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Hey all you hip hop/local music fans. I’ve heard tell of a Halloween themed mini-festival taking place at Honey (NE), Thursday, Oct 23rd. Now I know it’s that time of year when the witching hour takes full effect, but fear not! Come out and celebrate with local artists, music, and some booze. Perchance the headless horseman will ride again. It’s party time, and you don’t want to miss out (avoid FOMO). There will be a wide variety of up-and-coming local acts, and maybe even a scary storytelling contest. Wear a costume, bring a friend, listen to some music, and have a few drinks- you earned it. I mean, You Only Live Once… Have some fun before it’s Christmastime; autumn is for hell raising and party making, not going to bed early.
Check out the details below:
XTRAV 9: HALLOWEEN HONEY is an 11-act 18+ Halloween-themed mini-fest at Honey at Ginger Hop NEXT THURSDAY, Oct 23rd.
#whatsreallycrazy?: Cover is $5/ $3 in costume
Botzy hits the MAIN STAGE at the stroke of midnight!
Other acts include Josiah Lemanski, Jourdan Myers, Aleko Loughrey, and MORE!
We’ll also be debuting:
#PALESPECTER, feat. Aaron Hammerly, members of Gloss, and Frankie Teardrop bassist Jack Woolsey!
#LADYSLIPPER, feat. Jamie Quinn (Sexy Delicious), Cole Premo, and Eric Mayson (Toki Wright & Big Cats)
#THEMAYAPROJECT, feat. Maya Elena Baglien and Mark Mallman’s guitarist Mike Geronsin
AND Live Art from Ethan Heidlebaugh Art!
#BlackWiddowLoveAffair #CreepingRoundTheCorner #HalloweenMinifest#XTRAV9
Sometimes I think things need to happen. This needed to happen- I found a video today through a friend on Facebook, C.M.J himself, that made me act. C.M.J is part of the local Minneapolis underground hip hop movement. I met him a few times a few summers back, he threw me a dope CD. This video is full of excitement, and I must admit the beat and flow leave me on the edge of my seat at the library (I am studying). Smooth.
I must run to class (a more in depth post to come later). This is worth a listen, don’t waste your time! Get on it!
Make your day and this song happen. Listen locally.
What I find amazing is when I find something amazing that’s been residing in my city for some time unbeknownst to me.
Stuff in my city that I find amazing: the ever growing music scene, the progressive nature of citizen idea, booty shorts, and the openness of our community. This openness gives artists a basis for starting on a path to achieve their goals, and to reach a specific and gracious audience.
Last night while drinking a few beverages with AKA I was introduced to an artist I had never heard before. I became that specific and gracious audience member.
I mean I am into artists who go hard, I am into artists with great beats, and I am definitely into artists with flashy videos, that which still come across as true to life; however, finding an artist with all three of these qualities can be a daunting task. Last night this task was fulfilled just by going to a friend’s house in South Minneapolis. This friend has musically inclined acquaintances whom he put me on to.
As I have said before, I don’t really try. Things seem to fall from the sky.
This night of drinks started with politics and went straight to hip-hop as usual. He threw the Homeless and Big Cats video for “The Food Chain” on and I was taken away. I love hip-hop that is raw, original, and moderately offensive in a clever way. I would say that “The Food Chain” encompasses what I truly enjoy about this genre of music.
Underground Hip-Hop is not dead even if it is six feet underground, this video is testament to that. This sound is underground.
One can truly be whatever they want to be, and then (whether on the side, or for full-time) create art which reaches a unique and expanding audience, speaking to them in esoteric ways to garner loyalty. Someone may be a writer by day and a hip-hop mogul at night, you pick your poison.
This song is worth hearing. Homeless is clever, creative, and truly relatable. That is something I find amazing in Minneapolis.
I find this video addictive and at the same time incredibly real. Real enough to want to hear more.
