Shut Up and Rap – or #ShutUpAndRapMPLS if you’re nasty – has become one of the most reliable and consistent showcases for promising new Twin Cities hip-hop talent. Starting in July, the competition covered all corners of Minnesota hip-hop map. From the boom-bap to the experimental, the avant-garde to the street, the vulnerable to the hilarious, no two weeks of Shut Up and Rap were alike.

Hosted by Auggie 5000 and Sophia Eris, the weekly Shut Up and Rap events began on Thursday, July 6, at Modist Brewing in the North Loop, and the microphones haven’t stopped burning. The first season blazed through the summer with MCs and singers competing. After seven weeks of champions, the winners all faced each other at the Minnesota State Fair for a special edition season finale – judged by Prof, Lazerbeak and Cashinova – that saw Check2Fresh walking away with the championship and the chance to open for MGK at Myth Live.

After the success of season one, the second season brought out even more competitors across the following seven weeks. This time, the stakes rose with the winner getting an opening slot at #GoSnowShow17. After a sizzling season finale, Tay the Air Nomad was named the second season’s winner, a fitting bookend to the year as he was the very first winner at #ShutUpAndRapMPLS week one.

Bringing together such talents as Student 1, Sieed Brown, Deonte Davis, Markus Blex, Mic Dos, Hasani Harris, Black GMS, Rob 2 Khul, Lain, Sole.., OKNice, Angel Davanport, The Means and much, much more over the two seasons, #ShutUpAndRap is Minnesota hip-hop’s youngest dynasty. Season three of #ShutUpAndRap continues tonight, December 21, at Modist with defending champ Jaysocreative and guest judges Tek, Nazeem and Spencer Joles. Shut up and we’ll see you at 7 p.m.

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