We return once again with another roundup of local producers worth listening to. The range and quality of beats coming out of Minnesota never fails to impress, and this month's mix ought to go perfect with the beginning of backyard barbeque season. Get ready for some great instrumental work from ano ... More >>
Art-A-Whirl, the annual open studio tour in northeast Minneapolis, is fine arts-focused, but the event has also become a chance to celebrate local beer, food, and music. 612Brew, located in the heart of the action in Northeast, is marking the occasion with its second annual Art-A-Whirl Bash. See al ... More >>
Along with 331 Club, 612Brew is another destination for a weekend of live local music held during the Art-A-Whirl weekend. The three-day lineup is an eclectic bill of hip-hop, electronica, indie rock, folk, and some stuff that falls somewhere in the middle coming to the space's outdoor amphitheater. ... More >>
Desdamona is a busy woman. In the years since her sophomore album The Ledge, released in 2006, she has grown her reputation as a teacher and collaborator across musical platforms. Since 2004, the rapper has been performing with Carnage, a close friend and longtime music partner, as part of the hip h ... More >>
Twin Cities hip-hop legend Sab the Artist (formerly Musab and Beyond) is back with The Revival, his first official release in six years. Entirely produced by Big Jess of the Unknown Prophets, the EP is the second release from The Fifth Element Record Store's digital distribution. Gimme Noise spoke t ... More >>
While he's been recognized here before as one of Gimme Noise's top 20 local rappers, Big Jess is also a talented producer, and has recently reminded us with a string of releases featuring a number of different rappers over his beats. The Honorable Mention series is already massive in scope, with thr ... More >>
Trey FortnerBack in 2000, two Polish-American kids from Northeast Minneapolis dropped World Premiere, a record that rattled and hummed with old school beats and classical-music samples. It was full of youthful bravado, songs like "Never" and "Wrong Route" hellbent on getting known and repping the ... More >>
The mixtape roundup returns with another batch of tracks culled from the best local rap of late. Enjoy! Stream the album below or download here, and read on for some additional background on the artists featured in the roundup.
New release Le System D is built around a guitar riff
With a new album on the horizon, we get to know the UP's Big Jess before the big Soundset show.
Unknown Prophets teach the children, rock with the force of prophecy