Thursday, November 10, 2011

Doomtree: "Beacon"

New Doomtree. No Kings. 11/22/11.

In related Doomtree news, City Pages has been announcing the opening acts for the 7th Street Entry shows during Doomtree Blowout Week. Sims is on Sunday with a killer lineup. Mike Mictlan and every indie rap artist in the Twin Cities will surely make for an epic Monday, Dessa mixes it up on Tuesday with some standup comedy. P.O.S. curated a great Wednesday lineup with Polica and Marijuana Deathsquads. Cecil Otter, whose show has yet to be announced, finishes the solo shows on Thrusday.

Doomtree: "Beacon"

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

P.O.S., Lazerbeak, & Cecil Otter Discuss the Beat-Making Process for 'No Kings' (Video)

Big Quarters: "Perfect Match ft. Mankwe Ndosi"

Next new single from Big Quarters' Party Like A Young Commie, due on November 29. Preorder it at

One Be Lo: LABOR (Language Arts Based On Reality)

Yesterday Sims announced the lineup for the show he curated during Doomtree Blowout week. On Sunday December 4, he will be performing at 7th St Entry with Brother Ali, Astronautalis, and One Be Lo. This is awesome.

In light of the news, I wanted to share with you One Be Lo's latest album, LABOR. One Be Lo has been laying low lately, as we haven't heard much from the talented Michigan rapper since his 2007 album The REBIRTH. Well, he's back and still in fine form. Check the album out below, and purchase it at his Bandcamp site.

One Be Lo: LABOR (Language Arts Based On Reality)

I.B.E.: "Understanding"

In a break from his Pages From That Tape project, I.B.E. sent me the first song from an upcoming compilation he is working on, Watch This Too. Influenced by Jay-Z and Kanye's "luxury rap" album, Watch the Throne, I.B.E.'s version will serve as its antithesis. Watch This Too will borrow some of the beats from WTT and focus on economic inequality. Below is the first release, "Understanding."

I.B.E.: "Understanding"

ECID: Swagger Wagon EP

Minneapolis emcee/producer ECID just released this free EP. Stream it below, and if you like what you hear head to his Bandcamp site and download it.

ECID: Swagger Wagon EP

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Doomtree: No Kings (Promo Video)

Anxiously awaiting the next Doomtree single or video from No Kings. Album in stores 11/22/11, preorders available now.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Common: "Sweet"

More new material from Common. Despite the name, this track is anything but sweet. Produced by No ID, who handled every song on his upcoming album, The Dreamer, The Believer.

A Loud Heart (Guante & Claire Taubenhaus): "The Illusion of Movement" (Video)

Guante and Claire Taubenhaus' acoustic rap collaboration A Loud Heart will be released next week. If you're free go to the album release party next Friday.

A LOUD HEART (Guante & Claire Taubenhaus) CD release show:
Friday, 11/11/11 at Honey in MPLS
Featuring BLACK BLONDIE and an acoustic set from KRISTOFF KRANE
7-10pm | 18+ | $7

Black Milk: "Black and Brown ft. Danny Brown" (Music Video)

Here's the video for a truncated version of "Black and Brown," a highlight from Black Milk's fantastic 2010 Album of the Year.