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Prof wisely teams up with South

Published December 6, 2007

When North meets South, the best of both cultures rise to the surface. At least, that's the result local MC Prof got when he teamed up with a Southern production team to create his first album, "Project...

When Alicia sings, she’s always on key

Published November 29, 2007

Some people are just totally in love with love. Apparently, R&B pop diva Alicia Keys is one of those people. On her fourth album, "As I Am," Keys is about as gaga over love as a 13-year-old girl is...

Reuniting with the same Abilities and new Eyedeas

Published November 29, 2007

It has been three years since Eyedea and Abilities released their underground classic, "E&A." Eyedea, who gained recognition for his skills as a battle MC - most notably for winning Blaze Battle in...

Not enough seats at ‘This Christmas’

Published November 21, 2007

As the traditional holiday song goes, "This Christmas will be a very special Christmas for me." Apparently "special" has a lot of meanings in the new light-hearted drama, "This Christmas," where a large,...

Peanut Butter takes all the credit (and brains)

Published November 15, 2007

As one of the most well-respected indie producers in hip-hop, Peanut Butter Wolf has quite an impressive roster of rappers and beat-makers to hit up when he wants something done. As a result, he didn't...

Return of Buck 65: reliving the past

Published November 15, 2007

What we're gonna do right here is take it back. Way back. We're taking it all the way back to 1957, a pivotal year for the United States. Artsy Canadian rapper Buck 65 builds a time machine on his new...

‘American Gangster’ is new American gangster classic

Published November 8, 2007

Two men, parallel lives, different outcomes. Sort of. "American Gangster" Directed By: Ridley Scott Starring: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe Rated: R Showing at: Area Theaters Director Ridley Scott...

Dance, Dance, Death-Celebration

Published November 1, 2007

How do you remember loved ones who have died? Do you set aside a day to remember them? A time to visit their graves? Do you sift through old photographs or make their favorite dishes? Leave their favorite...

Little Brother not tagging along with Southern hip-hop

Published November 1, 2007

The fruits of southern hip-hop sounds spoiled long ago, when crunk first hit the radio waves and slowly rotted into the generic, sure-hit version of hip-hop duplicated over and over again today. Little...

Soulful songstress sings atop the charts

Published October 25, 2007

How did a smooth, sultry crooner like Keyshia Cole beat out the (now proven) king of hip-hop Kanye West on the Billboard Charts last week? After spending three weeks on the charts with her second album,...

Hipsters, the homeless and money, oh my!

Published October 25, 2007

Anyone who has met Zach "New MC" from local hip-hop staple Kanser knows he likes to tell stories. He tells them through his lyrics, in between songs and in the crowd after his set. Those who know Zach's...

Killer honesty by label newcomer

Published October 18, 2007

Since Mac Lethal's new album is the Kansas City, Mo., native's first under the Rhymesayers stamp, I figured it would be heavy on the socio-political commentary and conspiracy theories, a reoccurring theme...

Culture clash at the Black Dog Caf

Published October 18, 2007

The story of how it all started starts much like the story itself. It was a hot, humid, heavy day in July. The area around the Black Dog Café in St. Paul's Lowertown district teemed with sweaty,...

Thus sang ‘The Most Happy Fella’

Published October 11, 2007

When Tony met Rosabella in a San Francisco café, it wasn't exactly love at first sight. At least not for Rosabella, who didn't even notice Tony, a stout, heavy-set Italian immigrant. "The Most...

HomoRevolution Tour highlights new genre

Published October 11, 2007

To be politically correct, the Homorevolution Tour involves a group of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender hip-hop artists who travel the country spreading their message of equality and reality. "Homorevolution...

Will.i.am breaks out of the Peas’ pod

Published October 4, 2007

Quick, name the members of the Black Eyed Peas. Fergie Ö um Ö Fergie. Who are those men backing Fergie up, anyway? Frontman and producer, will.i.am, who created such wonderful cultural gems as "My Humps"...

A debut album twenty years in the making

Published October 4, 2007

Percee P may go down on the record as being the MC who waited the longest between gaining attention on the national scene and putting out his debut album. Percee has been rapping since 1979, the same year...

