In the Twin Cities, you could argue that only Lizzo has had a better year within the hip hop community, than the group known as thestand4rd. Comprised of 4 artists, Allan Kingdom, Spooky Black, Bobby Raps, and Psymun; thestand4rd are as good solo as they are together. After each establishing themselves on the internet as artists to watch, thestand4rd was born with less than a handful of tracks to offer. Apparently, their tight-knit formula worked, by fall, the buzz for their album was spilling over into international waters. Shortly after the release of their first video, “Simple Needs”, they went on to announce a mini tour that spanned L.A., New York City, Chicago and more. Amazingly enough they would go on to sell out each show, garnering support from Kreayshawn, Mike Dean, FADER, MISHKA, and even DJ Khaled along the way. The album sounds like nothing that’s come before it, a completely unique breathe of fresh air. Check out thestan4rd EP below and be on the look out for more.