When you orchestrate the best new party in the Twin Cities, you get named Best Club DJ — it’s that simple. And that’s exactly what DJ Keezy has done with the Klituation. With the help of Sophia Eris, BdotCroc, and Maria Isa, the all-woman dance night dominated First Avenue’s Mainroom three times in the past year, providing an unparalleled platform for ladies in the Twin Cities hip-hop/R&B scenes.

Born Akeena Bronson in north Minneapolis, the 26-year-old Keezy sparks the party with sets that favor nostalgic ’90s jams, Motown classics, and, of course, Prince. Her 31-minute mix for Pride 2016 — featuring TLC, Ginuwine, Destiny’s Child, and many others — flows as smoothly as any Girl Talk mashup. Keezy recently spent 10 days spinning with BdotCroc at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, and she’s set to man the decks at the 10th annual Soundset rap mega-festival in May. [Best Club DJ, City Pages 2017]