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  • Four Fists (P.O.S. + Astronautalis)

    published December 31, 2014

    When P.O.S. and Astronautalis first announced they were joining forces as the duo Four Fists, it made a lot of sense, especially considering the... More >>

  • RiFF RaFF

    published December 31, 2014

    Hip-hop has its fair share of cartoon characters that occupy spaces so radically different from the human realm that they are impossible to look... More >>

  • The Main Event: Audiyo Element, Crunchy Kids, and Up Rock

    published December 24, 2014

    Funk, soul, and R&B are deeply rooted in Twin Cities music history, and this Saturday's Main Event showcase highlights the many incarnations of... More >>

  • Black Friday: Muja Messiah, Metasota, and Sarah White

    published December 24, 2014

    Muja Messiah had a triumphant 2014 with the release of the excellent God Kissed It, the Devil Missed It, and is ending the year strong by... More >>


    Mike the Martyr Takes a Solo Shot with Marbury

    published Dec 30, 2014

    "It's a big thing going on with that right now, actually. It's not popular anymore," says rapper and producer Mike the Martyr of boom-bap, the sample-based style of hip-hop production that dominated ... More >>

  • Gift-Rapped: Killstreak, the Rotation, Christopher Michael Jensen

    published December 17, 2014

    Gift-Rapped touts a strong bill of local hip-hop up-and-comers. Emotive, dystopian, and unflinching, Killstreak combines Tony the Scribe's... More >>

  • Enter the Void Tour: Jhené Aiko, SZA + the Internet

    published December 17, 2014

    Occupying different spaces within the futurist alternative R&B spectrum, Jhené Aiko, SZA, and the Internet touring together makes a... More >>


    The Rotation Combine Rap Work Ethic and Deep Live Presence

    published Dec 23, 2014

    The Rotation | 7th St. Entry | Tuesday, December 23 Rappers Dwynell Roland, Finding Novyon, Devon Reason, and producer Travis Gorman once again join forces this week as the Rotation. It's a live rap ... More >>


    Jhené Aiko Burned a Fan's Ex on the Phone at Skyway Theatre

    published Dec 22, 2014

    Jhené Aiko with SZA and The Internet Skyway Theatre, MinneapolisSunday, December 21, 2014Jhené Aiko teamed up with like-minded R&B performers SZA and the Internet for her Enter the Voi... More >>


    Birdman, Young Thug, and Rich Homie Quan Brought Rich Gang to Life at Myth

    published Dec 15, 2014

    Rich Gang Tour: Birdman, Young Thug, and Rich Homie QuanMyth Nightclub, St. PaulFriday, December 12, 2014The recent team-up of oddball hitmakers Birdman, Young Thug, and Rich Homie Quan makes total bi... More >>


    The Best Minnesota Rap Albums of 2014

    published Dec 12, 2014

    The year in Twin Cities hip-hop is like a wall covered in graffiti. So many different styles have coalesced -- boom bap descendants, noise rap, futurism, and more -- in such a satisfying fashion. From... More >>


    Doomtree Tore Up the Turf Club to Launch Blowout X

    published Dec 08, 2014

    Doomtree Blowout X: Night One... More >>


    Dosh and Ghostband Join Forces for Def Kith EP

    published Dec 04, 2014

    Dosh and Ghostband with Mux Mool and Aby Wolf | 7th St. Entry | Saturday, December 6Like-minded electronic artists Martin Dosh and Jon Davis (a.k.a. Ghostband) recently began collaborating as a duo, c... More >>

  • Slick Rick

    published November 19, 2014

    The list of rappers who count Slick Rick as an inspiration is long and spans multiple eras, and it stands to reason. With silky storytelling, a... More >>

  • Run The Jewels

    published November 19, 2014

    Killer Mike and El-P are collectively pummeling the rap world with their pair of albums as duo Run the Jewels, the second of which dropped last... More >>


    Run the Jewels at Fine Line, 11/20/14

    published Nov 21, 2014

    Run The Jewelswith Ratking, Despot, and David Ruffin TheoryFine Line Music Cafe, MinneapolisThursday, November 20, 2014Run the Jewels, the region-spanning duo of Killer MIke and El-P, swung through th... More >>

  • FKA Twigs

    published November 12, 2014

    Specializing in haunting harmonics and modern trip-hop sheen, London's Tahliah Barnett seemed destined to make an impact on R&B with her music as... More >>


    Run the Jewels: "We're Gonna Be Working Together for Years"

    published Nov 18, 2014

    Run the Jewels with Ratking and Despot | Fine Line Music Cafe | Thursday, November 20 (sold out)Killer Mike and El-P have impacted rap in a big way yet again with the release of their second free albu... More >>


    FKA twigs Entranced Both Fine Line and Paisley Park Audiences

    published Nov 17, 2014

    FKA twigswith BOOTSFine Line Music Cafe, MinneapolisFriday, November 14, 2014FKA twigs performed two shows in the Twin Cities over the weekend. Her sold-out Fine Line appearance on Friday was followed... More >>

  • B.o.B./Kevin Gates

    published November 5, 2014

    B.o.B.'s calculated balance of Atlanta flows and pop harmonies landed him several radio hits since his early mixtape days, including one of 2010's... More >>


    B.o.B. at First Avenue, 11/10/14

    published Nov 11, 2014

    B.o.B.with Kevin GatesFirst Avenue, MinneapolisMonday, November 10, 2014Atlanta rap star B.o.B brought his No Genre tour to First Avenue last night, bringing along his labelmates and Baton Rouge rappe... More >>


    K.Raydio and O-D Bond Raw, Soulful Emotion Together on One Drop

    published Nov 06, 2014

    K.Raydio | Icehouse | Saturday, November 8This week, Minneapolis R&B singer K.Raydio dropped a follow-up to her excellent LucidDreamingSkylines, the collaborative album with producer Psymun releas... More >>

  • Mike Mictlan (album release)

    published October 29, 2014

    Mike Mictlan's massive "CLAPP'D" is about as heavy a lead single as you can get. The Doomtree MC laces the droning beat with a slick-tongued... More >>

  • The Stand4rd at Amsterdam, 11/1/14

    The Stand4rd at Amsterdam, 11/1/14

    published Nov 03, 2014

    The Stand4rdwith DJ TIIIIIIIIIIPAmsterdam Bar and Hall, St. PaulSaturday, November 1, 2014St. Paul supergroup the Stand4rd lived up to the hype during their debut performance at Amsterdam on Saturday ... More >>

  • Flying Lotus

    published October 22, 2014

    Los Angeles producer and Warp signee Flying Lotus is on a wavelength all his own. Everything from spastic jazz to Dilla beats to classic soul to... More >>

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