Between backing I Self Devine's live set and joining forces with Greg Grease and Akrite to form TUSS Music, rapper I.B.E. had made a name for himself in Minneapolis long before he dropped his official solo debut This, That and the Third with producer Benzilla last summer. But his upcoming show at th ... More >>
Stones Throw rapper Homeboy Sandman maintains the spirit and style of golden era New York hip-hop with his refreshing approach. After a string of projects since his first work Nourishment in 2007, he's earned acclaim from critics and fans alike as a musician with powerful lyrics and something real t ... More >>
If these walls could talk. Urban Lights is one of the longest-running -- and underrated -- music shops in the Twin Cities, and is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this Saturday at Nomad World Pub. That's a pretty big deal; anything lasting 20 years in these ADHD days is nothing short of a miracle, ... More >>
ProfWith Mod Sun, Culture Cry Wolf and MetaFirst Avenue, MinneapolisSaturday, April 13, 2013"YOU CAN NEVER BE TOO BIG" was the all-caps slogan Prof wore on a black T-shirt Saturday. Though it might've been referring to his rising career -- and the recent double cover stories promoting his two sold-o ... 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 >>
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.
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 >>
On the heels of his latest effort Gutter Rainbows, Queens rapper Talib Kweli rolls through Minneapolis this Sunday at Epic, with a live backing band and recent XXL freshman Fred the Godson in tow. The album, released online and containing some seriously sick beats and impressive flows, is a prec ... More >>
The 11th annual Gathering of the Juggalos is upon us! Taking place August 12-15 in Cave In Rock, Illinois, Psychopathic Records has released an insanely long promo video for the event, over 17 minutes long. I watched all of it. That's not a complaint, but more of a dare.
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 >>
A guide to our town for perma-blazed Snoop Dogg and company.
You're gonna need a gas mask and goggles for this one -- but it will be worth it.
Dinkytowner to close, Mallman to release a new album, Stone Arch details, Art-a-Whirl & next week's best new releases.
David Cross and Bob Odenkirk perpetrate a comic genocide on good taste
De La Soul rise from the dead yet again to rally all hip hop's oddballs and misfits
A walk through D'Angelo's hotly awaited, strangely elusive masterpiece, Voodoo
An open letter on the indomitability of hip hop to my high school economics teacher
With her sophomore outing Da Real World, Missy Elliot empowers her pocketbook--and not much else
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