Twin Cities Hip Hop with Big Zach
September 24, 7:15 @ Quad 264
Big Zach is a longtime staple of the underground hip-hop movement in Minnesota. As a teenager, Zach jumped on the scene early with his crew the Kanser Troop, playing coffee shop shows and opening for Twin Cities pioneers such as Urban Atmosphere (now known as just Atmosphere, of course) the Abstract Pack, the Micranots, Musab, and others. By age 20, Zach was booking/hosting and co-running "Headspin Sundays," the now-legendary all-ages Hip Hop weekly held at the late Bon Appetit Cafe-it was an event that launched the careers of many in the current Twin Cities hip-hop scene. Groups like Brother Ali, Odd Jobs, Unknown Prophets, DJ K-Salaam, and Leroy Smokes are just a few of the many bands that played Headspin Sundays. (From http://nostaticrecords.com/artists/big-zach) On the 24th, Zach will present his newly released book, Headspin, Headshots, & Hip Hop: Growing Up In Twin Cities Hip Hop, which gives his inside perspective of the evolution of Twin Cities hip hop. He includes stories of some of the most famous Twin Cities artists, such as Doom Tree (whose crew member Dessa will be performing here in the Spring) and Brother Ali, as well as lesser-known groups like Heiruspecs, Oddjobs, Musab and The Abstract Pack. He will be joined by Truth Maze and DJ Kool Akiem, who have been rocking the TC scene for as long as anyone can remember, and who will provide their own valuable perspectives on the development of one of the world's most unique hip hop scenes.