TOPE’s self produced EP, TROUBLEMAN is now available on CD *SXSW Limited Edition* with vinyl copies coming in May! Originally available for FREE DOWNLOAD, TOPE is raising money for his upcoming trip to SXSW with his TROUBLEMAN EP now available for $10 + s&h.
TxE featured in the world famous XXL Magazine, thank you to Eric Diep and Ben Rhinesmith!
“PDX has an untapped hip-hop scene worth looking into. With fellow Northwest rappers like Macklemore and Sol building their brands, this trio of MCs is on the cusp of becoming something big. Read up on TxE, who just released their excellent new album vs. PRTLAND.”
Episode 2 of TOPE’s web series Trouble Vision including opening for Nas at Kaleidoscope Music Festival in Eugene, Touring with Scarub of Living Legends, interviewing with Pawz One & UGHH Blog, performing in Seattle with Grynch & Spac3man, recording with Stewart Villain and more.
Filmed, Edited, and Directed by Drew Martin (http://www.portareavideo.com)
Portland hip-hop trio TxE’s indie-sampling “Vs PRTLND” album landed last week, and the group’s roll-out continues with a new video for “This Town.” The track draws on Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside’s “Dirty Radio,” with producer G_Force spinning the bluesy song into a thumping, Rick Rubin-esque banger. “Who gives a s*** about this town?” the hook goes, and the black-and-white video — filmed all over Portland’s less gentrified sections — is an answer. Lifesavas’ Vursatyle pops up wearing an extra-large crown under the Thompson Elk statue, spitting a guest verse that stakes out his Portland rulership. -David Greenwald (The Oregonian)
If this album could speak, I would almost be afraid of the stories it would tell. Labels, managers, girlfriends, death, life, success, failure – everything has changed since we first started this album in the summer of 2011, but at the same time I wouldn’t change anything that has happened to us. I’m proud of us for this one, it wasn’t easy getting this album out and I hope people can take the time to appreciate the hard work we put into this project. Thank You to all the people that helped us with this project, I would be here ALL NIGHT if I tried to start naming people. You know who you are, you know what you mean to us.
Well it’s finally here! TxE’s new album “Vs PRTLND” is now available for Free Download via TxEMusic.com. After a 2 year wait, failed label deal, 3 solo projects, and a million other hurdles; Portland’s TxE is ready to release their genre defining album to the world. Producer G_Force samples 9 PDX indie-rock bands including Starfucker, Typhoon, Sallie Ford & The Outside Sound and more. Rappers Epp and Tope deliver their signature chemistry and charismatic wordplay, while DJ Celsius provides all the scratching which only adds to the very unique and refreshing project.
On the opening track “This Town,” TxE taps Vursatyl of the Lifesavas, for a rare feature, and all three MCs explain the pros and cons of being a rapper from the Rose City. On “Change A Thing,” producer G_Force takes the opportunity to craft the instrumental completely from scratch; meanwhile Tope and Epp bring an energetic sound to this “festival-style” anthem. This is a different type of sound you’ve heard from the group before.
The track “PTTLN” allows G_Force to step from behind the board and join Epp and Tope on the mic for the “Party Till’ The Late Night” anthem that TxE fans have already crowned a classic. In a genre where every artist seems to be copying each other; Tope, Epp, and Calvin Valentine have truly gone the extra mile to create a very unique sound.
Download TxE “Vs PRTLND” below and be on the lookout for the KNWPO visual to “THIS TOWN (Sallie Ford & The Outside Sound) ft Vursatyl.