Waking up this morning, after the run and such, I was brought to a smile by something I so effortlessly had stumbled upon. The smile was from understanding, and newly rediscovering what artistry and creativity had been harboring in my hometown area. I found an artist I had been following for sometime, I had reintroduced my ears to Hyphon.
I was intrigued and pleasantly surprised.
I did something, just a click, and sat back to listen. I found myself mesmerized for the next couple of minutes, and in a better way, more open-minded to my surroundings. I thought of Hyphon’s lyrics, I felt at a coffee shop, reading a book, I felt the general idea of expanding my mind, my situation, and my musical diversity. I felt comforted at the sound of growth, at the use of imagination, and something even more, a piece of La Crosse, at an artist from my birth place stretching the boundaries and producing a unique sound that I could feel comfortable listening to anywhere.
I had been sitting on this song, and then we realize hesitation kills. I had been forgetful when thinking about time I had spent perusing the ever interactive internet, the time we all had spent. I found myself listening to a song by Hyphon, I found myself satisfied with the lyrics (use of words, vocab), sound, and production. He is an acquaintance, an artist, and he has motivated me today, especially, to search for more. To indulge in what we would normally pass up. I invite you to click and listen. You will be taken somewhere, and wherever it is, at least you went. We all go learning something new along the way, learn today that there is artistry everywhere, especially in La Crosse. All one has to do is open their ears-have a listen.
I have probably said enough, maybe not, but you do owe yourself a listen. It is worth your time.
Hyphon brings a bureau of words, ideas, and deep imagery, true underground, fresh…
Listen to this in the morning with coffee, and prepare to have your thoughts provoked.
Oh my god, everyone is talking about P.O.S. nowadays in Minneapolis. I have to say something…
I thought he died, just kidding, I have been reading. Got to know what’s up on the Minneapolis Scene. Citypages did a spot on him a bit back, a girl I work with talks about him a bunch, knows Stefon Alexander personally, literally. Truth.
So, all this talk made me a little anxious. I mean why wait so long to put out more music? Oh yeah, quality control, excellente…
Last night, while getting incredibly drunk with the boys in our new house in SOUTH MINNEAPOLIS, Hammer (AKA) pulled out his fancy schmancy computer keyboard hooked up to the plasma in the living room to Youtube and bumped the above video from P.O.S.- Fuck Your Stuff.
Firstly, I had not heard a single song off of the new album,
|We Don’t Even Live Here|
yet, so I had no idea what to expect. I had been hearing some stuff, Coworker was talking a lot about how she had been listening to the CD a lot and was told not to hum the songs, even for a second, to avoid leaking anything. She said its amazing.
Secondly, I was impressed with the music and the video itself. I was kind of surprised; like, P.O.S. with a more matured and hardcore sound, keeping it real while being progressive, and sticking to his basic punk roots just happened in front of me. This song literally just happened and it was good. (I had to do a run on sentence to describe that, I know seems esoteric, but music is that way.) Rhyming on this song is pretty great; creative, controlled, P.O.S. is vocally amazing and intimidating.
I feel I can bump this on a decent system and it will bang. In this song P.O.S. is telling people what they want to hear, what he wants to say, and still remaining underground with the quality sound of mainstream hip hop, with actual quality. Production value sounds amazing on this song, the beat is unique, full, and boom-stuff. I am excited to hear more. I have been a P.O.S. fan for some time and have been looking forward to his fourth coming release.
This video is such a teaser-
P.O.S.’s new sound is just that new, incredibly vocally driven, with wit to it. I enjoy this song and can almost rest easy with the idea that this album will be sick. Whatever, I want to hear it. Send me a copy early please.
The release date is:
|October 23, 2012|
What Fuck Your Stuff does for me is reestablish my Love for Local Music, what P.O.S. has done, has made me want to buy his new material, as so many artist have not done recently. I have faith in Minneapolis, with a bunch of solid music coming out of here as of late. 2012 looks to be a good year for music in the Midwest, and especially a good year for Rhymesayers Entertainment.