The ever-deepening Twin Cities hip-hop scene constantly has more talented producers stepping up. Here are six of our favorites for June, with some of the best monikers in the local game -- from 84 Caprice to the understated Tiiiiiiiiiip.
Get this weekend off to a proper start with these powerful beats.
Erick Anderson, aka Afrokeys, is a composer and producer that has an excellent ear for beats. With an endorsement from both Hammond and Moog, the former keyboardist for Atmosphere's original work is extensive and full of deep grooves. He's currently involved in a number of upcoming projects, everything from R&B to a placement on a Twiztid album. With a solo record in the works as well, there's a lot to keep an ear open for.
Featured track: "'96," Gimme Noise exclusive.
Featured track: "Hallucinations" via Soundcloud.
Having first come to our attention
as half of duo Killstreak, Icetep's solo beats maintain the EDM sensibilities and varying moods found on Janus
. With numerous original beats and remixes of his own on his Soundcloud
, Icetep's beats are among the most adventurous heard in local rap production currently.
Featured track: "Purp," Gimme Noise exclusive.
Another producer hailing from the Audio Perm crew, the former Taylor Madrigal has recently added dozens of shows and 10 I's to his name, rechristening himself Tiiiiiiiiiip. He's been collaborating
with local notables like Spooky Black and Psymun to make some interesting new work. Since he's been doing time behind the turntables, he's performed at a number of high-profile shows, including Soundset, where Last of the Record Buyers featured this Tetris flip among a series of producers who resampled video game soundtracks
Featured track: "Tetris Flip" via Last of the Record Buyers.
An in-house producer for Cherry Sky Studios
, Stefan Wolf helped craft the crew's debut, shaping their sound with his unique take on sampled boom-bap. He recently started uploading some of his beats that have yet to find homes onto his Soundcloud, so be sure to check back for updates to his catalog.
Featured track: "Park", Gimme Noise exclusive.
Having produced as a member of Stophouse Music Group
for years, 84 Caprice combines complex rhythmic structures and building crescendos with the rowdy sense of fun hip-hop the label is known for. Songs will drift in numerous directions yet maintain a classic rap feel, and 84 Caprice knows how to balance them all.
Featured track: "Frog" via Soundcloud.
Send your suggestions for artists to be featured on future mixes to the author, Jack Spencer.
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