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Pop Smoke, dead at 20

Pop Smoke, dead at 20

Casey McCabe, Editor

March 8, 2020

On February 19th, 2020, up and coming rapper Pop Smoke, real name Bashar Barakah Jackson, was shot and killed at his home in West Hollywood, California.  Pop Smoke had just begun a promising career when he was gunned down, releasing his two full length mixtapes Meet the Woo and Meet the Woo 2. Pop’s...

Roddy Ricch rocked First Avenue and the crowd knew every word

Roddy Ricch rocked First Avenue and the crowd knew every word

Casey McCabe, Editor

February 21, 2020

The crowd was loosely packed and a thin layer of smoke hung in the air.  Blocboy JB, the second opening act prior to the main event had just left the stage, which went dark.  A few moments later Roddy Ricch walked onto the stage singing the opening lines to “Intro,” causing the crowd to surge forw...

“Ee Err” Roddy Ricch is coming to First Avenue

“Ee Err” Roddy Ricch is coming to First Avenue

Casey McCabe, Editor

February 7, 2020

Fresh off the release of his debut album, “Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial” Roddy Ricch will be returning to Minneapolis to rock the main stage at First Avenue.  Roddy, real name Rodrick Wayne Moore Jr., performed in the cities last year at the Varsity Theater in Dinkytown. The Varsity is a ...

A$AP Ferg and MadeinTYO “Floor Seats” tour review

A$AP Ferg and MadeinTYO “Floor Seats” tour review

Casey McCabe, Editor

November 22, 2019

Saturday November 16th was a significant day, not only because the Gophers lost tragically to Iowa, but also because A$AP Ferg and MadeinTYO rocked the Skyway theater in downtown Minneapolis to its core.  Upon entering the Skyway theater I immediately noticed that the renovations that began last fal...

Why new-school posthumous rap albums are trash

Why new-school posthumous rap albums are trash

Casey McCabe, Editor

November 7, 2019

The posthumous album release is by no means a new thing in the music industry.  One of the early examples of a successful posthumous album release was Otis Redding’s classic “Dock of the Bay” that was released in 1968, just months after his death in December of 1967.  A more recent example w...

Euphoria is all about euphoric vibes, not the storyline

Euphoria is all about euphoric vibes, not the storyline

Tiana Meador, Editor in Chief

September 28, 2019

Let's take it back to the summer, rewind a little bit, and back away from fall. Remember when everyone was blabbing about this "great new tv show with really good music that was produced by Drake?" Remember that conversation? Well, they're talking about the HBO hit series Euphoria. And yes, I will s...

Buy your tickets A$AP

Buy your tickets A$AP

Casey McCabe, Opinion Editor

September 13, 2019

The Twin Cities play host to many spectacles, but few combine talent from both America's rap Mecca that is New York City and the tropics of Honolulu, Hawaii.  The Skyway Theater is hosting one such banger on November 16th that features both New York’s own A$AP Ferg and MadeinTYO-- a man who toured the w...

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