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Artists to watch in 2021-top 10

Artists to watch in 2021-top 10
September 23, 2020

2020 has been a year rich with music, with many anticipated albums delivered to hip hop fans.  This saturation of content coupled with the coronavirus lockdown has stimulated the appetite of hip hop heads...

Pop Smoke, dead at 20

Pop Smoke, dead at 20
Remembering Bashar Jackson
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...

Roddy Ricch rocked First Avenue and the crowd knew every word

Roddy Ricch rocked First Avenue and the crowd knew every word
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...

“Ee Err” Roddy Ricch is coming to First Avenue

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...

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

A$AP Ferg and MadeinTYO
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. ...

Why new-school posthumous rap albums are trash

Why new-school posthumous rap albums are trash
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...

Euphoria is all about euphoric vibes, not the storyline

Euphoria is all about euphoric vibes, not the storyline
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...

Buy your tickets A$AP

Pictured left to right; MadeinTYO, A$AP Ferg
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...

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