Audio Perm

"We haven't done one photo shoot where every member has been in it," says Audio Perm rapper 80H20 with a laugh. That's because the AP crew, which has risen to prominence putting in work and a fresh approach to the Twin Cities rap sound, is more than 10 members deep. Each Audio Perm show features material stemming from a number of side projects and group efforts. A rotating cast of young rappers — including Chantz Erolin, 80H20, Bobby Raps, Ramiro X, Yakub, Big Dylan, and Unfuh Qwittable — spit over beats provided by Taylor Madrigal, Cory Grindberg, and Julian Fairbanks. 

At shows, including the last Soundset, opening slots for big names like Kendrick Lamar, and AP's very own block party, these performances have slowly grown into melees putting forth the team of rappers as one entity. "It used to be like a medley, just sharing dope shit over Audio Perm beats," says Madrigal, who formed an initial trio with Grindberg and Fairbanks as a producer crew. "It's pretty much just some stuntin' shit, like look at all these dope songs we made with all these dope rappers, and they're our fucking homies." Beyond the manic energy the large group of young scoundrels creates, the guys have drawn attention from fans and older-generation rap veterans thanks to their thought-provoking content and distinct instrumental style.

The newcomers have gotten a lot of support from the old heads — many members of Audio Perm met through I Self Devine's hip-hop classes at Hope Community Center — which isn't surprising considering they've been around in the scene as fans, students, and budding artists for years. "A lot of us do a really good job of dressing up our own personal ideas, styles, and values in this way that's fun and enjoyable," says Chantz Erolin of his work with Audio Perm. "Everybody kind of shines through that in their own way. It's given depth to this hype and it's made me feel in friendly competition with the rappers that I'm working with." A compilation of scattered tracks previously released, We Out Chea, came out over the summer, but an official crew record is slated for the coming year. Audio Perm represent the new face of local hip hop, one that pays homage to predecessors but is striking out in bold new directions. "We got Slug hollering at Julian beats," Erolin continues. "We got P.O.S. and them bigging up Cory. If I'm not careful, I could get left in the dust. I feel like I have to match up to them." [City Pages "Picked 2 Click" 2012]

Past Shows


May
9
th
2015
The Record Room
May
9
th
2015
The Record Room

Audio Perm

with BOBBY RAPS, TIIIIIIIIIIP and SPECIAL GUESTS
Apr
11
th
2015
The Record Room
Apr
11
th
2015
The Record Room

Audio Perm

with BOBBY RAPS, TIIIIIIIIIIP and SPECIAL GUESTS
Feb
14
th
2015
The Record Room
Feb
14
th
2015
The Record Room

Audio Perm

with BOBBY RAPS, TIIIIIIIIIIP and SPECIAL GUESTS
Jan
3
rd
2015
The Record Room
Jan
3
rd
2015
The Record Room

Audio Perm

with BOBBY RAPS, TIIIIIIIIIIP and SPECIAL GUESTS
Dec
6
th
2014
The Record Room
Dec
6
th
2014
The Record Room

Audio Perm

with BOBBY RAPS, TIIIIIIIIIIP and SPECIAL GUESTS
Aug
30
th
2014
Mainroom
Aug
30
th
2014
Mainroom

Audio Perm

with TIIIIIIIIIIP, BOBBY RAPS, BIG DYLAN LP and more!
May
31
st
2014
Mainroom
May
31
st
2014
Mainroom

Audio Perm

with BOBBY RAPS, Psymun, TIIIIIIIIIIP and more!
Aug
31
st
2013
AUDIO PERM DANCE PARTY IV
Aug
31
st
2013
AUDIO PERM DANCE PARTY IV

Audio Perm

with Ander Other and Noam the Drummer
Jul
3
rd
2013
7th St Entry
Jul
3
rd
2013
7th St Entry

Audio Perm

with PSYMUN & DAMACHA and James Franken
Oct
26
th
2012
Mainroom
Oct
26
th
2012
Mainroom

P.O.S

with THE TRIBE & BIG CATS!, Audio Perm, Mike Mictlan and more!
Sep
28
th
2012
7th St Entry
Sep
28
th
2012
7th St Entry

The Chalice

with A.WOLF AND HER CLAWS, Manchita and Audio Perm
May
4
th
2012
7th St Entry
May
4
th
2012
7th St Entry

I Self Devine

with I RULE, MaLLy, Audio Perm and more!
Dec
5
th
2011
7th St Entry
Dec
5
th
2011
7th St Entry

Mike Mictlan

with Spyder Baybie Raw Dog & 2% Muck, Kill The Vultures, 2% muck and more!
Nov
17
th
2011
7th St Entry
Nov
17
th
2011
7th St Entry

Crunchy Kids

with Audio Perm, BOBBY PHISHER, Zac HB and more!

More Shows

Oct
15
th
First Avenue

Alvvays

with Slow Pulp
Oct
3
rd
First Avenue

Palaye Royale

with Mod Sun
Sep
27
th
Turf Club

The Paper Kites

with Rosie Carney
Oct
25
th
Turf Club

The California Honeydrops