No matter what is said about Terrance “Cool Nutz” Scott, the fact remains that he is currently and will always be Hip-hop royalty in Portland. Along with his Jus’ Family record label and affiliates like label co-founder Bosko and rapper extraordinaire Maniac Lok, he has consistently enhanced his brand and is extremely knowledgeable about the pathway to success in the Hip-hop industry. Cool Nutz has has chosen to surround himself with a great supporting cast of big named artists as well as plenty of local flavors during his musical career. Masterfully dropping CD after CD and putting it down at live shows adds to his brand. This cat’s body of work speaks for itself. His musical releases began in 1997 with the CD entitled "Dis Niggaz Nutz" and has continued with a nonstop onslaught “dopeness” ever since. According to Sonicbids.com, He has “500 shows under his belt, Cool Nutz has graced the stage with the likes of Wu-Tang Clan, The Game, Ice Cube, Ludacris, Tech N9ne, E-40, Too Short, Mac Dre,…and more.” it is safe to say that his brand has been on the incline since he began to grace the mic.
In the Who’s who of Portland Hi-hop royalty, one would be out of line not to place Smurf Luchiano and his associates. Smurf has also transcended the role of artist and moved into a multifaceted Hip-hop and movie producer. Smurf produced an acclaimed documentary called Killingsworth about the life and untimely death of notorious gangster Anthony “lil Smurf” Branch which gained rave reviews. Along with his group GOTM, Smurf Luchiano has performed all over the country including shows in Canada. They have always stayed true and “repped” the “Rose city.” They began to make waves in “P-town” in 1998 with the release of the CD titled, “Comin’ For The Goods,” containing the slamming single “Heavy on the Grind.” Smurf and his comrades are well known around town and sure know how to put on a show. To date one of the best CD’s he put out is a compilation titled, “Double Jeopardy” featuring Mac Dre, Messy Marv, and Meezilini to name a few.
Another name synonymous with Portland Oregon Hip-hop is DJ Chill a.k.a. the Chillest Illest. Although his claim to fame began with being a Hip-hop DJ, calling the Chillest Illest simply a DJ would be a travesty. Chill is a multidimensional artist that has left his stamp on many projects fortunate enough to be blessed with his musical prowess. The Chillest Illest has time and again proven that the words Hip-hop, DJ’ing and Portland cannot possibly be spoken together by a true connoisseur of rap music without thrusting him into the forefront of the conversation. He is that good! DJ Chill Holds it down for young aspiring artist locally even though he has risen to all-time highs and endeavors that take him around the world as he DJ’s for TechN9ne, one of the most successful Hip-hop artists.
This article cannot be completed in good conscious without mentioning the U-Krew. They have to be considered pioneers of Portland Oregon Hip-hop because of their successful and well known song “If u were mine,” which propelled them into the national scene in 1990 when it registered at No. 24 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart where it stayed for 22 weeks.. At one point they were a big enough act to be featured on an episode of Soul Train, hosted by the late Don Cornelius. Much Props to Kevin, Larry, Lavell, J Mac, and Hakim of the U-Krew for helping put P-town on the map and being some of Portland, Oregon’s Hip-hop royalty.