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    September 3, 2014

    Popular music needs to become political again

    Like it or not, Pharell Williams' "Happy" is likely to be the top-selling single of 2014. And yes, its buoyant '60s soul vibe and simple, positive message is modern pop perfection. But scanning the rest of this year's biggest hits, one is struck by a consistent theme: All of these songs are distinct ... More >>

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    June 6, 2014

    The best Rap Shirts for White People

    What do you get when you mix Stuff White People Like sensibilities with hip-hop? The answer comes in the form of a hilarious new clothing line! Rap Shirts for White People puts a twist on famous lyrics while having fun at the expense of the world of whiteness. Can we all really picture Method Man's ... More >>

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    May 19, 2014

    Which dead MN musician should return as a hologram?

    Michael Jackson just became the latest deceased musician to rise again in hologram form. At the 2014 Billboard Music Awards this past weekend, he "danced" and "sang" a song from his comeback album Xscape, assembled with "modernized" bits from the cutting room floor of his career. Each time this happ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2014

    10 reasons Urban Outfitters is bad for music

    We all know it, but it's time to show it. Urban Outfitters is a creative wasteland, a shortsighted cul-de-sac of trends and trash-culture bent for capital gain -- one large, unthinking slab of cultural masturbation. But, by and large, it's a beast we ourselves feed. Like creepers to a drug deal we l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2013

    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week we get Local Frames going with a striking new video from Red Mountain, an intriguing experimental musical collective out of Duluth. We're also featuring clips from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2013

    Joe Mauer is keeping T.I.'s "What You Know" as his walk-up music

    Well, what DO you know? Joe Mauer is keeping with tradition and T.I.'s "What You Know" remains the song we'll hear booming in Target Field when he walks to the plate in 2013.Today on Twitter, Dustin Morse who is Director of Baseball Communications and Player Relations for the Minnesota Twins confirm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2013

    5 possible surprises at tonight's Prince show

    Prince's shows tonight at the Dakota, his last of these "open rehearsal" concerts, are advertised on the Dakota's website with four simple words (and extra punctuation): "Surprise!! (don't miss this!)." These shows sold out in scant minutes and there was almost a Pavlovian willingness to fork over l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2012

    Sean Anonymous on Mitt Romney, hypocritical hip-hop and his new EP

    See Also:Stone Arch Bridge Festival 2012: Dream Crusher interview in a limoSome rappers, especially locally, make cheesy beats on a computer, spit a couple bars at one local show then sit around and wine and bitch because Siddiq or Sims didn't come snatch em up because they totally killed it on that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2012

    Twin Cities rap mixtape roundup, Vol. 12

    Well, there it is: A full year of mixtapes. Ninety-six artists covered, six hours of local music. I've tried to showcase the Minnesota rap scene for what it is in all its forms and represent all the different pockets as best I can.View the previous 11 mixtapes here. I'll be hosting an anniversary sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    Best of Coachella 2012: Sunday, April 22

    See also: Our complete Coachella coverage By the third day of Coachella's second weekend -- the sixth and final day of this year's festival -- folks had more or less learned to ignore the dust and the heat. Here are our intrepid writers' favorite things about the final hours of the 2012 event.

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2012

    Best of Coachella 2012: Saturday, April 21

    See also: Our complete Coachella coverage Saturday at Coachella meant tributes, tributes, tributes. From Levon Helms to Biggie, everyone got a shout-out. In between all that, some nasty partying and a little recreational drug use. Read our highly-trained writers as they tell you the the best things ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2012

    Dessa, Tupac, the Roots, and the rap misogyny problem

    ​The mere announcement that Doomtree rapper/poet/writer Dessa is giving a lecture/performance at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum this evening has already stirred up a bunch of debate regarding her qualifications to give the talk. "Mic Lines: Art, Ethics, and their Contested Connections," is expected t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2012

    Hip-Hop Valentines: The 14 most romantic rap songs

    ​Valentines Day is here and you need some help to win over the heart of that sexy B-girl or B-boy?We know hip-hop doesn't have the best history romancing the opposite sex, "bitches better having my money" and "skeeting on walls" doesn't really set the mood.But don't worry, we have you covered. So ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    Dr. Dre: An abridged history in honor of Dre Day

    ​Dre Day, our annual bluntsmoked, brass monkeyed, and ingeniously tended get-down in honor of the one and only, was started by the local design firm Burlesque of North America nine years ago Saturday, when those multi-disciplinarians were banded around Life Sucks Die Magazine. And for all the ridi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    13 most fascinating hip-hop album covers of all time

    Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Riccardo Tesci's art for their freshly announced single "H.A.M." seems a love-it-or-hate-it type situation. Rotts, nautical stars (remember high school, when the seniors started to get tattoos?), scopa crowns, and platinum does not a consensus make, apparently. All up in that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2010

    The Week That Was: Jacko posthumous, Girl Talk is back, spectre of Cher somehow inescapable

    ​We adjusted the clocks. We became a little leerier about dropping by UPS and Fed-Ex locations. We got a little more excited about Jay-Z's Decoded. We got all indignant about Wal-Mart playing "Little Drummer Boy" over the PA system. We bundled up, shivered. This is the first week of November, as r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2010

    The best sci-fi music videos ever

    Like a puppy​Jeremy Messersmith's recently released video for his song "Tatooine" is a fucking adorable little construction paper synopsis of the Star Wars OT (original trilogy, hello?) set to a sparse guitar and piano whisper of a song.And, since we're total nerds, we're taking the occasion to re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2010

    Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's Wish Bone talks about hitting the Mainroom tonight

    ​Bone is returning, semi-triumphantly (they've had a tough decade, after all) to the Mainroom tonight with the "original lineup" in tow -- not including Bizzy, the high-pitched attack dog of the Lord, who has been a solo artist since 1998...sort of. Gimme Noise and three other journalists from aro ... More >>

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    October 28, 2009
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    November 21, 2008

    Dub Trio blazing their way to the Varsity Theater

    dubriothumb.jpg They've formed a band that traffics in the twin pillars of stoner music, reggae and metal. Get to know Dub Trio t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2008

    Somali students hear anti-violence message

    repntbkthumb.jpg After a wave of shootings has taken the lives of several Somali men, local Somali students listened to a message of non-violence Wednesday at the University of Minnesota.

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    September 5, 2008
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    April 23, 2008
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    March 27, 2008

    Breakfast of Champions 3/27: License to Ill

    Using the Minnesota license plate generator, we offer pithy summaries of today's news. Plus, foreshadowing!

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2008

    Tupac lives! was killed by Diddy?

    A con man somehow hornswoggled the LA Times into believing that Sean "Puff P Diddy Daddy Whatever" Combs was involved in the shooting death of Tupac Shakur.

  • Music

    August 29, 2007
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    August 22, 2007

    Naughty By Nature

    First Avenue, August 19, 2007

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2007

    5/11 Morning Communiqué

    Spanish police pulled over a man in a electric wheelchair on the expressway, a study links oral sex to throat cancer, phot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2005

    11/08: Morning Communique

    Congress looks into Tupac's death, naked men fighting in Indiana, a very punny contest at Culture To Go, the Minnesota blog of the day and more...

  • News

    August 18, 2004

    One Nation, Invisible

    The untold story of local hip hop: 1981 to 1996

  • Movies

    January 15, 2003

    Signifying Rappers

    'Biggie and Tupac' charts the hits on a notorious heavy and an urban guerrilla

  • Art

    July 17, 2002

    Straight Outta Academe

    A hip-hop exhibit bridges the gap between the dis and the dissertation

  • Music

    June 19, 2002

    Go Ahead, Punk, Make My Day

    Is Slug's hip hop the yawp of a new blank generation?

  • News

    July 5, 2000

    Rhyme out of joint

    Rising rap star Slug is a master at putting words in order. Now why won't his life fall into place?

  • Music

    January 19, 2000

    Rap In Peace

    With new tracks exhumed from the vaults, Biggie and Tupac add to their corpses' corpora

  • Music

    October 13, 1999

    Ain't I an MC?

    Ruff Ryder Eve strikes a blow for hip-hop sisters; Solé merely comes to blows with them

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    June 24, 1998
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    March 4, 1998
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    December 3, 1997

    Rhyme After Time

    Business is Chilling: LL Cool J and EPMD.

  • Music

    November 5, 1997
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    September 17, 1997
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    September 3, 1997
  • Music

    August 27, 1997

    Puffy's Money?

    No Way Out: Is bean-counter-turned-chart-topper Sean "Puffy" Combs tragically fated to success?

  • Movies

    July 30, 1997

    Bad Elements

    My Posse Don't Do Homework: Samuel L. Jackson in 187.

  • Music

    April 30, 1997

    The Notorious B.I.G.

    Life After Death

  • News

    December 25, 1996
  • Music

    December 18, 1996
  • Arts

    December 4, 1996

    Dead On Arrival

    Tupac's posthumous Makaveli, along with new releases by Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, take gangsta rap to different ends

  • Sports

    November 13, 1996
  • Arts

    March 6, 1996

    Thug Life & Times

    Tupac Shakur gets out of jail and makes half a masterpiece.

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