With an almost cult like following, Cassow is starting to become unavoidable, and this year the Portland artist finds himself in the Top 5 Freshest in the Northwest at #3. Earlier this year, his critically acclaimed mixtape, Cold Winter, produced features from Danny Brown and Smoke DZA and production from Hippie Sabotage, Reignstate, and in-house producer Trox. A steady stream of videos has followed and his ability to draw crowds in Portland is a strong reflection of our #5 Tacoma artist Clemm Rishad. Cassow (Caz-So), despite D-Money’s inability to say his name correctly, is a name that consistently changes the fortunes of a show as Mac Smiff said there may be 10 people there and then Cassow shows up with 40 cars later and the place is packed.

The rapper’s reach goes far beyond the Northwest as just like fellow PDX rapper Luck-One he sees coverage in all the major blocks and has even seen looks from XXL. The result is that Cassow comes in a solid #3 for this year and may very well challenge for #1 next year. Speaking of tomorrow, we’re going to drop #1 & #2 both on you at the same damn time! Tomorrow, its time to wrap up this list with the two artists that dominated all of the panel’s lists and your fan votes, when we will decide who will be 2013′s #1 and #2 artists! Sound off who you think is the #1 Freshest in the Northwest on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #FreshestintheNW. Yeah go ahead and do that!

It’s all down to the final decision tomorrow! Stay tuned for the whole TV special on Seattle Community Media coming later this week!

The list so far:
#3 – Cassow
#4 – Luck-One –
#5 – Clemm Rishad –
#6 – Sol –
#7 – J. Pinder –
#8 – Xperience –
#9 – Thaddeus David –
#10 – Neema –

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