A deep hip-hop vocabulary has always set apart more exploratory artists like Outkast and Wu Tang Clan from the repetitive missives of Soulja Boy, but it was always a theoretical debate. Now, if there weren't already enough ways to pass judgment upon and categorize rappers, data Scientist Matt Danie ... More >>
Believe it or not, June is less than a week away. Cedar Cultural Center welcomes the Howlin' Brothers Wednesday and Brooklyn duo Savoir Adore the next day. Devendra Banhart celebrates his birthday at Mill City Nights Thursday, while LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy plays the First Avenue Mainroom. Fri ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
See Also: Atmosphere unveils remaining 2012 U.S. tour datesTop 20 best Minnesota musicians: The complete listTop 20 best Minnesota songs: The complete listToday, hip-hop fans across the globe are wishing our homegrown indie-rap superstar Slug a happy 40th birthday. To mark this momentous occasion -- ... More >>
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See Also:El-P on Prince, his mother, and full band rap showsKiller Mike might be the most dangerous MC spitting right now. This isn't to say that modern hip-hop lacks for dissenting, uncompromising voices or agit-prop ideas, but given the visibility the Atlanta rapper born Michael Render commands ri ... More >>
Related:First Avenue: An archived history via flyers, riders & contractsFirst Avenue's 40 years of rock 'n' rollTop 20 best Minnesota musicians: The complete listFirst Avenue is undoubtedly among the premier rock clubs in the country -- possibly the world. Since 1970, the building at the interse ... 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 >>
"The Colonel better watch his back."The acronym WTF was invented for news like this: Earlier this week, former Public Enemy rapper and reality TV star Flavor Flav opened his first fried chicken restaurant in, of all the places on the planet, Clinton, Iowa. Clinton is a town of less than 30,0 ... More >>
Brother Ali wants you to crack the booksHow do you persuade kids who've dropped off the Minneapolis school district's radar to get back to class? Enlist the help of a Rhymesayers hip-hopper they're probably listening to on their iPods instead of answering the school bell. Brother Ali cut thi ... More >>
Photos by Denis Jeong PlasterBassgasm 2July 23rd, 2010First AvenueYou could feel it before you walked through the door. The low end was turned up as far as it would go, reverberating through the black brick of First Ave, making the concrete tremble beneath the feet of all the boys and girls ... More >>
Proudly gay pop icon Elton John last month played Rush Limbaugh's most recent wedding, obviously bringing into question Elton's valuation of morals over-- do we really need to spell this out for you? Bottom line is it was a sellout for the record books. Here's some other sad cases of how th ... More >>
The Arizona immigration bill passed last Friday has galvanized our entire country, from the President on down, with cities everywhere passing economic boycotts and official travel bans, every op-ed page in fury or assent, every Republican left shrugging in confusion, Shakira on an airplane, and f ... More >>
Photo by Ben ClarkCommunist DaughterWe're entering a season of local CD releases, so prepared to be inundated over the next few weeks as we make our way through all the great local albums coming out this April. This week, we drove down to Prescott, Wisconsin to hang out with Johnny Solomon and hi ... More >>
Watch the hometown hip-hop star collaborate with one of his heroes.
Pharcyde and MF Doom? Looks like the 500 pound gorilla of hip hop festivals put on some weight over the winter.
Lil Wayne might be embarrassing himself with his rapper-doing-rock schtick, but it gets just as ridiculous when it's the other way around.
Minneapolis' own is set to be in good company at this spring's Coachella fest in Indio, Calif., which features a great supporting cast of artists.
Pat O'Brien reports on a memorable evening at First Avenue, in which Liz Phair performed her entire Exile in Guyville album from front to back.
Going down to Austin? Catch these local acts.
It's the world's largest music and movies superstore, and everything in it is free—and illegal. Every month, some five billion illegal downloads are passed around the internet, and the entertainment industry sues several hundred people. CP writer St
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Chicano Revolutionaries and an albino Muslim give the Rhymesayers something new to say
Screwing the white guy and dancing with the devil: Race matters at the 40th annual New York Film Festival
A young director's body of work grows by The Yards
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An obscure conservative organization peddles Republican-sanctioned hip hop to the masses
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Life After Death
Wisconsin uber-producer Butch Vig and band swap the studio for the road.