Location: 205 E Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis When: Tuesday, March 21st @ 9PM
Tonight, the homie Shrimpnose will hold the release party for his latest project, Not Really, at Honey. The event features a healthy cast of producers including Phib, NRMN, Talia Knight and Blamsiss among others. K. Raydio will host the night and the event is 21+. The door is only $5, so make sure to stop by Honey if you’re looking for something to fill out your week.
The kid Connor Marques has been making waves for quite some time now, the hard work has been paying off with a bunch of opening slots for high-profile artists. The V.I.C.E Boys stand out recently released a new visual and it’s pretty dope. Directed by Nate P, the simple yet aesthetically clean video utilizes a variety locations to it’s advantage. Connor’s high energy juxtaposes his relatively mild mannered flow, another solid release from an artist who should be on your radar. Check out the video for “Who Is You?” above and stay tuned for more from Connor Marques.
The homie Energe has been on quite the tear as of late releasing a slew of new records via his Soundcloud. One of which titled, “Henny Bold,” is a slow simmering banger. Energe rides each transition like a veteran as the instrumental builds. Everyone’s had one of those “Henny Bold” type nights, all liquid courage aside, this track is sure to turn up any party. Check out “Henny Bold” above and make sure to keep an eye out for more from Energe.
South side MC, Drelli took to Twitter yesterday to release the video for his track “Chiquita.” Directed by Gabe Hostetler, the video captures the record’s playful sound taking on a tennis like theme. Teased for months, the video is a breath of fresh air in a hip hop world filled with similar aesthetics. A banger from the jump, check out the video for “Chiquita” above and be on the look our for more from Drelli.
With the release of his new project, mark, around the corner, Bobby Raps has dropped yet another track. Titled “Had 2,” the self produced banger sees Bobby in his more conventional style rapping bar after bar over the trap heavy beat. Although many people dispute the lyrical substance of “trap” rap, Bobby shows on “Had 2” that you can indeed spit fire bars over trap production. Lil Bae provides a short verse towards the end, rounding out another solid release, check out “Had 2” below.
Allan Kingdom took to Twitter last week to announce the release of a new music video, as well as the release of a new project dubbed Lines. Directed by Cole Bennett of Chicago based Lyrical Lemonade, the colorful visual fits the record well. The green screen approach isn’t always effective, but Bennett does a good job of keeping things fresh. Allan’s versatility shines bright, his prowess with auto-tune has translated into songs with a lot of depth. This one could easily hit air-waves just in time for the summer. Check out the video for “Know About It” above and keep an eye out for Lines April 7th.
The corner of Lyndale Avenue and Lake Street has gone through quite the transformation over the last few years. The new Country Bar, Iron Door Pub, and Lyn-Lake Brewery have breathed life into what was beginning to look like one of the southside’s biggest question marks. If you remember Rusty Quarters, 1Up, or any of the other failed attempts at arcade bars, you know that the people over at the newly established Up-Down are definitely on to something.
The bar feels like an arcade first which is a great thing, they offer a wide array of games including pineball, jumbo jenga and ski-ball. You’ll see plenty of your favorites like The Simpsons, Off-Road, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and NBA JAM, but there are also plenty of gems in their collection. If you came for the booze you wont be disappointed, Up-Down offers around 60 taps as well as a full bar. Food? They have a small kitchen that serves up pizza by the slice, not mind blowing but definitely a good filler between pints. Pinball aficionados might scoff at the limited selection, but you’d be hard pressed to find a better one in the cities. Be aware that this place can get packed during evening hours and over the weekend, if you’re there to play you should aim for week days or earlier hours.
Up-Down is by far the best “barcade” I’ve ever been to in the Twin Cities, there is plenty of room for improvement, but there really isn’t much to complain about either. If you follow our advice on when to attend you should be good, click the link below for their official website.
Location: 701 1st Avenue N, Minneapolis When: Thursday, March 16th @ 6PM
Long Beach’s own Vince Staples will be at First Avenue tomorrow evening. The Cali MC has come a long way and has definitely paid his dues with 3 solid projects, not to mention plenty of road experience. His “Life Aquatic” tour features woman of all trades, Kilo Kish, two great up and coming artists for the reasonable price of $20. This one is all ages and tickets are still available via the link below.
Location: 3090 Southlawn Dr, St. Paul When: Thursday, March 16th @ 8:30PM
Juicy J is now entering the final week of his “Rubba Band Business” tour with the remaining stops being St. Paul, Chicago, and Milwaukee. Myth nightclub is a favorite of Juicy’s, so it’s no surprise that the Memphis artist will once again play the suburban venue. Palestinian-Canadian MC, Belly, will open up the night rounding out what should be a good time. This show is 18+ and general admission tickets are still available for $32, you can also grab VIP meet & greet passes for $115, click the link below to buy yours now.