"Medium Zach" and "Brandon Allday" Bagaason are Minneapolis‐based hip‐hop producers, performers and educators ‐ as well as founders of the Mexican‐American rap‐duo Big Quarters. Big Quarters' self‐produced debut album Cost of Living earned recognition as Best Hip‐Hop of 2007 by Star Tribune and Popmatters.com. Big Quarters' follow‐up From the Home of Brown Babies & White Mothers received acknowledgement as one of the Best Albums of 2009 by Star Tribune. Medium Zach and Brandon Allday developed a hip‐hop songwriting and production curriculum currently used with young people in the Minneapolis YMCA. Past workshop and program sites include: La Oportunidad, Hope Community, Inter District Downtown School, Minneapolis YMCA, Pillsbury United Communities and McNally Smith College of Music. As a producer, he's worked with Brother Ali, I Self Devine, Toki Wright, P.O.S, Sims, Musab, Power Struggle, Mankwe Ndosi and Mux Mool. Both members of Big Quarters are currently teaching Hip‐Hop Music Production @ McNally Smith College of Music ‐ within the first fully accredited Hip‐Hop Studies Diploma program in the country.
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