Local Artist of the Week: Greg Grease

There aren’t many hip-hop artists in the Twin Cities rising faster than Greg Grease.  After being named City Pages’ Best Hip-Hop Artist of 2013, a lot of peoples’ ears became a lot more open and receptive to what Grease had to say.  I think a lot of fans were surprised not to see a Rhymesayers ...

Listen Before You Die: Fashawn – Boy Meets World

A coming-of-age tale in album form that’ll even excite a casual hip-hop/rap listener. Exile’s beats are refreshing and pair well with the young and talented west coast rapper, Fashawn. Appearance’s by Evidence, Aloe Blacc and samples of The Doors and Black Star only add to the splendor of this already fantastic album.

Local Artist of the Week: Rapper Hooks

When I first heard the news that The Tribe and Big Cats (Rapper Hooks and producer Big Cats) was ending their partnership I was sad, confused.  They came onto the local scene hard by releasing two albums in 2011, both critically acclaimed by various local publications. 2012 rolled around and with the release of Space, it ...


But despite a premise that seems like a recipe for pretentious disaster (and an A side that at first does little to temper that fear), we’re left with a coherent, cohesive project that teeters on the edge of being great and reveals two of the scene’s brightest young talents.

Listen Before You Die: P.O.S. – Never Better

It’s not easily digested, that’s for sure. P.O.S.’s 3rd album, Never Better, is and will be the most abrasive piece to make the list of albums you need to hear before you die. I know it’s not for everyone; P.O.S. does too and therein lies the beauty. Best characterized by his lyrics in one of ...

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