Don’t rap the boat, baby

Published September 27, 2007

Ahoy, homeboys and b-girls, and welcome aboard the S.S. Hip-Hop. For all those rap scene aficionados who are through with spending every Friday at a house party or in a downtown Minneapolis venue, every...

Ice Rod putting the hip back into hip-hop

Published September 27, 2007

Six months ago, when Ice Rod returned to the hip-hop stage, he said he was going to make an album. Now, with that newly pressed first full-length in hand, Ice Rod is hitting the road to give west-coasters...

Manifesting destinythrough rhymes

Published September 20, 2007

.M.anifest, a rapper and Twin Cities transplant from Ghana, released his first album Sept. 11. "Manifestations" might prove to be one of the best local hip-hop releases of 2007, with a strong vocal presence,...

The sirens of two of hip-hop’s titans

Published September 20, 2007

How many inflated, hip-hop egos can you fit into one release date? Apparently more than one, but less than two of the biggest heads in hip-hop. Things got cozy Sept. 11 when 50 Cent (a.k.a. "Fiddy") and...

VACANCY: Twin Cities seek HIP-HOP

Published September 13, 2007

When DJ Verb X started up Vinyl Lounge, a dance night featuring local DJs and hip-hop music, he thought it was a sure success. After all, the 30-something pointed out, the biweekly event had a lot in common...

Swearing the truth

Published May 3, 2007

I would like to extend an invitation to St. Paul Pioneer Press columnist Joe Soucheray to join me at the Dinkytowner Café any given Saturday night for The Hook-up hip-hop night. After reading Soucheray's...

Bet you want these goodies

Published May 3, 2007

Seven years passed between the time bicoastal production powerhouse Sa-Ra formed and the release of its first full-length album. What took so long? Maybe it was the countless hours the trio spent crate...

Mother Goose flies over the moon

Published April 26, 2007

When Bianca Casady showed up on the Parisian doorstep of her older sister Sierra in 2003, her plan was to visit the sister she hadn't seen in nearly a decade, and then continue to travel the world. Instead,...

Here’s to you, Mrs. Robinson

Published April 26, 2007

After 15 minutes of "In the Land of Women," a couple of things are blatantly apparent: First, leading man Carter (Adam Brody, "The OC") lives his life surrounded only by women. Second, "In the Land of...

Until rigor mortis sets in

Published April 19, 2007

The return of Nas was long awaited by classic hip-hop fans, especially those growing tired of radio rap. It was refreshing and even comforting when he boldly announced in the title of his return album...

The noun that fits the Madlib

Published April 12, 2007

When politically-minded rapper Talib Kweli and laid-back producer Madlib team up for their first project as a duo, the better parts of both their talents come together like a beautiful landscape to a skilled...

Truthiness you actually want to hear

Published April 5, 2007

In the infamous words of Jay-Z, the sophomore album by Minneapolis' own Brother Ali is "so motherfuckin' soulful." From the first note to the last, "The Undisputed Truth" proves two things: Brother Ali...

Don’t catch me white and nrrrdy

Published April 5, 2007

Finally, someone's making beats dedicated to all the skinny, pimply, white nerds out there. White (as in skin color) boys have long had a place up on hip-hop stages, but hip-hop has never really rolled...

Switching directions and Eyedeas

Published March 29, 2007

You might recognize the lead singer of Carbon Carousel, but like that long-lost childhood friend you bump into at the show, you won't be able to place him. Maybe it's because Michael Larsen used to run...

Re-released from the grave

Published March 29, 2007

J Dilla is your favorite producer's favorite producer. The re-release of his well-known but minimally distributed "Ruff Draft" shows why artists like Kanye West, Pharrell Williams and Just Blaze all point...

Grow up to be a child

Published March 22, 2007

When R&B artist Musiq Soulchild dropped the "Soulchild" from his name with the release of his sophomore album, "JUSLISEN," he said it was because he had not yet mastered the craft of music making and...

This is why I’m hot, even in the cold

Published March 22, 2007

Inside a sparsely decorated Mexican restaurant on East Lake Street, brothers Brandon and Zach Bagaason of local hip-hop group Big Quarters chow down on authentic burritos with slowly cooked meats and homemade...

