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: 2001 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis
Hours: Sun-Sat: 10AM-2AM
The bar scene in Minneapolis is currently undergoing a huge transformation. Chic rooftops and trendy lounges have began popping up everywhere leaving a stark contrast in many of the city’s neighborhoods. Take Mortimer’s for example, a sleepy, game filled “Dive” with 3 separate bars and TV’s everywhere vs. Moto I; a swanky Japanese style sake brewery and lounge (yes it has a rooftop). Both of these places are awesome in their own way and for separate occasions, but if I’m just trying to knock back a couple of brews, I’m taking Mortimer’s all day. Serving up some damn good burgers, cheese curds and 2 for 1 drinks just about all day; Mortimer’s is a great place to kick back and watch the Vikes or simply get wasted for the low (Pregame!!). All in all this place is a cool bar with crazy drink specials and awesome games, if you’re looking for a chill place to have a brew in Uptown; look no further.
(P.S: This place attracts patrons of all types, beware some are less than cordial)
Location: 318 1st Avenue N, Minneapolis
When: Sunday, July 30th // 3PM-11PM
Ever since coming onto the local hip hop scene, Go95 has provided the Twin Cities with a stable platform and a healthy amount of shows to match. This year they’ll takeover the Fine Line’s out door area for the first “Big Fancy GO Show,” headlined by the properly stoned Wiz Khalifa. Openers will include Vince Staples, Finding Novyon, Bobby Raps, Mac Irv and another guest who is yet to be announced. This one is all ages and general admission tickets are still available for $50, if you want to go all out you can cop VIP passes for $95. Click the link below for more information regarding the VIP package and availability.
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.
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.
Location: 3090 Southlawn Dr, Maplewood
When: Monday, June 19th @ 7PM
The kid XXXTentacion has been popping up all over the place as of late, starting with his claim that Drake bit his flow for one of his upcoming singles. Over the last few weeks he’s gone back and forth with San Diego rapper, Rob $tone, all of which culminated with an affiliate of $tone knocking X out at his San Diego tour stop. The ultra hype artist will be live at MYTH tonight while he continues across the nation on his “Revenge” tour. He’ll be joined by Ski Mask The Slump God and Craig Xen, two artists who are beginning to make names for themselves as well. This show is all ages and general admission tickets are currently available for $27, VIP tickets are also available ranging from $63-$111; click the link below to buy yours now.
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.
Location: 2 E 26th Street, Minneapolis
Hours: Mon-Fri: 7AM-11PM, Sat: 7:30AM-11PM, Sun: 8AM-11PM
Before Eat Street was well…..Eat Street, The Bad Waitress stood prominently at the corner of 26th & Nicollet as a sign of things to come. As the strip grew (Icehouse, Eat Street Social, Black Sheep etc) The Bad Waitress maintained it’s glory as the areas go-to diner. Minneapolis’ Whittier neighborhood has always been known for it’s wide range of international eats, Thai & Chinese places sit side by side with Mexican & Middle Eastern eateries; while The Bad Waitress embodies the American diner style of restaurant. As with most diners, cool nostalgic posters, toys & records from America’s past adorn every wall; giving you plenty to look at while waiting and eating. Setting itself apart from other diners in Minneapolis, The Bad Waitress strictly buys local; assuring you that everything you eat was in fact produced in the great state of Minnesota. Another cool touch is the comic book & monster themed tables (The Invisible Girl table is primo) that allow for super quick service, our food was laid before us in what felt like one blink of the eye. With all of the great things that can be said about The Bad Waitress, i did leave with 1 pretty insignificant gripe. Other breakfast places like My Kitchen, Uptown Diner & Mickey’s offer more bang for your buck, we know ridiculously large portions are now frowned upon; but when you’re hungover and in need of a monster meal, having to order twice can be dissappointing. All in all, The Bad Waitress is a great place to eat with great service and a cool atmosphere (prime location); however, if you find yourself looking for a feast on a budget, you may want to look elsewhere.
Location: 917 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis
When: Wednesday, June 21st @ 8PM
Pride month will be in full effect in a next weekend leading up to the annual downtown parade and beer dabbler event in Loring Park. The good people at Greenroom will link up with Red Bull Sound Select for a party of their own, New Orleans artist Big Freedia will headline what should be an awesome show. The night will also feature performances from Cupcakke, Lex Allen, and Zed Kenzo, as well as DJ sets from Shannon Blowtorch and DJ Keezy. The door is 18+ and entry is only $5 w/ RSVP ($15 w/o), click the link below to RSVP.
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.