For its final showcase of 2017 Red Bull Sound Select will take over the biggest Twin Cities venue they ever have when they bring Kelis to the Skyway Theatre on 12/9. The show is 18+ and tickets are a measly $ 5 with RSVP (or S 15 at the door if there are any left). You can RSVP HERE
Supporting Kelis will be a cast of female hip hop artists including Minneapolis’ DJ Sophia Eris
Kelis describes her sixth album as “a kind of unspoken lovefest”, albeit one involving two unlikely partners. On the one hand, there is Kelis Rogers, who first came to prominence singing the hook of Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s 1999 hit Got Your Money; whose debut album Kaleidoscope helped usher in the wave of sharp, thrillingly futuristic r’n’b that dominated the charts in the early Noughties: as exemplified by her global hit, 2003’s Milkshake; whose last album was a pop-dance extravaganza featuring production from will.i.am and David Guetta.
Arriving cloaked in mystery in the early 2010s, this New York rapper was always seen wearing a signature ski mask and offered almost no information as to her identity or background, choosing instead to focus on her infectious, fun, and sometimes experimentally raucous rhyme and production styles. For the most part, the MC vehemently avoided interviews, but on rare occasion granted them, only to keep her identity and personal information closely guarded. One extensive interview in 2015 only revealed how a lonely childhood growing up in Brooklyn led her to the inspiration and solace of creating her own music. Early mixtapes like 2012’s LK-47 and 2014’s LK-47, Pt. 2 led to a contract with RCA Records, as well as some high-profile concert spots, such as opening for Skrillex at Madison Square Garden on direct invitation from the dubstep superstar himself. A self-titled album arrived in 2015 and the mysterious MC went on to perform several shows in support of it. Throughout 2016, she guested on tracks by Baauer (“Day Ones”), AlunaGeorge (“Mean What I Mean”), and Pussy Riot (“Straight Outta Vagina”), appeared on the soundtrack of Insecure, and released singles that led to the following year’s Wash & Set, her second album for RCA. ~ Fred Thomas, Rovi
Yaeji is Kathy Yaeji Lee, a 24-year-old dance producer who splits time between Seoul and New York. Her voice is unmistakably her own – a hushed whisper sliding in and out of English and Korean, so present yet barely there at all. Yaeji’s self-titled debut came out this past Spring to wide-eyed praise from Pitchfork, Fader, Boiler Room, NPR, Resident Advisor, and the New Yorker.
Yaeji follows up her debut with ‘EP2’, out November 3 on Godmode. First single ‘drink i’m sippin on’ is a bold step forward, with crisp modular synth programming influenced in equal parts by rap and techno, and a dizzyingly catchy vocal performance about “making up for what you can’t see.” The video is directed by frequent collaborator Anthony Sylvester, and was shot verite in the ambient lighting of New York’s Chinatown.
DJ Sophia Eris
Sophia Eris is a DJ/MC currently residing in Minneapolis, MN. Born as a Military Brat, she has moved through many different homes & influences that has left her open minded and forever a student of life. Musically, she has used her upbringing to cultivate her skills in the exact same way. She is now a DJ for the booming new Hip Hop radio station in Minneapolis, Go 95.3, and also the touring DJ for the newly Atlantic Records signee, Lizzo. Together the two have opened up for acts such as SZA, CHVRCHES, Sleater-Kinney and more. They have also performed in the Late Night Television circuit for David Letterman & Stephen Colbert, and just recently broke through on the Emmy nominated Daytime TV hit, The Real. In the festival circut, they have slayed internationally at Glastonbury, Wireless Fest, Bonnaroo, SXSW, and more! As a solo artist, she represents her crew GRRRL PRTY, and has had the honor of collaborating with the legendary late great Prince on the 3RDEYEGIRL track “BOYTROUBLE”. Her highly anticipated self-titled debut album produced by Prophis has recently been released on July 19th, and she looks forward to continue to conquer every one of her endeavors.