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.
Chicago artist Energe recently released another new track for his growing fan base, titled “Options.” Produced by Hardii, the up beat, dynamic instrumental allows for Energe to show off all of his strengths. As the beat transitions, Energe switches up his flows and cadences with ease delivering unwavering vocals. Another solid release from an artist who should definitely be on your radar. Check out “Options” above and stay tuned for more from Energe.
The homie Energe is on FIRE! The kid has dropped 4 tracks within the last month, what more do you want? The melodic instrumental allows Energe to show off his vocal range while maintaining somewhat of a gritty flow. A party track no doubt, “C.O.A” feels like a toast for friends and fans a like. Check out “C.O.A” above and be on the look out for more from Energe.
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.
Nazeem & Spencer Joles are heating up right now coming off their recent Soundset 2017 announcement. That’s right, the south side kids made the cut this year and also appear to be working on a new EP. Dubbed Years of Obscurity, the first offering from the project comes in the form of a new video titled “Lake St.”. The fight club-esque visual completes the songs gritty aesthetic, we could definitely get used to the kid Liban starring in videos. Chill with a splash of tension underneath the surface, “Lake St.” actually does a good job capturing the feeling of the real street. Check out the video above and be on the look out for more from Nazeem & Spencer Joles.
Minneapolis artist, GYM, took to Twitter yesterday to release his new mixtape Low Noise Vol. 1. Obviously hinting at more to come, the 5 track project breezes by at just under 20 mins. GYM really seems to be establishing his sound while continuing to push new boundaries. Check out Low Noise Vol. 1 above for yourself and be on the look out for more from GYM.
A few weeks ago we began getting acquainted with the music of St. Paul producer _whtspce. His latest offering, Pale Cocoon, is described as a “fusion of hip hop rhythm, ambient soundscapes, and glitchy sound design to conceptualize my love (obsession really…) for Bushido and our earths’ moon.” Stoic and unwavering, we found that “nightfall” embodies this very spirit really well. Constant and calculated, yet cold, the instrumental seems to morph as it floats along. Check out “nightfall” above and be on the look out for Pale Cocoon in it’s entirety.
It’s hard to believe that Chester Watson is still only 19 years old. After first being introduced to his music in 2012, then eventually meeting him in 2014; it feels as if the kid is a weathered veteran. He recently took to Bandcamp to drop a tape titled Past Cloaks, a collection of fan favorites and loose records that never made the final cuts. Through the years Chester has shown a penchant for highly complex lyricism, many continue to regard him as one of the brightest mcs in the next generation. Check out Past Cloaks below and click the link for his official Bandcamp page.
A couple of weeks ago we received a track from Lubi dubbed “Antisocial.” As you can probably guess from the title, the record is laced with feelings of isolation, but the instrumental gives off a triumphant vibe as opposed to one of a darker nature. A “show turner” no doubt, this is the type of track that might just make the venue go crazy. Check out “Antisocial” above and be on the look out for more from Lubi as he prepares is 2017 debut.