For three days, in what was surely a first, you could buy taquitos, cups of Italian ice, and plates of African jerk chicken outside First Avenue. Upstairs in the Minneapolis club, you could register to vote, get tested for STDs, or manufacture a dub plate of your own recordings on the spot (thus enabling DJs to scratch your records). Between these small favors and big dreams were about 200 performers giving their all onstage and outdoors at the 4th Annual Twin Cities Celebration of Hip Hop. Here's a rundown of the highlights, or at least what I saw when I wasn't registering to vote from my new address in Golden Valley, hence destroying my street... More >>>