Location: 318 N 1st Avenue, Minneapolis When: Tuesday, September 19th @ 7:30PM
The guys from Free Minds took things to an entirely different level in 2017. Not only do they throw some of the biggest shows in the state, their artists are starting to be at the forefront of the Twin Cities’ hip hop scene. Tonight, they’re bringing Baton Rouge’s own, YoungBoy Never Broke Again, up for his first appearance in the Twin Cities. The 17 yr old rapper took off after the release of his 2016 mixtape 38 Baby, then managed to dodge an attempted murder charge, among a slew of other mixtape releases. Free Minds’ own GainesFM will open up the night while Tiiiiiiiiiip holds down the 1s & 2s. This show is 18+ and GA tickets are still available for $20 or you can upgrade to reserved seating for $35. Click the link below to buy yours now.
Earlier this year, KAS released a record titled “Arizona,” but has since pulled back on new releases. That trend began to change earlier this month with his feature on Squire’s track “Daydream.” Last week, he popped back up with a self produced record dubbed, “Nirvana;” which sees a feature from songstress Joz. KAS has a way with vibes and Joz’ vocals help to add texture throughout the entire song. The kid has really grown into himself as an artist and looks like one of the more versatile up and comers. Another solid record from KAS, don’t be surprised if you hear this one on the radio. Check out “Nirvana” above and make sure to stay tuned for more from KAS.
Location: 20 E Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis When: Thursday, September 21st @ 9PM
Pledge Empire Records’ Prince Carlton continues his series of artist themed dance parties with “Nas Day.” Northeast’s, Honey, will play host to the event which is billed strictly as a dance party, meaning that there wont be any live performances. These have drawn some major crowds and word around town is that there will be a special Nas cake revealed at some point in the night. This show is 21+ and tickets are currently available for $10, click the link below to buy yours now.
The CRAM boys have had a busy year, whether performing at festivals across the nation or opening for national headliners in the Twin Cities, these guys are clearly making their mark. Front man Jaylap recently released a visual for a solo track dubbed “Do Like Me.” The record’s wavy production mixes perfectly with Jaylap’s infectious chorus, while the visuals provide a nice compliment. Say what you want, it’s obvious that Jaylap and the CRAM guys are doing something right. Check out the video above and be on the look out for more from CRAM.
At this point it’s no secret to Minnesotans that J Kelr & Finding Novyon dropped one of the most highly totted albums of 2016. Since then Finding Novyon has made the move to L.A. amidst what almost feels like an exodus of talent from the Twin Cities region. A few weeks back the duo dropped the instrumental version of their album, but also released a record that may not have made the initial cut. “Hennepin Ave” is a smooth ride down memory lane, Novyon attacks the MC friendly production with the precision of a boxer preparing for the next big match. Bars overflowing with honesty offer a rare glimpse into the downside of the “come up,” check out “Hennepin Ave” below and stay tuned for more from Finding Novyon.
The SPVCE crew has been on the move as of late notably taking over PYRMD & Icehouse on any given night of the week. Rapper, artist, producer, and supreme cheefer, RP Hooks; will be holding his birthday celebration at Icehouse with a cast of DJs that should keep the party going all night. The event will feature sets from DJ Cam Jones, DJ BVCKWOODS, DJ Neekasodope, Koffa, and special guest Topper Atwood. If you know like we know, you can bet the on stage performances wont stop there, this one is 21+ and the door is only $7.
The kid Lubi has been quiet as of late. Calculated and precise, Lubi has taken his opportunities in stride showing out at GO95’s “Shut Up & Rap” showcase, while working on music behind the scenes. His latest offering strays away from his usual methods in a great way, it’s obvious that he is versatile, but it’s also obvious that he is feeling out exactly where his “sound” might transcend. Accompanied by Drey Nasty, the record has a radio feel, not to mention the flex production credit from Chicago’s own Martin $ky. Two artist that you NEED to keep on your radar, check out “Fear” above and make sure to keep an eye out for more from Lubi and Drey Nasty.
The A$AP Mob is getting set to embark on their long awaited national tour. The “Too Cozy” tour only has 20 stops, but it stretches across the country hitting just about every major city along the way, Minneapolis landing in mid October. The tour will also feature Playboi Carti, Key!, and the Cozy Boys, while A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg and the rest of the crew headline. This show is all ages and tickets can still be purchased in advance for $45, click the link below to buy yours now.
Location: 701 1st Avenue N, Minneapolis When: Friday, September 8th @ 10PM
Nazeem & Spencer Joles are two of the brightest young artists emerging within the Twin Cities hip hop scene. The duo followed up their 2016 project, The Album, with this years critically acclaimed, Years of Obscurity; it’s hard to imagine that they could have progressed so much. Arguably Minnesota’s best hip hop releases of 2017, Years of Obscurity feels like something that marks the beginning of a larger quest. The two will be live at First Avenue’s 7th Street Entry tonight along with DJ Keezy, the door is 18+ and tickets are still available for only $10. This is a must see show that will most likely sell out, click the link below to buy your tickets now.