In 2005 the Institute of Production and Research (IPR) in Minneapolis started a class in conjunction with Rhymesayers Entertainment - the "Hip Hop Essentials Class".

Rhymesayers staff and artists teach students the ins and outs of the music industry, how to DJ, record live vocals, arrange music, and more! Every semester the students take all their knowledge and apply it to creating music together, booking a local show with local openers and headliners, and promoting the event. Follow @EssentialsIPR on twitter to see what the students are up to!

This year's event will be at The Triple Rock and is headlined by Evidence. EV will be fresh off almost a year of touring and releasing his debut Rhymesayers album Cats & Dogs.

The event will also feature Fear Itself, Who The Hell Are They? (student group), and Julian Fairbanks of local crew Audio Perm on the 1s and 2s.

This is an 18+ event and costs $5 (IPR Students/Staff Free w/ ID).

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Cats & Dogs is in stores now! Buy at Fifth Element, iTunes | Amazon | Bandcamp

Watch "It Wasn't Me", the latest music video from Evidence and get ready for the show!

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