Driving without a map

Published March 8, 2007

Imagine the puzzled look on the faces of record store workers around the country when they received the ambiguous fifth album from underground weirdo-rapper Busdriver. The album, "RoadKillOvercoat," shifts...

When The NU becomes the old

Published March 8, 2007

Unlike a lot of hip-hop breakup stories, this one does not involve a beef or a feud or drama. Times change, people grow and artists, like Joe Collins and Allen Chocolate of The NU, go their separate ways. The...

A shoe-in for fashion

Published March 1, 2007

When Jon Goodman stumbled upon an online how-to-custom-paint-your-shoes site as a high school sophomore, he saw it as an opportunity to make his own sneakers stand out from the crowd. Less than five years...

Re-enter the Wu-Tang

Published February 22, 2007

Wu-Tang Clan has, over the past two decades, carved out their niche in the hip-hop market. The martial-arts-inspired collaborative used the Eastern idea of balance to create their unique sound and wooed...

Ice ice baby – too cold for some

Published February 22, 2007

It was a fateful night at the Fine Line Music Café in November 2004 when eccentric, rat-tailed rapper Ice Rod stepped off the stage, unsure of when, or if, he would return. That night, as the story...

Mel Gibson unzipped

Published February 15, 2007

Despite what their name may sound like, Mel Gibson and the Pants is rarely as comical or light-hearted (or anti-Semitic) as their title may imply. On their third album, the Twin Cities group delves further...

Walk this way

Published February 15, 2007

Allison Quinnell, a clothing design senior, has waited for more than a decade to see her ideas become a reality. When her clothing line debuts during the fashion show for design seniors Saturday, it will...

The way of RZA’s sword

Published February 8, 2007

."Afro Samurai," a new animé miniseries featuring the voice of Samuel L. Jackson, plays muse for RZA's new album. "Afro Samurai" follows Afro Samurai, Jackson's character, in his quest to regain...

Hurricane seasoning

Published February 8, 2007

DJ Craze is used to warm weather. For the long-time Miami resident who was born in Nicaragua, the news of Minnesota's recent cold weather was a chilling surprise. "I like the sun, but I like seeing the...

Step up and get served

Published February 1, 2007

."Stomp the Yard" opens in a crowded, dark, strange club focused on two opposing teams in the center of the chaos. They are preparing for battle, but no, there's no need for armor. It might look like punches...

A clear case for a clear mind

Published January 25, 2007

It was easy to miss the release of Mos Def's fourth album, "True Magic," because it dropped in stores during the abyss of New Year's weekend. But the bigger reason might have to do with the album cover...

More pro than Anticon

Published January 25, 2007

Baillie Parker, one of the eight co-owners of Anticon Records, chatted with A&E about business, history and Minnesota. Anticon, with artists such as Martin Dosh, Doseone and Sole, is considered by...

Almost all absorbed

Published January 18, 2007

Local rap group Abzorbr, which blends live instruments with laptop noise and spoken word with singing and rapping, is on the frontier of hip-hop sounds. The title of the group's first full-length album,...

The supreme divas

Published December 7, 2006

The larger woman stands alone on the stage; everyone else has left her. She belts out the last furious and sorrowful lines in her thick, deep voice. She is utterly and unjustly alone; her friends have...

The illest doctor

Published December 7, 2006

>The Game lends an unpolished edge to the album that so-called gangster rap has been missing in recent years. His lyrics are true and raw, the beats are dark and hard and the album gets down and dirty...

Hova’s back did he ever leave?

Published November 30, 2006

If the closing lyrics from Jay-Z's last disc, 2003's "The Black Album," are some of his most memorable, maybe it's because fans savored the parting words on "What More Can I Say?" as Hova's final bow to...

Rompe ‘n’ Stompin’

Published November 30, 2006

In the Main Room of First Avenue on Thursday nights, the dance floor slowly fills with close-moving couples doing striking, emotional and intricate steps to a spicy salsa beat. From the windows in the...

This monkey’s gone to heaven

Published November 16, 2006

The most bizarre and mesmerizing piece in "Quantum Circus: The Intelligent Design Project," an exhibit at Soo VAC is a robotic ape's head on a potter's wheel. While the wheel is slowly spinning, the monkey...

