Our “All City” series is a collection of some of our current favorites from the Twin Cities. The series is meant to introduce music from the Twin Cities’ scene to wider national/international audiences. This installment features the likes of Allan Kingdom, Drelli, Finding Novyon, K. Raydio, Greg Grease and Dwynell Roland among others. We hope you enjoy All City Vol. 5 as much as we do, check it out below and stay tuned for volume 6.
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.
The homie Finding Novyon took to Twitter last week to release his debut album, That’s My Dawg. The budding Minneapolis artist has continued to be a fixture within the Twin Cities hip hop scene, 1 part of the newly formed So Cold Records, he looks to ride the momentum into 2018. From someone who has seen Novyon work from a relatively unknown artist, into one that is leading his peers; That’s My Dawg feels like the culmination of all that hard work. Everything learned along the way, all of the progress and preparation seems locked into this body of work, a testament to just how far the kid has come. Tracks like “Kiss The Sky” and “Get Involved” further illustrate his aforementioned work ethic, while records like the Allan Kingdom assisted “Tall Hills” take the listener for a carefree journey. The few features on the album are deliberate and well placed, another sign that That’s My Dawg is a cut above your average release. Although there is no doubting that Finding Novyon has a lot more room for growth and a lot more hard work ahead, That’s My Dawg stands out among his projects as defined, something that signals his upward trajectory. Peep That’s My Dawg above and make sure to stay tuned for more from Finding Novyon.
Location: 205 E Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis When: Tuesday, June 20th @ 9:30PM
Ackronem has held down Honey for the entire month of June, bringing his “Summer School” residency to Northeast. The first two are in the books, but the 3rd of 4 will feature performances from Rich Garvey, Knucky Brown, Lifted Minds, and Gabriella Jacobs among others. These will be 18+ and the door is only $3 before 10PM ($5 after), click the link below for more information regarding the residency’s entire schedule.
So Cold Records has emerged as the most buzzing label/collective of hip hop artists among the youth in the Twin Cities. Front man Allan Kingdom recently announced the North American leg of his Lines tour, he’ll be joined by fellow So Cold artists, Finding Novyon and Drelli, among others. Over the last couple of months the trio has released more than a handful of tracks in various forms of collaboration with each other, “Relax” being one of their most recent. The Topper Atwood produced track thumps along and Allan’s masterful vocals provide a hook that instantly captures the listener. Allan and Drelli appear to be forming a Penny/Shaq, Stockton/Malone like duo, if these are just loose records we can’t wait to see what else So Cold has up their sleeves. Check out “Relax” above and keep an eye out for more information regarding Allan Kingdom’s Lines tour.
Atlanta artist, Father, took to Twitter yesterday (on Father’s Day) to release the visual for his infectiously buzzing new track “Hands.” Produced by MeltyCanon, the record feels jubilant and grimy at the same time. A variety of xylophone and bell tones are sprinkled over a hard, rumbling bass line, Father does what he does best injecting his quirky, off-canter style. The visual is equally stimulating as it follows a group of kids leaving havoc in their wake, you probably wont take away anything truly profound, but the video definitely displays an air of cool. Check out the video for yourself above and keep an eye out for more from Father.
Lizzo is currently touring the nation, but made a pit stop at the Vice offices to appear as a special guest on Desus & Mero’s show. The talented songstress fit right in providing plenty of funny moments and even a little chemistry with Desus Nice in particular. Lizzo continues to rise through the ranks of stardom, her music, attitude and work ethic will surely get her to where she wants to be.
The south side’s own Metasota is currently on his first headlining tour! A busy 1st half of the year 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: 3090 Southlawn Dr, Saint Paul When: Saturday, June 10th @ 6PM
Redman, Devin The Dude, and Dizzy Wright will all be at MYTH Nightclub this Saturday for an event that should be a smoker’s paradise. Redman and Devin are certified legends, while Dizzy Wright’s cult fan base makes for an interesting evening of music. The night will also feature performances from MayhemTheTruth, Lyric Marid, A.C.E, Bobby Hatfield, and Sake Red; a solid lineup full of Twin Cities support. This show is 18+ and both general admission tickets, as well as VIP balcony (21+) passes are still available for $40 and $60, respectively. Click the link below to buy yours now.