Muja Messiah

July 8
11 p.m.
DJ, Hip-Hop

The Legacy Series is a new run of concerts at Icehouse dedicated to giving local music veterans a chance to perform a set of their all-time best songs, accompanied by a live band. First up is Minneapolis rapper Muja Messiah, whose catalog dates back to his material with the Raw Villa crew around the turn of the century. In a city not known for street lyricism, Muja has fit in with area introspectives like Slug and Brother Ali while standing out as a whip-smart MC who reflects on his gram-bagging, cop-dodging hustler’s ambition. In the last couple years, he’s solidified his status as a local legend, releasing a full-length album with I Self Devine, the astrology-inspired 9th House, and his latest solo album, PyrExpeditioN, almost entirely produced by Minneapolis’ Tek. That hot streak will presumably continue when Muja releases Saran Rap, his upcoming record with the supremely grimy New York rapper and producer Roc Marciano. With Sophia Eris and “special guests.”