It's hard to believe that this month marks a decade since Rhymesayers released Brother Ali's proper debut Shadows on the Sun. Produced entirely by Ant of Atmosphere, the album was an immediate statement of the aesthetic that Ali has since shared far and wide. (Technically, the cassette Rites of Pass ... More >>
Gimme Noise readers jumped at a variety of different stories in 2012. Some were serious social commentary by musicians about race and health care, some championed the best aspects of our local community, and some were just celebrating the Graphics Interchange Format, aka the GIF. As seen above, even ... More >>
The reflective voice of rapper Brother Ali caught our attention this year. He's the mind behind a new album out today, Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color (UPDATE: stream the album below), which blends deeply personal experiences with a broader look at society. He's inspired by Jay-Z, Chuck D, ... More >>
Chris Fields calls Keith Ellison a reverse racist
Chris Fields says Keith Ellison isn't doing enough for black people
I wasn't very surprised when I came into work this morning to find I already had three voicemails. Two hangups and one message, all from the same caller: Chris Fields, the GOP-endo ... More >>
Bradlee Dean came to south Minneapolis last week to pick up some steak sauce with his wife and they were shocked by what they saw.
"My wife looked around at this particular area where these foreigners live, and these are people that are trying to implement their foreign law into America," Dean told ... More >>
Related:Brother Ali on Occupy Homes and the foreclosure crisisBrother Ali: My fans are kicking the sh*t out of me over Trayvon MartinOur neighbors in Wisconsin are in the midst of a potential political upheaval, and several well-known musicians are stepping in to rally support for the recall of Gov. ... 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 >>
Bradlee Dean is on the offensive again, launching a vicious and inane attack on Dan Savage for being critical of the Bible.
Savage spoke to high school students recently and talked about how it's possible to "ignore the bullshit" in the Bible about gay people "the same way we have learned to ignore ... More >>
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 >>
We hope it was worth it, St. Cloud State College Republicans.Thanks to your decision not to cancel Bradlee Dean's on-campus appearance last night, you may never have the opportunity to work for the MNGOP. Not only that, but the event itself turned out to be a embarrassing dud.According to the St. Cl ... More >>
MNGOP leadership has issued a stern ultimatum to St. Cloud State College Republicans -- cancel Bradlee Dean's on-campus speaking engagement and concert, scheduled for tonight, or you'll have trouble finding Republican jobs in the future.While working for the MNGOP doesn't exactly sound like a sun-dr ... More >>
Related:Minnesota Twins phase out local music programming, amp up Top 40 hitsIn 2010, the Minnesota Twins won 94 games and were Central Division champions, but last year they slid to 63-99. Chalk this collapse up to injuries, disastrous pitching, or Delmon Young, but don't discount the role that a m ... More >>
Note: Brother Ali is a Minneapolis rapper signed to Rhymesayers Entertainment and is one of our 20 Best Minnesota Musicians. His latest album, Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color,
will be released in August. Here are portions of an interview discussing the Occupy Homes movement, which Ali wil ... More >>
Rapper Metasota decided he'd give us a gift for his birthday on January 19th with the free release of 9-track project H.I.P. (Happy I'm Present: 2 Week Theory), a solid and inventive album created on a whim in 14 days. The timeframe is beside the point, though. There are a number of strong idea ... More >>
Note: Brother Ali is a Minneapolis rapper signed to Rhymesayers Entertainment. His latest album, Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color, will be released in August. Here are portions of an interview following the One Million Hoodies March for Trayvon Martin held March 29 at the University of Minn ... More >>
This week's edition of 5ingles spotlights songs by artists who seem to be undergoing an identity crisis -- musicians who aren't quite themselves, who apparently woke up a bit off of their game. So these five tunes sound sort of like what you've come to expect from their creators, but not quite, w ... More >>
Jenny Belsito was outraged when she first heard the story of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed 17-year-old who was gunned down by a neighborhood watchman in Florida.
The Metro State student threw up a Facebook page announcing a local One Million Hoodies march, the campaign named after Geraldo Rivera i ... More >>
It seems like everyone has something to say about the Trayvon Martin killing.
Last month, Martin, a 17-year-old from Florida, was fatally gunned down by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman. Martin was unarmed, unless you count a bag of Skittles and an Arizona Iced Tea.
Zimmerman is calling ... More >>