The rapper branches out on the jarring and soulful This, That and the Third
The Micranots reunionWith Mundo Libre, I.B.E., Meta, Greg Grease and Muja Messiah7th St Entry, MinneapolisSaturday, March 30, 2013It was a historic night at the Entry as the legendary DJ Kool Akiem and I Self Devine once again joined forces after a decade to become the Micranots, the pioneering rap ... More >>
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties.This week we lead off with an Alice In Wonderland nightmare clip from the atmospheric Minneapolis garage rock quartet, Crimes, taken from their new record, Thin Sunlight, whic ... More >>
After nearly a decade apart, I Self Devine and DJ Kool Akiem talk about their seminal album, Obelisk Movements
Okay, so there are a few songs out of the Twin Cities that were completely inescapable in 2012. (Nudge.) But when you're talking about a music community that's blasting in clubs, basements, garages, warehouses, automobiles, record stores, Soundclouds, public radio stations, college radio stations, a ... More >>
The waterfall of opinion flows s'more today with a collection of the best albums released locally in the Twin Cities in 2012. As opposed to the list that appeared in this week's issue, these are 14 distinct opinions on what was impressive in the past year, and a bunch of links to the related stories ... More >>
From Big Cats to Chastity Brown, local gems showcased their talents
See Also:I Self Devine: Rhymesayers legend returnsTop 20 Minnesota RappersAtmosphere has had a pretty epic summer. They've spent the past few months touring around Australia and New Zealand and hitting the festival circuit hard, from Summerfest to Forecastle to Camp Bisco, but for hip hop's hardest ... More >>
Related:I Self Devine: Rhymesayers legend returnsI Self Devine at 7th St. Entry, 5/4/12Brother Ali: I Self Devine helped me love my realityIf you watch one video today, make it this one featuring Minneapolis rapper I Self Devine sitting down with Gimme Noise over the weekend at Rhymesayers' re ... More >>
I Self Devine7th St. EntryMinneapolisFriday, May 4th, 2012Midway through his set Friday night, I Self Devine lifted the cap off his head and wiped the sweat off his brow. "People have been coming up to me all day and asking, 'Hey Chaka, isn't tonight your release party?'" he said thoughtfully. "Well ... More >>
Note: Brother Ali is a Minneapolis rapper signed to Rhymesayers Entertainment and is one of our 20 Best Minnesota Musicians. Here, he speaks about his longtime mentor and labelmate I Self Devine, who celebrates the release of The Sound of Low Class Amerika at the 7th St. Entry tonight. The album is ... More >>
The Sound of Low Class Amerika gets personal
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 >>
The third out of a total of four mixtapes preceding I Self Devine's sophomore album was made available recently, along with another video, directed by Dave Wilson. This is the last free mix available from the Culture Series, as number four will come along with a pre-order of the album The So ... More >>
Rhymesayers vet I Self Devine continues his onslaught of new music with the second of four free mixtapes dropped at the front end of every month. The Upliftment Struggle was released on Soundcloud this week in anticipation of another 7th Street Entry takeover on February 19.
Facebook.comI Self Divine's LA State of Mind EP Release PartyWith Brother Ali, Muja Messiah, and Alicia Steele & the Endevours7th Street Entry, MinneapolisSunday, January 22, 2012Better than: The sounds of high-class America.Three of arguably the top five local rappers were on the bill at 7th ... More >>
What a difference 48 hours can make in the life of the Twin Cities hip-hop community. Sunday night welcomed a positive showcase of local talent headlined by I Self Devine, but Friday night's sixth annual TC Hip-Hop Awards proved to follow a now-familiar theme of violence during its event at First ... More >>
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.
Though he's been relatively quiet on the music front since dropping his solo debut Self Destruction in 2005, Minneapolis rap legend I Self Devine is back in a big way with the first of four free mixtapes in anticipation of his sophomore album, The Sounds of Low Class America, due in May.
I Self Devine, frontman of the rap duo Semi.Official (with DJ Abilities), took time out from preparing for his new album to talk with Gimme Noise about the graffiti anthem he penned,"Nocturnal Terrorist Squad."
It's not uncommon to find a rap act sharing a bill with a bunch of rock and pop acts at one of the Twin Cities' many block parties, but aside from mammoth outdoor fest Soundset you're hard-pressed to find a summer shindig that caters specifically to the local rap scene. Next weekend, thanks to a ... More >>
Photo by Autumn ComptonSick performing "Purple and Gold"Twin Cities Hip-Hop Awards with Maria Isa, I Self Devine, No Bird Sing and moreJanuary 28, 2011First Avenue MainroomThe Twin Cities Hip-Hop Awards is kind of an odd event. On Friday night, the First Avenue mainroom was full of hip-hop fans r ... More >>
A few weeks ago we wrote about Muja Messiah's new single "Gary Coleman" off his forthcoming mixtape M-16's, and now Muja has dropped a video to accompany his new song. "Has the era of no money and free music liberated something in local rap?" writes Peter Scholtes in the Critics' Picks preview of ... More >>
I was introduced to Muja Messiah when I saw him open for GZA's "Liquid Swords" tour some years ago (two? three?). Expecting so much out of Gary and getting so much from Muja was a complete letdown and lucky surprise in equal turns. Muja's wry and lithe stage presence, crux, and flow haven't y ... More >>
Photos from First Avenue this weekend.
A brief selection of just a few of the underground rap superstars who'll rock Canterbury Park this Sunday.
Pharcyde and MF Doom? Looks like the 500 pound gorilla of hip hop festivals put on some weight over the winter.
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