Carnage the Executioner comes into his own

The best rapper from Minnesota you've never heard

He plays "Star Destroyer," not only reciting his collaborator Eyedea's raps, but doing a perfect imitation of his voice and cadence. He stops, the song apparently over, then feigns surprise, as though just remembering something. "Oh shit!" he exclaims. "I got a verse on that song too" — then he stomps his pedal once more and launches into his own verse.

"A live performance with him is ideal for me," says Bill Mike, who plays with Carnage in the improv group Saltee. "It's one part church and one part football game. [It] can be intimate and spiritual, and then it can be raw and just super rock 'n' roll, where you're physically and mentally exhausted even after a small set."

Afterward, though, Carnage is anything but exhausted. He's almost beaming. "I've spent a lot of time helping other people," he says. "But now it's time I focus on me. I got to let people know who Carnage really is." 

Carnage the Executioner, aka Terrell Woods, at the Cabooze, August 2012
Sean Smuda
Carnage the Executioner, aka Terrell Woods, at the Cabooze, August 2012
Carnage opening for the WuTang Clan's RZA at the Cabooze
Sean Smuda
Carnage opening for the WuTang Clan's RZA at the Cabooze

CARNAGE THE EXECUTIONER plays a CD-release show for Respect the Name on Friday, September 7, at Triple Rock Social Club; 612.333.7399

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Fiercepro
Fiercepro

@whoisajones @citypages Looking for mixing/mastering? At an affordable rate? Dm for more info

youplareloved
youplareloved

@atmosphere Take care of my brother on tour. @carnagexxxl melt their fucking faces off. iloveyouboth!!

iconthemicking
iconthemicking

@atmosphere super hype y'all are bringing @CarnageXXXL out #respect

thelasttosay
thelasttosay

@atmosphere @CarnageXXXL wish carnage played with atmosphere in chicago :(

thelasttosay
thelasttosay

@atmosphere @CarnageXXXL Sean, this story has me crying so bad right now. i can really relate to him #carnage

pastorcor
pastorcor

@atmosphere Kill it on tour. Return home safely. Our fam will keep an eye out for yours.

DanIsraelMusic
DanIsraelMusic

@LocalCurrent @CarnageXXXL @CityPages Carnage is amazing, and highly deserving, of the honor - been wishing for years he'd get more props

Mark Witte
Mark Witte

Is Carnage on the Rhymesayers label?

CarnageXXXL
CarnageXXXL

@thelasttosay Thank you for your love and support! Here is a little bit more to go with the article - outtakes & more: http://t.co/ZQ2gt0pK

thelasttosay
thelasttosay

@CarnageXXXL thank you man. you're really touching my heart over here. Just saw @atmosphere in chicago last saturday. u shoulda been there

thelasttosay
thelasttosay

@CarnageXXXL @atmosphere Aw thanks man, but you're the awesome one :)

CarnageXXXL
CarnageXXXL

@thelasttosay @atmosphere Maybe they will bring me along nexxxt time ;) Thank you again Claire. You are absolutely awesome!

 
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