Minnesota's Greatest Hip-Hop and R&B Hits
"When's My Season"
from Minnesoda, Capitol Records, 1972
"Crush On You"
from The Jets, MCA, 1986
"Breakin' My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes)"
from Meant to Be Mint, Prospective Records, 1991
The Sensational Joint Chiefs
from Lost Stepchild, Groove Garden/Firetrunk, 1998
from Play, TVP Records, 1998
from Welcome II Nextasy, Arista, 2000
Willie Walker & the Butanes
"I Feel It"
from Right Where I Belong, One On One Records, 2004
from Livin' the Luxury Brown, Image/Cagedbird Records, 2005
Minnesota Hip-Hop Mix
1988 I.R.M. Crew promotional poster courtesy of Charles Lockhart
Including the 13 listed in today's Minnesota's Fifty Greatest Hits, here are 35 recommended tracks for a Minnesota rap mix. Post your own choices at this thread on D.U. Nation, or at this article reaction thread, or email your favorites to me at pscholtes [at] citypages [dot] com and I'll post them here.
The Twin City Rappers
"The Twin City Rapp"
Twin Town Records, 1985
The I.R.M. Crew
Wide Angle Urban, 1989
"U Ain't Fat"
from Constipated Notions, Dynamic Records, 1993
Phull Surkle and Casino Royale
"I'm Just a B-Boy"
unreleased track recorded in Studio K at Radio K, 1995
"Busy Like We"
from Bousta Set It (For the Record), self-released, 1998
"My Deeds Is Done"
G.B. Records CD single, 1998
Atmosphere (featuring Eyedea)
"The Abusing of the Rib"
from Stuck on AM 2: Live Performances on 770 Radio K, No Alternative/770 Radio K, 1999
Unicus and Muad'Dib
Interlock Volume 1, Interlock, 1999
"What's the Happs"
from We Rocked the World!, Red White Blue, 1999
The Sure Shot Brothers
from Mental Madness Presents the Sure Shot Brothers, Mental Madness, 2000
from Rebellion EP, Black Corners, 2000
"Pitch Black Ark"
from Obelisk Movements, Sub Verse, 2000
Unknown Prophets (featuring Slug)
from World Premier, self-released, 2000
"Guard Your Harem"
from Actin' Rich 12-inch, Rhymesayers, 2000
"Heard It From Here"
from Inner City Outer Space, Interlock, 2000
"Lost In the Land of the Lakes"
from Twin Town Music Yearbook Vol. 3, 1999-2000, City Pages, 2000
from Indefinition, Peak Records, 2001
Young & Da Restless
"Imma Speak Now"
from The Motion Picture, Stray Records, 2001
"Sunset @ Lowry Park"
from Delusions of Grandeur, Souls of Life, 2001
3rd Eye Entertainment, 2001
from Small Steps, Interlock, 2002
The Many Faces of Oliver Hart (featuring Carnage)
"Prelude to Coaches"/"Coaches"
from How Eye One the Write Too Think, Rhymesayers, 2002
"She's Just My Friend"
from Daily Journal, self-released, 2002
from Shadows on the Sun, Rhymesayers, 2003
from Dia De Los Muertos, Rhymesayers, 2003
from The Beginning of the End, Heat Rocc, 2004
Contac (featuring Diamonique)
from Eeyeaya, Lazyeye Entertainment/Wild Side Records, 2004
"Music For Shoplifting"
from Ipecac Neat, Doomtree/Rhymesayers, 2004
Eyedea and Abilities
from E&A, Epitaph/Rhymesayers, 2004
Set the Smith
"They Don't Know"
from The Example Part One, Chill Records, 2004
EPL & Snakebird (featuring Big Quarters)
from Songs, Big Quarters, 2004
Mad Son (featuring Big Jess)
from Peace Amongst the Madness, N.E. Time Entertainment, 2004
Kill the Vultures
From Kill the Vultures, JIB, 2005
Now That's What I Call Copyright Infringement! Volume One, self-released, 2005
About the cover model: April Lindner plays in the local band Bounce, who perform at the Breakaway Bar and Grill in Robbinsdale on Friday. They are apparently auditioning drummers, and here's a list of songs prospective percussionists should learn: "Brick House," "Beautiful People," "Hot in Herre," "Just a Girl," and "I'm With You."
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