Top 20 best Minnesota rappers: The complete list
Origin: Minneapolis | Active: 1999-present | Songs: "Too Big for My Skin" "Get By" and "The Source"
Our own floetress, Desdamona has been singing and rapping around our Cities for years. Her niche is a neo-soul kind of rhythm mixed with spoken word and some original boom bap. Our Des works a 24/7 schedule as she teaches hip-hop to students around the country and is always on tour with various projects, which include Ill Chemistry (with Carnage), Ursus Minor and Sly and Robbie. It's easy to say she's our Queen Elizabeth of the scene, she was here in the beginning, and she will be here till the end.--Lars Larson
Origin: Minneapolis/Hopkins/Los Angeles | Active: 2001 - present | Songs: "Prizefight," "Game Over," "Clam Casino"
Mictlan is the hardest, fastest, and most abstract member of the Doomtree crew, spitting mile-a-minute verses that effortlessly destroy any beat thrown his way. Doomtree have worked to maintain individual identities while still coalescing as one, and Mictlan manages this balance startlingly well, crafting legitimately heartfelt torchlight tracks with style when you know he'd rather be articulating a verbal massacre. At times he's strikingly poignant; at others he's so beyond our scope at such a pace as to be hard to follow. Either way, Mictlan is always a menace and forever a joy to see in action. --Jack Spencer
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Origin: Minneapolis | Active: 2007-present | Songs: "Shine," "The Renaissance," and "Heir Time"
It's easy to root for the guy so intent on putting in the work. MaLLy's not only honed a consumable flow that's akin to Pharoahe Monch's intensity and lyricism, but the guy has a charisma that balances the knowledge that he's a talented guy and a lingering humility that this fact is still percolating. With the release of The Last Great... and last year's Free on the 15th, he caps a productive couple of years working with producer the Sundance Kid. Together, they answer that question, "Will the throne be mine?" It's not whether, it's when. --Reed Fischer