The level of success that Brother Ali achieved with Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color brought the talented local MC all around the world. Growing audiences identified with his incisive, politically charged songs and message of unity and enlightenment. But rather than letting a long time out ... More >>
This month marks ten years since the release of Twin Cities hip-hop veteran Sab the Artist's Respect the Life on Rhymesayers Entertainment. Known then as Musab (and before that as Beyond), his album both captured the Southside sound as well as introduced production and stylistic elements that p ... More >>
Brother Ali is saying that Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color might be his best work to date, and on the strength of first single "Stop the Press," this isn't a far-fetched statement.Recently, Ali unfolded one of the most traumatic and emotional periods of his life -- losing his father and de ... 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 >>
Related:Soundset 2012 lineup announcedWith Soundset 2012 less than a month away now, the Rhymesayers Entertainment folks have launched a rapid-fire barrage of new videos.Conveniently enough, the guys featured in these fresh clips -- Brother Ali, MaLLy, I Self Devine, and Aesop Rock -- will all take ... More >>
"If I don't get this in one take I'm going to quit rapping," Brother Ali mutters over the opening beat of new track "Writer's Block," and things only get more life-or-death serious from there. Released as a free download to tide fans over until the release of his new full-length Mourning in ... More >>
Once again we're here to bring you 8 new tracks from local rap artists you should be keeping an eye out for, as we will every third Tuesday of the month. Be sure to also check out volumes one, two and three as well. Enjoy!
It's not uncommon to find a rap act sharing a bill with a bunch of rock and pop acts at one of the Twin Cities' many block parties, but aside from mammoth outdoor fest Soundset you're hard-pressed to find a summer shindig that caters specifically to the local rap scene. Next weekend, thanks to a ... More >>
Record Store Day, the annual celebration of good ol' fashioned mom-and-pop music shops, seems to balloon into a bigger event each year. Now in its fourth go-'round, RSD will overtake 18 different businesses in the Twin Cities tomorrow--and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak has even gone so far as ... More >>
While heading home from a date in Berlin with Rhymesayers artists Freeway and Jake One, local hip-hop duo Big Quarters stopped in Paris and took a moment to recreate a classic Run-DMC photo in front of the Eiffel Tower. See below for Big Quarters' take on the photo (with special guest DJ Todda) as w ... More >>
Photo by Denis Jeong PlasterFrom rappers to B-boys, custom car crews to hype men, the Canterbury Park festival grounds--a grassy lowland down a hill from the acre of asphalt that hosted last year's Soundset--became a sprawling hip-hop carnival Sunday, loaded down with 17,000 fans ready for an all ... 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 >>
Freeway and Jake One's 'The Stimulus Package' dropped on RSE today - but here's a teaser mixtape to download for free until you cop the official.
Check out our handy guide to events around town raising money for Haiti.
Brother Ali, Sage Francis, Toki Wright, Sims, and more will join forces for a Haiti fundraiser.
A brief selection of just a few of the underground rap superstars who'll rock Canterbury Park this Sunday.
Micranots rapper I Self Devine finds clarity in 'Self Destruction'