The A$AP Mob is currently riding the wave off the Cozy Tapes: Vol.2, while they continue their international “Too Cozy” tour. The 17 track project is a kaleidoscope of fresh production and features from a few industry giants like Big Sean, Gucci Mane, Frank Ocean, and Quavo. Cozy Tapes: Vol.2 feels like a mixtape which in this day and age is actually a good thing, the record has a looseness about it that suggests that there is much more to come. A$AP Rocky obviously serves as the ring leader, but Ferg, Twelvyy, Na$t, and Playboi Carti all show off notable verses. As the A$AP Mob grows into a formidable label of cohorts it will be interesting to see how they manage all of these individual identities. Check out Cozy Tapes: Vol.2 below via iTunes and make sure to click the link below for tickets to their Minneapolis tour stop.
Location: 318 N 1st Avenue, Minneapolis When: Tuesday, September 19th @ 7:30PM
The guys from Free Minds took things to an entirely different level in 2017. Not only do they throw some of the biggest shows in the state, their artists are starting to be at the forefront of the Twin Cities’ hip hop scene. Tonight, they’re bringing Baton Rouge’s own, YoungBoy Never Broke Again, up for his first appearance in the Twin Cities. The 17 yr old rapper took off after the release of his 2016 mixtape 38 Baby, then managed to dodge an attempted murder charge, among a slew of other mixtape releases. Free Minds’ own GainesFM will open up the night while Tiiiiiiiiiip holds down the 1s & 2s. This show is 18+ and GA tickets are still available for $20 or you can upgrade to reserved seating for $35. Click the link below to buy yours now.
Location: 701 1st Avenue N, Minneapolis When: Monday, September 18th @ 7PM
Andrew W.K. usually makes a pair of stops in the Twin Cities every year. This time he will bring his full band to First Avenue’s main room along with local rocker Mark Mallman. Andrew W.K. is known for his frenzied and animated live shows, his full live band should only heighten the experience. This show is 18+ and tickets are still available for only $20, click the link below to buy yours now.
Location: 20 E Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis When: Thursday, September 21st @ 9PM
Pledge Empire Records’ Prince Carlton continues his series of artist themed dance parties with “Nas Day.” Northeast’s, Honey, will play host to the event which is billed strictly as a dance party, meaning that there wont be any live performances. These have drawn some major crowds and word around town is that there will be a special Nas cake revealed at some point in the night. This show is 21+ and tickets are currently available for $10, click the link below to buy yours now.
Location: 6 W 6th Street, St. Paul When: Thursday, September 21st @ 8PM
St. Paul’s own Corbin (F.K.A Spooky Black) will make his hometown tour stop next Thursday. It’s hard to believe that the kid has experienced so much success and is still only 19, his latest project, Mourn, further establishes him as one of the best in his class. L.A producers and Wedidit members, Shlohmo and D33J; will accompany Corbin rounding out what should be an awesome show. This show is 18+ and tickets are still available for only $20, click the link below to buy yours now before they sell out.
The A$AP Mob is getting set to embark on their long awaited national tour. The “Too Cozy” tour only has 20 stops, but it stretches across the country hitting just about every major city along the way, Minneapolis landing in mid October. The tour will also feature Playboi Carti, Key!, and the Cozy Boys, while A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg and the rest of the crew headline. This show is all ages and tickets can still be purchased in advance for $45, click the link below to buy yours now.
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: 1265 Snelling Avenue N, St. Paul When: Thursday, August 24th- Monday, September 4th (Memorial Day)
The Minnesota State Fair is underway, this year’s offerings of live entertainment and new foods will not disappoint. Among the many smaller stages throughout the fairgrounds, the Grandstand will feature headliners like Nickelback, Stevie Nicks, Usher, Jim Gaffigan, Phantogram, and Toby Keith on any given night. Sure there will be the classics like Sweet Martha’s cookies, turkey legs, and just about everything on a stick, but you’d be a fool to overlook the newcomers. Some of which include, Dino’s Gyro’s “Honey Puffs,” balls of fried dough dipped in sweet syrup and tossed in cinnamon and sugar, Giggles’ Campfire Grill’s “Duck Bacon Wontons,” or Snack House’s “Memphis Totchos,” sliced banana and sautéed bacon over tater tots, topped with peanut sauce. Grandstand tickets are sold separately, but you can buy general admission tickets in advance for $11 ($14 @ gate). If you’re serious about trying as many new foods as possible, click the link below for a complete list of 2017’s new eats and a map marking their locations.
Location: 701 1st Avenue N, Minneapolis When: Friday, September 1st @ 6:30PM
TDE artist SZA has had a stellar 2017 behind the release of her highly anticipated album, CTRL. Received with critical acclaim across just about every major publication, SZA’s debut charted as high as #3 on the Billboard 200 (US). She’ll be live at First Avenue’s main room along with Smino and Ravyn Lenae, tickets for The Cabooze show sold out so fast that the location was moved to allow for more ticket sales. This is an all ages show and it is SOLD OUT, if you’re dying to go you’ll have to check Craigslist or deal with scalpers.
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.