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.”
Dwynell Roland broke out big in 2016 after the release of his project, The Popular Nobody. He kept the momentum going into 2017 supporting P.O.S on the western leg of his national tour, an opportunity that proved the valuable for the young artist. He recently did an in-studio performance of his song, “Whirlwind,” with The Current. Joined only by producer Travis Gorman, Dwynell’s vocals sound remarkably identical to the actual recording. Check out the performance for yourself above and keep an eye out for more from Dwynell Roland.
Drelli and the So Cold team have been heating up lately with all of the members recently firing off new music. With Allan currently traversing Europe for his “Lines” tour and Finding Novyon preparing to release his debut album, That’s My Dawg, Drelli is making waves of his own with a new record titled “White T.” His 3rd release in a month, Drelli’s sound appears to be growing with each new release. Allan Kingdom & Finding Novyon provide melodic support creating a vibe that sucks the listener right in. Ephemeral in nature, “White T” will have you pressing replay as soon as it ends, check it out above and stay tuned for more from Drelli.
The south side’s own Metasota recently announced his first headlining tour! A busy man no doubt, he wrapped up another tour with Prof, Finding Novyon and Willie Wonka earlier this year. The “Black Excellence” tour will also feature local heavy weights Greg Grease and The Lioness, a formidable squad for any stage. Mark your calendars and make sure to keep out for more info regarding tour dates.
Location: 1400 12th Avenue NE, Minneapolis
When: Saturday, May 20th @ 9PM
Art-A-Whirl weekend is nearly upon us and the festivities are looking as good, if not better than any previous year. The people from Public Functionary and CMND + CTRL, will join forces for “Aphotic,” a late night party that will include live production, artwork, and DJ sets. Psymun and Devata Daun will both show off their live production skills while DJ Just Nine, DJ Frank Castle, and Ms. Lakesha provide DJ sets. This one is only $5, they may even have a small bar for attendees who are 21+. Click the link below for more information.
Location: 501 Cedar Avenue S, Minneapolis
When: Thursday, May 18th @ 9PM
GainesFM, KT, and the entire Free Minds family have put in A TON of work over the years, but over the last year they have begun to build a certified empire. They’ll celebrate their birthday’s tonight at the Nomad, the event will feature sets from Finding Novyon, Chance York, Lyric Marid, Travis Gorman, DJ Smoove, and Baby Ghost. A solid lineup for the price of $10, this one is 21+ and tickets can be purchased at the door.
Devon Reason Has released 3 new songs over the last month, his latest featuring Baby Shel. Produced by Travis Gorman, the bass rolls along luring the listener into a hypnotic nod. Devon Reason has always been known for his firey delivery reminding you why on “No Reply.” 2 of the Twin Cities’ sharpest lyricists, Baby Shel and Reason go back and forth, bar after bar. A track that’s bound to have a few venues rocking this summer, check out “No Reply” above.
Allan Kingdom’s debut album, Lines, released earlier this year to wide spread acclaim. The young, St. Paul based artist has grown into one of the state’s most impressive musical exports. One of the standout songs on the album featured his long time collaborator, Denzel Curry. Dubbed “The Fusion,” the visual sees AK as a mad scientist of sorts confined to a lab full of beakers. Allan’s features felt very deliberate on Lines, Denzel Curry puts forth a great verse capping off a song that should definitely see some radio time. Check out the video for “The Fusion” above and keep an eye out for more from Allan Kingdom.
Location: 917 Cedar Avenue S, Minneapolis
When: Tuesday, May 16th @ 7PM
TDE’s been having a strong year, Schoolboy Q continues to be a fan favorite and Kendrick Lamar recently dropped what might turn out to be the best album of 2017. Ab’s most recent album, Do What Thou Wilt. was well received across media outlets, it also solidified him as an artist to be reckoned with. His “YMF” tour will make a stop at The Cabooze tomorrow for what should be a good show. The event will also feature Little Simz, but don’t be surprised if local wordsmith Metasota is spotted either. General admission tickets are still available for $24, if you want to go the extra mile you can buy the meet & greet package for $64. This one is 18+, click the link below to grab tickets.
Finding Novyon re-emerged last week with the lead single off of his upcoming album, That’s My Dawg. Titled “Never Too High,” the Girard Hennepin produced record comes in smooth at the beginning but drops hard at the :35 second mark. Novyon attacks the record with vengeance giving fans insight into his remarkable journey. Known for his high energy records, Novy channels that same energy into this introspective banger. P.O.S bridges the transitions with a barrage of heavy bars, his latest album Chill, Dummy is quite possibly his best, and he has continued to feature on tracks with a variety of artists. Finding Novyon sounds locked in, “Never Too High” is a track that sets him apart from his peers, check it out above and be on the look out for That’s My Dawg.