Forgive us. It’s a slow news day.
So on this slow news day, bare with us as we snatch Foster’s 15 minutes of fame and subject you to the following locally-shot videos. Some are decent, some not so much…but all give play to Foster (at least in part).
Specimen #1: Just Another Day, by Mr. Patron
How Foster’s represented? Mostly in panned shots of a street sign that presumably makes claim to one’s neighborhood and/or their love for PBOTs street-sign design work. We’ll never know.
How Foster’s represented? The video was mostly shot at Slingshot, with scenes inside the bar and out. The Slants have some fame locally, and the Slingshot has to be one of Foster’s best bars. As a side note, The Slants also are known for their long battle with the U.S. Patent Office over the band’s attempt to trademark their name.
Specimen #3: Still Dope / Wild One, by Tope
How Foster’s represented? Well, it’s not so much represented as much as it is partial setting to the local MC’s video, which combines two songs off of his most recent album, Broke Boy Syndrome. This video has multiple shots of a car cruising down Foster, but there’s nothing overtly Foster about it…unless you know and recognize it when watching. And if you do, you’ll catch glimpses of Slingshot Lounge, its big pink neighbor, and the former Smokey’s (RIP). If you’re in to hip-hop, Tope’s worth following.
How Foster’s represented? Ah, to find love on Foster. Here it’s found outside of Bar Maven, across the street from 7-11 and with Mt. Scott Learning Center in the background. This video has many prominent shots inside the aforementioned bar, as well as views of the Tango Berretin mural.
How Foster’s represented? Visually, it’s mostly a grimy vibe that takes Pussycats and The Trap for parts of its backdrop. Not only are these backdrops uniquely and definitely Foster, but they’re also playing host to one of Portland’s best and longest tenured MC’s, Vursatyl. The rapper, who usually performs in the group Lifesavas, teams up with Tope and indie artist, Sallie Ford, for an ode to Portland in “This Town.”
All three artists in this song are well-regarded and worth checking out.
Oh, and for shits and giggles, we give you this….