Everyone seems to agree that 1994 was hip-hop's best year. We don't exactly disagree. But what was hip-hop's worst year? No it's not, as so many stick-in-the-mud hip-hop traditionalists say every year, "this year." In fact, it was, unequivocally, 2008. And here's why.
Time to really get stoked about the Get Cryphy 6th Anniversary celebration on Friday, March 7. Get Cryphy's past Mainroom shows have been chock full of brief hype sets from a slew of local rappers interspersed with the crunk and hyphy madness, and it's always been a way to truly bring the house ener ... More >>
On the same day that Kanye West unveiled his dates, Jay Z has announced he's bringing his Magna Carter World Tour to North America in late 2013 and early 2014. Still hanging on and dominating after two decades in the rough-and-tumble rap game, Mr. Shawn Carter did it by becoming one of the best perf ... More >>
Noise-rap collective Moodie Black are playing one last show as a local act this Wednesday at Pourhouse before they relocate to Los Angeles. After moving to Minneapolis from Arizona in 2008, the band has so far enjoyed a successful year, with two national tours and a debut record on Fake Four under i ... More >>
Minneapolis rap troublemaker Prof has pushed all our buttons for over a decade now. A mixture of party-starters, gross-out tales, and personal exploration fills the three volumes of his Kaiser Von Powderhorn mixtape series, his King Gampo album, the Recession Music collaboration with St. Paul Slim, ... More >>
The Powderhorn rapper proves there's more to him than partying
Get Cryphy 5th AnniversaryWith Slug, Brother Ali, MaLLy, Lizzo, Haphduzn, Sophia Eris, St. Paul Slim, Rapper Hooks, Lazerbeak, Big Dylan, Ander Other and moreFirst Avenue, MinneapolisFriday, February 8, 2013The Get Cryphy crew capped off another solid anniversary show on Friday, ringing in five year ... More >>
The DJ crew that taught local hip-hop heads to love club bangers celebrates half a decade
By Justin BakerI have spent almost a decade goofing on my former boss and his Bruce Springsteen superfandom. As my adult music appreciation has grown, the issue has become amplified, and I've unfairly been branded a youth hipster and a full-blown cynic.So began my ex-employer's quest to engineer ... More >>
Opening up about everything from new album Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color to politics and religion
See Also:First Listen: Prof, 'King Gampo' (Free Download)Prof channels his inner Timberlake in "Need Your Love" videoRibald local rapper Prof is sounding more like Rick Ross every day. No, he hasn't added that "woof" noise Rozay makes on the reg, but he's got the gift of amusing hyperbole on a fresh ... More >>
Like Christmas, if expectations are set too high for any event or experience, disappointment is pretty much inevitable. Wait long enough for something to arrive, and when that something is over, the absence will sting like a salted wound.The 2012 London Olympics have come and gone, and the aftertast ... More >>
By Reed Fischer and Ian TraasSoundsetWith Atmosphere, Lupe Fiasco, Ghostface Killah & Raekwon, Astronautalis, Big K.R.I.T., and moreCanterbury Park Festival Field, ShakopeeSunday, May 27, 2012Related:Soundset 2012 evacuated amid tornado watchSoundset photos 2012Up until about 7:20 p.m., the fift ... More >>
MaLLy's The Last Great... CD Release Party With Tribe the Big Cats, 925ve and Jimmy2Times. 7th St Entry, MinneapolisFriday, May 18, 2012It was one of those downtown nights. Rick Ross was a couple blocks away backing up a Brinks truck; Mayer Hawthorne was in the next room with the crowd packed to ... More >>
Rick RossEpic Nightclub, MinneapolisFriday, May 18, 2012Since his undeniable hit "Hustlin'" in 2006, Miami's Rick Ross has banked on the legend of his namesake by crafting a string of street anthems touting his wealth and ability to move drugs in large quantities. While the subject matter has certai ... More >>
Sometimes being fashionably late can totally backfire. It was a typical Friday night in downtown Minneapolis. The line to First Avenue's Record Room was already flirting with 7th Street in length, and the party was already rocking inside. The music was pumping so hard the stars were about to jum ... 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 >>
Is it safe to say the hip-hop's current era of triumphantism is officially over? Does anyone really troll R&B/rap stations expecting to be challenged in any way? The answer to the first question is a resounding yes; the answer to the second is a booming no. There's no way around the fact that ... More >>
Hey! Yo! What's up? The Week That Was is back. Sure, we've been away for a good long while, but too much crazy shit's gone down this week. Enjoy!
