Big Jess

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2014

    Eight Twin Cities hip-hop producers you should hear now: Vol. 5

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2014

    612Brew to have cask beers and food trucks for Art-A-Whirl Bash 2014

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    612Brew unveils Art-A-Whirl Bash 2014 lineup

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2013

    Desdamona: I just needed to get some music out there

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2013

    Sab the Artist: My approach today is much more curated

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2013

    Big Jess of Unknown Prophets on his Honorable Mention compilation project

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2011

    Unknown Prophets release 'World Premiere 2' Friday at Triple Rock

    Trey Fortner​Back 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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    Twin Cities rap mixtape roundup, Vol. 2

    ​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.

  • Music

    December 2, 2009

    Unknown Prophets make heartfelt rock-rap

    New release Le System D is built around a guitar riff

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2009

    5 Q's with Soundset artist Big Jess of Unknown Prophets

    With a new album on the horizon, we get to know the UP's Big Jess before the big Soundset show.

  • Music

    March 1, 2006

    Schoolhouse Rap

    Unknown Prophets teach the children, rock with the force of prophecy