At the Twin Cities Daily Planet, we spent 2016 trying to shift that balance, by bringing the power of media into the hands of our communities and challenging the dominant narratives told about us. Continue Reading
Minnesota is more than a thousand miles away from hip hop’s mainstays on either coast. Yet, Complex listed Minneapolis as one of the 15 best cities for hip hop fans in the United States, and Mic named the Twin Cities the “greatest hip-hop scene you’ve never heard of.” Continue Reading
He Filmed Long Distance Filmmaker Justin Schell traveled halfway around the world and back. He’s followed Maria Isa through the streets of Puerto Rico. Trekked to Thailand with Tou SaiKo Lee. And finally, heard the poetry from M.anifest’s grandfather in Ghana. It’s all for his feature length film We Rock Long Distance, premiering at Intermedia Arts this weekend as part of their Catalyst Series. The film weaves together history, ethnicity, music and the meaning of home and place through Twin Cities hip hop artists Maria Isa, Tou SaiKo Lee and M.anifest The film, hot off the editing bench, explores the lives and connections of these three musicians here in the Twin Cities and in their home countries. Continue Reading
With confidence I can stand behind the statement that Minnesota has some of the best hip-hop artists in the world.
“Hip hop is the streets’ alternative to disco. Hip hop was a grassroots, streets came from—it came from desperation. Hip hop came from people’s basic need for an outlet. We were either going to start hip hop or start a revolution.” – Grandmaster Caz (From the film, “Mambo to Hip Hop”) What is the future of hip hop? Hip hop is currently at an exciting and pivotal time. Continue Reading
Let me preface this by saying that I am not generally a hip-hop/rap fan. I like the genres, but only usually in its most disjointed and non-traditional form. I’d say that Arca is one of my favourite hip-hop groups and Slim Twig is my favourite rapper, if that gives you a better sense of my tastes. That being said, I enjoyed both acts that played this show.
You could hear the beat from far away; you just had to follow the music. Last Saturday, September 15, the Nomad World Pub parking lot was the mecca of all hip-hop enthusiasts.It was the perfect day for the all-day block party: the weather was hot, the sun was shining and the people were happy to join what was probably the last outside concert this summer. The event started at 2 p.m. with Lizzo and Larva Ink who prepared the first guests for the upcoming line-up. The crowd grew with every hour and every artist. In the afternoon, Duenday, Sean Anonymous and Grittee Committee rocked the stage with outstanding beats which got the crowd going.The whole line-up was a nice mixture of known and new local hip-hop artists and non-rapping musicians like the band Bomba Umoya. The highlight of the Hip-Hop Harambee was the performance of the headliner Talib Kweli who set the crowd on fire.Meta, a well-known Twin Cities artist really enjoyed his performance and the vibrating atmosphere. Continue Reading
“Hip-hop saved my life,” said Daniel Hodge at a panel discussion on “The Future of Hip-hop Studies” on October 20.
Nahjea Lee is entering the 9th grade at Brooklyn Junior High School in the fall. For her story as a 2007 Youth News Intern, she chose to profile an up and coming hip hop artist to better understand what it takes to get an album produced in an age when sex and violence seem to be hottest selling points of a hip hop album. Nahjea is African-American, and born in Minneapolis. Nahjea Lee is entering the 9th grade at Brooklyn Junior High School in the fall. For her story as a 2007 Youth News Intern, she chose to profile an up and coming hip hop artist to better understand what it takes to get an album produced in an age when sex and violence seem to be hottest selling points of a hip hop album. Continue Reading