Up-and-coming twin cities artist SimsThanks to the early pioneers of the Rhymesayers crew, Minnesota's twin cities have long been hailed for their thriving underground hip-hop scenes. And because of the early genre-crossing tendencies of that scene's leading artists like Atmosphere and Eyedea (R.I.P.), the Minneapolis sound has never been orthodox. While the area boasts legions of proper MCs -- wordsmiths who rip up battle cyphers -- these (mostly) guys often run out of the gate as influenced by rock and left-field sounds as boom-bap hip-hop.
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