young age, didn’t just want to listen. “It definitely wasn’t my destiny to be a fucking singer,” he says, his rigid brow softening as he laughs. “Hip-hop was something I could actually do”

Read the article in its entirety here.

Come out to his album release party tomorrow night with AWOL-One, Onry Ozzborn, and Josh Martinez at Rotture. 315 SE 3rd AVE. Doors at 9 pm. $10 ages 21+

BHH interviews Sandpeople

BritishHipHop.co.uk just posted up an interview they did with IAMe, Gold, and Ethic. Topics inlude the groups origin, childhoods, Portland’s hiphop scene, and of course, starwars;

“Wookieepedia, the online Star Wars encyclopedia, describes Sand People as “a culture of nomadic, primitive sentients… often hostile to local settlers” does that sum you guys up or can you give us a better definition?

IAME: Thats pretty on point.

Gold: What is Star Wars?

Ethic: Someone really created something called Wookieepedia? But, yea, the definition is suitable.”

You can read the rest here.

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