Last Thursday, Bay Area rapper G Eazy stopped by the Twin Cities on his “The Beautiful & Damned” Tour. The Oakland native was joined by openers Anthony Russo, Phora, and L.A’s own burgeoning talent Trippie Redd. This one sold out shortly after the doors opened and the line easily wrapped outside of the ticketing lobby. The opening acts all did their thing, but Trippie Redd clearly stood out as a fan favorite. The young artist shined brightly in front of a packed house showing an incredible amount of poise while bringing his Soundcloud hits to life. With the crowd properly warmed up, G Eazy took the stage to ear popping screams, it was obvious who the audience was there to see. Staple tracks like “Sober” and “Her & I,” off his most recent album, The Beautiful & Damned, proved to be highlights, but it was clear that G Eazy could do no wrong in front of this crowd. An artist that has always gotten love in the Twin Cities, Eazy appeared at home and comfortable commanding 5000 fans. The entirety of the event went without any snags which is actually pretty rare in this day and age, say what you want about the Roy Wilkins’ sound, but this particular show was very well managed. G Eazy is a polarizing figure who continues to rise through Hip Hop’s ranks, but one thing that is for sure is that he puts on a damn good show. Check out a few pics above and be on the look out for more from G Eazy he continues his tour.
Location: 175 W Kellogg Blvd, St. Paul When: Thursday, March 8th @ 6PM
Bay Area native G-Eazy has had an interesting journey through the hip hop ranks. Out of the gate he was widely considered a dime a dozen “white rapper”, but upon further inspection listeners began to make genuine connections with Eazy’s depth. After honing his style and grinding out his own lane, G-Eazy delivered one of 2017s better albums in The Beautiful & Damned. With a surging fan base and fast rising openers Trippie Redd, Phora, and Anthony Russo; his St. Paul stop may be the Twin Cities’ best hip hop show in the month of March. This show is all ages and tickets are currently available for $80, click the link below to buy yours now.
Whether for good or bad, Kid Cudi has been in and out of the spotlight over the last year; most notably with his recent return to music with Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’. The Ohio born artist continues to hold a strong following across the world with many of his fans/peers citing his work as influential in their own personal lives. His latest album, Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’, is a return to a comfort zone to some, but many also point out the project’s experimental nature. Cudi has always been one to push the boundaries, sometimes to fan’s dismay, but this album feels like the right blend of experimentation and his quintessential sound. This show is all ages and tickets are still available for $40; if you want to avoid the younger crowds you can buy 21+ balcony tickets for $48. Click the link below to buy yours now, this might be your last chance before it sells out.
The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah will be in town this November as he continues touring nationally. The comedian has risen the ranks of television like few before him maintaining like-ability across age groups and for his takes on American society through his South African lens. BOTH of his shows are now currently sold out, so if you snoozed you’ll have to try Craigslist, FB, Twitter, or deal with scalpers.
Location: 504 1st Avenue N, Minneapolis When: Wednesday, November 8th @ 9PM
Just over a month ago, Action Bronson dropped his highly anticipated mixtape, Blue Chips 7000. The man, the myth, Bronsollini has kept himself incredibly busy since the release of Mr. Wonderful and his Viceland series, Fuck, That’s Delicious isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. Part One of his Blue Chips 7000 tour will include a stop in Minneapolis in early November. No word on any openers yet, but we’re sure you’ll see the usual suspects like Meyhem Lauren & Big Body. This show is 18+ and general admission tickets are currently available for $37.50, if you want to go the extra mile you can cop balcony passes for $47.50. Click the link below to buy yours now and keep an eye out for more info as we get closer to the show.
Minnesota’s own Corbin (F.K.A Spooky Black) and L.A. based producer Shlohmo are currently on the back end of their 16 date tour which started in Orange County, California on September 7th. His long awaited homecoming date was sold out well before the night of the show and it was only fitting that it took place at the first venue Corbin ever performed.
With a line around the block long after doors opened, the energy in the air was palpable. D33J opened up the night with a great set leading into Shlohmo’s electric performance. A set full of crowd favorites and a few unreleased records, Shlohmo was impressive from start to finish. At only 27 yrs old he’s a producer/artist that all music lovers should have on their radar. As Shlohmo’s set wrapped up, chants of “Corbin, Corbin” could be heard louder and louder while he held the crowd in suspense. An artist who has a certain mystique about him, Corbin’s stage props and visual backdrop immersed fans in a stupor. His booming vocals and droning demeanor floated over Psymun’s production with a chemistry rarely matched among up and coming artists now a days. Towards the end of Corbin’s set, fellow St. Paul native Bobby Raps made a guest appearance sending the venue into an uproar. It was clear that these guys are beloved in their hometown and that the sky is the limit. Corbin and Shlohmo will finish off their tour on the east coast with dates in Boston (9/26) and Philly (9/27), before the final date in NYC (9/30). If you’re on the east coast, click the link below to grab tickets before they sell out.
The A$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$AP Mob grows into a formidable label of cohorts it will be interesting to see how they manage all of these individual identities. Check out Cozy Tapes: Vol.2 below via iTunes and make sure to click the link below for tickets to their Minneapolis tour stop.
The A$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 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.
Location: 1601 University Avenue, St. Paul When: Saturday, July 8th @ 8PM
Philly’s own Palm will be live at the Turf Club just after the 4th of July. Their upcoming project, Shadow Expert, released through Carpark Records on June 18th; just before kicking their tour off in Brooklyn. They’ll be joined by special guests Palberta and Double Grave, not a bad way to spend an evening in St. Paul, the proximity to the light rail even makes this one convenient for folks living in MPLS. The event is 21+ and advance tickets are currently available for only $10 ($12 @ door), click the link below to buy yours now.