Minnesota lead

This weekend, I enjoyed a show that featured two hip-hop artists and two DJ/producers, and the fantastic blend of the two genres led to a night packed with trap-house booty beats.

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A-1 and Free the Robots got the night started with a funky blend of old-school beats and spoken word. Zion I — an Oakland-based hip-hop duo comprised of Zumbi and AmpLive — then came out and bounced around with an insane amount of energy, and I watched the crowd get down to songs off the duo’s new album, Shadowboxing. I particularly enjoyed how they played with multiple styles and techniques. AmpLive even broke out his MPC guitar!

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The audience participation for DJ Minnesota’s set was incredible. Everyone was jumping and jiving and enjoying Southern hip-hop beats artfully mastered with smooth, pulsing synth bass. I could really feel Christian Bauhofer’s energy as he grooved with the audience and rarely stopped moving his entire body up and down in time with the trap rhythms and beats.

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With psychedelic beats and melodic tempo switches, it’s no wonder Minnesota’s remix of Adventure Club’s “Need Your Heart” (Ft. Kai) dominated the Hype Machine Charts this month as both the #1 Remix and #1 Popular Song. He artfully builds on funky beats while utilizing slowed-down vocal samples, and just in time for Christmas, you can check out Minnesota’s new Altered States EP, available for free download!

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These two artists found an exceptional way of creating synergy between their two styles and were masters of taking their audiences into another dimension. Whether you are more a fan of hip hop, EDM, or both, this show had something for everyone.

For more info:

Zion I’s official site
DJ Minnesota’s Facebook