Location: 1308 4th Street SE, Minneapolis When: Wednesday, June 17th @ 6:30PM
A couple of weeks back Bobby Raps & Corbin surprised everyone with the release of their Couch Potato EP, this Wednesday they’ll be LIVE at the Varsity Theater for what we expect to be a great night. Couch Potato is an extension of their previous collaborations, dark and heavy, the EP rolls along at it’s own pace luring the listener in. All ages or not, this is definitely a must attend show for hip hop lovers in the Twin Cities, there’s a big chance you’ll see a few other familiar faces performing throughout the night as well. Click the link below to grab tickets for $20.
Jerard Fagerberg of Gimme Noise recently caught up with one of the Twin Cities’ fastest rising DJs in Tiiiiiiiiiip. From last year’s “Best Fucking Show Ever”, to the now infamous Travi$ Scott show, to his work with TheStand4rd; there isn’t much that he hasn’t done in the last year or so. During the interview, Tip clears up Kanye rumors, talks about his use of 10 i’s in his name, and how he sees himself as a DJ. A good read, click the link below to check it out for yourself.
Just ahead of the SXSW madness, Bobby Raps has dropped a new track titled “PlaneWalker.” Raps switches it back to his signature auto tuned style fervently attacking the record. The energy of a club banger with plenty of bars to match, “PlaneWalker” is exactly what fans have been waiting for. Bobby will be at SXSW performing at the “No Ceilings” showcase this Friday, check out “PlaneWalker” above and stay tuned for more.
1/4th of thestand4rd, St. Paul spitter/producer Bobby Raps just dropped a new track titled “No Question”. Bobby continues to switch it up, this time approaching the record in his own unique spitfire style. Autotune or not, the kid’s flow is undeniable on this track, he and his crew are clearly a couple of steps ahead of the competition. For those that continue to get it twisted, Bobby Raps once again proves that he’s no slouch when it comes to this music shit. Shortly after shutting down First Ave’s Record Room, the wave keeps growing with “No Question”, check out the record above and stay tuned for more.
This was the track that started it all. Back in April, thestand4rd took to Soundcloud in a surprise move releasing their first track ever, “Doors”. Minneapolis’ hip hop scene was shaken to it’s foundations with a lot of people’s music forced to take a back seat, similarly to their album release, thestand4rd have proved time and time again that you should re-think matching their release dates. As a group, this one record served as a successful test; but solo, each of them continued to buzz harder than ever. Some cried 1 hit wonders, others bashed behind closed doors, but those in the know, knew that these guys were for real. Check out “Doors” below and be on the look out for more.
Back at the beginning of October, thestand4rd set the Twin Cities AND the internet on fire with the release of their video for “Simple Needs”. A surprise drop, the stunning visual compliments the record perfectly; Alex Howard really did a good job directing. This video serves as a major milestone for thestand4rd, not only was it their first; it marked the beginning of their transition from murky, behind the scenes kids, into full fledged stars ready for any stage. If you’ve paid attention to the Twin Cities hip hop scene, you’ve definitely heard all of these names before (save Spooky pre 2013), a testament to just how far they’ve come.
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.
Last week, St. Paul’s thestandard linked up with New York based FADER Mag on their weekly mix session. The mix is joined by a short interview and features original remixes from Psymun, as well as a few unheard releases. Some of the artists you’ll hear include FKA Twigs, Chester Watson, Kevin Abstract, Bad Bad Hats, and some newness from Corbin (Spooky Black), Bobby Raps, and K.Raydio. At an hour long, this is definitely something good to just press play and listen to, click the link below for the interview and make sure to check out the mix.
As album #14 on our list of the “Top 14 Albums of 2014”, Spooky Black’s Leaving EP showed that the kid is a lot more than durags and turtlenecks. Back in August he dropped the video for his track “Reason”, it didn’t quite receive attention like “Without You”, but Spooky definitely solidified himself and his visual style. With just under a half a million views, “Reason’s” slow, cinematic instrumental combined with Spooky’s unwavering vocals; remains a stand out song from the artist. 2015 looks bright for Spooky Black and TheStand4rd, peep the video for “Reason” above.
Spooky Black has had one hell of a year. Since sending the internet into a frenzy with the above video for “Without You”, Spook has gone on to drop an EP solo and one with TheStand4rd. In November, he played his first ever show to a sold out crowd at Amsterdam Bar & Hall in St. Paul, at this point it seems like the sky is the limit for the kid. “Without You” was just the tip of the iceberg for Spooky Black, 2 million views later his trajectory still hasn’t started to top out. Check out the video above and stay tuned for more.