A deep hip-hop vocabulary has always set apart more exploratory artists like Outkast and Wu Tang Clan from the repetitive missives of Soulja Boy, but it was always a theoretical debate. Now, if there weren't already enough ways to pass judgment upon and categorize rappers, data Scientist Matt Danie ... More >>
For rock 'n' roll road trippers, Rolling Stone has assembled a list of spots around the country that are worth a peek. This is everything from Chess Records in Chicago to Hitsville U.S.A. in Detroit to the Park Hill Houses in Staten Island, where the Wu-Tang Clan formed.As you might expect, a trio o ... More >>
AtmosphereSoundset, Canterbury ParkSunday, May 26, 2013Soundset has come a long way from its humble origins in the shadow of the Metrodome back in 2008. Skyrocketing ticket sales -- reportedly 28,000 this year -- and a subtle demographic shift over its six-year run have allowed Rhymesayers to grow a ... More >>
By Ben WesthoffThe Coachella lineup is here. It's actually here! There have been ten tons of fakes, some quite convincing, and many of which had the Rolling Stones headlining. (West Coast Sound, however, broke the story that they would not appear.) But never mind all that! The lineup is here, and t ... More >>
Saturday Night Live still thinks the state of hip hop radio in the Twin Cities is laughable. Over the weekend, we returned to the fictional studios of B-108 in Shakopee, "Minnesota's home for blazing hip hop," for another early morning joke at our scene's expense. This time, guest The Hunger Games s ... More >>
For those not attending Midwest Music Fest in Winona, this weekend will be a flurry of CD releases mixed into Record Store Day. Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles headline First Ave. to share some new music and A. Wolf and Her Claws release their long-awaited debut. Counting Crows will be in town ... More >>
To put a member of Wu Tang on a stage on stoner day is like putting one of the Mob Wives in a boxing ring with, well, any of the other Mob Wives. It's just what they're supposed to do. But we digress. Ghostface Killah is coming to the Cabooze on 4/20 and we're excited to have of the Wu's standout ra ... More >>
Now that Megaupload has gone under and Kim Dotcom and Swizz Beats, perhaps two of the most ridiculous men in America, are fugitives holed up in the mountains in a 78 day standoff with the CIA, we're simply going to be streaming this month's mixtape. You can still download individual tracks below. ... More >>
It was 1998, the Smokin Grooves Tour was in its second year, and a group of friends and I were geeked out about going to the show. Public Enemy, Gang Starr, Wyclef Jean, Cypress Hill and others were booked, but everyone was waiting and most excited for Busta Rhymes, known for his killer live show ... More >>
Anyone unconvinced that the Wu-Tang show on Saturday night in Minneapolis was anything less than an all-out rap extravaganza just need look at the line wrapped around both sides of the block. Hip-hop fans of all backgrounds came out to Epic to support the longtime legends who returned to our cit ... More >>
Start the year off right with a weekend of local music.
Photos by Jon BehmThis Halloween we found out that Method Man is a monster. His intensity on Friday night at First Avenue for the local leg of the Smoker's Club Tour entirely made up for numerous disappointments -- including the cancellation of lineup standout Big KRIT. As the show's top ac ... More >>
Our video team fanned out on Thursday night, easily the busiest and biggest night of the festival so far, to cover the free Strokes show mob at Auditorium Shores, the Gayngs Affiliyated showcase at the Mohawk, and Wu-Tang Clan and Yelawolf at the Village Voice party at Austin Music Hall, plus ... ... More >>
Chin-stroking musos everywhere were stoked to learn that next week's issue of Rolling Stone will include an excerpt from Life, the long-awaited, drug- and debacle-soaked memoir from storied Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards. This in a season that will already see the release of stocking-stu ... More >>
With the 24 members of Gayngs assembling themselves for a pair of "Last Prom on Earth" shows tonight at First Avenue, we asked ourselves: Who are some other awesome, ridiculously large supergroups and mega-collaborations? Here's a short list of our faves.
For a genre that's been declared dead a dozen times over, hip hop had a pretty good (if splintered) decade.
The Traveling Wilburys of retro-funk and the single that got Jay-Z's attention.
Hotboxes, beatboxes, and the occasional rhyme. Meth and Red bring Termanology and Evidence & Alchemist to the Main Room.
Nate Patrin reports on the Hip Hop Live tour, which featured David Banner, Little Brother, Talib Kweli, and a surprise appearance by a local rap star.
The songs we can't escape
Hip Hop's Big Rock-the-Bells Thinkers Break Free from Industry Shackles.
Why the library won't invite rap's greatest storyteller to children's hour
Nas's 'Stillmatic' carries on a feud with commercial success
Exuberant shows, offensive lyrics, multiple aliases. Meet Raw Villa, your new rulers.
Underappreciated hip hoppers the Roots put their sound together on the new album Things Fall Apart