Taking the rap in Sherwood
During his freshman year, Malachi Tishendorf heard one of his friends rapping in class.
Not long after, the Sherwood High School senior grabbed an old Xbox mic, hooked it up to a GarageBand program on his computer and the pair recorded a song.
Since then, he's been hooked on his dream to be a rap and hip-hop performer.
But it was really in his sophomore year, when some of his classmates teased him for singing rap songs, that he decided to give it his all and become more serious about pursuing his musical dream.
"I locked myself inside my room for an entire summer, and then I kind of got good," he recalled. "I went on to the Portland scene and got connected with people there. That's when my music really started to grow, and so I've kind of developed a fan base through my high school and through the Portland rap scene."
Tishendorf, whose rap persona is 2Flight$, is also part of a group called Chain Gang, a rap collective which includes some of his closest friends that he's made music with since his freshman year.
And the lifelong Sherwood resident has worked hard at his craft, with his 2Flight$ songs available on most music streaming services, including Spotify, Apple Music, SoundCloud and Amazon Music. He estimates he may have 50 to 60 songs on SoundCloud alone, plus another 30 on other major steaming platforms.
Tishendorf said his writing and recording process is relatively simple and begins with the help of fellow Chain Gang member Skinny SC, a fellow Sherwood High School student.
"He's a producer, and he makes beats, and he'll send me a beat and I'll kind of get a melody down," he said. "I will write something to it, and I will record it, and that's pretty much how it goes."
In addition to Skinny SC, other members of Chain Gang include Lil Chain$, Yung Sin, Teen Mercury Immortal and FivekFive, the latter two being Sherwood High School seniors.
Taking a close look at his musical repertoire, Tishendorf considers songs like "Purpose" and "No Love" among some of his more emotional or deep songs, while "25K" is a more upbeat — or party — song paying tribute to a $25,000 necklace.
Still, two of his favorites songs are "Jag" and "Zombie."
"I really like 'Jag.' That was kind of something that popped off a little more than my other songs," said Tishendorf. "'Jag' kind of represents my musical style as far as the energy I bring. My shows I do are very energetic and very pumped up. (The song) kind of encapsulates that kind of vibe."
"Zombie" is similar, he said, only a little bit more melodic, featuring Portland rapper and producer Yxng.
Tishendorf has posted several YouTube videos, including one he recently released for his song "No Love," which prominently features the Sherwood Skate Park at the Sherwood Regional Family YMCA.
Along with his own drive to succeed in the music business, Tishendorf said he has the support of his father, who he calls his biggest fan.
"Every time I finish a song and stuff, I send it over to him," said Tishendorf. "He's definitely my number-one supporter."
Although Tishendorf is a white artist in a genre of music that is dominated by Black musicians, he feels accepted, and he says that for the most part, people have been supportive.
"I've been in venues where I was like the only white person performing there, but I guess technically in hip-hop, I am the minority," Tishendorf said. "There's lots of people who are Caucasian/white who rap, too, and I don't see it as that big of a problem."
Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Tishendorf was performing shows in Portland. While he can't play bars — because he's not yet 21 — there are many all-ages venues he can play. Once the pandemic is over, he's planning on playing gigs at the Hawthorne and Roseland theaters.
When not making music, Tishendorf can be found skateboarding, wrestling for Sherwood High School or practicing mixed martial arts.
While he's always struggled in school, he is making big plans for his future.
Depending on how much money he saves up, Tishendorf and members of Chain Gang plan to move out to Los Angeles to try to make it in the hip-hop scene in the next year or so.
"I want to just be able to make a living off my music and be able to do what I love. My ultimate goal is, I guess, to 'blow up.' … I would be very satisfied if I could just do what I love for work and to just live off of my music," he said.
Tishendorf continued: "I think I can make myself stand out in the competition in L.A. I have a work ethic and love for this that not a lot of people have. This is also all I have. I'm not going to college or have another career path, like most people, so it's easier for me to go harder with what I'm doing."
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