Darren Sipity is one of Minnesota’s better pure MCs with a propensity for quick witted wordplay and slick metaphors. A few days back he sent us his new track “Shinaab Faces” which came as a pleasant surprise. Produced by Musikal, Sipity rides the laid back instrumental with heavy doses of introspection, reminiscing about times passed. A good one to kick back and roll one up to, check out “Shinaab Faces” above and stay tuned for more from Darren Sipity.
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.
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.
The east coast never has a shortage of musicians and artists breaking out and Philly band, Palm is no exception. The group recently released their EP, Shadow Expert, via Carpark Records, the 6 track project bound tightly with a wide variety of eclectic records. Lead singles “Walkie Talkie” and the title track, “Shadow Expert” engage the listener with a kaleidoscope of sounds and rhythms, by the time you land on track 3 you should already be sucked in. Their sunny and vibrant sound is perfect for the encroaching summer months, like moving gears this album presses along right until it’s final moments. Check out Shadow Expert above, if you like what you hear they’ll be in town at the top of July as they continue their nationwide tour. Click the link below for more information regarding their upcoming Turf Club show.
We’ve been following this kid for quite some time now and his improvements have shown each step of the way. His last release was at the beginning of 2017, but Lubi recently took to Soundcloud to release a new track titled “Eyes.” Short and sweet, the record’s laid back, breezy vibe is a ballad of love. With spring upon us and the warmer months of summer ahead, this track fits the current weather very well. Lubi shows off his versatility offering a hook that will surely have fans singing along. Check out “Eyes” above and make sure to keep an eye out for more from Lubi.
The SPVCE crew has seen an uptick in activity as of late with multiple members releasing new music while taking stages across the metro. Despite some misunderstandings the crew is as solid as ever, Dogfood Media assisting their rise with well captured visuals. GoodKarmaNiles recently dropped a new video titled, “Paper Racer,” gritty and dark in signature SPVCE style it holds true to the record’s feel. St. Paul’s own Tek and one of the southside’s youngest up and comers, Hard R, contribute solid verses; it’s good to get a better look at the entirety of the crew on the same track. At the very end you’ll get a bonus look at “Ghost & Gordan,” check out the video for “Paper Racer” above and be on the look out for the full “Ghost & Gordans.”
Capital Ode has always dropped quality music on a consistent basis, his first release of 2017, Dollar Menu, continues that trend. Ode dedicates the EP to a Wendy’s employee who once clowned him for paying for his order with change, a nod to every kid who has done the same. The 4 track project is entirely produced by Drum Fu, his jazzy production laying the foundation for Capital Ode’s refined lyricism. Flashes of next level artistry abound, Capital Ode continues to progress with each new release. Check out Dollar Menu above an be on the look out for more from Capital Ode.
If you don’t know about Greg Grease, we don’t know where the fuck you’ve been over the last few years. A member of the critically acclaimed group, Zuluzuluu, Greg Grease continues to push the boundaries of his sound. With his latest offering he’s back to his roots with a track dubbed “Migraine.” A collaborative effort, Psymun, Greg Grease, and Trelly Mo all contributed to the production. That formula turned into a beautiful beat for Greg Grease to bring us closer to his thoughts. An artist that has never taken a step back, Greg Grease demonstrates exactly why he is one of the most highly regarded creatives in the Twin Cities. We’re very excited to see what’s next from Grease, peep “Migraine” above and stay tuned for more.
Right now, the Twin Cities’ hip hop scene is probably the deepest it’s ever been. For the first time in years, artists are breaking into the mainstream, drawing more attention than ever to our region; not to mention the Grammy and Emmy nods. South St. Paul’s Sieed Brown has definitely put his time in, an accomplished artist of his own, Brown recently released a new track titled “2 3.” Produced by StuhnnahBeatz, the playful instrumental is perfect for the sunny days ahead. Sieed strings tightly placed bars together without hesitation, another solid track from one of St. Paul’s up and comers. Check out “2 3” above and stay tuned for more from Sieed Brown.
Mac Irv is arguably one of the Twin Cities most slept on heavy hitters. Hailing from Minneapolis’ northside, Irv’s tales of redemption and street grit have begun to resonate throughout the cities. His latest video “Misfits” delivers a powerful message while still captivating the listener musically. The visual shows how a few minor decisions can possibly change the outcome of one’s day, a scuffle at the corner store, a will to not fold under peer pressure; lessons to be learned for any kid growing up in the inner city. Check out the video for “Misfits” above and be on the look out for more from Mac Irv.