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  • The Best Of Meta May
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    The Best Of Meta May

    published May 31, 2012

    If the time-frame of Meta's last project H.I.P., which was written and recorded in the space of two weeks, seemed impressive, his current pace is simply staggering. Releasing a song a day under the ba... More >>

  • Danny Brown on <em>XXX</em>, almost signing to G-Unit
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    Danny Brown on XXX, almost signing to G-Unit

    published May 23, 2012

    ​Related:How Rhymesayers set up the Soundset FestivalSoundset 2012 lineup announcedDetroit's foul-mouthed rap innovator Danny Brown is several years older than many of his XXL Freshman Class counter... More >>

  • Rick Ross

    published May 16, 2012

    How does one explain a former correctional officer's rise to the top of the rap charts, considering the largely fabricated subject matter of... More >>

  • Rick Ross at Epic Nightclub, 5/18/12
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    Rick Ross at Epic Nightclub, 5/18/12

    published May 21, 2012

    Rick RossEpic Nightclub, MinneapolisFriday, May 18, 2012Since his undeniable hit "Hustlin'" in 2006, Miami's Rick Ross has banked on the legend of his namesake by crafting a string of street anthems t... More >>

  • Twin Cities rap mixtape roundup, Vol. 12
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    Twin Cities rap mixtape roundup, Vol. 12

    published May 15, 2012

    Well, there it is: A full year of mixtapes. Ninety-six artists covered, six hours of local music. I've tried to showcase the Minnesota rap scene for what it is in all its forms and represent all the d... More >>

  • Big Freedia at Turf Club, 5/11/12
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    Big Freedia at Turf Club, 5/11/12

    published May 14, 2012

    Big Freedia and the Divas, with Slapping Purses, Votel, and DJ Jimmy Two TimesTurf Club, St. PaulFriday, May 11, 2012View a slideshow here.St. Paul has never really been particularly associated with r... More >>

  • Electric Six's Dick Valentine on recording a live album at First Avenue -- tonight!
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    Electric Six's Dick Valentine on recording a live album at First Avenue -- tonight!

    published May 11, 2012

    Best known for breakout singles "Danger! High Voltage" and "Gay Bar," both found on their stellar 2003 debut Fire, Detroit's Electric Six have not slowed since. Although the band has reached nine full... More >>

  • Childish Gambino at Epic, 5/10/12
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    Childish Gambino at Epic, 5/10/12

    published May 11, 2012

    Childish GambinoEpic Nightclub, MinneapolisMay 10, 2012Donald Glover is clearly a trained performer, holding the titles comedian, actor and rapper under his belt. Last night he came as the latter, ... More >>

  • MayDay Hip-Hop & Art Festival lineup launches outdoor music season
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    MayDay Hip-Hop & Art Festival lineup launches outdoor music season

    published Apr 30, 2012

    Used to being cooped up during the winter months, the Twin Cities has been known to come alive in a big way when the summer rolls around. There's hardly a better time to get out and celebrate, and Fir... More >>

  • Twin Cities rap mixtape roundup, Vol. 11
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    Twin Cities rap mixtape roundup, Vol. 11

    published Apr 17, 2012

    I'm damn excited to type a two digit number on this mix, and happy as always to present another mix of local tracks. Keep an eye out for something special on the anniversary of this mix. Gimme N... More >>

  • Das Racist

    published April 4, 2012

    Heems, Kool A.D., and their hype-man Dapwell make up the Brooklyn-bred, left-field rap group Das Racist, who have risen to indie prominence thanks... More >>

  • Das Racist at Triple Rock, 4/5/12
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    Das Racist at Triple Rock, 4/5/12

    published Apr 06, 2012

    Das Racist With Spyder Baybie Raw Dogg and 2% Muck, Illuminous 3Triple Rock Social Club, MinneapolisThursday, April 5, 2012It was hard to know what to expect at Das Racist's first Minneapolis appearan... More >>

  • Meta breaks down his latest <i>H.I.P.</i> in advance of Friday's release party
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    Meta breaks down his latest H.I.P. in advance of Friday's release party

    published Apr 03, 2012

    Rapper Metasota decided he'd give us a gift for his birthday on January 19th with the free release of 9-track project H.I.P. (Happy I'm Present: 2 Week Theory), a solid and inventive album create... More >>

