The local rap scene has already shown itself to be in control in 2014 -- and we're only halfway through. Creativity is coming from all corners of the Twin Cities. Gimme Noise compiled our picks for the best rap albums thus far.See also:Ten best Minnesota albums of 2014 (so far)
When Prince emerged with an afro in the fall of 2012, he completed a hair cycle reaching back to the beginning of his solo career. In between the late '70s and today, the Purple One has experimented with a variety of styles. His locks have alternated between signs "o" the times and chaos and disorde ... More >>
From dancers hijacking creative spaces to a comedian making a career comeback
Steel Panther First Avenue, Minneapolis Tuesday, 12/17/13 Comedian Dave Chappelle set the record for the most genitalia jokes at First Avenue during his recent four-night stand this year, but then along came Steel Panther. With relentless penis, ejaculation and inventive expressions of their own ob ... More >>
Those of us fortunate enough to enjoy the snowy holiday season from the warmth of our windowsills don't often think about how the same climate can turn deadly in a heartbeat for the homeless. Local rapper Tall Paul knows how brutal those conditions can be. Growing up in South Minneapolis and working ... More >>
Low taught us how to drone, Prince brought back breakfast, and there were a million reunions
For all of the hype surrounding Prince in 2013, it looks like 2014 is actually going to be much bigger. The Purple One has just announced a full-scale North American tour in stadiums across the U.S. and Canada. Compared to his 2012-13 Hit N' Run dates, and several hastily announced Minnesota gigs, t ... More >>
Who knew Reg Chapman was so cool to hang out with?By now you've heard of Dave Chappelle's seemingly interminable stay in the Twin Cities. But what you may not know is that he's old buddies with WCCO's Reg Chapman.
The purple outpouring the past few weeks has included a couple of Paisley Park parties and a new video, and perhaps it finally comes down to this. Prince has just unveiled The Breakfast Experience EP for the completist fans among us. We know you're out there because we can smell the 3121 perfume waf ... More >>
Buried Alive hits Netflix November 1
Didn't get enough Prince action earlier this month at his impromptu Paisley Park show? The Purple One has announced another public event at his Chanhassen complex scheduled for Saturday, October 19.This Pajama Dance Party will apparently mark the release of The Breakfast Experience, an album of unde ... More >>
Prince has just debuted a sticky and sweet video for his latest single, "Breakfast Can Wait." After the Purple One performed the song last weekend as part of a set with the New Power Generation and 3rdEyeGirl at Paisley Park, the video shows why dancer/choreographer Danielle Curiel was lurking on th ... More >>
You can cut the anticipation surrounding Prince's upcoming show at Paisley Park with a purple sword. Hand-clenching Minnesotans want to make sure they get the most out of such an experience. Thus, "How can I do this thing right?" was the overall feeling lurking in the comments section of yesterday's ... More >>
The Twin Cities have long had a burgeoning independent metal scene, but few breakout stars. In the '80s, Powermad benefited from the major label rush to take advantage of aggressive trends and briefly joined the Metallicas and Slayers of the world. The group recorded a pair of records at Prince's Pa ... More >>
So, over the weekend Mel Gibson was in town. No, it wasn't a business trip -- according to the Star Tribune's always-fun C.J., he was just here for a little vaca with his daughter. Destinations included the Mall of America, Minnesota Zoo, Lake Minnetonka, Warehouse District, and Uptown, among others ... More >>
Is laughter really the best medicine?
As we mentioned earlier this week, the Purple One was recently quoted in the UK's Daily Mirror as saying "The internet's completely over." In honor of that epic statement, we thought it's high time someone compiled a list of all the other amazing, eccentric, and downright bizarre moments in Princ ... More >>
Watch a pretty sweet documentary about this laid-back comedian, then go see his show tonight.
Rap's most weeded-out MC West of Shaolin and East of Long Beach cuts through the haze at the Varsity.
Sunday School EP
Al Gore's 'Truth' goes for deep impact
Last year, "I'm Rick James, bitch!" was the nation's favorite catchphrase, taking over locker rooms, restaurants, swimming pools, churches, and knitting gatherings like a virus that just would not die already. But now that Dave Chappelle has abandoned Comedy Central, HBO's Entourage fills the void w ... More >>
TV's dark comedies get their day in the sun
Beaucoup bucks are the harbinger of celeb breakdowns After signing a reported $50 million (yes, $50 million) deal for the third season of Chappelle's Show, creator/star Dave Chappelle is AWOL and new episodes, which were supposed to premiere May 31, have been repeatedly delayed. It's even bee ... More >>
Fox News reports that the third season of Chappelle's Show, scheduled to return to Comedy Central May 31, has been suspended indefinitely. What's going to happen to a nation of catchphrase swipers who are desperate for party material, even though hearing "I'm Rick James, bitch" from the mouth of a M ... More >>
Couple in Mississippi gets super-freaked by BMX bandits, ubiquitous catchphraseAccording to the New York Post (and who doesn't believe that veritable tome of truth?) Chappelle's Show fans in Hattiesburg, Miss., are stealing yard signs endorsing Rick James, a candidate for city council in the souther ... More >>
Should 'King Arthur' be renamed 'Antoine Fuqua's Baadasssss Song'?
Dave Chappelle lights up the Orpheum stage; giggling ensues
Solving the mysteries of race and culture with the writers of 'Ego Trip'
Prince Paul wages an epic battle against hip-hop sell-outs, the music industry, and your mama