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.
When: Friday, April 7th @ 10PM
Allan Kingdom recently garnered another Grammy nomination all while maintaining a strong presence in his home base of Minnesota. The So Cold Records front-man is preparing to release his newest project, Lines, which is also arguably his most highly anticipated. His new single “Know About It” has made ALL of the rounds as of late, lets just hope that it’s just the tip of the iceberg. Allan K sounds like the next big thing, he’s definitely put in the work. Not much is known about Lines, so I guess we’ll just have to attend the show to find out what’s in store. This event is 18+ RSVP tickets are still available for $10 ($15 @ door), click the link below to buy yours now.
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.
Jugrnaut just released a new tee shirt celebrating the life of the late great J Dilla. The legendary Detroit producer remains an inspiration to artists from around the world, the guys from Jugrnaut specifically giving a nod to his classic album Donuts. Unfortunately for those outside of the Chicago area, this drop is in-store only for now. These will be limited, so head down to Jugrnaut if you like what you see.
Last Sunday, Phantogram headlined the Palace Theater for the final night of the venue’s re-opening weekend. The sold out space was HUGE, cavernous at the upper levels, but the views were solid from pretty much all angles. The crowd arrived ready to have a good time and opening band, The Veldt, did a great job of harnessing that energy. The snow was falling outside, but you wouldn’t have known it by the size of the crowd just before Phantogram went on. The stage display made their performance even more dazzling and lead singer Sarah Barthel was electric from the moment that she stepped on stage. The sound throughout the evening was excellent as well as the lighting, the Palace is worthy of it’s place among Minneapolis’ top venues. Phantogram played a gamut of their most recent hits, including an encore performance that gave everyone more than their money’s worth. A stunning display, I’d recommend buying your tickets early the next time they’re in town. Check out the photos above and be on the look our for more from Phantogram.
Location: 910 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis
When: Fri-Sun, March 10th-12th // varying times
Legendary comedian Chris Rock will be live at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Minneapolis. Rock has been quiet since hosting the Oscars last year, but his “Total Blackout” tour has proven successful despite the absence. His 3 night stint will no doubt be a riot, Chris Rock is arguably one of the best stand up comedians of all time. Click the link below for information regarding tickets.
The Cool Kids are heating up as of late with recent news breaking that they’ve been working on a new project. Their latest release is titled “Running Man” and features Houston MC Maxo Kream. The up beat banger is primed for the streets, all three artists put forth solid verses playing off each others energy. Chuck’s production is still as crisp as ever, check out “Running Man” above and keep an eye out for more from The Cool Kids.
Location: 1265 Snelling Avenue N, Minneapolis
When: Sunday, May 28th @ 11AM-9:30PM
The good people from Rhymesayers recently announced the lineup for their annual Soundset Music Festival. Last year was the first year at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds and the event proved to be a huge success. This year’s festival features another STACKED lineup with performances from Ms Lauryn Hill, Gucci Mane, Travi$ Scott, T.I., Lil Uzi Vert, Pusha T, Talib Kweli, and Denzel Curry among MANY others. Locals on this years lineup include the stand4rd, Nazeem & Spencer Joles, Mod Sun, Zuluzuluu, Sophia Eris, and J. Plaza, all of whom deserve their respective slots. General admission tickets are currently available for $74, if you want to go all out you can buy VIP tickets (18+ only) for $194. Although the event will probably not sell out, ticket prices increase as we get closer to the event date; it would be wise to purchase your tickets sooner rather than later. Click the link below for tickets and more information regarding the festival.