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Kristoff Krane is a Minneapolis based rapper known for his stream-of-consciousness approach to writing, freestyling and performing.
In addition to his solo releases, Krane was also frontman alongside Micheal ‘Eyedea’ Larsen in Rhymesayers’ freestyle group, Face Candy.
Justin Plaza (J.Plaza) is an artist who doesn’t like to limit himself to one genre; hip-hop, R&B, Pop, whatever he’s feeling at the moment. Born Feb 13, 1990 in Kentucky, J.Plaza spent much of his childhood traveling around the country with a military mother, with stints in Georgia and Ohio, finally landing in Minnesota. Moving around gave him the opportunity to discover new environments, and meet new people. He started writing music at a young age, using his diverse musical background to share his dreams, aspirations, and personal experiences in a way that listeners can relate to.
Over the past two years, Plaza has worked to polish his sound, He has been causing a stir in Minneapolis, among other cities nationally. Never satisfied, he has proven himself worthy among the top emcees in the state of Minnesota - all without releasing a full project to date. His string of singles keeps fans wanting more. It is no longer a question that J.Plaza has what it takes to be a star, it’s just a matter of when. J.Plaza works with a team called the Mill City Collective, which comprises of several solo artists who have come together to push each other and help each other make their mark on the industry. He is ready to show the world what he is capable of…
Nazeem & Spencer Joles:
Nazeem & Spencer Joles (age 22) are an afro/latino Hip-Hop duo from Minneapolis, MN. Their first mixtape, "The Album" garnered local attention for exhibiting clever lyricism, mainstream appeal, and genre bending. Now following the release of their EP, "Years Of Obscurity" they have been solidified as young underground staples in the twin cities which also earned them a position in the previous 2017 Soundset Festival (Alongside the like of Lauryn Hill, Travis Scott, and Pusha T) to which their performance had received rave reviews. They are also gaining recognition as multi-faceted artists; beyond self-producing their own music, they design their own album artwork and direct/edit their own cinematic music videos.
Lulseged “Lu” Afework (born October 5, 1994) is a first-generation American of Ethiopian descent, born in Maryland before moving to Minnesota at the age of three. Lu first picked a notebook up after watching 8 Mile, soon succumbing to the frustrations of being eight with no bars. He picked it back up during his junior year at Simley High School, where he was always the first name on attendance that every teacher would apologize before mispronouncing. This common misstep in cultural competency, paired with the inspiration from watching a friend rap on Facebook, led to Lu’s christening as Student 1: a reflection of a lifetime dedication to learning oneself, the world, and the game.
After a two-year stint at Inver Hills Community College - ending in academic suspension which lead to him dropping out - Lu shifted his life’s focus to perfecting his work for the world outside his frozen suburbia. Student 1 embodies an upbeat approach to interrogating the questions of life, fusing an oddball braggadocio with meticulous technicality for an engrossing experience that’s equally whip-ready and stare-at-the-ceiling ready. For all the relentless energy in his flexin’, there’s a moment of self-crisis to match it. Caught in a haze of tobacco and uncertainty, Student 1 serves as a beacon of light for anyone reveling in their uncertainty, searching for the motivation to persevere through a world that feels set to destroy them.
Student 1 melds together familiar elements to create a fresh sound in hip-hop, a sound just beckoning to be heard.