Like it or not, Pharell Williams' "Happy" is likely to be the top-selling single of 2014. And yes, its buoyant '60s soul vibe and simple, positive message is modern pop perfection. But scanning the rest of this year's biggest hits, one is struck by a consistent theme: All of these songs are distinct ... More >>
Photos by B Fresh PhotographyLeft: Toki Wright; Right: TK of Tipsy BikeAmong the thousands assembled at Hennepin County Government Center on Monday for the #HoodiesUpMN Trayvon Martin rally was rapper Toki Wright. The local Rhymesayers artist, music producer, DJ and educator decided to bring a sound ... More >>
Kings of the Mic TourWith LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Public Enemy and De La SoulTarget Center, MinneapolisThursday, May 30, 2013LL Cool J is 45 years old, and wearing it well. As he stalked the stage at Target Center as the final performer of the Kings of the Mic Tour, he seemed keenly aware that his powe ... More >>
Four rap institutions are linking up for the Kings of the Mic tour later this year. Though LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Ice Cube, and De La Soul have wildly different pedigrees and styles (and levels of movie stardom), this is a lineup that just keeps giving. When one ponders the sheer number of hits th ... More >>
What critics who attack the director's borrowings miss
Public Enemy's Hip Hop Gods Tour with X-Clan, Monie Love, Schoolly D, Leaders of the New School, Wise Intelligent, Son of Bazerk and No Self Control, Awesome Dre, Davy DMX and DJ Johnny Juice Thursday. First Avenue, MinneapolisThursday, December 6, 2012 The Hip Hop Gods Tour, the brainchild of Pub ... More >>
Rap music is an omnipresent sound in the country's earbuds today because acts like Public Enemy refused to fold. With two albums released this year, Most of My Heroes Still Don't Appear on No Stamp and The Evil Empire of Everything, this has been a vital time for the 25-year-old group and its mercil ... More >>
By Sean McPhersonSean McPherson teaches at McNally Smith College of Music, is a founding member of Twin Cities hip-hop collective Heiruspecs, and plays bass with Dessa's touring band. He recently conducted a conversation with a leader in the changing terrain of the music copyright world, Northwester ... More >>
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The 33 1/3 pitches are open again! For music obsessives, this long-running series of short books devoted to iconic albums has been a great resource for amusement and exhaustive reporting. Two personal favorites from the series are Carl Wilson's tome about Celine Dion's Let's Talk About Love and C ... More >>
It seems that with each passing year, the swelling amount of hype and buzz that surrounds certain bands and musicians eclipses and eventually drowns out any of the music that they produce. That is certainly not the band's fault (in most cases), but a lot of music fans get turned off by seeing ... More >>
Public Enemy No. 1 This week a committee of the Minnesota House made national news when it passed the so-called cheeseburger bill, a proposed law that would prevent fat people from suing the fast-food industry over their health problems caused by scarfing too much fatty food and soda. The Pe ... More >>
In preparation for their forthcoming box set (BRING THE NOISE, HITS, VIDS, and DOC BOX: GREATEST SITES AND SOUNDS), Public Enemy dropped a new video for "Say it Like it Really Is" this morning, and it includes snapshots of inspirational public figures, activists, and musicians ranging from Malcol ... More >>
As we posted a while back, local rapper Toki Wright recently recorded his own version of Public Enemy's "By the Time I Get to Arizona" in response to the Arizona immigration bill. Today, Wright released an awesome video to accompany the song, shot during the May Day march through the streets of Minn ... More >>
Gimme Noise offers four helpful hints about how to hate on the scourge of the music underworld.
Gimme Noise offers some music tips to help you get through an afternoon of hair pulling and pant pooping.
A special two-fer featuring a lost funk jam and a sandpapery post-punk cover thereof.
Gimme Noise offers fair and balanced suggestions for presidential victory songs.
A guide for taking the guesswork out of MSPIFF
Hip Hop's Big Rock-the-Bells Thinkers Break Free from Industry Shackles.
How Hurricane Katrina made Public Enemy relevant again
Forget Mos Def's silly, U2-bashing "Katrina Clap" and Skillbill's pointlessly politic "Blue Monday", which are each as opportunistic as Legendary K.O.'s "George Bush Doesn't Care About Black People" without being nearly as funny (see below), and are each as creatively helpless given the subject as P ... More >>
Is it cool to write a book about being cool in America?
Smokin' Grooves lights up hip hop's crossover crowd
Public Enemy and Big Momma's House take radically different approaches to African-American nostalgia
L.A.'s Styles of Beyond make the suburbs safe for hip hop
Hip hop's next generation searches for a new label
Who da man? Duh, The Man: PE takes aim at white male corporate oppression
All Tomorrow's Parties: We epitomize a revolutionary hip-hop scene.