Willamette Week Music Stories
“If you’re a basketball fan, you and millions of others have already seen the work of Portland-via-Miami transplant Champagne Duane. His shoe designs have been worn by the likes of Dwight Howard and Tim Duncan. Now, Duane is set to prove his worth on the mic. He recently dropped his debut album, A Toast, and, true to his modus operandi, is an improbable amalgam of true-school rap and whatever is hot at the moment. The pop songs crank, hard. But Duane has a bigger vision. (more…)
Fab’s Freestyle Friday series inspired me to jump on a classic. “David Blaine” is a hat tip the 90s Hip-Hop we all love so much. “Nas is Like” was a monumental track- from the production to the poetry.
The day is finally here. So thrilled to propose ‘A Toast,’ my debut album featuring Talib Kweli, Rapper Big Pooh, Jonny Cool, Saeeda Wright, Nehemiah Booker, Elin Skei and more! Three years in the making, this is my tribute to the Hip Hop I know and love- an ode to my influences. Raise your glass!
“The album is refreshing- solid production and delivery. Seriously impressed by the fact that it sounded different from the trending sound, and the content had substance.” – DJ OG ONE [Portland Trailblazers DJ, XRAY.FM Radio host]
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My album “A Toast” comes out June 12 – my first at bat. It’s a tribute to the Hip Hop on which I grew up. In honor of that, I’d like to walk you through my Top Ten influences (in no particular order) on both my ears and the genre in general- one a day until the release of the album. Feel free to join the conversation. All artwork done by yours truly. (more…)
I’m a Classic Man! The minute I heard this song I was hooked. And then I saw the video! I’m excited because it means there’s a lane for the vision I’ve been trying to execute. The irony is that “Pink Champagne” is set to the same tempo so I had little work to do in the studio to put this together.
Stream it on YouTube.