“If this sounds surreal — a defense of the rights of black performers, without black people — it feels that way to some rappers too.” Buzzfeed’s Arianna Rebolini on the fight for hip-hop in the whitest city in America. This article will likely have many Portland residents pondering over free trade coffee and gluten-free scones as they stroke their unintentionally ironic beards.

+ How rap lyrics are being used as evidence in criminal cases. (This is just further evidence that oversharing is one thing we all have in common.)