The Twin Cities hip-hop community will gather for a special show Tuesday night, paying tribute to a former student of legendary independent label Rhymesayers who died last year.
Ryan Ogle, a.k.a St. Paul Love, was a student in the Rhymesayers Hip Hop Essentials class when he died in September of 2015 at the age of 21.
On Tuesday night, the Legacy of Love tribune event will be held at The Icehouse MPLS, on Nicollet Ave. S, which was the last venue he performed.
The concert was put together by Ogle's classmates and will feature performances from artists with whom he was collaborating before his passing – including veteran MC Carnage The Executioner and deM atlaS.
DeM atlaS actually discovered St. Paul Love when serving as a judge at a beat battle at the Institute of Production and Recording, which Ogle won.
They began working together, with Ogle producing, but they were unable to finish their work before he died.
"Right away his personality revealed that he was exceptionally passionate about music," it says on the Rhymesayers website. "Not just in the music he made, but also in listening to a wide range of music, learning all he could about it, and appreciating it for what it was.
You can check out St. Paul Love's SoundCloud here. Here's a sample.
And a track Ogle was working on with deM atlaS before he died, called "Boplicity," can be listened to for free here.
"Those disciplines were also ingrained in the music he made," the Rhymesayers website continues. "As a producer, he tapped into the sounds of different eras, genres, and styles, creating a sound that gave nods to traditional Hip Hop, but at the same time pushed beyond those boundaries."
Doors for the concert open at 9 p.m. with the show starting at 9:30 p.m. There is no cover charge, but a $10 donation is suggested, with proceeds going to the St. Paul Love Foundation, a nonprofit founded by Ogle.
An obituary remembers Ogle as "unbelievably, selflessly gifted," adding: "[W]e are so blessed that his music transcends his short life here on Earth, so that he may continue to shine his light on those who loved him, and those who will be inspired by his talent to carry on his legacy."
More details here.