Released September 2016
One feeling we’ve all been wrestling with this week is defiance, and where understanding fits in, and I’ve found much comfort listening to Concrete Dreams, a 2016 release from Portland rapper Mic Capes. The record sounds amazing, and he’s one hell of a rapper. This one has so much to say about the insanity of the past year: The confusing questions fueling our anxieties are big, the struggle remains, it’s easy to be discouraged… but focus on truth and action and preserving what you love, that matters. What I also truly appreciate is Mic’s hope and his hustle, both on this album and in daily life. The first time I saw him live (with Gifted Gab) he circulated the room multiple times giving out stickers, wanting to make sure everyone had one, and his Instagram lately has been full of a willingness to meet up with fans one-on-one to sell them a physical copy of his CD. Go get this one. Hopefully, this proud Portlander will come northwards and entertain our Seattle hip-hop scene again sometime soon.