There's no evidence suggesting the Twin Cities' long line of abstract rappers will be coming to an end anytime soon. Consider, for example, young Tony the Scribe, the rapping half of rapper-producer pair KILLSTREAK (alongside fellow Minneapolis native Icetep). Tony's also a solo artist whose writing voice qualifies as one of the more cerebral in the local scene. Thursday's show will celebrate Mixed Blood
, his brand-new debut EP and first rap release since KILLSTREAK's Janus
album back in 2013. Though only four songs and 14 minutes in length, it's dense with craftsmanship. Compared to Janus
' punk edge, it's sonically quieter, directing the listener's focus to Tony's deeply pondered lyricism. With the combination of spacey beats and think-y verses, Mixed Blood
is easily digestible yet it rewards close attention. Tony is a rapper who thrives outside of stereotypical expectations for hip-hop, expertly bringing you into his own world. With Big Cats, Eric Mayson, Chance York, Cauzndefx, Blaise B., and Simon Sed.