By Mike MaddenRelated:Bambu on the L.A. riots' 20th anniversary, his Soundset debutTraveling from his native Sacramento to take over Shakopee, Chuuwee might be the best bet among this year's Soundset freshmen to blow up by the time May 2013 rolls around. Not long removed from his excellent Wa ... More >>
Officially on its fifth year of making the Twin Cities a legitimate festival destination for hip-hop lovers, Soundset will celebrate a handful of years when it returns to Canterbury on Sunday, May 27.
For the many who hold Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers among their favorites, Ghostface Killah's upcoming visit to Minneapolis is an event that'll be remembered for some time. Mark 4/20 on your calendar, and along with De La Soul coming, Cabooze is pulling to get that "flyover rap capital" thing re ... More >>
Valentines Day is here and you need some help to win over the heart of that sexy B-girl or B-boy?We know hip-hop doesn't have the best history romancing the opposite sex, "bitches better having my money" and "skeeting on walls" doesn't really set the mood.But don't worry, we have you covered. So ... More >>
It was 1998, the Smokin Grooves Tour was in its second year, and a group of friends and I were geeked out about going to the show. Public Enemy, Gang Starr, Wyclef Jean, Cypress Hill and others were booked, but everyone was waiting and most excited for Busta Rhymes, known for his killer live show ... More >>
They might be battle-hardened rap assassins, but the Wu-Tang Clan aren't above having a good time. The Clan were clearly up for a party on Saturday night at Epic, with Method Man admitting that hip hop is supposed to be fun: "Since when are hip-hop fans too cool to put their hands in ... More >>
The Wu Tang Killa Bees are on the swarm and headed toward Minneapolis tomorrow, and among the crew members ready to deliver a hot set of old favorites and new jams at Epic is Staten Island native Inspectah Deck. Whereas counterparts Method Man and Ghostface are known for their hyped-up character ... More >>
Photos by Jon BehmThis Halloween we found out that Method Man is a monster. His intensity on Friday night at First Avenue for the local leg of the Smoker's Club Tour entirely made up for numerous disappointments -- including the cancellation of lineup standout Big KRIT. As the show's top ac ... More >>
Every show this weekend is Halloween-themed... make sure you have a costume ready.
Photo by Tony NelsonAlmost exactly a year after the killa bees descended on Epic last winter, the Wu-Tang Clan plan a return to Minneapolis on January 7 this year. It takes brave souls to rap in the dead of winter in this town, but the New York crew is no stranger to snow -- or the warm sup ... More >>
Much as DJ Premier has been doing for a year or more with his blog, the Wu-Tang Clan's new blog, launched April 4th, has been bestowing on us random gems of dusty footage, Wu-centric art, and retrospective greatness on a regular basis. Here's some of our favorites.
B FreshODB's son representing with his gearLarge-scale hip-hop shows usually have one thing in common besides the beefed up security and hazy atmosphere: There's always a shit ton of people on stage who don't need to be. So imagine the backstage scene on Sunday night at the Wu-Tang show -- a grou ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Propagating crap attempts at pop, rap, rock, or any other genre or sub-genre you care to name had become easier than ever.
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