Friday at 7:30: free, all-ages poetry show featuring me and Tish Jones at the U of MN’s Whole Music Club in Coffman Union.

So we just had a Monday night potluck rap show at the Capri Theater in North Minneapolis in order to celebrate the 2014 MN youth poetry slam team and it was one of the most beautiful crowds I’ve ever had the pleasure of performing for.

What Truartspeaks and Tish Jones have been able to accomplish these past two years, building on the work of those who came before, genuinely reaching out to the next generation, and just organizing something fun and cool— it cannot be overstated how important this work is. Each year, the youth slam finals AND the sendoff show get a little bigger. If you want to jump in and contribute to a legitimate artistic/cultural movement here in the TC, start by liking those two pages. There is so much more to come.

Also, if you can be judged by the company you keep, I think we’re doing something very right. So much love and respect to K.Raydio, Medium Zach of Big QuartersBdotCroc, Crescent Moon of Kill The VulturesNo ProjectionDesdamonaDJ Kool Akiem, St. Paul Slim, b-boy J-sun, Daylight, Khary Jackson, all the dancers, all the poets, everyone who came out.

Finally, best of luck to the 2014 youth slam team repping MN at Brave New Voices. It’s been an honor to work with you all. I was not a tenth as talented or wise as you all are when I was your age, so here’s to the future. Let’s keep building.

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I’m trying to write more about the local music that I listen to. Be the media, etc. Here are some thoughts on and links to new music from Dem AtlasBomba de Luzand Chantz Alexander Erolin, all artists who deserve to be on your radar.

What a couple of weeks. Poem featured on Upworthy, music video featured on Racialicious, a standing-room only performance, a brand new remix w/ Ganzobean & Dem Atlas, AND a new poem video debuted by Button Poetry.

If you missed any of that stuff, check out


This is a poem about the Twin Cities, though I’m sure many other communities can relate.

I’ll be opening for one of my favorite artists, Saul Williams, on Thursday at Icehouse in MPLS. Click the image for details.

In case you missed it, our new album is still free, and still bonkers.

Get your tickets at the link. Get ‘em early.

"my last album had no famous guest appearances/
the outcome: these scenesters ain’t hearin’ it.”

SIFU HOTMAN isn’t the type of hip hop project that’s ever going to blow up, be picked up by all the tastemakers or go viral. We knew that when we were making it. But it needed to be made, and I’m ecstatic that it exists.

See us perform the project in its entirety this Saturday at the Fifth Element parking lot sale. Our set is around 4pm.

You can also still DL the whole project for FREE here.

Download SIFU HOTMAN here for FREE.

We’ll also be playing the annual Fifth Element parking lot sale on 8/24, 4pm. Grab the vinyl there!

This Saturday, I’ll be playing two festivals IN the Twin Cities: a poetry set at the Grounds & Sounds Festival at 5pm in STP, then a music set at the Phillips Music Festival at 6pm in MPLS. So much good energy, so many good people. Info on both here.

Here’s a poem I wrote about the Twin Cities.

NEW ALBUM AVAILABLE NOW! Download it for FREE right here, or order the vinyl through Fifth Element.

Weird, fun, uptempo hip hop. Definitely something different.