Round 3's final rap battle features MC's VESH and ROMES who'll battle it out for the Grand Prize of $1000.
Date: Monday, November 7, 2016
Time: 7:30 PM Doors / 8:00 PM Show
Venue: Mill City Nights, 111 5th St. North, Mpls. MN 55403
Cost: $10.00 (avoid online ticket fees by purchasing in person at Mill City Box Office or at the door night of event)
Age: 18+, must be 21+ to drink
They have released four acclaimed albums, toured extensively and enjoyed sustained success as solo artists. Now, after an eight-year hiatus, Dilated Peoples returns with Directors Of Photography, the group’s remarkable debut album under the Expansion Team/Rhymesayers Entertainment banner.
Evidence, Rakaa (Iriscience) and DJ Babu’s new collection demonstrates each member’s individual strengths and shows that the crew’s chemistry has only improved. They have indeed graduated to another level of skill and proficiency.
“It’s how we see the world, how we see each other,” Evidence says. “In film, the Director of Photography is the one who’s selecting the shots, framing it. The same thing with us. We might not be making the beat, but we’re selecting tracks that we want to use, doing the mix, talking with the producer. We’re very much the selectors of everything we do.”
The trio’s new album shows how the group has been able to remain loyal to its signature sound, style and sentiment while adding new and dramatic artistic wrinkles to its already-extensive musical repertoire. Over Evidence’s piano and drum-driven beat for “Directors,” Evidence and Rakaa showcase a series of razor-sharp rhymes that are accented by some choice scratching from DJ Babu.
Even with so much music already under his belt, 22 year-old, Allan Kingdom, has no plan on slowing down. Although his sound isn't typical to what is getting mainstream radio play at the moment, he doesn’t let that dissuade him in any way from creating the music that feels right to him. In fact, sees that challenge as more of a reason to persevere.
It was that dedication and signature sound that recently caught the interest of world renowned producer and rapper Kanye West, who upon hearing Kingdom’s music requested his vocals for “All Day”. Soon after Kingdom found himself on the world stage for the first time, performing the track live with Kanye at the Brit Awards, England’s equivalent to the Grammys.
Although the Kanye song collaboration was a key moment for Allan, there were years of dedication that lead up to it. Born in Winnipeg Canada, Tanzanian and father is South African. He grew up as an only child with his mom, a pharmaceutical scientist, who moved to Canada after receiving an academic scholarship to study there. Her career eventually led her to another University job in St. Paul, Minnesota, where Allan grew up, speaking Swahili as the predominant language at home.
As Kingdom grew up he continued make music on his own, including his self produced and released project entitled “Talk to Strangers” in 2013. At 17, he took his pursuits to Twitter, where caught the interest of Kanye West producer Plain Pat and industry management and A&R veteran Jonathan Kaslow, who immediately responded to the music positively. Soon after he released his first project with the duo entitled “Future Memoirs” and in 2014 was named "Best Hip Hop Artist of 2014" by City Pages in Minneapolis and was listed on Complex's "Top 25 Rappers to Watch.”
BATTLE OF THE RIVERS ARTISTS
Nick Jordan is a fresh-faced R&B act based out of the Twin Cities. His debut EP, NJ, is described by Sarah Stanley-Ayre of City Pages Minneapolis as a “seven-track saunter of soul seen through young yet retrospective eyes.”
NJ is a true ode to Jordan’s musical upbringing, and incorporates elements of funk, garage, future soul, and R&B. Every song on the project was written and arranged by Jordan, with the production brought to life alongside Lunar Bedrooms frontman Luke Darger (moonsidr_dlux).
What really sets Jordan apart from the pack is the quality and care he puts into his live show, which draws on his strengths as both a musician and a mover. During the creative process for NJ, Jordan dove into the world of dance and movement: a skill that he is conscious to incorporate into his live performances. The impact of Jordan's performances recently earned him a coveted spot on this year's "Best of the Twin Cities®" issue by City Pages Minneapolis (Best R&B Artist).
Dwynell was born and raised in North Minneapolis, and has been rapping since the age of 13. During that time when he first started writing, he was part of a collective called TCB (Twin City Boyz). His time with the TCB was spent largely perfecting his craft of freestyling, and honing his knack for writing songs with a stylistic flair similar to T3 of Slum Village or Schoolboy Q, perfecting his style while maintaining a writing style similar to Joe Budden. This is mostly shown when he has dropped various freeverses via his YouTube page, showing his effervescence over such beats as “Stay Schemin’” and “Shine Blockas”.
Dwynell’s experience doing recorded material was on his first mixtape, Upside, which has shown the strides he’s made to perfect his songwriting craft, all the while making sure his style was at the forefront, with almost a drawl and depth to his voice. Dwynell is currently at work on his EP, “Make Due” and also working on writing material for his album, called “92 and Roland”, which continues to show vast improvement from his days in his teens, and freely talking about topics of partying and reflection, delivering feel-good jams that leave a listener with no choice but to nod and enjoy the various personas that Dwynell possesses.