Location: 701 First Avenue N, Minneapolis When: Saturday, August 30th @ 9PM
August has been a busy month and there are still a couple of dope events left. The So Cold Dance Party looks like yet another good time. DJ Tiiiiiiiiiip (10 i’s), Bobby Raps, James Franken, Finding Novyon & Dylan LP will all take the stage, rounding out a solid night. The event is 18+ and the door is only $5, what more could you ask for? As the summer starts to wind down, this might be one of the last big events to go down, click the link below for tickets.
Location: 2346 W 7th Street, St. Paul When: Saturday, July 12th // 8PM-Midnight
Dynasty Chinese in St. Paul is looking like the place to be early tonight. James Franken, Frankie Bash and Famous Seamus will all perform along with Alejandro P on the 1s & 2s. There will be free cream cheese wontons to go along with the dope music, however; there will only be 70 people permitted so you should get there early. The event is $5 for girls and $8 for guys, if you’re looking for something to kick off your Saturday night this might be it.
As the city of Minneapolis’ Hip Hop scene continues to grow, St. Paul has began to emerge with it’s own wave of new talent on the rise. Among artists like Bobby Raps, Allan Kingdom and the guys from Egotic Records; we’ve began to notice a kid by the name of James Franken. Vogz originally put me on, then a few days ago his new album Springing Forward was sent our way. Upon listening I was quite surprised, we get a lot of sub-par music and this was definitely far….far from some of the BS that immediately hit’s our Recycle Bin. The album’s production is air tight with guys like Frankie Bash, Alejandro P and Prim.Cuts all offering up some ill instrumentals. James is no slouch either, his flow is something from yesteryear, precise and calculated with substance to go along. Peep the tape below and make sure to keep your eye on this kid, you’re sure to hear a lot more from him soon.
A few days ago, Frankie Bash released his debut album, Live & Adapt, which features production by Frankie himself, Bobby Raps and Alejandro P. With the opening of “Boom”, to the real life stories in “Rid Rap Injustice”, the record offers a nice variety by taking us through ups and downs. As we make our way deeper into the album, it’s quite apparent that it was carefully crafted. Each song is high in production quality, as its crisp sound noticeably shines throughout, making for one complete album. Feel free to sit back and stream it here, or snag the download below, and make sure to keep two eyes and ears out for all the previous names mentioned.
The St. Paul native recently released his album, The Chronicles of Misconception. The album features a nice variety of heavy hitters and some laid-back cruisers. One of the standout tracks, “Alive,” possesses a lyrical genius backed with a mesmerizing beat by Alejandro P. Overall, this is yet another solid hip-hop album released by another fellow MN artist. Peep the album and stay locked for more.