HEAR IN PORTLAND: D Worthy, Mahalia and Kamaiyah Live Shows
We’re in the midst of a busy summer: the Pickathon Music Festival is underway and Washington-based rapper D Worthy is headlining Kelly’s tonight. Meanwhile, in Home and Future Activities, check out Dodgr and Young MA’s collaboration on a new version of “Cloverfield,” plus Wynne’s new single and two exciting upcoming shows at the Hawthorne Theatre.
You can’t miss the upcoming event.
It’ll be hard to compete with Portland’s favorite music festival this weekend, as Pickathon will keep a good chunk of local crowds busy over four days of live music, camping, food and drink, and more, with performers such as GZA (of Wu-tang Clan), Idaho-based rock band Built to Spill, rapper/songwriter Sampa the Great, saxophonist Nubya Garcia, hip-hop duo Armand Hammer, indie rock duo British Wet Leg, DIY indie pop band Goth Babe, and more. Check out our recent stories on the evolution of Pickathon, its expanded wellness lineup, and all of our rave lineup picks. (Thursday, April 4-Sun, August 7, all day, Pendarvis Farm, 16581 SE Hagen Rd, Happy Valley, $170-390, all ages, tickets here)
For those who don’t spend hundreds of dollars on Pickathon tickets, here’s your chance to experience a few hours of live, local hip-hop for under $20. Washington-based rapper D Worthy is making headlines and might even be giving audiences a taste of his upcoming album Time will tell us (released in September). The bill is backed by a trio of Portland-relevant trappers: New Jersey transplant Lambo Lawson, Portland-to-Atlanta artist Connect Zero, and Portland-native animator Sour Deez. Special guest and pop artist SADLOKA will also perform. (Kelly’s Olympian, 426 SW Washington, Friday, August 5, 9 p.m., $10 adv, $15 door, tickets here)
Two great new releases from locally relevant artists.
“Where 2 Next”, Wynne
In late July, Oregon-raised rap star Wynne released another fiery single, “Where 2 Next.” Produced by Felix Leon, the song doesn’t even bother with a chorus; it’s just three consecutive verses that are absolutely loaded with clever puns and puns. The accompanying music video shows Wynne standing in the streets of Portland with her hypeman/dancer Raf, rolling around in a car and spitting verses into the studio. She opens her first excellent verse with: “Ain’t no half stepping fuck a demi tone/ Got entry codes, he calls me bb like we rented houses/ So I pet him and send him home him/ Don’t start imagining me in wedding attire/ This isn’t real life/ Fuck your cartoons, it’s a hentai joke/ I took a lot of L’s in private, we don’t mention them no/ They expected me to lose my screws/ I put a wrench in them.
“Cloverfield”, The Last Artful, Dodgr feat. Young MA
Here’s some good news from former Portlander The Last Artful, Dodgr: the rapper/singer recently (finally!) announced her upcoming debut album today’s successwhich will fall on August 19! today’s success will include the previously released single “Hullaballoo” and the sultry “Cloverfield”. The announcement was coupled with the release of a new version of “Cloverfield”, also featuring rapper Young MA. The collaboration between the two rappers makes a lot of sense given that the sexually charged song is written by women about women. Staying on the mark, Young MA wastes no time getting nasty at the start of her verse: “Dude, open your legs, I’ll take this to your head/Send you what I’m gon’ do/Now you can smell what I said/ Now you can smell what you read/ Take that shit in a text/ I’ll take that shit to bed/ I’ll kill that pussy.
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Some upcoming music buzz to put on your radar.
Mahalia and Kamaiyah Live Shows
In September, the Hawthorne Theater hosts live evenings for all ages with two notable female artists: British Jamaican singer/songwriter Mahalia arrives Monday, September 12 in support of his recent EP, letter to your ex, which fell in May. Fans can also expect to hear him slay earlier tracks like “Sober,” “I Wish I Missed My Ex,” and hopefully an acoustic rendition of the 2016 track “Marry me.” Oakland Rapper Kamaiyah is bringing her “Kreative Kontrol Tour” to the venue on Thursday, September 15, and we’re thrilled to see her performing live versions of tracks from her 2022 EP, divine timeas well as excellent deeper cuts like “niggas.” Miraculously, tickets for both shows are still available. (Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE 39th, Mahalia performs Monday, September 12 at 8 p.m., tickets here, all ages; Kamaiyah performs Thursday, September 15 at 8 p.m., tickets hereall ages)