Archive for the ‘Reviews’ Category

IAMe Show Review

December 3, 2009

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.

Review: Sapient – Make Morphine

September 10, 2009

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

September 3, 2009

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.

‘Make More’ and ‘Long Story, Short…’ Reviews

June 16, 2009

The reviews have started popping up on the internets. If you want to read through them you can click the following links;

Sapient – ‘Make More’;
Portland Mercury

Willamette Week
Daily Vanguard

Sandpeople – ‘Long Story, Short…’ EP
Rap Reviews (The person they refer to as Lame is actually IAMe)
Potholes In My Blog
My Life My HipHop
Crappy Indie Music (hard to translate, but seems favorable)

Review: Sapient – “Make More”

June 10, 2009


Casey Jarmin over at Willamette Week is the first to review Sapient’s latest album, “Make More”. Here’s some of what he had to say;

“The opening track from Sapient’s Make More, “Here,” is about as bold as rap songs get: a rap manifesto set to a sweeping orchestral storm of sampled brass, strings, voices and beats that’s one part John Williams and one part Ennio Morricone. Sapient comes through loud and clear. “The industry is tainted/ Piss in the batter/ So I don’t listen to rappers and all their whimsical banter/ They don’t talk like they live/ And the pleasure material objects can give is as false as it gets.” “

You can read the rest here.

Also, don’t forget to come to Sapient’s album release party in Portland on the 13th;

And in Seattle on the 14th;