…it’s hard not to hear echoes of the L.A. rap landscape in Dodgr’s music: Kendrick’s melodic moments, Vince Staples’ barbed delivery, the sing-songy cadence of Boogie. Still, Dodgr’s voice is a distinctive instrument, a sharp, nasal sound that she bends into a variety of shapes. More so than with her peers, it’s hard to draw a line between her rapping and singing—in her hands, everything feels guided by a strong sense of melody. —Pitchfork
One of the brightest voices on the Portland hip-hop scene is Alana Chenevert, aka The Last Artful, Dodgr. Her name is a nod to her hometown of Los Angeles, a pun on its baseball team, a reference to Oliver Twist, and it illustrates a life spent dodging bullets. Since arriving in Portland in 2013, she’s made the city her own and has quickly become a rising star. Press and fans have compared her to Chance the Rapper, Missy Elliott, and Dizzee Rascal with lyrics inspired by Sufjan Stevens. While we’re always sad to see the festival end, brilliant hip-hop delivered by a queer black woman is the perfect way to say ‘until next year.’
Born and raised in L.A. but based in Portland, Alana Chenevert became left-field rapper/singer The Last Artful, Dodgr when she moved up the Left Coast. Chenevert grew up in the middle of Los Angeles, with one of her earliest memories being a drive-by shooting that left her brother bleeding on the porch. She was only three years old, and her brother survived, but this kind of crime drove the young MC indoors, where she recorded her debut mixtape, 199NVRLND (2013). That same year, she moved to Portland, where her tape caught the ear of the local Fresh Selects. In 2015, Dodgr released the Fractures EP with production from Neill Von Tally. A year later, she partnered with Australian beatmaker DJ WNTD for the single “Squadron” and released the collaborative EP Rare Treat with Myke Bogan. Preceded by the lead single “Oofda,” Chenevert and Von Tally released the collaborative LP Bone Music in early 2017 via Eyrst. Her single “Win Is Enough” was released in July 2018 on her own PARTySIZE imprint.