Photos by Erik HessLil WayneAugust 10, 2011Xcel Center, St. PaulLil Wayne is in a hurry to make up for lost time. Coming off a career-interrupting prison stint, the self-proclaimed best rapper alive picked up where he left off, resuming the rigorous road schedule that made him one of the top gros ... More >>
You'll be missed, Big Mac, especially by the bartenders and strippers.Bryant McKinnie, a big man with big appetites -- of all kinds -- was cut this afternoon by the Vikings for being too damn big. McKinnie had sort of fought a losing battle against his weight for years, and basically given up rec ... More >>
Sorry 4 the bad album artwork.Lil Wayne dropped his latest mixtape Wednesday as an apology to fans for the delays to Carter IV, which now won't be seen until the end of August.The album features Weezy freestyling over a number of tracks, including Adele's "Rolling in the Deep," and you can't beat ... More >>
It seems like pretty much every pop star on the Top 40 charts is planning to make their way to the Twin Cities this summer to play one of our two arenas, and this new date comprises a handful of high-profile stars: Lil Wayne will steer his tour toward St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center on August 9 wit ... More >>
If somehow you're not familiar with R&B superstar R. Kelly, here's the basic rundown: 1) He has one of the most beautiful tenors in all of pop music, and 2) He's a sex addict. Probably. At the very least, Kelly has an unabashed fascination with erotic encounters of the freakiest variety, and ... More >>
Photos by Erik HessDiddy 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 >>
Impressive bar stats.Vikings tackle Bryant McKinnie turned a lot of heads in a swank Hollywood nightclub the other night, reportedly running up a $100,000 bar tab during the NBA All-Star "Kick Off Party." According to TMZ, McKinnie's tastes ran to high-end champagne at MyHouse during the pa ... More >>
I know, I know: I missed a couple weeks there, didn't I? Settling into a new year is always an awkward proposition for me - the date change, transitioning into a whole new set of releases, the January blahs. I'm over all that shit now, though, so let's kick off 2011 with a (belated) bang, shall w ... More >>
by Matt BardinsIf a day is a week in internet time, then we've been waiting on "H.A.M." for nearly two months now (announced last week), or two and a half years since Kanye and Jay-Z announced that they would be releasing a collaborative album (back in August). Our long national interwebby dayma ... More >>
The year of someone's Lord two-thousand some-odd was monumental in many ways, a zeitgeist perfectly embodied by emerging artists like Ke$ha and Far East Movement. But where there's smoke there's fire or maybe burning incense and a ritual of popular exorcism. You may be thinking "that makes perfec ... More >>
Finally! After tons of build-up, Kanye's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is out in stores today. Here are eight reasons you should buy it immediately.
In case you've been living inside of a Louis Vuitton handbag, Kanye West is kind of back. In a big way. As in, making himself totally unavoidable. Everywhere you turn, there he is again: popping up as an animated character on The Cleveland Show, closing out the Video Music Awards in the most bomb ... More >>
image by: Matt Bardins"I called [Vernon] and we ended up becoming like really good friends, playing basketball together everyday, and going into the back studio and just record his parts," West told Rolling Stone. "He's similar to me, like where he just does shit just so people would be like, ... More >>
Sole hollers at us with a new MP3 and, oddly, a list of his favorite books.
For only the fifth time in his career, Dylan tops the charts with his latest album.
Blitzen Trapper FAIL, Element closes, Atmosphere announce tour & news on next week's new releases
This week we take a look at 2009's most entertaining yet most inconsequential rap beef, 50 Cent vs. "Officer" Ricky Ross the Boss...