Nicki Minaj revives Mystery Science Theater 3000 in "Anaconda" video

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Nicki Minaj has always been unpredictable, but this is possibly her most surprising surprise. Recently, the rapper took a break from her nonstop ode to her backside during the roll-out for new single "Anaconda" to celebrate a cult TV show with Minnesota ties. Yes, somehow Mystery Science Theater 3000 ended up in the new song's lyric video.

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Hip-hop songs about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: A history

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Vanilla Ice's "Ninja Rap" from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991).
I have good news, and I have great news. The good news: The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back. The great news: Hip-hop tracks about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back.

Yes, 1990s nostalgia has reached such peak levels that they're making another Ninja Turtles film. The Turtles began as a gritty comic created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. It exploded into a multimillion dollar media franchise for kids due to a goofy animated series that began in 1987 and lasted until 1996.

That series led to three live-action movies in the '90s, another animated series (and another film) in the 2000s, scores of action figures -- I had about 15, and they'd wrestle my WWF guys -- and a concert tour. The Ninja Turtles have always been a musical bunch. And for each film and TV show, there is a new song about the Ninja Turtles. This week, a new one was released. We now have five turtle films and five turtle songs. Let's count them down.

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Desdamona is a rapping lunch lady in new Kmart ad

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L-R: Nikki Lynette and Desdamona just made it rain... corn.

A year after the back-to-school campaign featuring Da Rich Kidzz, KMart once again taps into the local scene with a new commercial starring Desdamona as a rapping lunchlady. It's a fun spot that plays off her natural energy as an MC, and she appreciated the opportunity to do something a little outside the box.

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Y.N. Rich Kids shill for Kmart in "My Limo" video


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Guante details his full-length with Dem Atlas as Sifu Hotman

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Last year, Guante and Dem Atlas dropped a short collaborative project with producer Rube as Sifu Hotman. The three-song EP has since grown into the full-length album Embrace the Sun, complete with more songs and an exclusive remix from producer Lewis Parker, set for release on July 29.

To premiere the group effort, the trio is playing an all-ages show at Intermedia Arts Friday, and Gimme Noise sat with Guante to get the details.

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Warren G children's book released by South Dakota rapper

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As anyone with functioning ears will tell you, there's never a bad time to hear Warren G and Nate Dogg's "Regulate." Whether you spend your days hitting the east side of the LBC or just watching your Above the Rim VHS, the classic song's always been a welcome presence. South Dakota rapper and Soulcrate Music member Wes Eisenhauer is further spreading the good word of "Regulate" by introducing it into the medium of a children's book.

Debuting on tumblr, word of Regulate: The Children's Book is spreading and we spoke to Eisenhauer to hear how it came to be.

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Five rap songs that would make great children's books


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Why 2008 was hip-hop's worst year

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Everyone seems to agree that 1994 was hip-hop's best year. We don't exactly disagree.

But what was hip-hop's worst year? No it's not, as so many stick-in-the-mud hip-hop traditionalists say every year, "this year."

In fact, it was, unequivocally, 2008. And here's why.

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The best Minnesota rap albums of 2014 (so far)

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The local rap scene has already shown itself to be in control in 2014 -- and we're only halfway through. Creativity is coming from all corners of the Twin Cities.

Gimme Noise compiled our picks for the best rap albums thus far.

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The 23 most quotable lines from Riff Raff's new album Neon Icon

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Enter this one in the annals of rap -- today Riff Raff released his long-mooted and often-delayed studio debut album, Neon Icon. Dropping via Diplo's Mad Decent stable, the 15-track project brims with Jody Highroller's now trademark bedazzled brags. Here's your handy run-through of Neon Icon's most quintessentially Riff Raffian boasts, capped at 23 in honor of his jones for Jordans. (Spoiler: Allusions to bi-curious mermaids, $1,000 ham steaks, and David Hasselhoff's hair ensue.)More »

Hear Eyedea's unreleased final verse on Sadistik's "Chemical Burns"

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This week, rapper Sadistik premiered "Chemical Burns" a new song that features what could be the final Eyedea guest appearance we'll ever hear.

Ahead of the July 1 release of his upcoming album Ultraviolet, Gimme Noise spoke to Sadistik about how the track came together and Eyedea's legacy.

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Eyedea's five greatest freestyle rap battles of all time


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Kristoff Krane and Carnage hosting young artist showcase Survival of the Fittest

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Kristoff Krane, through working at Minneapolis's Youthlink (an organization for youth experiencing homelessness) met the four young rappers representing Friday's Survivial of the Fittest showcase at the Nicollet.

Gimme Noise met with the performers, fresh from a night hustling flyers and freestyling on Soul Tools Radio on KFAI alongside Kristoff and Carnage, to talk about the show and how their paths crossed.


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