Tech N9ne Found Inspiration in an Instagram Comment

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Tech N9ne, as Seen on The World Series

Tech N9ne | Myth | Saturday, November 22
Kansas City's Tech N9ne is perhaps the biggest indie MC in the world. Like seemingly every year, 2014's been a big year for Tech as he released a new collaboration album, aptly titled Strangeulation, and even got some national TV time by being behind home plate for the first game of the World Series.

Before Saturday's show at Myth, Gimme Noise spoke to Tech about how his fanbase has changed following recent high profile collaborations with the likes of Lil Wayne, as well as how much his fans impact his music.

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Run the Jewels: "We're Gonna Be Working Together for Years"

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El-P and Killer Mike just making some Run the Jewels hand gestures. Nothing more.

Run the Jewels with Ratking and Despot | Fine Line Music Cafe | Thursday, November 20 (sold out)
Killer Mike and El-P have impacted rap in a big way yet again with the release of their second free album as the duo Run the Jewels in October.

They've since been selling out venues across the country on their recent tour. The record is a no-holds-barred representation of the advanced levels they're working on, pummeling through El-P's production with some striking bars and harrowing subject matter. Gimme Noise talked with Killer Mike and El-P about their upcoming show, and the hardest song to finish on their new album.

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Mike Mictlan: "I Was the Aztec Ancient Interstellar Galactic Traveler"

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Mike Mictlan | 7th St. Entry | Saturday, November 1
Doomtree MC Mike Mictlan dropped his latest project HELLA FRREAL this week. It's a powerfully crafted combination of the abstract, hardcore, and inspirational parts of the rapper's brain. As grimy and hard-hitting as his last project, SNAXXX, Mictlan again advances his sound by effectively blending harsh realities and positive forward momentum.

Gimme Noise caught up with the rapper at Palmer's for an enlightening conversation about his process and his upcoming album release show at 7th Street Entry this Saturday.

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Lecrae at Skyway Theatre, 10/24/14

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with Andy Mineo and DJ Promote
Skyway Theatre, Minneapolis
Friday, October 24, 2014

At different moments, Lecrae's flow is akin to Kanye West's spiritual bombast, J. Cole's longform narrative storytelling, and Kendrick Lamar's innocent-in-Gomorrah mystique. With these tools and a Christian message, the Houston rapper who recently topped the Billboard charts with his latest, Anomaly, engaged a packed crowd Friday at Skyway Theatre.

Lecrae also sounded remarkably Houston, bending words and smoothing phrases to give richness to each line. Accompanied by a live band and a big-budget cinematic stage show, the message-heavy hip-hop played out verbally and visually, and won over the all-ages crowd.

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Slideshow: Lecrae Packs Skyway Theatre

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Revisiting Method Man and Redman's Failed Fox Sitcom, Method & Red

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Method Man and Redman in Method & Red

While Method Man and Redman have consistently put on an acclaimed live hip-hop show for close to two decades, not everything they've done together has been as successful. This year marks a decade since their short-lived Fox sitcom Method & Red.

To celebrate this milestone of sorts -- and before their Sunday show at First Avenue -- Gimme Noise revisited the series to figure out exact what went wrong.

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Nocando: Eyedea Took It There Every Time

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James "Nocando" McCall is an L.A.-based critically acclaimed rapper, co-founder of the Low End Theory and founder of indie rap label Hellfyre Club. This is part one of his "Unrivaled Under the Sun" series dedicated to his inspirations. Read more of his writing at LA Weekly.

I've been to Minneapolis on three occasions. The first was in 2007, and I have barely any recollection of what happened that night. There wasn't a word for the tone of the night in my vocabulary at the time. Now there is, and it's ratchet. Although fun, it was amoral but no one got hurt or arrested. The second time was at 7th St. Entry this past February on tour with Hellfyre Club compadres Busdriver, Milo, and Open Mike Eagle. The cold felt like the dark side of the moon, and I grew a new respect for the people of Minneapolis.

I had a magical moment that night. I freestyled over an instrumental that was jacked from the internet -- kinda like the kids do these days, kinda like me and my friends did as teens and in our early 20s. I did this in front of a room full of people at 7th St. I improvised a song and took a risk that could have destroyed the momentum of my set. It could've meant I would not get to play in Minneapolis again. Sounds dramatic, but that's how I feel about it sometimes. With that said, it was a near-flawless three minutes of improvised rap. Just before I did that, I ate three bowls of vegan chili and gave a big hug to a lady who cooked the chili. I dedicated the freestyle to her son. That man's name is Micheal Larsen, better known as Eyedea.

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Eyedea dead at 28

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Open Mike Eagle on the hip-hop and podcast sides of his brain

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Open Mike Eagle's recent album Dark Comedy stands as one of the year's best so far, deftly juggling thought-provoking lyrics, skillful flows, and a comedic approach to create a wholly compelling listen. He also runs his own podcast, Secret Skin, where he talks about some of the behind-the-scenes aspects of independent artistry.

This weekend, you'll get the chance to see him as a hip-hop performer -- during the P.O.S.-curated Fucking Best Show Ever, alongside Le1f, Busdriver, SZA, and more. He'll also be in town as a podcast conversationalist during Greenroom Magazine's Issue 3 release, featuring a live recording of the podcast Shots Fired alongside guests P.O.S. and Dam Funk. Gimme Noise spoke with Open Mike Eagle about his various projects and this weekend's show.

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How Tek wrote over 70 songs in prison

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St. Paul rapper and producer Tek was released from prison in June, and dropped a brand new solo album just a month later, handling production and recording duties himself. ...Like I Never Left is Tek's first fully individual musical statement since his collaborative effort with JessListen.

Gimme Noise caught up with Tek to ask about jumping back into music, and how he created so much material without any beats to listen to.

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

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Nicki Minaj: Big McLarge Huge

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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