Hood to Hood Day 2016: Porter Ray

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Janice Headley
all photos by Patrick Luhrs (view set)

Closing out KEXP's 2016 Hood to Hood was Seattle's own Porter Ray, whose laidback flow at least kept things chill, y'know, musically. The wise-beyond-his-twenty-something-years rapper brought some romantic rhymes to the stage, combining some old-school R&B vibes to his hip hop sounds.

It's easy to see why Shabazz Palaces' Ishmael Butler brought Ray to Sub Pop's attention; the local label will be releasing a full-length from this impressive newcomer later this year. With a little help from his friends in Seattle's hip hop community, Nate Jack and B-Roc, Porter Ray glided through a set of tracks from his self-released tapes, including some sneak peeks at a new release coming out soon on his Bandcamp.

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