Location: 701 First Avenue N, Minneapolis When: Friday, January 6th @ 7PM (18+)
The first week of 2017 is looking like yet another good one for live music in the Twin Cities. Among a plethora of events being held throughout the week, SIMS of Doomtree will headline First Avenue’s mainroom this Friday. Don’t let his super cool style give you the wrong idea, SIMS is one of the best MCs in the Twin Cities and has the track record to prove it. The event will also feature performances from Milwaukee’s own Webster X, Chicago duo Air Credits (Hood Internet & Show You Suck), and Nazeem & Spencer Joles. A STACKED lineup for a reasonable $15, click the link below to buy your tickets now.
Without further adieu, we present All City Vol. 4. A little tighter than previous installments, this mix flies by with a variety of artists from the Twin Cities and beyond. We hope you enjoy what we’ve compiled, press play and make sure to keep an eye out for All City 5 this Fall!
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Chicago’s own Lucki Eck$ will be in the Twin Cities next week for what should be a good show. The day before Thanksgiving is always a big party day, so it’s only right that the homies from Free Minds ENT bring us a dope show. Lucki has been on a roll since the release of his latest project FreeWave II, no stranger to the streets, it’s no surprise that he’s amassed a huge cult following among the youth. The event is 15+ and the door will be $17, no location announced yet, but you can RSVP via the link below for a direct e-mail.
Location: 6 W 6th Street, Saint Paul When: Friday, October 21st @ 8PM
After successfully bringing D.R.A.M to Minneapolis awhile back, Red Bull and Greenroom Magazine are teaming up yet again to bring Mick Jenkins to Minnesota. The Chicago rapper has proved time and time again that he’s one of the windy cities top lyricists. The event will also feature St. Louis’ own Smino, and hometown favorite Dizzy Fae; can’t beat that lineup for only $3. This show is 18+ and tickets are $10 without RSVP, so make sure to click the link below.
Chance The Rapper has been on fire since the release of his critically acclaimed mixtape, Coloring Book. Leading up to it’s release, the Chicago rapper could often be seen wearing a simple snap back hat with a stitched number 3 on the front, it was even the face of his promotional campaign. Now it appears Chance has decided to double up by making the infamous hat available to the public via various New Era accounts. These should be on shelves now for $45 bucks, they sold out instantly on Chance’s merch website, so your best bet is to pray for a restock or stalk your local New Era retailer.
Location: 315 14th Avenue SE, Minneapolis When: Sunday, October 9th @ 10PM
Next Sunday, the Kitty Cat Klub is looking like the place to be. Chicago’s own Vagabond Maurice & Sage The 64th Wonder will be in town for what should be a great performance. They’ll be joined by local favorites Devata Daun, Nick Jordan, and KAS; wrapping up a solid lineup. Rolling Rock will be sponsoring the event so come thirsty, this one is 21+ and FREE; click the link below for more information.
Chicago’s own Vagabond Maurice recently dropped a track dubbed, “Flowers For Icarus.” Produced by Chinsaku, the horn heavy instrumental rolls along with the bass nicely, allowing Vagabond to show off a variety of flows. You’ll probably want to play this one 2 or 3 times, the metaphors and references are too abundant to gather with one play through. Vagabond continues to impress, he’ll be live next week for what should be a good night. Peep “Flowers For Icarus” above and click the link below for more info regarding his upcoming show in MPLS.
Location: 6 W 6th Street, Minneapolis When: Sunday, September 11th @ 6:30PM
Both Chicago and the Twin Cities’s hip hop scenes have shared a nice amount of success over the last few years. As some of the more notable graduates like Chance The Rapper, Vic Mensa, Allan Kingdom, and Finding Novyon gain footholds on higher ground, both metros have an entirely new crop of artists blowing up. Supa Bwe & Kembe X are two of Chicago’s best up and coming artists, the latter recently receiving a deal from Kendrick Lamar’s TDE record label. If you’re unfamiliar you should definitely dig into a few projects, this event has a low key feel but it is a must attend for anyone looking for a great hip hop performance. Lucien Parker will open up the night and DJAY Mando will hold down the 1s & 2s, this event is 18+ and tickets are on sale now for $15, click the link below to cop yours now.
Location: 1375 W Lake Street, Chicago When: Tuesday, September 6th @ 5:30PM
MADEinTYO broke into the scene last year with his smash hit “Uber Everwhere,” and has since gone on to become one of hip hops most intriguing young prospects. The Atlanta based artist and his Private Club brigade has been touring the nation and they’ll be stopping in Minneapolis and Chicago for back to back shows next week. Both shows have the same lineup with performances from MADEinTYO, Salma Slims, MYNAMEPHIN, and Noah Wood$ among others. The Chicago show is all ages and tickets are still available for $20, if you want to go the full mile you can grab VIP passes for $70. Click the link below to grab yours now before they sell out. Word around town is that Jugrnaut is dishing out free tickets via their instagram (@Jugrnaut), hit them up!
A couple of weeks ago we received some new music from Musa Reems of Children of I.L.L.I.O.S. A wordsmith with a great ear for instrumentals, Musa’s solo affair is only 2 tracks but worth the listen. On “Eclipse,” the budding MC shows off his poise switching gears effortlessly as the record progresses. No word on if there is more on the way, but we’re definitely listening. Check out Another Dos(e) above and stay tuned for more.