After a year of hard work and dedication, Portland artist Vinnie DeWayne, drops his highly anticipated mixtape St. John’s Scholar. Upon earning the title while completing his Bachelors of Arts degree at Columbia College in Chicago, Vinnie DeWayne hit the ground running in the studio this fall to bring fans the long awaited project. Named the second-most highly anticipated Portland album by Willamette Week Magazine, St. John’s Scholar is sure to impress fans with a deep and personal reflection on life in St. John’s area of Portland. Although few may be familiar with the neighborhood outside of Portland, DeWayne paints a lyrical picture of what life is like in St. John’s while relating it to a greater universal struggle through a deep, personal narrative. The essence of St. John’s is captured through the coming together of soulful beats, vivid storytelling, and the insight of the young scholar. Once again, Vinnie DeWayne establishes himself as the leading figure in Portland Hip-Hop.
With spins on Eminem’s SHADE 45, over 100,00 Youtube views before #TSJ dropped, recognition from Rap Radar, Vibe Magazine, and more – Vinnie Dewayne is quickly becoming a young legend in the NW and beyond. Vivid lyrical ability matched with a familiar yet unique tone, it only takes one listen to understand what all the talk is about. From relationship songs “No Where,” to the town anthem “Easy,” all the way to the gut-wrench family tale “Envy,” Dewayne paints the picture as clear as possible. Be sure to download/stream The St. John Solar and add Vinnie Dewayne to your list of artists to watch in 2016 and beyond.
More Info On Vinnie Dewayne:
Vinnie Dewayne (Vincent Dewayne Spillman) was born in St. Johns, an often controversial, small, low-income neighborhood in North Portland, OR. Vinnie grew up in a house filled with soulful tunes such as Aretha Franklin, Al Green, and Jerry Butler. Shortly after developing a love for music in general, Vinnie then began listening to hip-hop music, this was during the DJ Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince era. At the age of 12 Vinnie decided to take a visit to a local recording studio in St. Johns where he met Lashawn Stewart, a production engineer who quickly took Vinnie under his wing. Stewart gave Vinnie his first job, compensating him with 2 hours of studio time at the end of each week. With that time Vinnie recorded his first track ever titled, “St. Johns Soldier”. This was the beginning of the pursuit of a music dream. Besides being a music lover, Vinnie was always an exceptional writer and story teller.
In 2009, Vinnie received a full ride scholarship to Columbia College Chicago, where he was to pursue a degree of the arts in Business and Entrepreneurship. Even while being a full time student , Vinnie did not lose sight of his ultimate goal, so between school and work, Vinnie spent his time at the studio. Over the course of the school year, he recorded and released his first single entitled “Damn” which was very well-received online on a global scale. Solitary became the title of his first project, which dropped September 2010 hosted by DJ Ill Will. While at Columbia, he performed at various shows in the Chicago area, and through out the East Coast. In January 2012, Vinnie Joined forces with All-Terrains Music’s CEO, Robert “Bob Law” Lawrence. With Bobwire.
With one year left of school, Vinnie went back home to Portland for a show and he was in a tragic car accident. It nearly killed him and a friend. He was hospitalized for months and unable to return to Chicago to finish his Spring Quarter. After a summer of healing and renewal, Vinnie returned to school in the fall, receiving his Bachelors degree in the spring of 2014, a year later than expect with the same scholarship. Vinnie is currently working on his third project, The Scholar, the follow-up to his Second album Castaway.