Going against the flow

Published November 16, 2006

Ruthless, a hip-hop hybrid group out of the Twin Cities, created a sound not often heard in the world of rap. The band uses bass-heavy beats and predictable rhyme patterns to create the hip-hop feel, but...

Locked and labeled

Published November 9, 2006

While Interlock Records is the newest label on the local hip-hop scene, their heavy-hitting line-up of local talent has worked together for years. The family of artists, originally including Kanser, Heuirspecs,...

Not so Deelishis

Published November 9, 2006

Yeeeaaah, boyyee! It's yo' man, Flava Flav, and I'm back, G. That's right, Flavor Flav, of Public Enemy fame, is back with his solo debut. The self-titled album shows so many different sides of Flavor,...

The building of a community

Published November 2, 2006

For most Twin Cities residents, North Minneapolis is known for its higher crime levels, gang violence and drug trafficking. Some long-time residents, like George Roberts, want to change that perception. Roberts,...

It’s still ladies first

Published October 26, 2006

Psalm One does not like to be compared to other Chi-town natives like Kanye West, Common and Lupe Fiasco. "It's good to be in that company, they're all talented. But I don't like to be compared to anybody,"...

Those who throw stones…

Published October 26, 2006

."Chrome Children," a new collaborative hip-hop project from Stones Throw Records and Adult Swim, is kind of like those English class writing exercises where each person starts a story and then passes...

Fantasy celebrity games have a league of their own

Published October 20, 2006

; Now this obsession can be turned into a competitive game. Tabloid Fantasy League, a new Web site that is based on fantasy sports leagues, replaces athletes with celebrities and sporting event statistics...

It came in a dream

Published October 19, 2006

Beyoncé Knowles earned her claim to fame with the hip-hop-meets-diva trio Destiny's Child. Since breaking away from the group in 2003, Beyoncé has drawn comparisons to Diana Ross for her...

You dropped the bomb on me

Published October 19, 2006

A little boy and his younger sister are playing hide-and-seek. The boy catches a glimpse of something on the horizon and hoists himself onto the roof of his house to see what it is. In the west, toward...

Motor crossed with theater

Published October 5, 2006

Welcome to Our Garage. It's a simple two-car, with some room to spare, situated behind an inconspicuous house in the Longfellow neighborhood. It's a garage like any other in the neighborhood, until at...

Out of the box,onto the runway

Published September 28, 2006

With the growing attention being received by the Twin Cities fashion scene via the appearance of local designer Katherine Gerdes on the Bravo reality series "Project Runway," it seems like a good time...

Outshined in the darkness

Published September 21, 2006

Swollen Members are back, bringing with them their signature dark lyrics and heavy hip-hop beats. The album is full of references to murder, drugs, depression and evil - with song titles such as "Torture"...

Microphone fiends

Published September 21, 2006

The lights dim, the crowd quiets in anticipation and a bass heavy beat starts bumping out of the speakers. A man hops onto the stage as the lights flick back on. The crowd cheers and starts nodding their...

The Shins DID change my life!!!

Published September 14, 2006

Relationships either work or they don't. If only it were that simple. However, as "The Last Kiss," starring Zach Braff ("Garden State"), demonstrates, relationships are not black and white. "The Last Kiss"...

Stadium bill to Senate

Published May 4, 2006

The stalemate over the proposed on-campus Gophers football stadium in the state Senate Taxes Committee broke Wednesday with a 7-5 passage of the measure. Sen. John Marty, DFL-Roseville, who previously...

Senate committee in stadium stalemate

Published May 2, 2006

After its fifth consecutive day of meeting, the Minnesota Senate Tax Committee still is deadlocked over an on-camus Gophers football stadium bill. Sen. Larry Pogemiller, DFL-Minneapolis, who is chairman...

U atheist shares his views on religion

Published April 27, 2006

CEditor's Note: This story is the fourth in a five-part series that examines students' experiences with different faiths. Throughout the week the stories have looked at Christianity, Judaism, Islam and...

Courts almost set for tourney

Published April 24, 2006

Beginning Thursday the University will host the Men's Big Ten Championship tennis tournament for the first time since 1994. Final preparations are being made to the four-court expansion project that will...

U athletics appointsrelations director

Published April 20, 2006

The University athletics department added a new member to its team Wednesday when it announced the appointment of a new associate director for external relations. Tom Wistrcill, who starts his job with...

