Kevin Beacham

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2014

    Update: MPR/tpt hip-hop event postponed indefinitely

    A coalition of members of the Minnesota hip-hop community have spoken out against a proposed event intended to be a celebration of the local scene. On Monday, an open letter to Minnesota Public Radio and Twin Cities Public Television was distributed requesting that the May 10 event be postponed. Upd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2013

    Atmosphere release Welcome to MN song, "Color in the Snow"

    Mental Picture of the Year props to Toki Wright for his line in the new Rhymesayers collaboration, "Color in the Snow." The rapper announces his Twin Cities prominence in the following amusing fashion, "Now it's me and Garrison Keillor on the four-wheeler sippin' tequila." And once we heard that t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2013

    Longshot: I'm like Nas and Nicki Minaj had a baby

    Chicago transplant Longshot has been rapping for 11 some years and has started making an imprint on the Minneapolis rap scene since moving here in 2009. Continuing his steady trend of quality releases, his latest, Instant 4 Eternity, is being celebrated at Cause this Saturday. Gimme Noise caught up ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2013

    Blueprint: I'll be onstage at Soundset for almost 10 hours

    Rhymesayers label treasure and representative Blueprint is an articulate and prolific figure. Founder of Weightless Recordings, half of the super-duos Soul Position with RJD2 and Greenhouse Effect with Illogic, and a standout solo member of the biggest independent label in the region, the veteran em ... More >>

  • Music

    March 13, 2013

    Mr. Gene Poole is back on the scene

    The rapper moves forward with his new album, The God Particle

  • Music

    February 6, 2013

    Get Cryphy turns five

    The DJ crew that taught local hip-hop heads to love club bangers celebrates half a decade

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2013

    Local Frames: New videos from Bob Mould, Atmosphere, The Color Pharmacy, and more

    As the Twin Cities music scene grows, more and more artists are creating music that demands our attention. Combine the music with talented filmmakers locally and beyond, and you have a fruitful mix of distinct skills that generates more locally connected music videos than ever before. While it's im ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2013

    Jennifer Lawrence and SNL remind us Minnesota radio still lacks hip hop

    Saturday Night Live still thinks the state of hip hop radio in the Twin Cities is laughable. Over the weekend, we returned to the fictional studios of B-108 in Shakopee, "Minnesota's home for blazing hip hop," for another early morning joke at our scene's expense. This time, guest The Hunger Games s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    Kevin Beacham on Get Out to Vote and when politics meet hip-hop

    This Sunday is the Keith Ellison-sponsored Get Out to Vote concert at First Avenue. The incumbent Representative of Minnesota's Fifth-Congressional District has put together quite the bill, including performances from Brother Ali, Slug, Dessa as well as a DJ set from noted hip-hop historian and Rede ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2012

    Kevin Beacham: 5 Questions with the Rhymesayers enigma

    ​If you have been to any kind of Hip-Hop event over the last ten years, pretty great odds you have seen Kevin Beacham. Easily recognizable with his long dreads flirting over his shoulders he could be the Scott Seekins of the hip-hop community with his appearance. He usually rocks a comic book t-sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2011

    50 cool facts about the Minnesota music scene

    Here's a not-so-secret fact about Minnesota music: People love to talk about how much they love the scene here. Musicians from both out-of-state and the Twin Cities have gone out of their way to pen odes to our town and its vibrant community, from Atmosphere to Lucinda Williams Tom Waits to Mark Ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2011

    Soundset Series: Festival founders J-Bird, Slug, and Kevin Beacham

    Photos courtesy of Rhymesayers​The gigantic celebration of hip-hop that is the Soundset festival is already this Sunday. Now in its fourth year, this overwhelming explosion of rap, turntablism, graffiti, breakdancing, custom cars, skateboarding, and merchandise has proven itself a draw outside of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2011

    Soundset 2011: Atmosphere, Big Boi, De La Soul, Doomtree, Brother Ali

    Big Boi co-headlines Soundset 2011​The Soundset festival revealed its much-anticipated 2011 lineup this morning, and there are a few national surprises amongst the local mainstays: In addition to headliners Atmosphere, Brother Ali, and the full Doomtree crew, this year's fest will feature sets by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2010

    The Current prepping all-local playlist for Saturday

    ​The Current is preparing for a 24-block of all-local music this Saturday, May 15 from midnight to midnight, which they are dubbing "Minnesota Music Day." The station will present three separate specialty shows with all-local programming in addition to inviting hosts Bill DeVille, Mac Wilson, Stev ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 7, 2010
  • Blogs

    March 30, 2010

    Atmosphere, Method Man & Redman to headline Soundset '10

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2010

    Freeloader Friday: Jug band battles, free ink, and Valentine's Day

    Feel the love, flirt with hope, or share the hate this weekend. Take your pick.

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2010

    Haiti fundraiser roundup

    Check out our handy guide to events around town raising money for Haiti.

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2010

    Rhymesayers announces benefit for Haiti

    Brother Ali, Sage Francis, Toki Wright, Sims, and more will join forces for a Haiti fundraiser.

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2009

    Last of the Record Buyers tonight at Fifth Element

    The monthly DJ event will take place tonight at everyone's favorite hip-hop record shop.

  • Music

    September 17, 2008

    Hey Mr. DJ

    The monthly series Last of the Record Buyers brings producers out of their bedrooms and into the limelight

  • Arts

    March 15, 2006

    The Beat Keeper

    For many listeners, hip hop history is a clip of the Sugar Hill Gang on VH-1. For Kevin Beacham, it's an obsession and a profession.

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2006
  • News

    December 14, 2005

    Local Music Yearbook '05

    Rappers were hot. Smokers were cold. Rockers were on Myspace. And sometime after the last Katrina benefit, we wrote it all down for you.

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2005

    Radio, Radio

    Thorn was playing some good stuff on the Current this morning. The station does seem to be getting better--newer, broader, generally more vital. They've also added a hip-hop specialty show, on which Kevin Beacham has been playing excellent underground tracks.

  • News

    September 17, 2003

    Blazin' on $20 a Day

    A DJ for every club, a mic for every stage: Five days in our own hip hopolis