Porter Ray – “Aquamarine 2 (feat. Nate Jack)”

As he continues to ascend to heights with no foreseeable apex, Seattle’s Porter Ray shares “Aquamarine 2”, a previously unreleased cut.  The track begins exactly like it’s predecessor, “AquaMarine”, with a lackadaisical woodwind loop and Ray’s unmistakable vocals and identical verse.  But, about half way through he brings new life to the song with the help of frequent collaborator, Nate Jack.  As expected from previous shared works, the two are able to meld their respective flows on the Kmtk produced track without ever stepping on toes.

Porter Ray, like many that have grown up in hip hop’s revered era of the 90’s, enjoyed rapping early on.  But, it wasn’t until life threw him a series of unfortunate curveballs that he began taking the craft seriously.  At the age of 21, he chose to hone his skills and use rap as an outlet for those troubled times, while drawing influences from the medium’s “Golden Age” and the music that he experienced locally.

Four years later, in 2013, Porter Ray released his debut EP, BLK GLD, to rave reviews that garnered national attention.  He quickly followed during that same with two more projects, RSE GLD and WHT GLD, which further solidified his foothold in the Seattle scene.  Ears continued to perk as their heads bobbed to what was rapidly becoming obvious:  This young man isn’t just a hard working, prolific up-and-comer, he’s a musician of considerable talent that cannot be ignored.

It wasn’t just luck that Porter’s music was crossing some of the paths of the industry’s biggest movers and shakers.  His expertise was soon noticed by Ishmael Butler, Sub Pop A&R and founder of Shabazz Palaces.  Butler ushered Ray to the offices of Sub Pop Records where he is now signed.  Apparently, not one to just sit back and enjoy the moment, he released his first full length mixtape, Fundamentals, almost immediately thereafter.  It has been announced that Porter Ray will release his major label debut sometime in 2015.