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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