Finding Novyon has had a superb 2016. The kid has criss-crossed the nation performing shows from Philly to L.A. and everywhere in between, he even managed to blaze the stage at Soundset 2016 making his mark as one of the day’s stand out performers. One look at his Soundcloud will show a plethora of new music, Novy has released 3 (!) projects this year; living up to his reputation as one of Minneapolis’ hardest working artists. A couple of weeks ago he dropped, Super Saiyan 2 the follow up to February’s hit Super Saiyan. A step away from the more laid back sounds of Believe in MPLS, Novy doubles down with a barrage of high octane bangers. Production from Sonny Digital dots the track list while Ness Nite, Webster X, Jace and Curtis Williams of Two-9 fill the only features. We can’t wait to see some of these live, check out Super Saiyan 2 above and be on the look out for more from Finding Novyon.
Late Arrival, whom hails out of MPLS, recently released their visual for “Drifting”. The video, mainly showcases visuals around NE, Minneapolis – the duos current home. With a late night ride on a ferris wheel, a stroll down Lowry, and a quick stop at the train station – it’s clear where they stay. This is the first time the hip-hop duo landed into the mix here at MADE and with the brand new release of their album, Hamartia, it’s only right to show Late Arrival some love. Peep the video above and press play to experience their latest project.
Minneapolis’ southside has been making a lot of noise as of late with a plethora of artists emerging outside of that classic “southside” sound. One such artist is Lucien Parker, a true MC that weaves intricate and heartfelt stories into his verses with ease. Lucien recently dropped an EP dubbed Take A Breath, a soulful, jazz influenced record that actually feels good to listen to. Splashes of J. Cole & Chance The Rapper are undertones when one looks at the entire project, sure there is plenty of work to be done, but Lucien Parker is definitely on the right track. Word around town is that he’ll join Milwaukee artist Wave Chappelle on tour at the top of the year, if you like what you hear you can catch him LIVE next Saturday at The Creek. Click the link below for more info and check out Lucien Parker’s Take A Breath EP below.
The South side’s own Greg Grease recently dropped a new EP for all of our listening pleasure. Titled Motif ii, the 3 track EP is an exercise in introspection mixed with stark social commentary. Grease continues to drop quality over quantity, a true wordsmith in a world where that word is used way too much. Motif ii breezes by in under 10 minutes, the replay value on this one is through the roof. Hopefully this is just a glimpse at what’s to come in the near future, until then, check out Greg Grease’s Motif ii EP above.
A few days ago, veteran Twin Cities MC BlaccOut Garrison released his new EP, Hungry Soulful. It’s been a little bit since we’ve gotten a full project from BlaccOut, but he’s steadily re-emerging after a short hiatus. The 6 track EP is an introspective glimpse into BlaccOut’s mind, trials and tribulations. The 1st record, “Bite The Bullet” opens the project nicely and sets the tone for what’s to follow. Soulful indeed, Hungry Soulful is chalk full of substance, it feels very polished and deliberate. BlaccOut displays a high level of lyricism throughout, don’t be afraid to press rewind a few times. A solid body of work from the playful “Strawberry Cheesecake Dessert” to the trunk rattling “Cost Is Wild/Feel It.” Check out the Hungry Soulful EP below and stay tuned for more from BlaccOut Garrison.
Chicago has continued it’s upward trend in 2015 whether we’re talking Kanye West, Chance The Rapper or some of the fresher talent like Hurt Everybody, Saba, Mick Jenkins and Alex Wiley. One of the hardest trios in Chicago’s (national underground) hip hop scene keeps coming with heat at every turn. Made up of producer/MCs Supa Bwe, Carl and producer Mulatto, Hurt Everybody progresses with each new release setting a new precedence for the rest of the scene. Their most recent project 2K47 features some of the city’s most prominent up and comers in Mick Jenkins, Alex Wiley, Saba, Logan with a special appearance from the Chi-town legend Twista. A very well rounded project with everything from high energy club bangers to contemplative and rhythmic ballads, 2K47 has something for all hip hop lovers to enjoy. Peep the mixtape below and make sure to keep an eye out for more from Hurt Everybody.
New Jersey duo Ho9909 recently dropped a new EP titled HORRORS of 1999. The band’s Mutant Freax project of late last year brought forth a lot of national attention, since then they’ve continued to crush all obstacles including one of SXSW’s highlight performances. The punk inspired hip hop, or hip hop inspired punk…. fuck that it’s Ho9909, these guys are bringing a fresh sound to the table and they make it look easy. HORRORS of 1999 leans closer to the punk side of the spectrum, chaotic drums and screeching vocals adorn the record giving it a kind of horrible beauty. Terribly good, HORRORS of 1999 wont disappoint the open minded, check it out above and catch Ho9909 LIVE this Saturday at The Fucking Best Show Ever.
St. Paul collective, Natural, recently released a new EP titled Saturday for all of our listening pleasure. Unique in it’s composition and overall sound, Saturday meshes various genres into a new. Soft melodies compliment the drifting instrumentals, we love the way these guys incorporate actual sounds from nature into their records as well. At a length of only 15 mins, Saturday breezes by before you know it, a great record to throw on during a drive. At first listen you might be taken aback, especially if you have shitty speakers/headphones, but trust me, put on some quality headphones and give it a listen from front to back.
It’s been awhile since we’ve heard from Corbin (formerly Spooky Black), but he and Bobby Raps changed all of that yesterday with the release of their Couch Potato EP. The 6 track collaboration is filled with dreamy instrumentals and lofty vocals, their early chemistry is proving true. Corbin seems firmly planted on this project, anyone who has seen him live knows the kid can sing and he further illustrates the point. Bobby Raps is not to be forgotten either, his production and versatility shines through on every track as he switches between rapping and singing. A great project from 2 of the Twin Cities’ fastest rising artists, check out Couch Potato below.
Supa Bwe recently dropped a new EP via Twitter for all of our listening pleasure. Titled, Dead Again, the 3 track EP is a glimpse at Supa’s current direction. As of late, the Chicago artist has been a lot quieter than we’ve grown accustomed to; it’s definitely nice to see he’s still at work. Each of these tracks contrast each other with a variety of sounds being used, the homie RIO even secures a feature on “MAJIN GUWOP.” Just enough to excite the ears, we’ll definitely be keeping a close eye on Supa and the Hurt Everybody crew. Check out Dead Again above and be on the look out for more.