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Ten of the many Black Minnesota artists you can support on Bandcamp this Juneteenth (and always)

Juneteenth (June 19) commemorates Black freedom and is recognized as a “time for assessment, self-improvement and for planning the future.” It is often celebrated with picnics, celebrations, guest speakers, and family gatherings. The origins of Juneteenth date back to June 19th, 1865, acknowledged as the day that the remaining African-American slaves in the Confederacy were […]

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Friday Five: Minnesota artists demand systemic change

Art has been a grounding force in the people’s fight for justice throughout history. If you know of a Minnesota music video we should feature in an upcoming post, please let me know: fridayfive [at] mpr.org. Dua Saleh – “Body Cast” Sudanese-American artist Dua Saleh‘s art has never been separate from their activism. On Instagram, […]

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Nur-D arrested while providing volunteer medical support in St. Paul

Twin Cities hip-hop artist Nur-D was arrested in St. Paul last night while providing volunteer first aid at the Minnesota State Capitol during a peaceful demonstration in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd. The protesters, who were singing “Lean On Me,” were out past the 10 p.m. curfew imposed by Minnesota authorities. […]

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First Avenue’s Best New Bands: Nur-D

This year’s Best New Bands showcase took place this past Saturday at First Avenue. Writer Colleen Cowie and photographer Helen Teague attended to check out each of the seven acts: Green/Blue, Under Violet, Loki’s Folly, FruitPunchLoverBoy, Mae Simpson Music, Muun Bato, and Nur-D. Matt Allen began rapping in 2018, but he’s already performed at Soundset, […]

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Nur-D wins City Pages 2019 Picked to Click poll

With 69 points, Nur-D took first place as the Twin Cities’ “best new local artist” in the City Pages annual Picked to Click poll of Minnesota music influentials. It shouldn’t be a surprise that the winner and some of the other artists who made the top 10 are free spirits who can’t be categorized into […]

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Nur-D: Meet the rapper blending geek culture, activism, and pro wrestling to keep Minnesota hip-hop weird

If you ask Matt Allen, known on stage as hip-hop artist Nur-D, how he’d describe himself, he would tell you that he is “weird,” “your seventh favorite hip-hop person,” and then declare himself a “nerd.” Vocal about his love for comics, professional wrestling, video games, ’80s hair metal bands, and superheroes, Nur-D creates his music […]

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