Location: 701 1st Avenue N, Minneapolis When: Friday, September 1st @ 6:30PM
TDE artist SZA has had a stellar 2017 behind the release of her highly anticipated album, CTRL. Received with critical acclaim across just about every major publication, SZA’s debut charted as high as #3 on the Billboard 200 (US). She’ll be live at First Avenue’s main room along with Smino and Ravyn Lenae, tickets for The Cabooze show sold out so fast that the location was moved to allow for more ticket sales. This is an all ages show and it is SOLD OUT, if you’re dying to go you’ll have to check Craigslist or deal with scalpers.
For the month of September, Fifth Element will hold their monthly open mic with Christopher Michael Jensen as the host. Softporecorn will kick off the night with a set during the 5-6pm registration period. From 6-8pm artists of all ages will have 3 minutes on the mic to showcase their skills. Artists can bring USB drives or phones containing their music, if you get the chance to perform be courteous and wait until all of the performers are finished before leaving. Whether you think you have what it takes to shine or simply want to try out some new stuff in front of peers, make sure to mark your calendars.
It’s no secret that Muja Messiah is one of the Twin Cities’ most impressive lyricists, yesterday he proved once again why he has earned such admiration. Freshly married and just ahead of his upcoming album release with Roc Marciano, Muja tears the booth to shreds with a spitfire freestyle over a medley of instrumentals. Greats have a way of making it look easy and that’s exactly what Muja Messiah does in the above video. Check it out and make sure to keep an eye out for Saran Rap, which is due out October 13th
The guys from Phenom have always been super clean while remaining low key. They’ve found a great aesthetic and clientele base that has allowed them to branch out into California with a 3rd location. As of late things have been slow for their flagship releases, but their “Gold Script” tee has been turning heads. Flashy, yet clean, the “Gold Script” tee is currently available for $32. If you like what you see, click the link below for a better look.
Location: 913 Cedar Avenue S, Minneapolis When: Saturday, September 9th @ 4PM
Over the last few years PROF Outdoors has ended the summer season of block parties with a bang and this year looks no different. The event will be headlined by SHREDDERS, an off-shoot project of the Doomtree camp consisting of local legends P.O.S, Sims, Lazerbeak, and Paper Tiger. Brooklyn’s own Underachievers will also take the stage as well as Mac Lethal, Finding Novyon, Cashinova, and DJ Fundo. These guys always have a few tricks up their sleeves, so don’t be surprised if you see a few special guests throughout the day. This one is all ages and tickets are still available for $25 ($30 @ door), click the link below to buy yours now.
Location: 726 Central Avenue SE, Minneapolis When: Saturday, August 12th // 3PM-7PM
This Saturday, the homies from No Flashy Shit will be joining forces with AK Collective, Shepherd Goods & Lamb Chops, and Marena for a pop-up shop. The event will showcase clothing, jewelry and artwork, and we’re sure you’ll see a few exclusive items available. The pop-up is free and is kid friendly, click the link below to check out No Flashy Shit’s official website and a few recaps of previous pop-ups.
Location: 913 Cedar Avenue S, Minneapolis When: Friday, July 28th @ 8PM
Brooklyn born, ATL bred rapper/singer Nessly will be live at The Cabooze this Friday. He broke out in a major way in 2016 with his Solo Boy Band EP and has continued his upward trajectory in 2017 with a slew of bangers via Soundcloud, most notably “Falling Down.” The event will also feature opening performances from GainesFM, SPVCE, The Hooligans, and Student 1 among others. This one is 18+ and tickets can still be purchased in advance for $15 ($20 @ door), click the link below to buy yours now.
As the anticipation builds for Vic Mensa’s new album, The Autobiography: As Told By Vic Mensa, He’s followed his critically acclaimed mixtape with what appears to be a first single. Titled “Wings,” the record features 2 legendary artists in Pharrell Williams and Saul Williams, no relation. Over the years Vic has really showed us that is as versatile as any artist out there, “Wings” is another example of how his technical songwriting continues to expand. Still a half decade away from 30, Vic Mensa’s journey thus far has been enthralling to say the least. If “Wings” is an indicator of what to expect from his upcoming album, lets just say he’s raised the bar. Check it out below and stay tuned for more from Vic Mensa.
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.
Over the last year or so, we’ve grown quite fond of Lubi, the 18 yr old artist currently making waves out the Twin Cities area. His most recent offering comes in the form of quick loosie titled “FIVE.” The WEST1NE produced instrumental is laid back and piano driven, as Lubi heaves bar after bar, the record begins to transform with more sounds being layered. Lyrically Lubi possesses a prowess beyond his years and it appears that he is becoming more comfortable with his own sound. “FIVE” is a solid example of Lubi’s abilities as a pure MC, check out the record above and stay tuned for more from Lubi.