"Allan Kingdom, Bobby Raps... Psymun, Spooky Black -- I see you! Keep winnin'! Keep bein' the best!" That's the booming voice of DJ Khaled. At minimum, a Miami rap mogul took 20 seconds out of a career normally reserved for teaming with Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, and Kanye West to propose a YouTube toas ... More >>
Haphduzn recently dropped his debut album Whittier Alliance, a collaboration with Wide Eyes' producer Dimitry Killstorm, and it sits comfortably in the pantheon of the Rhymesayers artists with whom he recently got off tour. A brutally honest and personal record, the straightforward raps come from a ... More >>
The shortest month of the year comes to an end, spend it out with the Minneapolis music scene! Dessa performs at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts Thursday while the Current hosts a live Local Current set at the Amsterdam. Friday, The Tribe and Big Cats say goodbye at Triple Rock, Vita.mn presents ... More >>
When it comes to political touchstones, country music is all about po' folks and old time religion, issues that largely resonate with folks no matter where they sit on the political spectrum. As we gear up for the November election, it's important to think about what you support -- not just politi ... More >>
Rick RossEpic Nightclub, MinneapolisFriday, May 18, 2012Since his undeniable hit "Hustlin'" in 2006, Miami's Rick Ross has banked on the legend of his namesake by crafting a string of street anthems touting his wealth and ability to move drugs in large quantities. While the subject matter has certai ... More >>
DessaNobel Peace Prize Forum, Kennedy Center at Augsburg College, MinneapolisMarch 2, 2012It seemed that both Dessa and the nearly 800 fans who packed Augsburg's Kennedy Center on Friday night were in somewhat uncharted territory as we gathered to hear her present as part of the three-day Nobe ... More >>
Earlier this week, I drove 1,752 miles prior to my start as City Pages' new music editor. This three-day journey came right after I capped a two-year stint as the music editor at our sister paper in Fort Lauderdale and welcomed an able successor. And it also came after about 83 jokes from friends ... More >>
It seems like Ricky Rubio is not only rapidly capturing the attention of fans of the NBA, but also the affections of musicians as well. While the Spanish point guard tries to eventually work his way into the Timberwolves starting line-up (as well as the hearts of Minnesota basketball fans who ... More >>
Who knew that Adele would be the (temporary) savior of the music industry? Buoyed by the 5.82 million copies of Adele's 21 sold in America this past year, album sales for 2011 in the U.S. rose for the first time since 2004. While physical CD sales fell six percent during the year, a huge incre ... More >>
Is it safe to say the hip-hop's current era of triumphantism is officially over? Does anyone really troll R&B/rap stations expecting to be challenged in any way? The answer to the first question is a resounding yes; the answer to the second is a booming no. There's no way around the fact that ... More >>
It's been another big month for concert photography on the Gimme Noise blog and in City Pages -- so big, in fact, that one of our photographer's photos of the Flaming Lips ended up on the cover of the paper last week (well done, Erik Hess!). See that photo and nine other favorites from the month bel ... More >>
"Swaggin', I'm not braggin' but I swear that I could rock ya/Baby, I'm not crazy/I got swag like Patrick Swayze."So boasts - raps, seriously, Gimme Noise is not making this up, we could not make this up because we totally didn't see it coming from miles away - Justin "Shawty Mane" Bieber on the s ... More >>
Atlanta rapper and regular prison guest Gucci Mane is damn near ubiquitous now, releasing a silly number of mixtapes per year and guesting on everything he can fit into his schedule while he's out of jail (at least until the Georgia Corrections Department gets some new studio equipment). So ... More >>
Will and Hammer get ready to dazzle AmericaTwitter shines brightest at those moments of all-encompassing togetherness -- blizzards, uprisings, tablet computer magazine launches, bare penises, and duh, the Super Bowl. This year was -- wow -- an explosion of diamond wit at what we'll now call ... 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.
And the feeling is mutual.Apparently, Barack Obama is a huge fan of Bob Dylan. In a Q & A featured in the Oct. 15 issue of Rolling Stone, Obama tells magazine co-founder Jann Wenner that Dylan is a perennial on the presidential iPod. That is, of course, when he's not listening to Nas and Li ... More >>
The fight that made Epic Beard Man internet famous.Thomas Bruso, a crazy old man who became internet famous for beating up a Lil Wayne lookalike on a San Francisco bus, has a sister who lives in Minnesota.Bruso became better known as "Epic Beard Man" after the video of his transit confrontation ... More >>
There's no doubt heads are still throbbing from last night's show at the Varsity Theater, when Bassnectar and DJ Vadim took over the place and bombed it with their bass-heavy sets of dubstep, DNB and grimy hip-hop. Upon entrance to the sold-out venue lined with smiling fans down the block i ... More >>
It's an apt acknowledgment of the proverbial elephant in the VIP room: the dizzying speed with which this unlikely future-of-rap candidate (and former TV star) has improbably become the anointed future of rap.
Somebody should have just written a new song from scratch and called it anything else.
Rap just spent the length of a Presidential term pretending Shani Davis doesn't exist.
The ones where rappers, rockers, and underground titans strutted back into the limelight -- and we all just sort of shrugged.
It's time to get hacked, boys.
Halloween gets mashed, Slayer meets Motorhead, Murs takes Weezer to LA & Biz Markie gets a taste of France.
Hype band the xx to play the Triple Rock, Brother Ali preps for tour & P.O.S. interviewed.
Why did we give this guy the keys?
Rapper K'Naan makes peace with Somalia, and pop for the world
With Tech N9ne in town this weekend, we started thinking about gangster rap and called Lars Larson for a Top Ten l ... More >>
Our writer explores local hip hop via five shows in four nights
Omaur Bliss escapes into the street-fighting world of Omac Montainya
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After running out of old ladies to fire, the Star Tribune begins clipping the mentally handicapped
Hard week, obviously. The following short list of some of my favorite New Orleans records, books, movies, and plays does in fact trivialize the effects of hurricane Katrina. It's meant in tribute. Here's the Red Cross link. King Oliver, "Dipper Mouth Blues" Jelly Roll Morton, "Grandpa's Spells" ... More >>