Rhymesayers Entertainment

  • Music

    July 23, 2014

    10 Thousand Sounds 2014: Behind the bands

    Running down the Polica-led lineup of this year's festival

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2014

    Allan Kingdom: I stuck to what I like instead of what everyone else was doing

    Allan Kingdom doesn't quit. Less than a week after dropping his first full-length album, Future Memoirs (produced primarily by Kingdom, with help from Jonathan Kaslow and Plain Pat of Kid Cudi fame) he was on his way to Canada to record with the Standard, his supergroup with St. Paul's Psymun, Spook ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    Top 20 best Twin Cities concerts of 2014 (so far)

    Exceptional local and national musicians play our Twin Cities clubs every night. Plenty of shows are worth the price of admission, but then there are the nights that are transcendent affairs. As the year reaches its summery midway point, Gimme Noise looks back at what we've seen and heard. Here are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2013

    Soundset 2013: A music and photo timeline

    Ah, Soundset. The sixth installment of the Rhymesayers Entertainment hip-hop festival had a breakout year in terms of attendance -- a reported 28,000 fans came out -- and talent, with a lineup including Snoop Dogg, Mac Miller, Tech N9ne, along with the host artists Atmosphere. Many folks pegged A$AP ... More >>

  • Music

    March 27, 2013

    Micranots rise again

    After nearly a decade apart, I Self Devine and DJ Kool Akiem talk about their seminal album, Obelisk Movements

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2012

    Sab the Artist on Respect the Life's 10th anniversary

    This month marks ten years since the release of Twin Cities hip-hop veteran Sab the Artist's Respect the Life on Rhymesayers Entertainment. Known then as Musab (and before that as Beyond), his album both captured the Southside sound as well as introduced production and stylistic elements that p ... More >>

  • Music

    September 12, 2012

    Brother Ali in His Own Words

    Opening up about everything from new album Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color to politics and religion

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    Soundset 2012 videos: Brother Ali, MaLLy, I Self Devine, & Aesop Rock

    Related:Soundset 2012 lineup announcedWith Soundset 2012 less than a month away now, the Rhymesayers Entertainment folks have launched a rapid-fire barrage of new videos.Conveniently enough, the guys featured in these fresh clips -- Brother Ali, MaLLy, I Self Devine, and Aesop Rock -- will all take ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2012

    First Avenue's 20 best concerts: The complete list

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2012

    First Avenue's 20 best concerts: #10-1

    Related:Slideshow: First Avenue: An archived history via flyers, riders & contracts First Avenue's 20 best concerts: #20-11First Avenue's 40 years of rock 'n' rollTop 20 best Minnesota musicians: The complete list10. Basement Jaxx, First Avenue, 10/08/01Basement Jaxx's first appearance in Minne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2012

    Twin Cities rap mixtape roundup, Vol. 8

    ​Welcome to the first Gimme Noise mixtape of the new year! As usual, we're offering up 8 new songs from Twin Cities rappers for your listening pleasure.Stream below or download here.

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2012

    Kevin Beacham: 5 Questions with the Rhymesayers enigma

    ​If you have been to any kind of Hip-Hop event over the last ten years, pretty great odds you have seen Kevin Beacham. Easily recognizable with his long dreads flirting over his shoulders he could be the Scott Seekins of the hip-hop community with his appearance. He usually rocks a comic book t-sh ... More >>

  • Music

    December 14, 2011

    Twin Cities Year in Music 2011

    Howler, Astronautalis, Pink Mink, and more

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2011

    Picked to Click 2011: The ballots

    ​​As is the yearly tradition, we're publishing the ballots of all 115 of our Picked to Click voters for your perusal. Check out all of this year's contributors below, and thanks to all the writers, photographers, label owners, club bookers, DJs, and local music experts for weighing in on th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2010

    Rhymesayer Psalm One remembers Eyedea

    B Fresh Photography for City PagesPsalm One dedicating her show to Eyedea at CMJ​City Pages caught up with Chicago-based Rhymesayer Psalm One after her CMJ showcase at Rose Live Music in Brooklyn this week to talk about her experience at CMJ, her friend Eyedea -- to whom she dedicated the show -- ... More >>

  • Music

    September 2, 2009
  • Music

    August 26, 2009

    Brother Ali speaks!

    The "Street Preacher" spares a few minutes to dish on his new album, his upcoming tour, and how he balances family time with life on the road

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2008

    Back to the Terrordome: Peter S. Scholtes reviews Chuck D and Slug

    What's so cool about Chuck D? Start with the first Public Enemy lyrics I ever heard--which, it turns out, were also the first Public Enemy lyrics that Minneapolis rapp ... More >>

  • Arts

    March 15, 2006

    The Beat Keeper

    For many listeners, hip hop history is a clip of the Sugar Hill Gang on VH-1. For Kevin Beacham, it's an obsession and a profession.

  • News

    August 18, 2004

    One Nation, Invisible

    The untold story of local hip hop: 1981 to 1996

  • Arts

    May 5, 2004

    If You Lived Here, You'd Be in the Middle of Nowhere

    Surreal skateboard artist and dreamworld designer Aaron Horkey left the city for a place where cats go to die

  • News

    December 17, 2003

    The Soundtrack of Our Lives

    The Best Albums in the World Ever!! Okay, Maybe Just in This Town, Circa 2003

  • Music

    December 18, 2002
  • Arts

    January 2, 2002

    The Year in Music

    The Sound of Music, 2001: Our Favorite Things