El-P and Killer Mike with Despot and Kool A.D. Varsity Theater, Minneapolis Friday, July 19, 2013 We of the millennial generation grew up in the golden era of the Dynamic Duo. On wax and on the basketball court, players and artists that could have been superstars in their own right formed partnersh ... More >>
Photos by B Fresh PhotographyLeft: Toki Wright; Right: TK of Tipsy BikeAmong the thousands assembled at Hennepin County Government Center on Monday for the #HoodiesUpMN Trayvon Martin rally was rapper Toki Wright. The local Rhymesayers artist, music producer, DJ and educator decided to bring a sound ... More >>
Brother Ali and Blank Tape Belovedwith Big Quarters and MaLLy7th Street Entry, MinneapolisMay 31, 2012 Brother Ali is gearing up to release his new album, Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color, on August 21st, and brought his newly constructed live band, Blank Tape Beloved, with him to t ... More >>
By Mike MaddenRelated:How Rhymesayers set up the Soundset FestivalOne of the groups set to make their Soundset debut this year, the duo of the Tribe and Big Cats! was born out of a somewhat unlikely relationship. MC Chris "Truthbetold" Hooks spent parts of his youth in Chicago's south side and began ... More >>
Valentines Day is here and you need some help to win over the heart of that sexy B-girl or B-boy?We know hip-hop doesn't have the best history romancing the opposite sex, "bitches better having my money" and "skeeting on walls" doesn't really set the mood.But don't worry, we have you covered. So ... More >>
It seems that with each passing year, the swelling amount of hype and buzz that surrounds certain bands and musicians eclipses and eventually drowns out any of the music that they produce. That is certainly not the band's fault (in most cases), but a lot of music fans get turned off by seeing ... More >>
illustration via DaytrotterI know, I know. Gayngs this, Gayngs that. It's not our fault they continue to murder it. And this is especially notable for the beautiful rendition of Sade's "By Your Side" they recorded at Chez Iver, Daytrotter in tow (and the footage of them performing it live in Chic ... More >>
Minneapolis soul-house fixture Alex East talks about his first time at First Ave, why he doesn't need anything, and Iron Maiden.
City Pages writers look back on 25 years of arts criticism, and the sentences that still make us cringe
Are DJs mix masters or mess makers? Sometimes, it's hard to tell
Blackalicious Reach Their Thirties and Mature Their Sound
High Fidelity tries to rescue John Cusack from the cutout bin
An open letter on the indomitability of hip hop to my high school economics teacher
A local hip-hop underground looks for the spotlight.
The 1997 City Pages New Music Poll
Moon's Over Minneapolis: Brother Sun Sister Moon rise in the north