Last night, Twin Cities hip-hop fans gathered for a stacked lineup at Fine Line. Witnessing an all-female cypher featuring local spitters and watching Jessie Reyez and Raven Felix perform for the first time in Minneapolis all made for an entertaining night from start to finish. Here are our five takeaways.
Maria Isa rapped with purpose
During the all-female cypher, the stage was dripping in local talent. After Angel Davanport rapped over “Juju On That Beat” and Lady Midnight put her sultry spin on “Rake It Up,” Maria Isa shook the crowd. Her disapproval for Trump and her homage to Puerto Rico left the crowd roaring.
Raven Felix’s powerful message
The sold-out crowd was majority female and proud. Constant reminders from the performers set the tone for the evening, including a heartfelt message from Taylor Gang’s First Lady. Raven Felix thanked the crowd and said, “Shout out to all the girls that did the cypher and all the girls that came out tonight. Let us never forget how powerful and dope we are.”
Bodak Yellow singalong
DJ Keezy kept the party going last night, and dancing and singing along made time between sets feel nonexistent. When Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow” was played before Jessie Reyez came out, the crowd lost it. Rows and rows of energetic attendees chanted along as the host of the night, Sophia Eris, led a massive singalong.
Jessie Reyez got emotional
Jessie Reyez proved to be a dynamic act almost instantly. During her first two songs she concealed her face with a combination of her hat and luscious locks, which all appeared to be planned out. However, the raw emotion that accompanied her performance of “Colombian King & Queen” couldn’t have been staged. The Toronto-based singer had to start the song over because she was overwhelmed by hearing the voicemail of her parents that serves as the intro to the track. She explained how she misses her family dearly and always puts them first as she fought back tears.
“Back Up” dance party
Before DeJ Loaf signed off with a performance of her single, “No Fear,” she fished through the crowd for people to bring on stage during her live rendition of her hit “Back Up.” Eight members of the crowd filled the stage with DeJ, transforming her cocky track into a friendly dance party.