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.
Location: 701 1st Avenue N, Minneapolis
When: Friday, September 8th @ 10PM
Nazeem & Spencer Joles are two of the brightest young artists emerging within the Twin Cities hip hop scene. The duo followed up their 2016 project, The Album, with this years critically acclaimed, Years of Obscurity; it’s hard to imagine that they could have progressed so much. Arguably Minnesota’s best hip hop releases of 2017, Years of Obscurity feels like something that marks the beginning of a larger quest. The two will be live at First Avenue’s 7th Street Entry tonight along with DJ Keezy, the door is 18+ and tickets are still available for only $10. This is a must see show that will most likely sell out, click the link below to buy your tickets now.
Location: 2411 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis
When: Thursday, September 7th @ 5PM-8PM
For the month of September, Fifth Element will hold their monthly open mic with Christopher Michael Jensen as the host. Softporecorn will kick off the night with a set during the 5-6pm registration period. From 6-8pm artists of all ages will have 3 minutes on the mic to showcase their skills. Artists can bring USB drives or phones containing their music, if you get the chance to perform be courteous and wait until all of the performers are finished before leaving. Whether you think you have what it takes to shine or simply want to try out some new stuff in front of peers, make sure to mark your calendars.
Location: 711 Hennepin Avenue, Minnenapolis
When: Sunday, August 27th @ 8PM
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.
It’s no secret that Muja Messiah is one of the Twin Cities’ most impressive lyricists, yesterday he proved once again why he has earned such admiration. Freshly married and just ahead of his upcoming album release with Roc Marciano, Muja tears the booth to shreds with a spitfire freestyle over a medley of instrumentals. Greats have a way of making it look easy and that’s exactly what Muja Messiah does in the above video. Check it out and make sure to keep an eye out for Saran Rap, which is due out October 13th
Location: 501 Cedar Avenue S, Minneapolis
When: Saturday, August 19th // Noon-2AM
The Turnt Up Crew will be bringing their dance party to the Nomad for a Block Party blowout. An entire day of DJ sets including DJs Low, Tek, Sophia Eris, Keezy, Espada, Mica Mary Jane and Willie Shu among others. The event will be indoor as well as outdoor, and will include food from Pimento and the Nomad’s house food truck. Take it from us, you definitely DO NOT want to miss this event. 21+ to get in and the door is $7 for the block party and $7 for the after party ($10 for both!), click the link below for more information.
Location: 913 Cedar Avenue S, Minneapolis
When: Saturday, September 9th @ 4PM
Over the last few years PROF Outdoors has ended the summer season of block parties with a bang and this year looks no different. The event will be headlined by SHREDDERS, an off-shoot project of the Doomtree camp consisting of local legends P.O.S, Sims, Lazerbeak, and Paper Tiger. Brooklyn’s own Underachievers will also take the stage as well as Mac Lethal, Finding Novyon, Cashinova, and DJ Fundo. These guys always have a few tricks up their sleeves, so don’t be surprised if you see a few special guests throughout the day. This one is all ages and tickets are still available for $25 ($30 @ door), click the link below to buy yours now.
Earlier this year, GainesFM broke through in a major way with the release of his EP, Smile. Since then he has opened up for some of the hottest acts in hip hop and will play Summerset’s main stage this year, not a bad 2017. A couple of days ago he dropped the video for his EP’s title track and it is a visual stunner. Directed by Robert Henry, the video utilizes a variety of special effects and cool locations. Topper Atwood’s heavy hitting production provides a solid platform for Gaines to switch things up a little with an autotune draped flow. One of those songs that always gets the crowd moving, “Smile” now has a visual that does it’s high energy justice. Check out the video above and be on the look out for more from GainesFM.
Chicago’s own Vic Mensa appeared on the Breakfast Club today to talk about the release of his new album, The Autobiography. The budding artist has definitely had some trials and tribulations along his journey to becoming a certified star, he opens up about some of the things that he’s gone through since his move to L.A. Check out the interview for yourself above and keep an eye out for more.
Location: 501 Cedar Avenue S, Minneapolis
When: Saturday, July 29th @ 9PM
This weekend is looking like yet another one filled with a bunch of good live music. Lyric Marid & Rich Garvey will bring “The Network” to the Nomad World Pub in Minneapolis’ West Bank neighborhood. The event features a solid lineup of heavy hitters including GainesFM, Rich Garvey, Lyric Marid, Solostar, Piloto Williams, and comedian John X. DJ Cam Jones and DJ Low will hold down the 1s & 2s for the evening, while Devon Reason takes care of the hosting duties. This is just the 1st of more to come, The Network will strive to be an event dictated by the artists and the people of the Twin Cities. This one is 21+ and the door is only $10, but if you repost this with the hashtag #TheNetwork the door is half off. Click the link below for more information.