The second half of the evening will feature artists from our community! Here’s the first one, Tony The Scribe:
tony the scribe is worried. Seldom second-guessing or hedging his bets, but worried all the same. The Minneapolis-bred rapper, writer, and performance artist’s work is colored by a sense of impending consequences—be they social collapse or just bad hangovers. There are no dead ends, no non-sequiturs. Spitting real philosophy in dorm rooms or dorm room philosophy on bad dates, tony’s writing grapples with moral and practical dilemmas on scales large and small: city-wide protests and read receipts. And he’s having trouble keeping it together.
tony is perpetually caught between worlds. Raised in south Minneapolis and coming of age under the second Bush, tony entered the Twin Cities’ vibrant independent rap scene while he was still in high school. He snuck out of his parents’ houses to paper the city with fliers for shows at First Avenue, hiding cheap vodka in his tire well and honing his delivery on late-night car rides home. After years spent studying local heroes like Doomtree and Guante, tony eventually joined forces with producer ICETEP to form post-apocalyptic rap group KILLSTREAK. The duo’s 2013 debut, Janus, is the writer’s version of a high-wire act, a visceral reaction to inarticulable problems.
In 2016, tony returned with mixed blood, fifteen minutes of cerebral, minimalist rap for cold winter nights. His new ep, mixed messages, is something different entirely: an autotuned-out soundtrack for ghosts, ghosting, and being ghosted.
tony lives and overthinks in Minneapolis