Over 40 local and national acts converged at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on May 27 for the 11th annual Soundset, a celebration of hip hop. In addition to music, the festivities included a car show and live graffiti art — all on a 93-degree day. Three-time Grammy-nominated Rapsody was one of the many highlight of the day. She displayed strong stage presence and knew how to … [Read more...]
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Rapper Meek Mill sat down with NBC’s Lester Holt to talk about his experiences in the criminal justice system for a Dateline interview that aired on Sunday, May 6. “I had eight years of probation that turned [into] 16 years of probation,” Mill said in a preview of the interview. “Something is not working,” in the criminal justice system. TMZ.com reported that Judge Genece … [Read more...]
Pianist Freddy Cole is coming to the Twin Cities. In honor of his late brother Nat King Cole, who would’ve turned 99 this year, Freddy will perform a centennial celebration concert at Crooners on May 19 and 20. “I always love to come to Minnesota and play,” Freddy said in a recent MSR phone interview. Freddy called in from Atlanta, the Chicago native’s home since … [Read more...]
“I’m a Prince fan to the bone,” O’Neal said in a recent MSR interview. She performed a couple weeks ago at Paisley Park’s “Celebration 2018.” “We’re enjoying ourselves. It’s like a family reunion,” she noted of the nearly dozen musicians who participated in live music, panel discussions, rare concert screenings and special presentations that honored the life, legacy and … [Read more...]
Southside Minneapolis’ own Prof just released a new album entitled Pookie Baby and is slated to hit the Soundset stage May 27 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul. I recently had a chance to catch up with the Rhymesayers’ rapper and we touched on a number of topics. Below is an excerpt of our conversation. Sean Cook (SC): When did you decide that hip hop was … [Read more...]