Rowing teams celebrate boathouse groundbreaking

Published April 19, 2006

University women's varsity and men's club rowing teams waited six years for Tuesday. The boathouse groundbreaking ceremony in the East River Flats Park meant more than the beginning of construction for...

U devotes time, money to woo top high school athletes

Published April 18, 2006

Every year the University's athletics coaches travel throughout the country, tracking between 500 and 1,000 promising high school athletes. When the process is done, about 150 of these student-athletes...

Police pass hockey case to city attorney

Published April 13, 2006

The investigation into accusations of underage drinking by Gophers men's hockey players at Blarney Pub and Grill made progress Wednesday - five months after it began. The Minneapolis Police Department's...

UMore Park: An obscure area with value for U, state

Published April 12, 2006

With rolling hills, vast tracts of undeveloped land, bountiful wildlife and fertile soil, UMore Park near Rosemount has it all, according to some state lawmakers. UMore Park, an 8,000 acre plot of land...

House clears U stadium bill

Published April 7, 2006

Gophers stadium plans are one step closer to the end zone. The Minnesota House approved the bill Thursday night, 103 to 30. Richard Pfutzenreuter, University chief financial officer and vice president,...

Stadium closer to reality for U

Published April 6, 2006

The University has cleared another legislative hurdle, bringing an on-campus stadium one step closer to realization, University officials and stadium supporters said Wednesday. The state House Ways and...

U Stadium bills advance in state House and Senate

Published April 4, 2006

Three stadium bills made further progress within the House and Senate last week, leaving University officials and stadium supporters optimistic. The Senate Higher Education Budget Division passed two bills...

Israelis at U reflect on election pivotal for Israel’s future

Published March 30, 2006

Although they could not vote in Tuesday's elections, Israeli immigrants at the University closely followed political events back in Israel. The race for control over the Knesset, Israel's parliament, was...

Grad’s chow brings in change

Published March 28, 2006

It all started as a simple solution to a wedding shower dilemma. Mary Buescher, a College of Human Ecology graduate student, wanted to make meat enchiladas but the bride was vegetarian. The solution, pineapple...

U teams in danger of NCAA penalties

Published March 23, 2006

Minnesota's two highest-grossing athletics teams didn't meet their National Collegiate Athletic Association academic goals last year, and are in jeopardy of penalties if their scores do not improve. The...

Bill threatens stadium deal

Published March 22, 2006

If the future of the proposed on-campus football stadium already was unclear, it became even cloudier this week. State Sen. Larry Pogemiller, DFL-Minneapolis, is the author of a Senate bill that would...

Feedback on stadium continues

Published March 21, 2006

Now that the Board of Regents approved the environmental impact statement for the proposed on-campus stadium, the next step in the community feedback process is the notice of adequacy decision. The decision...

Ruling upholds recruiting law

Published March 7, 2006

A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court decision was handed down Monday in Chief Justice John Roberts' first case to deal with the First Amendment, affirming the right of the federal government to withhold funding...

A famous play the Law School way

Published March 2, 2006

Gang warfare has invaded the Law School's Mondale Hall, or at least the fictitious one presented as the backdrop for the annual play by the Theatre of the Relatively Talentless. The theater, which comprises...

Fire safety stressed

Published February 22, 2006

A rental property fire that broke out early Sunday morning left the house uninhabitable and the tenants stunned. Andy Cary, a political science sophomore, was the only one home when the fire started, but...

Alumnus gets top U.S. honor for pioneering in agriculture

Published February 14, 2006

The namesake of the St. Paul campus' largest building was awarded the National Medal of Science on Monday by President George W. Bush in Washington, D.C., becoming the 417th person to be so honored since...

U researchers say drug fights gambling addiction

Published February 7, 2006

Two University psychologists have discovered a drug that they say effectively and safely treats gambling addiction. The American Journal of Psychiatry published the findings of Jon Grant and S.W. Kim in...

Former U attorney, alumna rises to state Supreme Court

Published January 24, 2006

The Minnesota Supreme Court's new chief justice swore in the state's newest associate justice Monday at the Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul. Former Office of the General Counsel attorney Lorie Gildea...