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  • The Internet

    published March 19, 2014

    Odd Future proved the diversity of their collective sound by pushing alt-R&B duo the Internet's Purple Naked Ladies for their official... More >>

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    Medium Zach: As I do more, it just makes me want to experiment more

    published Mar 27, 2014

    Producer and rapper Medium Zach of Big Quarters recently dropped his first solo effort Valued Input, a three song project. The unveiling comes in conjunction with a show at Icehouse this Saturday feat... More >>

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    The Internet at Triple Rock, 3/24/14

    published Mar 25, 2014

    The Internetwith Allan Kingdom and DJ WIllie ShuTriple Rock Social Club, MinneapolisMonday, March 24, 2014Syd tha Kyd and Matt Martians brought their spacey, experimental material to a full Triple Ro... More >>

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    8 Twin Cities hip-hop producers you should hear now: Vol. 3

    published Mar 25, 2014

    Here we go once again with another monthly mix of local hip-hop producers worth checking out. This is not a best-of list, rather a collection of artists loosely organized by a like-minded approac... More >>

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    P.O.S.'s Ipecac Neat is 10 years old

    published Mar 18, 2014

    It's been a decade since a young P.O.S., a.k.a. Stefon Alexander, released his debut, Ipecac Neat. It was the first official Doomtree full-length that sparked their ascension from hip-hop outsiders to... More >>

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    André Cymone at 7th St Entry, 3/16/14

    published Mar 17, 2014

    André Cymonewith American Youth7th St. Entry, MinneapolisSunday, March 16, 2014It's been 27 years since the release of André Cymone's last solo album, A.C., which featured his R&B hit "The Dance... More >>

  • Sweetz P goes bold on her new mixtape

    published March 5, 2014

    "Own up to it, you know you do it too," says rapper Sweetz P, in reference to her latest mixtape's title, #liferrrs Guide to Watching Porn... More >>

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    Hellfyre Club Presents the Dorner Vs. Tookie Tour at 7th St Entry, 2/26/14

    published Feb 27, 2014

    Hellfyre Club Presents the Dorner Vs. Tookie Tourwith Busdriver, Nocando, Open Mike Eagle, Milo, and Ecid7th Street Entry, MinneapolisWednesday, February 26, 2013Los Angeles indie label Hellfyre Club,... More >>

  • Hannibal Buress

    published February 19, 2014

    Hannibal Buress has recently become more involved with television work, contributing voices to animated shows like Chozen and China,... More >>

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    Get Cryphy tap Big Freedia and Spank Rock for 6th anniversary

    published Feb 25, 2014

    Time to really get stoked about the Get Cryphy 6th Anniversary celebration on Friday, March 7. Get Cryphy's past Mainroom shows have been chock full of brief hype sets from a slew of local rappers int... More >>

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    Eight Twin Cities hip-hop producers you should hear now: Vol. 2

    published Feb 25, 2014

    Welcome to the second mix in a monthly series highlighting local producers and beatmakers. This is not a best-of list, rather a collection of artists loosely organized by a like-minded approach to cra... More >>

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    Hannibal Buress: "It's real trippy to hear your own voice come out of a cartoon character high"

    published Feb 20, 2014

    Despite all of the television work he's been doing lately -- which includes playing guest host for The Eric Andre Show, voiceover work for shows like Chozen and China, IL, and recurring bit parts on C... More >>

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    Welcome To MN Tour with Atmosphere, 2/17/14

    published Feb 18, 2014

    Welcome To Minnesota Tour 2014with Atmosphere, Toki Wright and Big Cats, No Bird Sing, and Dem AtlasFirst Avenue Mainroom, MinneapolisMonday, February 17, 2014The fourth annual Welcome to Minnesota to... More >>

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    The Best Love Is Free 5 at First Avenue, 2/15/14

    published Feb 17, 2014

    The Best Love Is Free 5 with Astronautalis, Psalm One, K. Flay, VAYNS, Allan Kingdom, False Teeth, and Symmetry First Avenue Mainroom and 7th St. Entry, MinneapolisSaturday, February 15, 201... More >>

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    Psalm One: Hologram Kizzie is the wife of Hologram 2Pac

    published Feb 14, 2014

    Chicago's Psalm One forged a relationship with the Minneapolis rap scene upon signing to Rhymesayers in 2006, and has held a following and a connection ever since. Her latest work is as alter-ego Holo... More >>

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    Bone Thugs-N-Harmony at Myth, 2/8/14

    published Feb 10, 2014

    Bone Thugs-N-Harmonywith A$AP Ferg, Get Cryphy, and DJ DMilMyth Nightclub, St. PaulSaturday, February 8, 2014Bone Thugs-N-Harmony returned to Minneapolis to play to a devoted local audience at the Myt... More >>

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    Drone Not Drones' 28-hour drone at Cedar Cultural Center, 2/7-8/14

    published Feb 10, 2014

    Drone Not Drones' 28-hour droneCedar Cultural Center, MinneapolisFriday, February 7 and Saturday February 8, 2014The local activist organization Drone Not Drones set up one of the most ambitious conce... More >>

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    Dom Kennedy at the Cabooze, 2/3/14

    published Feb 04, 2014

    Dom Kennedywith Skeme and ThatGuySodaCabooze, MinneapolisMonday, February 3, 2014Dom Kennedy is a Los Angeles hip-hop artist attempting to uphold and stem outward from a classic West Coast gangsta eth... More >>

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    Knox: I may be squeaky clean now, but it wasn't always that way

    published Jan 29, 2014

    Minneapolis rapper Knox is teasing out his long-awaited Kingdom Kulture one song at a time. Even before it's heard in full, he's already started to infiltrate the larger local consciousness, and his n... More >>

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    Eight Twin Cities hip-hop producers you should hear now: Vol. 1

    published Jan 28, 2014

    In 2011, I headed up a monthly mix that showcased the wide variety of local rap happening in the Twin Cities. Starting with this post, I'm doing the same thing but with a focus on local producers and ... More >>

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    Vacation Dad: I want to create a modern psychedelic classic

    published Jan 22, 2014

    This Friday, the Triple Rock will play host to several impressive up-and-coming acts ready to inject some life into the glacial drag of winter. The lineup is stacked with a wide range of sounds, inclu... More >>

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    Nipsey Hussle at Mill City Nights, 1/15/14

    published Jan 16, 2014

    Nipsey Husslewith Erk the Jerk, Tomorrow Genius, and MN FlameMill City Nights, MinneapolisWednesday, January 15, 2014Another former major label artist now working as an independent, Los Angeles rapper... More >>

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    Sean Anonymous at First Avenue, 1/11/14

    published Jan 13, 2014

    Make Some Noise!: Sean Anonymous 7" Release and Birthday Partywith Dreamcrusher, Toki Wright and Big Cats, and Dem AtlasFirst Avenue Mainroom, MinneapolisSaturday, January 11, 2014Rapper Sean Anonymou... More >>

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    I.B.E.: My live band, the Cavalry, is just breaking doors down

    published Jan 09, 2014

    Between backing I Self Devine's live set and joining forces with Greg Grease and Akrite to form TUSS Music, rapper I.B.E. had made a name for himself in Minneapolis long before he dropped his official... More >>

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    Kristoff Krane: I Freestyle Life is a capsule of reminders, of lessons, of memories

    published Jan 07, 2014

    To help fund a new album of acoustic material, rapper Kristoff Krane is releasing I Freestyle Life, a massive collection of 44 songs from previously released albums reflecting his eight year career as... More >>

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