It may have slipped past your radar, but it certainly didn’t ours. Because last week saw the release of the highly anticipated collab project from Portland-based supergroup TxE (aka T and E, aka MCs TOPE and Epp, plus producer G_Force aka Calvin valentine).
‘Get It In True’ has been a long time in the making, and is released by Twelve Bar fam and favorites in the northwest Fresh Selects, who you’ll remember curated an amazing playlist for us last summer. They’re the home of good music in Portland and beyond. You’ll know also that we always keep an eye out for what TOPE is doing. And what he is doing is making waves, but with this collab project the waves are getting seriously tidal.
The trio set out to make none other than a definitive classic rap album out of the Rose City. We can’t say for definite whether they have achieved it or not, our knowledge of the scene isn’t that deep, but we can say that it certainly sounds like a classic record, period. Tight flows traded back and forth, great production work from G_Force/Valentine plus another favorite Stewart Villain on the brilliant ‘Laying Low’ cut, as well as some stellar guest spots. ‘Get It In True’ is every piece the ambitious top notch work it set out to be, with a sound all of their own creation and fresh as hell. Time will tell whether it reaches classic status, as that is only something that listeners will decide, but we urge you to be one of those listeners without delay.