Get Cryphy 5th AnniversaryWith Slug, Brother Ali, MaLLy, Lizzo, Haphduzn, Sophia Eris, St. Paul Slim, Rapper Hooks, Lazerbeak, Big Dylan, Ander Other and moreFirst Avenue, MinneapolisFriday, February 8, 2013The Get Cryphy crew capped off another solid anniversary show on Friday, ringing in five year ... More >>
Permed Out Showcase 3 With Audio Perm, Greg Grease and Mike the MartyrThe Cabooze12/22/12The Audio Perm crew packed the house once again at their third Permed Out Showcase, a night devoted to producers Cory Grindberg, Taylor Madrigal, and Julian Fairbanks and the rappers for whom they make beats. Th ... More >>
Yasiin Bey (AKA Mos Def)with Toki Wright and This Debris Guthrie Theater, MinneapolisMonday, October 10, 2012Yasiin Bey returned to the Guthrie for his second headlining gig since playing in 2010, this time with Toki Wright and his full band as the sole opener. It was an odd but strangely fitti ... More >>
Hip Hop Harambee With Talib Kweli, Sims, Big Zach, and moreNomad World Pub, MinneapolisSaturday, September 15, 2012Saturday's Hip Hop Harambee, an all day hip-hop block party held in the parking lot of the Nomad World Pub, was by all measures a success. You couldn't have asked for a better day to ha ... More >>
Get Cryphy 4 Year AnniversaryWith Plain Ole Bill, Jimmy2Times, Last Word, Fundo, and more.First Avenue Mainroom,Friday, February 24, 2012View a slideshow from the concert here.The combination of crunk and hyphy hip-hop subgenres serves as a decent shorthand for what the four-man Get Cryphy crew s ... More >>
Photos by Erik HessLil WayneAugust 10, 2011Xcel Center, St. PaulLil Wayne is in a hurry to make up for lost time. Coming off a career-interrupting prison stint, the self-proclaimed best rapper alive picked up where he left off, resuming the rigorous road schedule that made him one of the top gros ... More >>
Photos by Erik HessDiddy Dirty Money with Lloyd and TygaApril 13, 2011Epic NightclubFor this write-up, I could have skated by making jokes about how Diddy changed his name three times during the show or whatever -- but I'm a journalist dammit, not Jay Leno. I came to check out the Dirty Mon ... 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 >>
Photo by Steve CohenDeVotchKa at First AvenueApril has historically been a busy time for touring bands stopping by the Twin Cities -- and if this weekend's overflowing concert calendar was any indication, we're in for a downright hectic spring.
When P. Diddy came out at the beginning of Lil B's headlining set at the Fader Fort, most people in the audience assumed he only stopped in to give a shout-out and leave (he was scheduled to perform at the Perez Hilton party later in the evening). Little did we know we were in for much more.
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 >>
Today, the heavily tattoed, gun-slinging gangsta rapper Waka Flocka Flame's bare bod is circulating around the internet, and guess what? It's all in the name of PUPPIES!(Some things are just so fun to type.)
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 >>