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Kings of the Mic TourWith LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Public Enemy and De La SoulTarget Center, MinneapolisThursday, May 30, 2013LL Cool J is 45 years old, and wearing it well. As he stalked the stage at Target Center as the final performer of the Kings of the Mic Tour, he seemed keenly aware that his powe ... More >>
Public Enemy's Hip Hop Gods Tour with X-Clan, Monie Love, Schoolly D, Leaders of the New School, Wise Intelligent, Son of Bazerk and No Self Control, Awesome Dre, Davy DMX and DJ Johnny Juice Thursday. First Avenue, MinneapolisThursday, December 6, 2012 The Hip Hop Gods Tour, the brainchild of Pub ... More >>
Representing everything you hate about capitalism
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"The Colonel better watch his back."The acronym WTF was invented for news like this: Earlier this week, former Public Enemy rapper and reality TV star Flavor Flav opened his first fried chicken restaurant in, of all the places on the planet, Clinton, Iowa. Clinton is a town of less than 30,0 ... More >>
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Phil Collins is marginally famous for being the drummer/singer for Genesis, a UK outfit initially known for immersive prog-rock epics like Trespass and Selling England By The Pound, until they sold out and went commercial. He is slightly more well-known for contributing to Disney film soundtracks ... More >>
She's just one of this film's bad-ass old people
Bone is returning, semi-triumphantly (they've had a tough decade, after all) to the Mainroom tonight with the "original lineup" in tow -- not including Bizzy, the high-pitched attack dog of the Lord, who has been a solo artist since 1998...sort of. Gimme Noise and three other journalists from aro ... More >>
If you had the opportunity to catch Comedy Central's "Roast of David Hasselhoff" earlier this month, you know that no comedian hits harder than Lisa Lampanelli. In the course of one evening, she managed to lampoon everything from the Holocaust, Haiti, the oil spill in the Gulf and the Hoff's live ... More >>
Proudly gay pop icon Elton John last month played Rush Limbaugh's most recent wedding, obviously bringing into question Elton's valuation of morals over-- do we really need to spell this out for you? Bottom line is it was a sellout for the record books. Here's some other sad cases of how th ... More >>
Hotboxes, beatboxes, and the occasional rhyme. Meth and Red bring Termanology and Evidence & Alchemist to the Main Room.
A guide for taking the guesswork out of MSPIFF
Pamela Des Barres makes a case for the groupie as muse
Gang Gang Dance keep the beat
Why the library won't invite rap's greatest storyteller to children's hour
Is VH1 redefining the spiritual meaning of "now"...or just abusing Tawny Kitaen?
How Hurricane Katrina made Public Enemy relevant again
Forget Mos Def's silly, U2-bashing "Katrina Clap" and Skillbill's pointlessly politic "Blue Monday", which are each as opportunistic as Legendary K.O.'s "George Bush Doesn't Care About Black People" without being nearly as funny (see below), and are each as creatively helpless given the subject as P ... More >>
Micranots rapper I Self Devine finds clarity in 'Self Destruction'
Red Sonja and Flavor Flav copulate; Earth changes orbit
The legendary bands. The terrifying toilets. An oral history that goes so far behind the music it will leave you at a gun range beneath the stage.
Michael Franti replaces hip-hop polemics with soul that's good for the body--and the body politic
Does Rage stir the revolution--or provide the soundtrack for the next white riot?
New albums by the Genius, Inspecta Deck, Ol' Dirty Bastard, and U-God fail to Wu the Clan's public
Taj Mahal and Toumani Diabate bridge the Delta and Mali with their gorgeous new album, Kulanjan
Who da man? Duh, The Man: PE takes aim at white male corporate oppression