It was a good night for Hip-hop at the Icehouse in Minneapolis. Blueprint headlined the show with a versatile hour long set. The hip-hop artists from Columbus, Ohio has been on his Two Headed Monster tour. He stopped by the Twin Cities at the tail end of his 3 month circuit around the country.
The night started out with chill beats by DJ Detox. The cool vibe and open venue helped the crowd loosen up for the music ahead. Blueprint and other artist welcomed dialogue from guests as they interacted with fans at their merch booths and mingled in the crowds.
Beyond Bliss, the Duluth native, opened the show touching on some deep social issues. His performance highlighted social media, love, life and everything in between. His songs were lyrical and dynamic. Crowd goers appreciated his raw, honest and intellectual performance and interaction with fans.
Local artist, Sean Anonymous opened his set with a low bubbling energy that eventually worked up to something explosive. The chemistry with the crowd was obvious. He even highlighted his singing in some of his newer songs. Anonymous ended his set with a bang as he spit lyrics in rapid fire mode.
Blueprint wowed the crowd with his hour set. He performed old classics like “Persevere” but also featured some songs off of his new Album, “Two Headed Monster”. The artist encouraged the crowd to sing along during the entire set and the crowd did not disappoint. Blueprint showed everyone why he is considered a legend as he whipped out his trombone for a song. He was even equipped with a Keytar. Epic! His performance was polished and on point. No doubt everyone in the crowd had the feels.
Ceschi, based out of New Haven, Connecticut, closed the show down with a unique and energetic performance. He interlaced many genres of music into his performance. Nodes of folk, punk and hip-hop came together to create something I’ve never seen before! It was worth staying for his performance. He brought an energy that was so exclusively his own and I can respect that.
All in all, the night was filled with lyricism, talent and passion. It was apparent to everyone in the venue.