class=img_thumbleft>For a $25 entry fee, you can compete tonight in Freestyle Fridays
at Digital City Music in North Minneapolis, where a grand prize of $1500 awaits the winner (if I have the rules straight). The rap battle is cheap to watch, in any case ($3), and I'll be there with a camera covering it for City Pages. 905 West Broadway, Minneapolis, MN 55411-2615, 612.588.2000. Registration is at 5:00 p.m., showtime 7:00 p.m. Click photo
for more weekend hip hop as part of Saturday's local celebration
of Kenyan independence (including a new Kenyan hip-hop documentary
and a night of music at the Blue Nile
). Also read more on Saturday's finale of the Soap Factory
's essential Afrofuturism
event, which kind of ties it all together.