  • Twin Cities rap mixtape roundup, Vol. 10
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    Twin Cities rap mixtape roundup, Vol. 10

    published Mar 20, 2012

    As we have the tendency to do every third Tuesday, Gimme Noise once again compiles eight standout tracks from Minnesota artists for you to kick back and vibe out with. Download them all and listen to ... More >>

  • I Self Devine drops another free mixtape, video
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    I Self Devine drops another free mixtape, video

    published Mar 13, 2012

    ​The third out of a total of four mixtapes preceding I Self Devine's sophomore album was made available recently, along with another video, directed by Dave Wilson. This is the last free mix availab... More >>

  • Gaines & Mod Sun, Ceewhy, and Anchormen drop new videos

    published Mar 04, 2012

    ​A trio of local hip-hop artists put up some promotional feelers the last few days in the form of new music videos. Here's the latest from Gaines (featuring Mod Sun), Ceewhy, and Anchormen.Gaines ... More >>

  • Get Cryphy 4th Anniversary

    published February 22, 2012

    It's pretty much an undisputed fact at this point that Get Cryphy remains the most balls-out, buck-wild DJ night in the Twin Cities. This... More >>

  • Get Cryphy 4 Year Anniversary at First Avenue, 2/24/12
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    Get Cryphy 4 Year Anniversary at First Avenue, 2/24/12

    published Feb 27, 2012

    ​Get Cryphy 4 Year AnniversaryWith Plain Ole Bill, Jimmy2Times, Last Word, Fundo, and more.First Avenue Mainroom,Friday, February 24, 2012View a slideshow from the concert here.The combination of cr... More >>

  • Atmosphere

    published February 22, 2012

    If you doubt that the power of Atmosphere remains strong after all these years, take note that this First Avenue appearance sold out within a... More >>

  • Atmosphere's Welcome to Minnesota Tour at First Avenue, 2/22/12
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    Atmosphere's Welcome to Minnesota Tour at First Avenue, 2/22/12

    published Feb 23, 2012

    ​Welcome to Minnesota TourWith Atmosphere, Kill The Vultures, Big Quarters, MaLLy and BK-OneFirst Avenue Mainroom, MinneapolisWednesday, February 22, 2012View a slideshow from the concert here.Last ... More >>

  • Franz Diego & J-Hard release <em>Sense of Self</em> at Conga tonight
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    Franz Diego & J-Hard release Sense of Self at Conga tonight

    published Feb 23, 2012

    ​​Dropped as a free download a few weeks ago, Franz Diego and J-Hard's collaborative album Sense of Self will be brought to life properly with an 18+ CD release show at Conga in Northeast. The Ill... More >>

  • Schoolboy Q

    published February 15, 2012

    Though frequently compared with labelmate Kendrick Lamar, Los Angeles' Schoolboy Q is beginning to make some big noise of his own. His latest... More >>

  • Twin Cities rap mixtape roundup, Vol. 9
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    Twin Cities rap mixtape roundup, Vol. 9

    published Feb 21, 2012

    ​Now that Megaupload has gone under and Kim Dotcom and Swizz Beats, perhaps two of the most ridiculous men in America, are fugitives holed up in the mountains in a 78 day standoff with the CIA, we'r... More >>

  • Schoolboy Q at the Varsity Theater, 2/18/12

    published Feb 20, 2012

    ​Schoolboy QVarsity Theater, MinneapolisSaturday, February 18, 2012Schoolboy Q's arrival in Minneapolis saw a very responsive audience getting down to the sounds of the latest West Coast superstar. ... More >>

  • I Self Devine at 7th Street Entry: The Culture Series Part 2
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    I Self Devine at 7th Street Entry: The Culture Series Part 2

    published Feb 20, 2012

    ​I Self DevineWith I.B.E, III Chemistry featuring Desdamona & Carnage and Maria IsaFirst Avenue, MinneapolisSunday, February 19, 2012Add "curator" to the long-ass list of titles I Self Devine ho... More >>

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