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.
Coachella's first weekend was amazing this year! Except when it wasn't. Here are the parts of the festival that rubbed us the wrong way. Saturday Night dust storm (above) Conditions may not have been as bad as they were during last year's Red Hot Chili Peppers set, but Saturday night's dusty condi ... More >>
Bun Bwith Kirko Bangz, Rapper Hooks, Sean Anonymous and Taylor MadrigalFine Line Music Cafe, MinneapolisSaturday, April 5, 2014Long before the South cracked the rap mainstream, UGK had a following that led to the pop charts. Saturday night at the Fine Line, founding member Bun B performed a range o ... More >>
Minneapolis Police's response to the early November shooting at Epic during a Yo Gotti concert continued this week with a raid of a house in North Minneapolis. Four people were arrested and a stockpile of seven guns and "an enormous amount of ammunition" was seized. According to a report from police ... More >>
T.I. Epic, Minneapolis Friday, April 19, 2013 Some nights you walk into a club wondering if an MC is still relevant. Then you watch a 32-year-old pro blast through more than two dozen songs in a little more than an hour, flaunting a nimble flow and basking comfortably in the familiarity of his hits ... More >>
The DJ crew that taught local hip-hop heads to love club bangers celebrates half a decade
Big Boiwith Get CryphyEpic, MinneapolisNovember 9, 2012"One more?" the DJ asked. He stood there awkwardly at the corner of the stage, not sure what to do with himself. "Big Boi, one more?"For an uncomfortably long couple minutes Friday night, it looked like Big Boi's DJ hadn't gotten the memo about ... More >>
Minnesota's biggest annual hip-hop showcase enters its fifth year
Sometimes a song comes along and you just hate everything about it. Everything is wrong: your sensors are howling, the hair stands up on your neck, and it's some nightmare shit where unless you can somehow get away from or destroy whatever device is causing the awful song to play, your head will ... More >>
Minneapolis has a tendency to become so preoccupied with the local backpack rap mainstays that commercial hip-hop oftentimes gets lost in the periphery. Chalk it up to Rhymesayers loyalty or the fact that a majority of big-ticket rap promoters have settled on dismissing Minneapolis as a flyover c ... More >>
50 Cent attacks Lil Wayne on a new track, "Love, Hate, Love," which also takes a swipe at former G-Unit member Game.Fiddy has long been known for his takedown tracks -- he became famous with "How to Rob," which took on just about every rapper in the game, and famously feuded with Ja Rule.Sure, a ... More >>
Lil Wayne on She WillLil Wayne just released "She Will," the fourth pre-release single off the hotly-anticipated Carter IV album, which is set to drop August 29.The song features Drake and may provide a hint of what Weezy's new proper major label album will sound like. So is this good news or bad ... 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 >>
Big BoiEach year, much debate occurs from fans and festival organizers alike about who outside of the Rhymesayers roster is going to play Soundset. In an attempt to both showcase a wide spectrum of regions and definitions of independent rap, Soundset manages to bring together some surprisin ... 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 >>
Photo by Tony NelsonFor most people Sunday evenings tend to be a quiet night to relax but by the looks of 5th Street and 2nd Avenue outside Epic late last night, you'd never know it. Hundreds of hyped rap fans lined both ends of the street around 11 p.m. to hear two of radio rap's current headlin ... More >>
Big Boi co-headlines Soundset 2011The Soundset festival revealed its much-anticipated 2011 lineup this morning, and there are a few national surprises amongst the local mainstays: In addition to headliners Atmosphere, Brother Ali, and the full Doomtree crew, this year's fest will feature sets by ... More >>
We're still sifting through the onslaught of interviews and other coverage that took place over the week of SXSW, but this caught our eyeballs: Apparently Owl City's next record is going to feature some sort of collaboration with OutKast's Big Boi.
Atlanta rapper and regular prison guest Gucci Mane is damn near ubiquitous now, releasing a silly number of mixtapes per year and guesting on everything he can fit into his schedule while he's out of jail (at least until the Georgia Corrections Department gets some new studio equipment). So ... More >>
Photo by Erik Hess After last night's sold-out Girl Talk show at First Avenue, classrooms across college campuses and cube farms in various office buildings probably feel a bit empty today. During peak time at the show it was clear a good portion of the city's twentysomethings were all dancing ... More >>
Weezy's back!Recently released from confinement in prison, Lil Wayne this week stunned the hip hop world with the release of "6 Foot 7 Foot," the first single off the much-anticipated "Carter IV."Anyone who thought Weezy was dropping off needs to check themselves--this is vintage Lil Wayne, ... More >>
Last week? Last week was so several days ago. At this point - polishing off that third mug of crap, employer-subsidized coffee, valiantly procrastinating last week's leftover to-do items, beating yourself about the head and face to stay awake - you probably can barely remember what your name is, ... More >>
Weezy speaks from punitive segregation.In a surprising development, Lil Wayne has just posted a letter to his fans written from solitary confinement.Just last week, Weezy told fans that he was going to be on silence mode for the next several weeks while serving out a sentence to punitive segregat ... More >>
Live from Rikers, It's Weezy!Lil Wayne has always been known as a prolific writer, so Twitter's 140-character bursts would seem to be a perfect medium for him, especially in this time of seemingly endless contemplation.We've put together the best Twitter wisdom of Weezy, doing our best to repr ... More >>
I Am Not A Human Being by Lil WayneOn his Facebook page, Lil Wayne just posted the tracklist for "I Am Not A Human Being," the album that he announced from his incarceration on Rikers Island.We can see from the tracklist that Drake is getting a big push (or perhaps supporting Weezy, conside ... More >>
Here's a great bad idea for a campus AIDS program fundraiser: Have a student in blackface impersonate Lil Wayne, complete with dreadlocks, gold teeth and baggy pants. Seriously? Evidently that's what happened recently at Bethel University. The students in the skit have apologized, but their ... More >>
His name is Jimmy (left) "Dude, that's a nasty DJ set," a friend messaged me a few minutes ago upon hearing DJ Jimmy 2 Times' first mix for the Cryphy Radio series. He's not kidding -- the 48-minute mix is dripping with testosterone from the jump, smacking you upside the head with baller tracks ... More >>
Group showers, a 6 x 6 cell, supervised visits-- the Atlanta rapper can have whatever he likes.
Beaucoup new posts du jour at Balls!, more tales of oddly behaved criminals, and Al Franken talks to the NYT. Additional shimmering links from all around the Internet inside.
Hard week, obviously. The following short list of some of my favorite New Orleans records, books, movies, and plays does in fact trivialize the effects of hurricane Katrina. It's meant in tribute. Here's the Red Cross link. King Oliver, "Dipper Mouth Blues" Jelly Roll Morton, "Grandpa's Spells" ... More >>