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Friday Five: I Self Devine & Muja Messiah, Beyoncé’s Prince tribute, and more Minnesota music videos

I Self Devine performs at Rhymesayers's 20th anniversary concert in December 2015. Photo by Nate Ryan / MPR.

I Self Devine & Muja Messiah, “Midnight On Jupiter (feat. Lady Midnight)”

I Self Devine and Muja Messiah released 9th House late last year, and Lady Midnight has two lovely, powerful features on the album. This video, directed by Mychal “Myk” Fisher, takes the first of those two songs through space and sky. If you enjoy this video, catch Muja and I Self Devine playing 9th House music at Soundset 2016 on Sunday.

Sarah Morris, “Sway Me”

Sarah Morris is on Carrie Underwood level during this song, a standout from her 2015 LP Ordinary Things. Morris plays Lake Harriet Park on June 18 at 7:30 p.m. as part of 2016’s Music in the Parks.

Beyoncé, “The Beautiful Ones” (Prince cover) & “Purple Rain” (Prince song)

If you were at Beyoncé’s tour de force on Monday, you got to see one of today’s biggest stars paying tribute to an idol who impacted us all. “The Beautiful Ones” — featuring the always-stunning, slightly tweaked line, “Do you want her, or do you want me?” — fit perfectly with Lemonade and the Formation World Tour’s narrative of infidelity. After Beyoncé’s cover, she left the stage, and the crowd sang along to Prince’s version of “Purple Rain,” with phone flashlights and voices raised. Even on video, the whole experience is enough to bring on shivers. For more thoughts on the similarities and differences between the two artists, read Jay Gabler’s “Prince and Beyoncé: Mavericks Who Matter.”

Jay Smart, “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” (Bob Dylan cover)

Minneapolis singer-songwriter Jay Smart released this gorgeous cover to coincide with Bob Dylan’s 75th birthday on May 24.

Koo Koo Kanga Roo, “You Are The Best”

Koo Kanga Kanga Roo celebrate you in this hyphy, balloon-filled bash of a music video. However, what’s really the best is Bryan Atchison’s gold fanny pack.