$8 in advance/$12 at the door
10:30pm doors/11pm showtime
Hosted by City Pages Comedian of the year Greg Coleman II
Music by Dj Enferno
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Destiny Roberts has a different lens on things. For the St. Paul rapper, this year has been an incredibly productive experience. Part of that experiences comes from Roberts’ Zen perspective, something she showcases alongside fellow 3ME representative Nsikak on their collaborative “Free Your Mind.”
Dropping the goddamn day after Donald Trump stunned the liberal echo chamber with his decisive, morally perilous victory in the presidential election, few could bring themselves to really care about the quantified merits of local musicians. In a time when women, people of color, immigrants, and LGBTQ citizens are suddenly under siege from the country’s highest office, it felt a little gauche to celebrate anything, much less the nominal poll results of the local weekly magazine.
The whole election thing will take a long time before it’s settled, but let’s take a moment of respite from the outrage and sadness and congratulate the hardworking musicians whose accomplishments were lost in the political tide last week. Before the next issue hits stands on Wednesday, take a second to tip your hats to ZULUZULUU, Tony Peachka, Fraea, Color TV, Ness Nite, Finding Novyon, Dizzy Fae, Royal Brat, Holidae, and Lunch Duchess.
You all make the world a little less horrifying.
Destiny Roberts -- “Free Your Mind” (feat. Nsikak)
Much internet vitriol has been hurled at 2016’s way, but Destiny Roberts has a different lens on things. For the St. Paul rapper, this year has been an incredibly productive experience. Part of that experiences comes from Roberts’ Zen perspective, something she showcases alongside fellow 3ME representative Nsikak on their collaborative “Free Your Mind.”
Over a blithe ukulele beat produced by Roberts herself, the two expound the merits of keeping a positive outlook. With footage compiled by Brian Few Jr. following the duo from New Year’s Eve to this moment in time, you see how, despite all the garbage-flinging over the past 11 months, there have been great strides on a personal level.
A trill artist from Minneapolis, Minnesota making a presence on the rap scene. He's also known as Yeechie, it's his alter ego name.
Chicago native Mpls,MN resident raw, gritty, real his raspy voice over hard hitting beats has made him an artist to watch.
St Paul artist/Producer well known in the city for his work ethic and quality production. My inspiration is MN. We got too much talent to not be on a mainstream level yet and that’s what drives me. It takes that one foot in the door, then we all bust in, ya feel me?
Muja Messiah was named City Pages Best Hip-Hop Artist 2009, Star Tribune's Best Local records 2009, The Onion 's Local Artist of the decade. Muja Messiah was featured on Atmosphere's Strictly Leakage on "Crewed Up", URB Next 100, with "Beautiful" ft. Samahra (Black Blondie). Muja Messiah released MPLS Massacre vol.1. in 2008 with its more hardcore, aggressive tracks including the internet jumps "Amy Winehouse" and M.I.A.'s "Paper Planes". Working with longtime producer Mckinney (The Weeknd / Esthero), armed with new bangers from Che Vicious (Eminem / Lauryn Hill) and advice from Slug and I-Self Devine, Muja Messiah delivered the critically acclaimed Adventures Of A BBoy DBoy. He walks the tightrope between hardcore street anthems, humor laced party joints and political manifestos.
The Minneapolis-based MC known for his politically incorrect satire, combines serious comedy and street anthems to create a 'thinking man's' hip-hop. What you won't hear from Muja is politically correct lyrics, but politically charged themes like the powerful anti-Bush anthems "Patriot Act" feat. I-Self Divine and "Give It Up" feat. Black Thought (The Roots). Those themes run throughout, lyrically full of passion for the rap game and love of Minneapolis. As many youth of this generation face the anger at the status quo, through observations of social awareness, coming of age stories, tales of Minneapolis and its unique culture-clash. Muja Messiah has shared stages with The Roots, Slick Rick, dead prez, Common, Ghostface Killa, Rakim, De La Soul, Grandmaster Master Flash, KRS-One, Redman, 50 Cent, Atmosphere, Wale, K'naan, GZA, J*Davey, Camp Lo, Slum Village, The Cool Kids, Clipse and Yelawolf. CMJ, Soundset 08, Yo! The Movement, Twin Cities Hip-Hop Awards, Minnesota Music Awards and Toronto Urban Music Festival.