Current Releases

Donte Thomas "An APPLE a Day"

In the heart of Portland’s ceaselessly vibrant hip-hop scene, Donte Thomas has been something of a secret weapon for a decade—his sharp, introspective lyricism fused with lush, melodic beats that grab both the die-hard aficionados and the casual passerby. His latest venture, “an APPLE a day,” is less a collection of tracks and more a manifesto on survival and growth amidst the chaos of modern life, filtered through the lens of an artist who refuses to lose his footing.
Thomas’s “an APPLE a day” is a full dive into the deep end of life’s complex currents. Through tracks like “GOTTA GET UP” and “RUNNIN,” he takes us on a tour through daily grinds and personal reckonings, his words etching vivid sketches of struggle and triumph against a sonic backdrop that bridges boom-bap nostalgia with the avant-garde edges of contemporary sound. It’s a narrative thread that pulls tight with each beat, weaving a tapestry that feels both intensely personal and expansively universal.
Teaming up with producers like the notable Kaelin Ellis, Thomas crafts each track as a multi-layered experience, where the production serves not just as a backdrop but as a dynamic participant in the storytelling. The result is an album that feels both grounded in tradition and daringly fresh, pushing the boundaries of what hip-hop can be while staying true to its roots.
“an APPLE a day” stands as a testament to Thomas’s growth as both a craftsman and a chronicler of the human spirit. With a poet’s touch and a philosopher’s insight, his music captures the nuanced dramas of everyday life, turning personal anecdotes into lessons on resilience and authenticity. This album isn’t just for Portland or for hip-hop heads; it’s for anyone who’s ever faced a challenge and decided to keep moving forward. It’s a reminder that in the complexity of our lives, there’s always a new day, a new note, a new story to tell.