Independent Music Promotions today announced that Be Easy Music will release Somewhere in a Dark City (via Be Easy Music), the newest collaboration between Minneapolis rapper Vision the Kid and producer Tru. The duo achieved success in 2012 and 2013 with their first two records, Lost Summer and BrokenRadioLove. Tracks from those releases appeared on CMJ’s hip-hop charts, as well as on MTV and E! Network. According to Capable Kel of the music blog Come
and Take It, Vision the Kid’s “rhymes are hard, lyrics intelligent, and full of Midwest flavor.” All of Vision the Kid’s music is available on his official site.
In 2013, Doug MacRostie of Macadelic Studios touched on why Vision the Kid was voted “Best Local Rapper” in a poll by Minneapolis publication Vita.mn.: “What draws me into his music is the way he weaves in a raw and direct flow of poignant, relevant, and ear-catching lyrical genius.” In 2014, Tru’s debut instrumental album, Smokers Lounge, earned a glowing review from Minneapolis publication City Pages and inclusion in the fourth volume of their Gimme Noise Beat Tape.
The duo’s first collaborative effort, Lost Summer, lasted more than ten weeks on the CMJ hip-hop charts, peaking at #12. The debut music video, “Lost Summer,” was featured on MTV.com. The pair’s most recent EP, BrokenRadioLove, also appeared in CMJ’s hip-hop charts, holding a Top 40 spot for multiple weeks. Their single “Live from the Midwest” has been featured on both MTV’s The Real World and E! Network’s Kourtney & Kim Take Miami.
Somewhere in a Dark City displays the type of growth fans and critics want to see from artists. It is densely personal, at times vulnerable, but overall an invitingly listenable record. Mixing true stories of drug addiction and heartbreak with tracks of pure, danceable braggadocio, Vision the Kid & Tru set out to make a hip-hop record that sounds as current as it does timeless, as personal as it is universal, and as much party as it is poetry.
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