Franz Diego

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    May 28, 2013

    Soundset 2013: A music and photo timeline

    Ah, Soundset. The sixth installment of the Rhymesayers Entertainment hip-hop festival had a breakout year in terms of attendance -- a reported 28,000 fans came out -- and talent, with a lineup including Snoop Dogg, Mac Miller, Tech N9ne, along with the host artists Atmosphere. Many folks pegged A$AP ... More >>

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    May 24, 2013

    Greg Grease: I like to change people's minds

    Named City Pages' Best Hip-Hop Artist of 2013, Minneapolis rapper Greg Grease has embraced high-concept inspiration throughout his burgeoning solo career -- a Laurence Fishburne movie, the mighty wordsmith Shel Silverstein, and now, one of the first successful black singers, Nat King Cole. Last D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2012

    Make a Scene mixtape mashes up Polica, Atmosphere, Solid Gold, Prof and more

    A music scene as intimate as the Twin Cities has seen genres and styles bleed into one another, and rarely is such hybridization unwelcome. With this mindset, Wide Eyes producers Dimitry Killstorm and DJ Name have concocted a mash-up project that combines a lot of Picked to Click alums, like local r ... More >>

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    July 20, 2012

    Wag Out Block Party acts give definitions of "wag"

    See Also:Claire de Lune's New Lion establishes her as more than just a "hook girl"Lazerbeak remixes, chills out Franz Diego's "Waggin' on the Scene"Franz Diego: 5 Questions with his wagnessThere's a growing movement in the music scene in South Minneapolis, one favoring collaborative energy and free- ... More >>

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    June 22, 2012

    Weekend Checklist: River's Edge, Foster the People, Collective Soul, Korn

    The way to survive this weekend is lots of sunscreen and lots of water as River's Edge Music Festival comes to Harriet Island with big name bands like Tool and Dave Matthews Band. If fighting crowds in the heat is not your thing, Foster the People will be returning to Minneapolis and The Pines will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2012

    The Best Of Meta May

    If the time-frame of Meta's last project H.I.P., which was written and recorded in the space of two weeks, seemed impressive, his current pace is simply staggering. Releasing a song a day under the banner of Meta May, the rapper defines what it means to put in work. Today marks the final day of a 31 ... More >>

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    May 30, 2012

    Lazerbeak remixes, chills out Franz Diego's "Waggin' on the Scene"

    The bump of Franz Diego's anthem "Waggin' on the Scene" has been a well-traveled song among local DJs for the past few months. Many have taken up the challenge to remix the song after a handy kit was posted back in February. A few of the notables to take up the charge were Audio Perm and Greg Grease ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2012

    Das Racist at Triple Rock, 4/5/12

    Das Racist With Spyder Baybie Raw Dogg and 2% Muck, Illuminous 3Triple Rock Social Club, MinneapolisThursday, April 5, 2012It was hard to know what to expect at Das Racist's first Minneapolis appearance. The group's cryptic and comedic approach to post-modern hip-hop is so goofy, strange and listles ... More >>

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    April 3, 2012

    Meta breaks down his latest H.I.P. in advance of Friday's release party

    Rapper Metasota decided he'd give us a gift for his birthday on January 19th with the free release of 9-track project H.I.P. (Happy I'm Present: 2 Week Theory), a solid and inventive album created on a whim in 14 days. The timeframe is beside the point, though. There are a number of strong idea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2012

    Weekend Checklist: Needtobreathe, Fanfarlo, Nada Surf, Bowerbirds

    ​A big focus of Weekend Checklist is local music, because there is so much good local artists in the Cities, but we often forget that Minneapolis and St. Paul is not always a flyover area for national artists. This weekend we welcome to Fanfarlo, Bowerbirds, Nada Surf, and Needtobreathe; a few of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2012

