James Brown was, of course, the Godfather of Soul and the Hardest Working Man in Show Business. But all the work he did to grab those titles over decades seemed to come crashing down through much of the '80s and '90s. That's when he derailed into years of drug and domestic abuse, erratic behavior, ... More >>
Chicago's Psalm One forged a relationship with the Minneapolis rap scene upon signing to Rhymesayers in 2006, and has held a following and a connection ever since. Her latest work is as alter-ego Hologram Kizzie, who just dropped an album entitled Hug Life. Gimme Noise spoke to her ahead of her set ... More >>
Bone Thugs-N-Harmonywith A$AP Ferg, Get Cryphy, and DJ DMilMyth Nightclub, St. PaulSaturday, February 8, 2014Bone Thugs-N-Harmony returned to Minneapolis to play to a devoted local audience at the Myth this past Saturday. In the mid-'90s, the Cleveland group -- represented by only four of the five o ... More >>
Freddie Gibbs Cabooze, Minneapolis Saturday, August 24, 2013 I got pounds of Keisha / Dope house fulla geekers / Looking for that white bitch, cocaina, have you seen her? Most of the Cabooze, about 75 percent full, is vibing and rapping along with this decidedly radio unfriendly but intensely catc ... More >>
If these walls could talk. Urban Lights is one of the longest-running -- and underrated -- music shops in the Twin Cities, and is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this Saturday at Nomad World Pub. That's a pretty big deal; anything lasting 20 years in these ADHD days is nothing short of a miracle, ... More >>
Photos by B Fresh PhotographyLeft: Toki Wright; Right: TK of Tipsy BikeAmong the thousands assembled at Hennepin County Government Center on Monday for the #HoodiesUpMN Trayvon Martin rally was rapper Toki Wright. The local Rhymesayers artist, music producer, DJ and educator decided to bring a sound ... More >>
Coolio With DJ Applejews, The Level Heads, Rob-1 and Anchormen The Cabooze, Minneapolis Saturday, June 1, 2012 It was definitely a "Back to the '90s Bash" as the DJ played songs like Rob Base and DJ E Z Rock's "It Takes Two" and De La Soul's, "Me, Myself And I" while the crowd anxiously awaited C ... More >>
Haphduzn recently dropped his debut album Whittier Alliance, a collaboration with Wide Eyes' producer Dimitry Killstorm, and it sits comfortably in the pantheon of the Rhymesayers artists with whom he recently got off tour. A brutally honest and personal record, the straightforward raps come from a ... More >>
Fresh off of a brief but successful U.S. tour earlier this month, Dessa has announced plans for a special local show at the MIA (not with M.I.A., as I initially, and awesomely, misread the press release). The Doomtree vocalist/MC will be performing at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts' Reception Hal ... More >>
As the Twin Cities music scene grows, more and more artists are creating music that demands our attention. Combine the music with talented filmmakers locally and beyond, and you have a fruitful mix of distinct skills that generates more locally connected music videos than ever before. While it's im ... More >>
This month marks ten years since the release of Twin Cities hip-hop veteran Sab the Artist's Respect the Life on Rhymesayers Entertainment. Known then as Musab (and before that as Beyond), his album both captured the Southside sound as well as introduced production and stylistic elements that p ... More >>
See Also:SoundTown 2012 has been canceledSoundTown 2012 statement: Ticket threshold wasn't metSoundTown 2011: A first-ever adventure in SomersetIt's been almost a week now since word broke out that the SoundTown Music and Camping Festival is cancelled this year, just two short weeks before the gates ... More >>
The Last Great… positions him as rising rap star
Tired of slogging through rush hour traffic, Eden Prairie resident Crystal Allen decided to get creative.Why not ride with a mannequin and take advantage of I-35W's you-must-have-a-passenger-or-pay-a-toll MnPASS lane?Her scheme worked out beautifully until yesterday, when Allen, 29, was pulled over ... More >>
Photos by Anna GulbrandsenBest Coast, Wavves, and No JoyFebruary 11, 2011Varsity TheaterIt's not often that an opening band steals the spotlight from two far more prominent headliners, especially by playing what amounted to only a 20 minute set. But that is just what happened at the sold-out Var ... More >>
Photos by Alex UncapherSnoop DoggJanuary 25, 2011The Cabooze, MinneapolisWith Snoop Dogg in the house, of course there was going to be one hell of a party at the Cabooze on Tuesday night. Playing the second of two sold-out shows over the course of just a few hours, the Big Boss Dogg turned out th ... More >>
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Michele Bachmann is having Tupac Shakur fantasiesCongresswoman Michele Bachmann suffers from a very unusual form of persecution complex: she imagines the entire Democratic party as an L.A.-style street gang that has her in their cross-hairs.First she attracted attention for calling the Obama Admi ... More >>
A freelancer's diary from the SXSW music festival, with notes on how to stay sane amidst the persistent chaos.
Head injuries, monkeys, country music and sexism: What to expect at the rodeo.
New release Le System D is built around a guitar riff
With Tech N9ne in town this weekend, we started thinking about gangster rap and called Lars Larson for a Top Ten l ... More >>
Seven Minnesota authors pen poison Valentines to the place we call home
The LA Times reports that Judge Florence-Marie Cooper declared a mistrial yesterday in the case filed by Notorious B.I.G.'s family against the Los Angeles Police Department for mishandling the investigation of Christopher Wallace's March 9, 1997 murder. The cause of the mistrial--this may shock you- ... More >>
Sunny Adé talks about war, Nigeria, and good juju
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Brian Sostek and Megan McClellan's fiery tribute to old Hollywood
'Bongoland' travels from East Africa to the Central Standard
'8 Mile' charts Eminem's path from poverty to self-empowerment
Nas's 'Stillmatic' carries on a feud with commercial success
Lil Buddy Talks to 'City Pages' About His Family Problems, His Arrest, and What Comes Next
The Sound of Music, 2001: Our Favorite Things
City Pages plays the tracks; Bobbito states the facts: A hip-hop expert ear-tests Minnesota music
Korn's depressed rap-metal rocks freaks and saves geeks. But are they just yanking your leash?
Hip hop's next generation searches for a new label
Cruel Intentions consummates Hollywood's latest seduction of American youth
Master P's No Limit label proves that nothing succeeds like excess
Taking Care of Business: Anita Ashford minds the counter at Soul Survivor.