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Eternal Atake has arrived: Baby Pluto, Orenji, and Lil Uzi Vert explained

Eternal Atake has arrived: Baby Pluto, Orenji, and Lil Uzi Vert explained

Casey McCabe, Editor

March 20, 2020

On March 6th 2020 Lil Uzi Vert released his much anticipated second full length studio album, Eternal Atake.  His latest release prior was Luv Is Rage 2, which was released in 2017, three years ago. Eternal Atake was streamed 47.7 million times in the first 24 hours on Spotify alone, with the first t...

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 ...

Juice WRLD, Dead at 21

Juice WRLD, Dead at 21

Casey McCabe, Opinion Editor

December 13, 2019

With the end of the decade came the end of one of its brightest and youngest stars.  On December 8, 2019, Juice WRLD, real name Jarad Anthony Higgins was pronounced dead by the Cook County medical examiner’s office. In a since released TMZ report, the outlet claimed that Juice died from cardiac 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...

The court ethics of hip hop

The court ethics of hip hop

Casey McCabe, Editor

November 6, 2019

Hip hop and rap as a genre has always been political, from the Days of N.W.A. all the way to Childish Gambino’s “This is America.”  With this inherently political connotation, hip hop also portrays a certain kind of authenticity that is not assumed in other genres of music.  In other words, hip...

A mother’s fight for justice: Lil Peep’s mom sues record label for causing her late sons death

A mother’s fight for justice: Lil Peep’s mom sues record label for causing her late sons death

Casey McCabe, Editor

October 26, 2019

The drug culture and the music culture have long influenced each other. From Pink Floyd’s obvious psychedelic influences, to Eric Clapton's self-avowed love of Colombian marching powder, music and drugs have not only coexisted, but have changed each other.  In November 2017, this relationship resulte...

DaBaby’s “Kirk”, a spiritual slapper

DaBaby’s “Kirk”, a spiritual slapper

Casey McCabe, Editor

October 13, 2019

Kirk, the second studio album recorded by DaBaby, was released on September 27th 2019, and debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.  This was the North Carolina native's first album to chart number one, with the premier track on the album “Intro” debuting at number 17 on the Billboard c...

The ballad of snitch 9ine

The ballad of snitch 9ine

Casey McCabe, Editor

September 27, 2019

Every generation has an artist that is embroiled in controversy and legal troubles.  Arguably for the current generation of rap artists, Tekashi 6ix9ine fits the bill. 6ix9ine’s story has played out rather publicly over social media platforms like Instagram, allowing fans to actually see 6ix9ine’...

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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