    Toki Wright on Faders and his torched Rhymesayers album

    ​Toki Wright is having an amazing week. Mr. Wright was just named Hip-Hop Studies program coordinator at the acclaimed McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, where he has been teaching for a few years. Plus, he's celebrating the release of his Faders mixtape Saturday night at the Fine Line. T ... More >>

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    February 23, 2012

    Franz Diego & J-Hard release Sense of Self at Conga tonight

    ​​Dropped as a free download a few weeks ago, Franz Diego and J-Hard's collaborative album Sense of Self will be brought to life properly with an 18 CD release show at Conga in Northeast. The Illuminous 3 veteran is trying out some new avenues on this one, and it's already one of the strongest ... More >>

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    February 23, 2012

    Atmosphere's Welcome to Minnesota Tour at First Avenue, 2/22/12

    Photo by Ryan Siverson​Welcome to Minnesota TourWith Atmosphere, Kill The Vultures, Big Quarters, MaLLy and BK-OneFirst Avenue Mainroom, MinneapolisWednesday, February 22, 2012View a slideshow from the concert here.Last night, Atmosphere brought the second annual Welcome to Minnesota tour to the p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    Franz Diego: 5 Questions with his wagness

    ​I remember first seeing Franz Diego on a Fifth Element stage, back in the days when the store was cut in half and a huge graffiti mural rained down on visitors heads. It was the popular Open Mic night, this sole night is one of the reasons the scene started to harness a flame to what our thriving ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2011

    Doomtree Entry show announcement--Mike Mictlan's special guests on Monday

    ​Have you all recovered from the big news we dropped about Sims' opening acts yesterday? More importantly, did you make sure to get your tickets for the show? We continue our Doomtree Entry show reveal week with Mike Mictlan's stellar lineup for his show on December 5th. This should prove to be an ... More >>

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    November 3, 2011

    Illuminous 3 Celebrate Release of Montessori at the Hexagon tonight

    ​The diverse trio of MCs known collectively as Illuminous 3 have been staples of the Minneapolis rap scene since they began doing shows together through Yo! The Movement a decade ago, but their history as friends extends back even farther to their time at Seward Montessori Elementary school in Sou ... 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.

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    June 7, 2011

    Twin Cities rap mixtape roundup, Vol. 1

    ​A lot of really excellent local rap mixtapes have dropped recently, and in an effort to make sure the cream of the crop don't get lost in the fray, Gimme Noise has put together a mixtape of our own compiling, the best we've heard. Stream the album below or download it here, and read on for s ... More >>

  • Music

    March 31, 2010

    Fifth Element relaunches open-mic night

    Event helped early careers of Brother Ali, Toki Wright

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    March 31, 2010

    Communist Daughter, Fifth Element's open-mic night featured in this week's paper

    Photo by Ben ClarkCommunist Daughter​We're entering a season of local CD releases, so prepared to be inundated over the next few weeks as we make our way through all the great local albums coming out this April. This week, we drove down to Prescott, Wisconsin to hang out with Johnny Solomon and hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2010

    Q&A: Mike Swoop releases his debut

    Local artist's debut features funky, ambient instrumentals

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    February 3, 2010
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    February 3, 2010
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    January 25, 2010

    Twin Cities Hip-Hop Awards cut short after fist fight

    An otherwise calm and celebratory show ended with a brawl on stage.

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    January 7, 2010

    Franz Diego wants to be your friend

    The local rapper has released a promo video that gives fans a glimpse into his day-to-day life.

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    December 28, 2009

    Franz Diego offers free mp3

    The track features Diego rapping over the Cool Kids' "Hammer Bros."

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    November 11, 2009

    Ol' Dirty Bastard tribute at the Red Sea this weekend

    A handful of locals pay tribute to the ODB this Friday night.

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    September 11, 2009

    September 11, 2009: Invisible Boy & Franz Diego

    News on Har Mar Superstar's new album, Now, Now Every Children heading back to Europe & Red Pens play the Fetus.