Skip to main content

This week in music: Kings of the Mic tour brings old school hip-hop to Mpls.

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

Fans of old school hip-hop are finally getting the chance to see four famous acts -- LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Public Enemy and De La Soul -- all in one place as the Kings of the Mic stops Thursday at Target Center in Minneapolis.

The group of artists recently kicked off their 26 city nationwide tour, and appear to be off to a good start.

San Jose Mercury News critic Jim Harrington called the tour stop at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, Calif., Saturday "a wonderfully nostalgic evening of music" and "an absolute history lesson in hip-hop, delivered by a quartet of acts who helped write the very rule book on rap."

Harrington praised the show for its variety, noting how each of the artists helped define an area of old school hip-hop.

"LL is the pop star, specializing in love jams. Cube is gangsta rap. Public Enemy is fiercely political. De La Soul represents the alt hip-hop world," Harrington wrote. "What else could an old-school hip-hop fan want from a show?"

While LL Cool J is headlining the show, Harrington wrote, "All four acts scored high marks, yet Public Enemy was clearly at the head of the class."

Next Up

minneapolis police

Man fatally shot overnight in north Minneapolis

The shooting was reported around 2:20 a.m.

Screen Shot 2022-05-22 at 8.30.08 AM

Campsites closed at Voyageurs National Park due to 'historic' water levels

All backcountry trails and campsites are closed, as well as many frontcountry sites.

state capitol Minnesota

Lawmakers reach agreement on tax cuts ahead of session's end

Lawmakers announced they had reached a deal on a tax bill Saturday ahead of the looming session deadline.

281699116_10226502238438986_800951410789352812_n

Victims of daytime drive-by shooting in Robbinsdale identified

The two men died after a hail of bullets struck a vehicle.

Screen Shot 2022-05-22 at 8.14.37 AM

Source of 'loud explosion' in Brooklyn Park a mystery

The noise was investigated by police, but no source could be determined.

covid, vaccine, booster shots

COVID: All Americans over 50 advised to get a second booster

Cases, hospitalizations and deaths are on the rise again as new COVID variants emerge.

J.W. Peck (left) and Eric Galler.

2 Minnesotans inducted into White Castle's Hall of Fame

White Castle — it's what a man in Minneapolis and another in Woodbury, crave.

Screen Shot 2022-05-21 at 5.46.37 PM

Video shows officers ended pursuit before fatal crash in Anoka

The crash occurred when the driver fled police during an attempted traffic stop in Coon Rapids.

Eli Hart

6-year-old Eli Hart identified as boy found dead in car trunk

The kindergartner's father was trying to get full custody of his son.

IMG_3509

Boy found dead in trunk of car in Mound was kindergartner

"It is horrifying and difficult to process a tragedy of this magnitude, especially in our close-knit community," the superintendent wrote.

Minneapolis police

Man found yelling for help after being shot in Minneapolis

The shooting occurred on the 800 block of Elwood Avenue North at around 9:15 p.m.

Screen Shot 2022-05-21 at 9.56.21 AM

Minneapolis North principal says she was fired, district says otherwise

“MPS requires schools to follow protocols in times like that and I did not,” Friestleben said.

Related