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Raw Villa

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2013

    Empire Status: We rap about the 1920s and modern-day Benghazi too

    Muja Messiah and Audio Perm's Bobby Raps have vastly different pedigrees and influences, but the Minneapolis rappers found creative common ground on HBO. Steered by a shared love of the prohibition-era gangster drama Boardwalk Empire, their collaboration Empire Status found its narrative and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2012

    Top 20 best Minnesota rappers: The complete list

    Related:Cover Story: 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 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2012

    Top 20 best Minnesota rappers: #20-11

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2011

    Diddy Dirty Money with Lloyd and Tyga at Epic, 4/13/11

    Photos by Erik Hess​Diddy Dirty Money with Lloyd and TygaApril 13, 2011Epic NightclubFor this write-up, I could have skated by making jokes about how Diddy changed his name three times during the show or whatever -- but I'm a journalist dammit, not Jay Leno.  I came to check out the Dirty Mon ... More >>

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    September 10, 2008
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    September 10, 2008
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    September 19, 2007
  • Music

    August 1, 2001

    Who Is JonJon Scott?

    Defining black music with a departing record impresario

  • News

    July 5, 2000

    Rhyme out of joint

    Rising rap star Slug is a master at putting words in order. Now why won't his life fall into place?

  • Music

    June 28, 2000

    Coup de Villa

    Exuberant shows, offensive lyrics, multiple aliases. Meet Raw Villa, your new rulers.

  • Music

    June 14, 2000
  • Arts

    January 5, 2000

    Rap Up

    Will 2000 be the year Minnesota hip hop broke?

  • News

    April 21, 1999

    Scene Not Heard

    Computer wizards leave their bedrooms, rappers reach the stage, and the Mason Jennings Band creates the bar buzz of the decade. In the ninth annual City Pages New Music Poll, 60 local music fans pick the bands that made the biggest noise.

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