California-born hip-hop craftsman and self-proclaimed “lyrical architect” Myke Bogan is an artist who keeps his third eye open to keep the creativity flowing. I first saw Bogan perform in 2015 at Cervantes’ The Other Side’s Monday Night Menagerie. With no prior knowledge on the artists performing that night, I was immediately blown away by Bogan’s rhymes, charisma, and the immense rapport he had with the crowd.
His first release So Long, South Dakota (2012) pays homage to the University of South Dakota, both his alma mater, and the place where he initially made his musical mark. Since then, Bogan has consistently gained momentum in the industry, releasing albums each year that do not disappoint. Each of his release are unique and different, but all share the same message: spread love wherever you go.
As an indie artist, Bogan reinforces the concept of creating music not for superstar status, but for the fans and the good vibes. His music videos, including “Beach And A Blanket,” are feel-good tributes to summertime with friends: a sentiment that most folks can relate to. Bogan’s music overall highlights the finer things in life: good pals, dank greens, tasty beers, and above all else, spreading positivity. While it’s hard to choose the “greatest” from his library of hits, here are a few of my Myke Bogan favorites: “Here We Go”, “Kushberry Pancakes,” “Skunk Nugs,” “Uncle Elroy’s Couch,” Tre Redeau’s “The Anthem (feat. Myke Bogan and Manny Monday),” and Vinnie Dewayne’s “Easy feat. Myke Bogan.”
This year has proven to be one awesome one for Bogan, who played at Pickathon Festival and released his newest EP Rare Treat with The Last Artful, Dodgr and Neill Von Tally. Now back in Portland, OR, Bogan is working on his upcoming album HFS, which will be produced by label EYRST.
Bogan’s lyrical flow, personal connection with his fans, and dedication to creating positivity through his raps makes him an artist to catch while you still can. It’s a ‘rare treat’ to be able to witness an artist on the rise, especially one who takes the time to personally respond to each of his fans’ comments on his Facebook. I, for one, can’t wait to see what 2017 has to bring for this talented and humble lyricist, so check him out and share the love.
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