Friday, September 30, 2011
If you didn't know already, M.anifest's got a new album out, Immigrant Chronicles: Coming to America. Right there is the iTunes link, and I know it's at local stores like Electric Fetus and Fifth Element. Go cop that.
Word is M.anifest is getting love from Flea, and doing some shows with Blur/Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn, one of my favorites. Big props to M.anifest on that. Shout out to Sound Verite.
Doomtree staying busy, as always. Dessa's new album, Castor, the Twin, will be out on Tuesday. It's composed of reworked versions of her older songs, complete with full backing band for a richer sound. Should be a good one. Doomtree sophomore effort No Kings coming in November, too.
Dessa: "The Beekeper"
Orikal Uno came up with a neat idea for a quick-hitter EP. It's called +1, because each of the three tracks contain a single guest. Featured along with Orikal Uno on these tracks are Sab the Artist (Musab), Mac Lethal, and Prof.
Here's the latest project from Minneapolis trio Illuminous 3, along with some words about it from Franz Diego:
Our latest project is called "Montessori" and it was made to capture the times and memories that we all shared together attending Seward Montessori Elementary school in South Minneapolis. Seward is where we all met and the Montessori style had a huge impact not only on our learning, but how we viewed the world, understood other's differences and just basically how we grew up.Mike Swoop produced, mixed and mastered the entire project.
Illuminous 3: Montessori
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Tonight at the Varsity Theatre in Dinkytown is a benefit concert to celebrate the life of a lost member of the Twin Cities hip-hop community. Below is the press release from First Avenue:
Charles Augustus Bryant “Mahdi” (AKA D.J. Nex), beloved member of the Hip-Hop community, passed away on August 26, 2011 after a courageous battle with stomach cancer. Mahdi is survived by 4 children and many loving family members. Mahdi is Co Founder of The Nation Of Gods and Earths MN, School Of Thought, B Boy Commity, and Nexborn Inc.
A benefit will be held September 28, 2011 at the Varsity Theater to celebrate the life and accomplishments of Twin Cities Hip Hop legend, pioneer, and cultural ambassador Brother Mahdi (AKA Dj Nex).
ALL proceeds will be donated directly to Mahdi’s children.
Hosted by: The GODBLAC
Featuring: Slug, Brother Ali, Muja Messiah, Maria Isa, Desdamona, The Guardians Of Balance (St Paul Slim & Mastermind), High North, Long Doe (Tony Bones, Mike the Martyr, and Big Wiz), Trina Girl
On the 1's and 2's Dj's: Dan Speak, Stage One, Kool Akiem, Brother Julez, IXL, Verb X
Posted by Mike at 12:57 PM
Here's footage of Toki tearing it down at the Audio Perm Block Party last month. The man climbed on a roof. Enough said.
Posted by Mike at 12:50 PM
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Speaking of album of the year contenders, Evidence's Cats & Dogs will be released on Tuesday. Here's a track featuring Slug and Aesop Rock.
Evidence: "Late For The Sky ft. Slug & Aesop Rock"
Above is some old footage of a pre-fame Kanye West performing an altered a capella version of "All Falls Down" at a spoken word event. Mos Def, who was emceeing the event, must have peered into his crystal ball before introducing Kanye as "the future of hip-hop."
Posted by Mike at 9:24 PM
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Muja Messiah and Maria Isa are longtime friends and have collaborated on several songs before, but now they're putting out a whole album together until the name Villa Rosa. The two are headlining the First Ave mainroom tonight, so head downtown to catch the show if you can.
Posted by Mike at 12:48 PM
Let's cut right to the chase. The most recent post in Midwest Broadcast happened on Friday, September 2. That was over two weeks ago. That's pathetic. But instead of apologizing to those of you who still check and read this website, I think this is a good time to reassess the current state of Midwest Broadcast.
Gone are the glory days of this blog when I was attending college and had the free time to update it multiple times throughout the day. I'm currently looking at some big turning points in my life. I'm just starting a new job, and on top of that I'm beginning to apply to graduate school. Frankly, I just don't have as much free time to work on this site as I once did. That doesn't mean I'm going to stop updating Midwest Broadcast – I still aim for it to be an important forum for Twin Cities and Midwest hip-hop. I just want to make it clear that I am not currently able to update the site as diligently as I once was. I encourage you to keep visiting the site, and in turn I'll do my best to be more prolific than I in recent weeks.
As always, thanks for reading. Peace.
Posted by Mike at 12:38 PM
Friday, September 2, 2011
Wildlife is an EP of songs that Sims and Lazerbeak recorded in 2009 and 2010. Sims is releasing it to thank his fans for supporting him through the release of Bad Time Zoo (still one of the year's best hip-hop albums) and his first headlining national tour. Make sure to attend one of his shows if he comes through your town; Sims and Lazerbeak together are a great live act to see. Stream the Wildlife EP below, or click through to Bandcamp to download the project.
I'm mad late on this video but if you haven't seen it yet, here is "Real Live" featuring a guest verse from Yakub. Toki is performing tonight at the 7th Street Entry with St. Paul Slim and Kids Like Us. It's only five dollars to get in the door, so if you don't have any plans for tonight I highly recommend checking that out.