The 23rd installment of Picked to Click, or when the rappers took over
#1. Lizzo: 87 points"I'm so glad you ain't asked a question about being a woman in hip-hop," says Lizzo midway through a conversation with City Pages. That makes a whole music scene of us. Everything you need to know on that topic is addressed on her debut full-length, Lizzobangers. "I ain't your h ... More >>
It's been a long, slow march into springtime here in Minnesota, but all of a sudden it already feels like summer. Why's that, you ask? Because the Y.N. Rich Kids, last year's adolescent hip-hop phenoms behind viral hit "Hot Cheetos & Takis," are back with a long-awaited follow-up, called "My Bik ... More >>
Chances are that you've probably never heard of Erik Hess. But if you keep up at all on the local music scene, and especially if you read this blog, then you've no doubt seen his photography before. Hess is one of our nightlife's most vibrant and prolific voices; on any given night, he's likely out ... More >>
After some last-minute production changes, Happy I'm Present 2 is almost ready for release
Released earlier this year, the third installment of The Best Love is Free's annual compilation CD boasted songs from Polica, Astronautalis, MaLLy, Prof, Culture Cry Wolf, and a ton of other representative voices throughout the Twin Cities. Now, TBLIF is gearing up for Volume Four, and there's ano ... More >>
Seattle MC Grieves has been on the road for quite some time. Playing shows in support of his Rhymesayers debut Together/Apart for over a year, Grieves winds down his tour this Saturday at First Avenue for his final show of 2012. We spoke to Grieves about life on the road, and what he has in store fo ... More >>
Trevor "Trouble" Andrew lives a life at 31 most guys would envy at any age: He's a professional snowboarder turned musician who now finds himself on tour with Yelawolf, and he gets to design products for cool lifestyle companies like Native Shoes, Yes and Analog. Oh, and did we mention Andrew's a ... More >>
Day of DignityWith Atmosphere, Stalley, Brother Ali, MaLLy, Sims, Y.N. Rich Kids and moreMasjid An-Nur, MinneapolisSunday, October 7, 2012Day of Dignity returned for its second year with a cross-section of the greater Twin Cities hip hop community, and a combination of both performances and communit ... More >>
See Also: Summer Set Festival 2012 lineup Prof on Summer Set and his pre-show ritualLegendary Twin Cities turntablist DJ Abilities has been spinning heads with innovations behind the wheels of steel for over a decade. A two time DMC regional champion, as well as one half of Eyedea and Abilities and ... More >>
Here at Gimme Noise, we are quite fortunate to be able to feature the stunning music photography of many talented artists who regularly augment our reviews and articles with their consistently impressive work. The Future Presence Gallery in Northeast clearly feels the same way, and they have put tog ... More >>
Post-prison, he has changed his life
Last week, Carnage the Executioner unveiled the title track from his forthcoming full-length, Respect the Name. The song itself is "ripped straight out of your favorite '60s heist caper," but little did we know that the video accompanying the track has a bit of throwback flair too.In a video premier ... More >>
By Reed Fischer and Ian TraasSoundsetWith Atmosphere, Lupe Fiasco, Ghostface Killah & Raekwon, Astronautalis, Big K.R.I.T., and moreCanterbury Park Festival Field, ShakopeeSunday, May 27, 2012Related:Soundset 2012 evacuated amid tornado watchSoundset photos 2012Up until about 7:20 p.m., the fift ... More >>
Related:How Rhymesayers set up the Soundset FestivalTop 20 best Minnesota musicians: The complete listTop 20 best Minnesota songs: The complete listIn 2012, rap music is as definitive a part of Minnesota lore as the Mall of America -- or anything else Muja Messiah name-checks in "Leech Lake" or Slug ... 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.
