The A$AP Mob is currently riding the wave off the Cozy Tapes: Vol.2, while they continue their international “Too Cozy” tour. The 17 track project is a kaleidoscope of fresh production and features from a few industry giants like Big Sean, Gucci Mane, Frank Ocean, and Quavo. Cozy Tapes: Vol.2 feels like a mixtape which in this day and age is actually a good thing, the record has a looseness about it that suggests that there is much more to come. A$AP Rocky obviously serves as the ring leader, but Ferg, Twelvyy, Na$t, and Playboi Carti all show off notable verses. As the A$AP Mob grows into a formidable label of cohorts it will be interesting to see how they manage all of these individual identities. Check out Cozy Tapes: Vol.2 below via iTunes and make sure to click the link below for tickets to their Minneapolis tour stop.
Location: 6 W 6th Street, St. Paul When: Thursday, September 21st @ 8PM
St. Paul’s own Corbin (F.K.A Spooky Black) will make his hometown tour stop next Thursday. It’s hard to believe that the kid has experienced so much success and is still only 19, his latest project, Mourn, further establishes him as one of the best in his class. L.A producers and Wedidit members, Shlohmo and D33J; will accompany Corbin rounding out what should be an awesome show. This show is 18+ and tickets are still available for only $20, click the link below to buy yours now before they sell out.
The CRAM boys have had a busy year, whether performing at festivals across the nation or opening for national headliners in the Twin Cities, these guys are clearly making their mark. Front man Jaylap recently released a visual for a solo track dubbed “Do Like Me.” The record’s wavy production mixes perfectly with Jaylap’s infectious chorus, while the visuals provide a nice compliment. Say what you want, it’s obvious that Jaylap and the CRAM guys are doing something right. Check out the video above and be on the look out for more from CRAM.
The kid Lubi has been quiet as of late. Calculated and precise, Lubi has taken his opportunities in stride showing out at GO95’s “Shut Up & Rap” showcase, while working on music behind the scenes. His latest offering strays away from his usual methods in a great way, it’s obvious that he is versatile, but it’s also obvious that he is feeling out exactly where his “sound” might transcend. Accompanied by Drey Nasty, the record has a radio feel, not to mention the flex production credit from Chicago’s own Martin $ky. Two artist that you NEED to keep on your radar, check out “Fear” above and make sure to keep an eye out for more from Lubi and Drey Nasty.
Minneapolis isn’t very well known for it’s Jamaican cuisine, but a little food court stall from the Burnsville Mall has began making big waves in south Minneapolis. On a summer day you can’t miss Pimento, reggae can be heard blasting from the open store front from at least half a block away. Within that block you’ll no doubt smell the chicken & pork that’s been catching people’s attention. Formerly neighbors, Tomme Beevas linked his home recipes with Yoni Reinharz’ business savvy and a restaurant was born. After winning the Food Network’s, Food Court Wars and spending a few years in Burnville, the duo decided to open a new location in Minneapolis. The food indeed lives up to the hype. Succulent jerk rubbed chicken falls off the bone onto a bed of rice, plantains, beans and Jamaican slaw. They also offer some damn good pork and oxtails for those looking to get that truly authentic feel. The staff is helpful and the menu can be navigated with ease by just about anyone. Food for 2 will run you about $20, not bad for a fairly balanced meal with a home cooked feel; on Wednesdays they offer a solid 6 wings for $5 deal. If you live in the vicinity of 26th street & Nicollet, GET FAMILIAR! Otherwise it’s well worth the trip, click the link below for more information.
Location: 1521 Como Avenue SE, Minneapolis When: Saturday, September 16th // 2PM-8PM
The good people from Piff Minneapolis will host their 2nd annual fall festival at their flagship location in Minneapolis’ Como neighborhood. The store is arguably the freshest in the Twin Cities purveying in rare Jordan’s, Nike SB Dunks, Supreme, and other coveted brands. Their fall festival has a healthy lineup of live music including sets from DJ Keezy, Shrimpnose, DJ D-Mil, and DJ Smoove among others. This event is all ages friendly, but will also feature a beer tent ($5) for those of age who come thirsty. Click the link below for more info and make sure to get their early before the shelves start to empty.
Location: 755 Prior Avenue N, Minneapolis When: Thursday, September 14th // 9PM-11PM
The good people from Can Can Wonderland will be throwing their weekly “Yes We Can Can” variety show next Thursday. The event is being billed as “a wild ride along the rocky edge of art and entertainment! 6-8 curiosity-piquing acts each night, woven together through music and song.” This night will feature performances from Kalliah and the Black Water and local celebrity host MC Foxy Tann, the Boss of Burlesque. These are FREE to those who are 21 and older, click the link below for more information.
If you are a beer drinker in Minnesota, then you know there is no shortage of solid breweries around the state. The Twin Cities enjoy access to some of the best around, one of which being Dangerous Man Brewing in the Northeast neighborhood. A local favorite, it came as a slight surprise when Keigan Knee parted ways to create a new brewery by the name of Modist. No hard feelings of course, Keigan and his fellow founders have gone on to build one of Minneapolis’ more promising young breweries. Located in the North Loop, Modist is a short walk away from Fulton Brewery and Inbound Brewing, you’ll also find a few of the cities more buzz’d about restaurants within the neighborhood. Their space is massive, a long bar that can accommodate what feels like at least 20 patrons stretches across the room while extra large picnic tables flank the middle of the room. Large glass garage doors open to reveal more picnic tables on the breweries outdoor patio, a favorite spot for Twins fans having a brew before the games. If you aren’t up for communal seating, there are a few single couches and tables laid out further from the main area. One look at their tap list and you’ll notice that it doesn’t offer the widest variety quite yet, but their Salted Caramel Lager and Haymaker IPA are two beers worthy of a try, you can even opt for $3-$4 10oz glasses. One thing we especially love about this place is their knack for infusions, they provide a uniquely infused beer each week. If you enjoy trying new things you should keep an eye on Modist, we’re sure they’re just getting started. Clink the link below to check out their website and stay tuned for updates.
Yasiin Bey will be live at the Skyway Theatre once again for what will most definitely be a good show. We got a chance to catch him at the very same venue a couple of years back and he put on performance that was well worth the $40. This show will also be notable because Bey will perform his classic album, Black On Both Sides, in it’s entirety. The Twin Cities’ own Muja Messia and Niles will open up the night, a solid evening of true hip hop. This show is 18+ and tickets are still available for $30 ($35 day of), click the link below to purchase yours now.
Shepherd Goods and Lamb Chops continue to drop aesthetically dope pieces while presenting a strong brand identity. One of their more well known accessories is Lamb Chop’s “Cleaver” chain, which comes in 4 different platings; Rose Gold, Gold, Silver, and Stainless Steel respectively. These are currently going for around $80 via Lamb Chops’ web store, but they’re also available in micro 18″ sizes for $60. Click the link below for a better look and keep an eye out for more from Shepherd Goods and Lamb Chops.