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J. Plaza

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J. Plaza

Dec. 13
9 p.m.
Free
Hip-Hop

Presented by Minneapolis’ Institute of Production and Recording (IPR) and Rhymesayers, this free event at 7th St. Entry features some of the freshest hip-hop talent in Minneapolis. Twenty-six-year-old J. Plaza is arguably the hottest Minnesota rapper without a full-length project to his name. He’s mostly built his buzz with an array of songs uploaded to SoundCloud, including the raging “Fuck It” and the space-trap banger “Ego” (featuring fellow locals Tha Rift and Daddy Dinero). Meanwhile, South Side duo Nazeem & Spencer Joles have put out a project, and a great one at that: March’s sonically diverse The Album. It’s further evidence that they could’ve arrived at any point in the last 20 years and still found a spot near the forefront of Twin Cities music. “Benjis” and “Oh I Neva” distinctly belong to the current trap rap era, while boom bap-influenced collabs like “Crossfire” (featuring Nazeem’s dad, Muja Messiah) and “Fallen Souls” (with P.O.S) could’ve been regional hits in the ’90s or earlier in the ’00s. Rounding out the lineup is the less established but promising IPR group Creeps & Geeks.