Top 10 Hip Hop Moments of 2009 by 612 to 651

Tru Ruts artists included in Justin Schell’s (612to651) highlights from 2009. Highlights include Hip Hop Against Homophobia, Maria Isa Street Politics release party, K’naan at Fine Line, Fong Lee Benefit and more. Link.

Memorable vocals, a concept album ‘with zombies’ and much, much more

Memorable vocals, a concept album ‘with zombies’ and much, much more
By Ross Raihala

Kyle “Guante” Myhre made a splash last year with his album, “El Guante’s Haunted Studio Apartment,” a disc that got him named an Artist of the Year by City Pages and landed him on URB magazine’s “Next 1,000” list. In addition to organizing the local Hip Hop Against Homophobia series, he’s also a local and national slam-poetry champion for two years running. He has followed up all that with “An Unwelcome Guest,” his new album recorded with producer Big Cats, whose resume includes work with Sage Francis and Jolie Holland. It’s a concept album, telling the story of “one man moving from east to west in the wake of man-made disaster and his own personal tragedy. Also, there are zombies.” Guante and Big Cats play a CD-release show Saturday at the Bedlam Theatre in Minneapolis with support from No Bird Sing and Kristoff Krane.

Originally posted on Pioneer Press’ TwinCities.com by Ross Raihala on 10 December 2009.

Guante + Big Cats! at Hip Hop Against Homophobia V.3

hip hop against homophobia v3The second all-ages HHAH event! Featuring: Phonetic One, Barton Stink, Ill Chemistry, Guante & Big Cats! Hosted by the lovely and talented Svetlana (aka Heidi Edgeton) and Aimee Renaud.

Open Mic begins at 7pm. Music Starts at 8pm.

The Depot is a renovated train depot in Hopkins, Minnesota that now serves as a coffee house, youth community project, and trailhead for area bike trails. It is an all-ages and chemically-free venue. The Depot Coffeehouse is located at 9451 Excelsior Blvd, Hopkins, MN.

See More Perspective + the Point of View Band at Hip Hop Against Homophobia Vol. 2

hip hop against homophobia v2After a capacity-bursting show at the Nomad in January, and an inspiring all ages show at District 202 in March, Hip Hop Against Homophobia is coming back to the West Bank, bigger and better than ever. We’ve got a whole new line up of queer and ally MC’s and performers, and proceeds will benefit three hard working organizations. Hip Hop Against Homophobia will bring together the Cities’ queer and hip hop communities for an event that combines our incredible music scene with change making and community building. It’ll go down so smooth, you won’t even know it’s activism.

7pm in the Fireplace Lounge: Open community conversation about hip hop and homophobia, queer hip hop artists, hip hop as social justice, gender in hip hop, queer movements for economic and social justice, whatever we want to talk about. Come set the agenda.

9pm on the Main Stage: Show Featuring:

Tori Fixx
Johnny Dangerous
Lindsey of 2 Flytz Up
Bottom Feeders & EZRA of Death Ray Scientific
See More Perspective and the Point of View Band
Poetic Assassins
DJ Blowtorch

Benefiting: Color CoordiNATION, GLBT Host Home Program, Reclaim

Sponsored by: Culturebully.com, Cypher Coalition, Tru Ruts/Speakeasy Records, MN GLBTA Campus Alliance