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Eugene rapper Endr Won triumphs over hardships and inspires others through his music

Local rapper Endr Won, 32, answers to his stage name just as naturally as he does to his given name, Kenneth. His best friend James refers to him as both but leans towards Kenneth, while the recovering drug addicts he works with at his part-time job refer to him by …

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Review: Tyler, The Creator and Vince Staples perform their respective, vogue catalogues for Portland’s Veterans Memorial Coliseum

The Veterans Memorial Coliseum arena in Portland hosted two of the most high-profile rappers in the industry Saturday night. Tyler, The Creator and Vince Staples both dropped two of the most polarizing albums of 2017. Tyler’s glittering “Flower Boy” was ranked the eighth best album of the year by Pitchfork, …

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Discography Dive: Flying Lotus distorts genres

Emerald writers love a deep dive. In the Discography Dive series, Emerald A&C staffers write in-depth about their favorite groups. This week, music writer Jordan Montero looks into avant-garde hip-hop artist Flying Lotus’ varied works. “1983” (2006) “1983” is Flying Lotus’ most straight-forward album. His simple formula of spacey, electric …

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P.O.S brings his smart raps to Eugene

Minneapolis’ P.O.S is currently riding the medium-sized wave formed by his latest release, “Chill, Dummy” —  a fast-paced and energetic hip-hop record. He just started the second leg of his tour in support of the album and will be making a stop at WOW Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 11. “Chill, …

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Review: Brockhampton’s sold-out performance at WOW hall doesn’t disappoint

A line of anxious fans circled around the corner of 8th Avenue and Lincoln Street on Friday night. The anticipation only continued to build as another hour passed before the up-and-coming rap collective Brockhampton took the stage at the sold-out WOW Hall. Romil Hemnani — the band’s producer and DJ …

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Discography Dive: The good, the bad, the Kid Cudi

Kid Cudi’s discography is defined by his signature sing-rap approach, struggles with mental health and diverse musical styles and interests. But above all: he’s original — and because of this, Kid Cudi has become one of the most influential rap artists of the last 10 years. The Emerald decided to …

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Q&A with Odesza’s Clayton Knight before their Eugene show on April 7

Seattle group Odesza is one of the Pacific Northwest’s most notable electronic music acts. The group is a regular in Eugene having played at the WOW Hall twice as opening acts in 2013 before graduating to a headlining spot in 2014. Now, three years and two albums (2012’s Summer’s Gone …

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Sounds of Sama: King Sama drops his newest EP, ‘Oregon’

King Sama dropped his most recent EP, Oregon, on Oct. 31, 2014. The EP must have been released on Halloween because it is full of treats. Oregon, the EP, features a consistent flow of Neo-Soul rap and melodic tunes that mix with King Sama’s lyrics that describe his experiences in …

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Photos: T-Pain heats up a sellout crowd at Studio 44

Rapper T-Pain performs at Studio 44 in Eugene, Ore., on March 14 as part of his “I Am T-Pain Tour.” Fans who had secured $100 meet-and-greet tickets for the evening were treated to VIP introductions for the artist, who signed memorabilia before his performance. The sellout crowd packed the 1,000-person …

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Controversy surrounds hip-hop studies

You may play hip-hop music while driving in your car. You may dance to it at a party. Whether you are a fan or not, the genre is prominent in today’s culture. Along with classical and jazz music, in recent years the genre has been gaining academic acknowledgement. Since the …

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Music: How to complement the mood with the right genre

It happens all the time. You’re having a casual night with friends, sipping on a pint and enjoying good conversation when one of your brilliant guests decides that blasting “Levels,” by Avicii is a good soundtrack to your Sunday night. There are two things wrong here. For one, “Levels” is …

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Curren$y and the Jets fly high at WOW Hall, play to passionate crowd

Curren$y and the Jets put on a chillingly good show Tuesday night as they played their 13th stop of the 2012 Jet Life Tour at the WOW Hall.

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Hieroglyphics worked up the WOW Hall

As the Hieroglyphics walk onto the stage, the crowd throws their hands in the air, waving them back and forth, entranced by the showmanship of the veteran MCs who stand on the stage before them. The WOW Hall gives a warm welcome to the seasoned, six-member hip-hop collective, who are no strangers to Eugene.

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Blue Scholars sit down for a Q&A after their show at WOW Hall

After a show Sept. 20 at the WOW Hall, the Emerald sat down with DJ/producer Sabzi (Saba Mohajerjasbi) and MC Geologic (George Quibuyen) for an interview about the music creation process and their recent release, “Cinemetropolis.”

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Five up-and-coming rappers you should know about

In the midst of our hip-hop documentary production, Tyree Harris and I have debated over who we would consider to be a high quality rap artist. The rap industry is wide open as of present, and there does not seem to be a filter sifting out the cream of the …

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