Who said Portland doesn't have emcees? Produced by Terminill for Flatline Studios, Pass The Mic is the city's ultimate rap cipher and the opening track for Flatline Studios Complilation Vol. 1. Inspired by the Pepsi Smash campaign of late, the crisp audio-video collaboration puts 8 of the city's hottest, most explosive rappers on display. Serge Severe (of Animal Farm) leads off repping Portland on an incendiary digital beat loop, and makes way for Th3ory Hazit (Humble Beast) and Jon Belz (Chill Crew) to work magic on the track. A quick skip in the beat and it's time for Luck One (of Seventh Science) to add his bit before Quiz Zilla flirts with double-time flows. Next, Mila Gordana adds a woman's touch with her distinctively sultry sound before Cassow gets in it, leaving the final verse for Braille (Humble Beast) to drop knowledge. With this project, Portland becomes the latest in a long line of cities to create a Pass The Mic track. Houston, New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Dallas and Chicago have all represented their respective metropolitan areas in this manner with success. Now it's Portland's turn to show and prove. The associated music video -- shot and directed by V1Creative -- is sure to turn heads, and will hopefully attract more attention to the Northwest's growing rap scene. In the words of Terminill, "I just want for the world to get a taste of what Portland has to offer hip-hop." You can rest assured, this collection will not disappoint.


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