When you think of Portland, modern-day hippies, nature, and weed are probably some of the things that come to mind. Whatever it may be, it definitely isn’t hip-hop. Even though this quirky city hasn’t cultivated many famous rappers, with Aminé being one of the only, there’s a ton of underground hip-hop artists grinding to put Portland on the map. One of these artists is Portland native, Mic Capes, who just released his latest EP “In Spite Of…” on July 20th.
In Spite Of… by Portland Rapper Mic Capes
With a lack of local legends to take inspiration from, Mic Capes helps craft the sound of his city. Representing the underground Portland hip-hop scene, he is direct proof that the city has much more to offer than what initially meets the eye.
Though he’s been releasing music for almost a decade, his latest project “In Spite Of…” is a game changer for the consistent hustler. Reaching #4 on iTunes Hip-Hop/Rap charts, it’s safe to say the feedback has been promising.
“In Spite Of…” offers a mix of house party bangers and steady real talk. Mic Capes’ versatile delivery sits comfortably in the pocket of each beat on this project. After a slower start with AFFIRMATIONS, URGENCY eases into the rowdy spirit. Then HUNGER featuring King Leez comes in full throttle, laying down heavy bars atop a bass focused, high energy beat.
Then there’s REMINDERS feat. Jane Handcock taking it back with a groovy 90’s hip-hop inspired beat, and a lyrical focus. He wraps up this release with ADAMANT, a track with lyrical eloquence that liberates and inspires listeners.
“In Spite Of…” puts on a handful of features including Dyon Spencer, Farnell Newton, and Jane Handcock. But out of all of the features, the star is easily Nardwaur. RELOADED (FREESTYLE) starts with a sample of the famous music interviewer talking with Damian Lillard about Mic Capes, with Damian stating that “Mic Capes is the best rapper in Portland.”
Mic Capes’ conscious artistry and authenticity shines in “In Spite Of…”. This EP is audible evidence that Mic Capes is on his way to being the next Portland rapper to make a name for himself nationally.