Hometown pluckers of talent Sub Pop announced today its signing of Seattle MC Porter Ray. To play catch-up, listen to one of Ray's finest free albums, Blk Gld here, while you read Andrew Matson's profile of the man here, then go see him open for his Sub Pop A&R Ishmael Butler and Shabazz Palaces tonight at Neumos, for their Lese Majesty album release show (which you should be at anyway).

Porter is young, lyrically and stylistically gifted and surprisingly tall— all things that will make him a valuable addition to the Sub Pop team. His official label debut is due out next year, but in the meantime, stream another free offering, Fundamentals below. Press release after the jump.

Sub Pop is pleased to welcome Seattle MC Porter Ray to the roster, who’ll release his label debut in 2015. In the interim, you can now listen to his just-released Fundamentals mixtape now through porterray.bandcamp.com.

Porter Ray has earned praise from outlets in Seattle for his three self-released efforts – BLK GLD LP (May 2013); WHT GLD and RSE GLD EP’s (October 2013) – and his live performances. The prolific and ascendant MC caught the attention of Ishmael Butler, Shabazz Palaces founder and member of Sub Pop’s A&R team, who brought Ray to the label.

On a related note, Porter Ray will support labelmates Shabazz Palaces tonight, Friday, August 1st with a hometown show at Neumos.