Right now, the Twin Cities’ hip hop scene is probably the deepest it’s ever been. For the first time in years, artists are breaking into the mainstream, drawing more attention than ever to our region; not to mention the Grammy and Emmy nods. South St. Paul’s Sieed Brown has definitely put his time in, an accomplished artist of his own, Brown recently released a new track titled “2 3.” Produced by StuhnnahBeatz, the playful instrumental is perfect for the sunny days ahead. Sieed strings tightly placed bars together without hesitation, another solid track from one of St. Paul’s up and comers. Check out “2 3” above and stay tuned for more from Sieed Brown.
Mac Irv is arguably one of the Twin Cities most slept on heavy hitters. Hailing from Minneapolis’ northside, Irv’s tales of redemption and street grit have begun to resonate throughout the cities. His latest video “Misfits” delivers a powerful message while still captivating the listener musically. The visual shows how a few minor decisions can possibly change the outcome of one’s day, a scuffle at the corner store, a will to not fold under peer pressure; lessons to be learned for any kid growing up in the inner city. Check out the video for “Misfits” above and be on the look out for more from Mac Irv.
Minneapolis artist, GYM, took to Twitter yesterday to release his new mixtape Low Noise Vol. 1. Obviously hinting at more to come, the 5 track project breezes by at just under 20 mins. GYM really seems to be establishing his sound while continuing to push new boundaries. Check out Low Noise Vol. 1 above for yourself and be on the look out for more from GYM.
A few weeks ago we began getting acquainted with the music of St. Paul producer _whtspce. His latest offering, Pale Cocoon, is described as a “fusion of hip hop rhythm, ambient soundscapes, and glitchy sound design to conceptualize my love (obsession really…) for Bushido and our earths’ moon.” Stoic and unwavering, we found that “nightfall” embodies this very spirit really well. Constant and calculated, yet cold, the instrumental seems to morph as it floats along. Check out “nightfall” above and be on the look out for Pale Cocoon in it’s entirety.
A couple of weeks ago we received a track from Lubi dubbed “Antisocial.” As you can probably guess from the title, the record is laced with feelings of isolation, but the instrumental gives off a triumphant vibe as opposed to one of a darker nature. A “show turner” no doubt, this is the type of track that might just make the venue go crazy. Check out “Antisocial” above and be on the look out for more from Lubi as he prepares is 2017 debut.
A while back the homie KAS released a new track via Soundcloud dubbed “Goals.” An artist who continues to show off his vast skill set, KAS is clearly finding his footing. The production on “Goals” is hypnotic to say the least, KAS does a good job of utilizing each breakdown providing a medley of flows. If this is what he has had up his sleeve we can’t wait to hear more. One of his best yet, check out “Goals” for yourself above and make sure to keep an eye out for more from KAS.
The homie Devon Reason recently released some newness in the form of a project titled Reazoliini. At only 5 tracks the record breezes by, but not without making it’s presence known. Entirely produced by Reason’s longtime collaborator, Travis Gorman, Reazoliini is a concrete improvement from any of his previous work. Tracks like “50 in a 30” provide a club rocking euphoria while tracks like “Brabs in a Bucket” have a much more conscious tone. A solo effort for the most part, Muja Messiah registers the only feature besides Dwynell Roland’s back vocals on “Nukin Futz.” Check out Reazoliini for yourself above and be on the look out for more from Devon Reason.
Atari Jones has been on our radar for quite some time now. The Ohio artist recently linked up with producer Narou on this new gem dubbed “Seven.” Atari always flares versatility whenever he gets on the mic, but this record still manages to feel like uncharted territory. At just over 2 and a half minutes this one breezes by, press play above and keep an eye out for more.
Awhile back we received a record from Coldway all the way in Memphis, Tennessee. There’s always a lot of focus on Atlanta, but there are plenty of artists coming up throughout the south with current hot spots in Virginia, Tennessee, and Florida. Coldway’s new record “Kosher” steers away from his usual crooner style, an unabashed banger, this should keep the streets hot through October. Peep “Kosher” for yourself above and stay tuned for more from Coldway.
Chicago’s own Vagabond Maurice recently dropped a track dubbed, “Flowers For Icarus.” Produced by Chinsaku, the horn heavy instrumental rolls along with the bass nicely, allowing Vagabond to show off a variety of flows. You’ll probably want to play this one 2 or 3 times, the metaphors and references are too abundant to gather with one play through. Vagabond continues to impress, he’ll be live next week for what should be a good night. Peep “Flowers For Icarus” above and click the link below for more info regarding his upcoming show in MPLS.