836 N. Russell St. / Portland, OR, 97227
Thursday, March 30, 2017
10 p.m.$7 in advance, $7 day of show21 and over
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Mic Check is a Hip Hop Showcase every last Thursday of the month at White Eagle, with Live performances, drink specials and good vibes!
Born in Portland,
Oregon, Anthony Anderson, better known as Tope, always maintained an air of
worldly soul. At a young age, he absorbed the jazz, funk and soul records that
his mother would play, ingraining in his being a visceral sense of what's been
Tope is most recognizable
for his contributions to N.W. hip hop culture through his releases with Living
Proof (Roots To Branches '07 & Full Speed '11), his first solo effort Soul
Music, and as part of town-famous TxE; but as a true artist and musician, Tope
is never satisfied with the expected, or the easy. He hates when producers say,
"I got this joint for you, it's a 'Tope' track" - or whatever. He hates to look
back, and by the time you've heard his music, he likely doesn't like it
anymore, and is on to the next one.
Tope has worked with
distinguished hip hop heavyweights such as Abstract Rude, TiRon, Scarub, Myka
9, Phil Da Agony, and Planet Asia; and opening for artists including Talib
Kweli, Mac Miller, Blu, Nappy Roots, Joel Ortiz, The Coup, Mistah FAB; to name
very few, and while others in the region, merely hop from trend to trend; Tope
refuses to change with expectations while constantly reinventing himself
through his art.
Always looking for
new angles, Tope has gained universal town appeal by opening himself up to
other genres and mediums (*see The Angry Orts, Tony Ozier, Kelli Shaefer, Liv
Warfield), while staying true to his vision.
With a new solo
effort, Until the Next Time We Meet and instrumental album Free Lemonade
available now, plus a new Living Proof EP produced exclusively by Stewart
Villain, and the anticipated TxE follow up to We Get In It In True due out this
summer, Tope remains a workaholic; unsatisfied and unrelenting, while always
looking...on to the next. --James Allred
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