Get Cryphy 4 Year AnniversaryWith Plain Ole Bill, Jimmy2Times, Last Word, Fundo, and more.First Avenue Mainroom,Friday, February 24, 2012View a slideshow from the concert here.The combination of crunk and hyphy hip-hop subgenres serves as a decent shorthand for what the four-man Get Cryphy crew s ... More >>
Photo by Ryan SiversonWelcome to Minnesota TourWith Atmosphere, Kill The Vultures, Big Quarters, MaLLy and BK-OneFirst Avenue Mainroom, MinneapolisWednesday, February 22, 2012View a slideshow from the concert here.Last night, Atmosphere brought the second annual Welcome to Minnesota tour to the p ... More >>
Sometimes being fashionably late can totally backfire. It was a typical Friday night in downtown Minneapolis. The line to First Avenue's Record Room was already flirting with 7th Street in length, and the party was already rocking inside. The music was pumping so hard the stars were about to jum ... More >>
If you haven't heard by now, the Twin Cities Hip-Hop Awards recently celebrated its sixth year. What started out as a simple MySpace poll back in 2007 had turned into a semi-respectable affair -- often selling out venues filled with local heads connecting and having a good time -- but times hav ... More >>
Your guide to all the best musical events happening on New Year's Eve.
Taking a cue from Atmosphere's quick-selling second annual Welcome to Minnesota tour, onetime Atmosphere tourmate Prof announced today that he will head out on a mostly regional tour next month, hitting four Minnesota stops along the way. Given Prof's wild success over the past year (he easily so ... More >>
Photos by Erik HessMike Mictlan and FriendsDecember 5, 20117th St. Entry, MinneapolisAlong with a new batch of intensely-collaborative rap songs, No Kings came with a determined mantra that truly came to life at last night's Mictlan-curated stint at 7th Street Entry for the 7th Doomtree Blowout. ... More >>
Black Friday. Potentially the single most terrifying phrase in the English language, those two little words are a retailer's curse and a shopper's pipe dream come true. This year, if you somehow missed pitching your tent in the Best Buy parking lot in preparation for the sales, not to worry--there i ... More >>
While we only have space to feature the top 10 finalists in our Picked to Click issue (or 13, this year, because of several ties), we think it's important to publish the complete list of ranking bands so you can see how the points were awarded all the way down the line. And just for added nerdlin ... More >>
Photo by Erik HessWhat a weekend! We kicked summer right outta town this long Labor Day Weekend by attending as many events as we could, from Blondie at Mystic Lake to Weezer, Dr. John, and Maroon 5 at the Great Minnesota Get Together to Minneapolis dance nights Get Cryphy and Too Much Love. As w ... More >>
Yelawolf returns to First Avenue to headline the Mainroom tomorrow night, just five months after playing the same room as an opening act for Wiz Khalifa. "The tatted-up skater with a trailer park twang and a love for his Chevy could easily rely on his dirtbag charm and smooth vocals alone to garn ... More >>
With South by Southwest less than a month away (the music portion kicks off on March 16), we thought it a good time to start compiling our list of Minnesotans making the haul down to Austin, Texas this year.At first glance, it looks like there will be quite a few bands repping our great state -- ... More >>
Back in Minneapolis today from New York City, DJ Jimmy2Times is gearing up for Friday's big 3-year anniversary of Get Cryphy, the rambunctious rap monthly he started with Plain Ole Bill in 2008 (you know it by now). It began in the VIP Room of First Avenue and now needs the Mainroom to house all ... More >>
Who says January is a slow month for shows in the Twin Cities? This weekend is jam-packed with festivities, from the Current's sold-out sixth birthday party to CD-release shows for Alpha Consumer, Gay Beast, More Than Lights, and Say Like the French Say.Here's a rundown of our best bets for Frida ... More >>
Photo by Dan MonickAtmosphere is embarking on a hyper-local tour next month for a trek they are billing as the "Welcome to Minnesota" tour. Prof, Los Nativos, and DJ Abilities will be along for the ride on the five-date journey. There's no Twin Cities date on this tour, so metro fans will have to ... 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 third annual Record Store Day is quickly approaching! The yearly celebration of our vast nation's stalwart independents arrives this Saturday, bringing to early-rising hands ultra-limited releases from John Lennon to Joy Division, in-store performances everywhere, free food, and a lamentably ... More >>
DJs Jimmy2Times and Plain Ole Bill: "We just like really rowdy party music"
Indie rap's celebrated Rhymesayer talks to Gimme Noise before his homecoming show Saturday at First Avenue.
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