Arvell Genius recently released his debut EP, MYDVYZVRE#, a sonic exploration of self and an observation of the world around him. A member of SPVCE, the crew is known for their top notch production, all of which is done in house; MYDVYZVRE# is a perfect example. Arvell’s cryptic, often introspective observations sound schizophrenic at times, the vocal mixing adds to this feeling on tracks like “Assasssment” and “Loop.” At just under 20 mins, MYDVYZVRE# is a dense project that warrants multiple listens. Check it out above and stay tuned for more from Arvell Genius.
Location: Various across the city
The city of Chicago is well known for its hot dogs, polishes & pork chop sandwiches; but only few places cook ’em like the guys at Jim’s. Indeed there are various locations on just about every side of Chicago, but the original location near Maxwell Street is the truly great one. Open 24 hours, 365 days a year; the original Jim’s is a mecca for drunken bar goers of all ages, wasted college kids and pretty much anyone looking for good food at too cheap of a price (yes too cheap). That other place down the street (Maxwell’s) might have the best dogs on the block but Jims’ polishes & pork chops blow theirs out of the water. We’ve made many a drunken stops at Jim’s and I can’t remember an occasion when anyone was unsatisfied upon leaving, if you can’t find 1 thing on their menu that you like; you might not be human (or just vegetarian). If you’re ever near U.I.C’s campus or heading south on 94 from downtown, make the stop; it’ll be worth every penny.
Location: 20 E Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis
When: Monday, July 10th @ 9PM
The people from Godspeed Music will kick off July at Honey with an event dubbed “Goosebumps.” The event features an eclectic group of artists including Babyghost, Chance York, Hard R, Juice Lord, and Young Reason, as well as artwork by Mixie. Honey continues to provide the perfect setting for a dope night of music and the energy should be high on this particular evening. The event is 21+ to enter and the door is only $5, mark your calendars and keep it locked for more updates.
Masseria Moroseta by Andrew Totter // Ostuni, Italy
The good people from Phenom recently dropped some serious heat with their new “Killa Bees” tee. Paying homage to one of the greatest hip hop groups of all time, the Wu-Tang Clan, the tee celebrates their off shoot albums in collaboration with a wide range of affiliates. The Wu-Tang Killa Bees was an all-star team of producers and MCs, the tee also shouts out the Wu’s first album Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). A nice addition to anyone’s wardrobe, especially with summer on the way; you can buy yours now for $32 via Phenom’s web-store.
Location: 1829 Riverside Avenue, Minneapolis
When: Friday, June 30th @ 9PM
The homie DJ Low will be back at the Viking Bar tonight for a dance party that should have the West Bank rockin’. The evening features a solid lineup of DJs/producers including BabyGhost, Alejandra, Wicker and a few special guests. The Viking Bar is always a good time and they serve some of the best bar grub in town. This one is 21+ and the door is $3 all night for women, but $6 after 11pm for guys, click the link below for more information.
Location: 315 14th Avenue SE, Minneapolis
When: Thursday, June 29th @ 9:30PM
DJs Rowsheen and Devata Daun will be hosting a dance night at the Kitty Cat Klub every last Thursday of every month. This month’s event will also feature a special guest set from DJ Yon Lgnd AND there’s NO COVER (21+). If you’re looking for something to do tonight, head over to the Kitty Cat Klub.
Over the last year or so, we’ve grown quite fond of Lubi, the 18 yr old artist currently making waves out the Twin Cities area. His most recent offering comes in the form of quick loosie titled “FIVE.” The WEST1NE produced instrumental is laid back and piano driven, as Lubi heaves bar after bar, the record begins to transform with more sounds being layered. Lyrically Lubi possesses a prowess beyond his years and it appears that he is becoming more comfortable with his own sound. “FIVE” is a solid example of Lubi’s abilities as a pure MC, check out the record above and stay tuned for more from Lubi.
Location: 2055 E Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis
When: Tuesday, June 27th @ 9:30PM
Ackronem’s Summer School residency will conclude tonight with yet another solid lineup. This one will feature performances from Lucien Parker, Andre Mariette, Destiny Roberts, AYM, Lydia Liza, and DJ Adatrak. Ceewhy will handle the hosting duties and Anna Bomb will be on deck with artwork. This show is 18+ and the door is only $5 before 10PM, $7 after; click the link below for more information.
Ackronem Summer School Class 4 via Facebook
The homie Finding Novyon took to Twitter last week to release his debut album, That’s My Dawg. The budding Minneapolis artist has continued to be a fixture within the Twin Cities hip hop scene, 1 part of the newly formed So Cold Records, he looks to ride the momentum into 2018. From someone who has seen Novyon work from a relatively unknown artist, into one that is leading his peers; That’s My Dawg feels like the culmination of all that hard work. Everything learned along the way, all of the progress and preparation seems locked into this body of work, a testament to just how far the kid has come. Tracks like “Kiss The Sky” and “Get Involved” further illustrate his aforementioned work ethic, while records like the Allan Kingdom assisted “Tall Hills” take the listener for a carefree journey. The few features on the album are deliberate and well placed, another sign that That’s My Dawg is a cut above your average release. Although there is no doubting that Finding Novyon has a lot more room for growth and a lot more hard work ahead, That’s My Dawg stands out among his projects as defined, something that signals his upward trajectory. Peep That’s My Dawg above and make sure to stay tuned for more from Finding Novyon.