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Producer and rapper Medium Zach of Big Quarters recently dropped his first solo effort Valued Input, a three song project. The unveiling comes in conjunction with a show at Icehouse this Saturday featuring a new direction in his material.
Gimme Noise sat down with Zach to ask about the project, working with MaLLy, Meta, and Slug, and how he's developed to this point.More »
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In front of a packed house Toki Wright, Desdamona, Guante, the Lioness, and Atmosphere's Slug came together at Intermedia Arts Monday night to discuss hip hop's relationship with the local press. Moderated by the Current's Andrea Swensson and Kevin Beacham, the conversation was aimed to spark ideas for a May 10 local hip-hop celebration at the Fitzgerald Theater. It sparked some venom too.
When asked to sum up how they felt about the press at the outset, the panel used words like "shallow," "biased," "pandering," and "disconnected" to describe Twin Cities music journalists. It was said that local scribes only write about their friends, "or friends of friends," and there's a lack of diversity among writers.
It's tough to hear these criticisms, but not altogether surprising. Amid occasional tangents -- Star Tribune's Chris Riemenschneider said much of the discussion also centered on the community's relationship with itself -- a lot of solid truth about scene-building was passed around. In the spirit of moving forward, here are five thoughts from the night.More »
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|Jay-Z, trying to convince us his favorite thing about Magna Carta Holy Grail isn't the Samsung deal.|
It's common knowledge that the popular music industry is dominated by a few huge companies, sometimes referred to as the Big Three: Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group. It used to be the Big Four, until EMI was subsumed into the other three. Before that, it was the Big Five, which followed the Big Six, etc. As time has gone on, the music market has becoming more and more restrictive in the choices you can actually make as a consumer. According to Nielson SoundScan, these three companies controlled roughly 90 percent of the music market in 2012, and this is a number trending upward. The problem for rap fans, though, is even more severe.More »
So if your HBO Go didn't crash Sunday night and you weren't watching Cosmos, then you obviously watched the season finale of the hit series True Detective, starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.
Not only has this groundbreaking series kept McConaughey on a actors roll and brought Woody back to a non-Hunger Games spotlight - although I am a huge Haymitch fan - but it was also quite rewarding for one of our own artists in town.More »
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Right now it seems like Twin Cities rapper Prof has it all. He has a deal with Rhymesayers, the buzz of being the next big thing in hip-hop, as well as a coveted slot at this May's Soundset music festival.
Unfortunately, he also has, as of this past week, what some might call the dubious distinction of feuding with beloved Full House actor John Stamos. No, we're not joking. We spoke to Prof after his Twitter feud blew up, and he opened up about the origins of his relationship with Stamos, how they eventually buried the hatchet, and what he has planned for the rest of the year.More »