Interview: Hip-hop collective Doomtree on Midwestern living and the upcoming Witching Hour festival

Doomtree The Englert Theatre — Saturday, Nov. 7 at 9:30 Indie hip-hop collective Doomtree could be dubbed an artistic smorgasbord. Comprised of five emcees and two producers, the band has been active since 2002, though most of its members met earlier as high school classmates in Minneapolis. Despite each artist’s robust solo career, the group […]

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Cedar Rapids rappers release Vodka Samm-inspired single

Big Bang is back with a new single!

Cedar Rapids based rap group Big Bang released their new single, “Vodka Samm (Iowa Fuckin’ City)” today, professing their love for Iowa (fuckin’) City, hot girls and ridiculous amounts of binge drinking. You might remember Big Bang from their local hit “Cedar Rapids (Won’t Let You Down).” The song is a celebration of excess inspired […]

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Hip hop for the holidays this Friday at Gabe’s


For those of us wishing to give back this holiday, and to hear some music devoid of the treacly sentimentality of traditional holiday fa-la-la, Gabe’s presents the 1st Annual Hip Hop for the Holidays Donation Drive this Friday at 9 p.m. There are three things I like about this event. 1. I don’t have to […]

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These 319-area emcees want to know who’s best

319 Cypher

The Cypher Committee released its first-ever 319 Cypher this week. The video is a joint collaboration among primarily Cedar Rapids-based rappers, though it’s packed with plenty of shout-outs (The Hawkeyes are a big hit), so there’s quite a bit to bite on if you’re a navel-gazing Iowan like myself. The group encourages viewers to jump […]

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Gabe’s patio to host free ‘very special’ performance prior to Run the Jewels show


This Thursday’s Killer Mike and El-P show at Gabe’s is one of those “get there early” events. The doors will be packed, true, but the real reason you’ll want to show up… […]

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'95 'TIL INFINITY: A Personal Narrative of Hip-Hop and Place in Iowa City

Features: March 2010 – Where they were from was just as important as what they were saying, almost from the beginning. To be down was to be in the house. Location in Iowa City was and is the same—while rappers can and will rap anywhere, and come and go, it is the places that get […]

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