Photos by Erik HessDiddy Dirty Money with Lloyd and TygaApril 13, 2011Epic NightclubFor this write-up, I could have skated by making jokes about how Diddy changed his name three times during the show or whatever -- but I'm a journalist dammit, not Jay Leno. I came to check out the Dirty Mon ... More >>
We're still sifting through the onslaught of interviews and other coverage that took place over the week of SXSW, but this caught our eyeballs: Apparently Owl City's next record is going to feature some sort of collaboration with OutKast's Big Boi.
Dre Day, our annual bluntsmoked, brass monkeyed, and ingeniously tended get-down in honor of the one and only, was started by the local design firm Burlesque of North America nine years ago Saturday, when those multi-disciplinarians were banded around Life Sucks Die Magazine. And for all the ridi ... More >>
Perhaps the biggest surprise from this year's Grammy Awards broadcast is that there are actually some honest-to-god surprises to report, the biggest of which was notoriously indie artists Arcade Fire coming out on top in the Album of the Year category.Here, we present a rundown of some of the mos ... More >>
"We are not underground artists. We have no desire to be underground," declares Truth Be Told, MC from the rap trio the Tribe and Big Cats!, during our interview at Waterbury Studios.
Photos by Tony NelsonWu-Tang ClanJanuary 9, 2011Epic NightclubFor a hip-hop collective with a back catalog as formidable as Wu-Tang Clan's, the potential is there, during a live performance, to just count on the fiery nature of your hits to carry you through a show. Playing the last gig of their ... More >>
Hear exclusive new songs from the troubled rapper
Here's a little free, unsolicited, pre-Christmas advice from Gimme Noise: Do let the iTunes gift cards Santa leaves behind burn a metaphorical hole in your stocking. No pain, no gain, after all - and if you're willing to hold your zombified-consumer rifle fire for a little while, the new year pro ... More >>
Last week, you hurried to begin Christmas shopping, finish buying Thanksgiving trimmings, and scrounge enough spare change to buy yourself a copy of Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday. And while you weren't paying much or any attention - and who could blame you? - all of this stuff happened.
As a song title, "Kush" isn't exactly original; but neither was "Under Pressure," come to think of it now. The title of former speaks directly to producer/rapper/legend Dr. Dre's great theme: smoking copious quantities of great, dank weed. That may be why "Kush" is slated to be the first single f ... More >>
SeriouslyOn Friday we 'examined' Kesha's recently released "Sleazy", which comes off as a talent-divorced Nicki Minaj pose; affectation lacking experimentation. Today our mostly unprayed prayers get answered, as Minaj releases a single from her upcoming Pink Friday, featuring Eminem in full fuck ... More >>
I Am Not A Human Being by Lil WayneOn his Facebook page, Lil Wayne just posted the tracklist for "I Am Not A Human Being," the album that he announced from his incarceration on Rikers Island.We can see from the tracklist that Drake is getting a big push (or perhaps supporting Weezy, conside ... More >>
Photos by Jon BehmMos DefGuthrie TheaterAugust 23, 2010The Guthrie is the last place you would have expected Mos Def to play a set, but the Live at the Guthrie series, which has brought the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Robin Williams, definitely kicked it up a notch in the mass appeal of hip-ho ... More >>
Duo's electronic pop receiving national attention
B Fresh PhotographyPete Mazalewski, more widely known as Mr. Peter Parker, visited the Twin Cities this past weekend to hit the turntables for SP Styles' River Rampage boat party. As his four-year-run as the old B96's night DJ (7-11pm) ended earlier this year, he did not let his career in acting, ... More >>
P.O.S at Soundset 2009Photo by Denis Jeong PlasterMemorial Day weekend is upon us, and that means it's time for Soundset 2010 to take over the parking lot of Canterbury Park in Shakopee. Every year, the annual Rhymesayers-sponsored hip-hop festival features a mix of local heroes, classic legends, ... More >>
Hunting for Father reveals MC to be daring and visionary
It's P.O.S-central around Gimme Noise lately, and for good reason; the beloved local rapper made his way out to Indio, California this past weekend to perform as the only Minnesotan act at the Coachella music festival. Here's a recap of some of the reviews (both positive and negative) of Stef's Frid ... More >>
The lineup for this year's Soundset has been released, and Rhymesayers bigwigs Atmosphere will headline once again with a slew of openers, including Def Jam duo Method Man & Redman, the Hieroglyphics crew (Del the Funky Homosapien, Souls of Mischief, Casual, and Pep Love), and Rhymesayers art ... More >>
Jimmy2Times gets us in the Dre Day spirit with a new mix featuring Dre, Snoop, NWA, Lady of Rage and more.
Listening to Mike's debut is like mainlining pure joy
Meet the boys behind the rowdiest party in town, and get a free DJ mix, too.
Doomtree's songbird taking welcome new risks as a solo artist
Propagating crap attempts at pop, rap, rock, or any other genre or sub-genre you care to name had become easier than ever.
Snoop celebrates "Christmas Cookie Day" on Martha Stewart's show with green brownies.
Watch the hometown hip-hop star collaborate with one of his heroes.
KRS-One breezes through town, but not before some parting words of wisdom.
The hip-hop diploma program fleshes out its staff.
The Roots thrive in a strange place; they're an active part of modern hip-hop, but also removed from it.