For Prof, the worlds of fact and fiction are often intertwined, as he balances on a fine line between real-life experiences and yet unfulfilled fantasies. The Minneapolis rapper has made a robust career for himself by crafting memorable songs about everything from heartache to arson to wild adventures with women. These terrific tales and his dynamic stage show have led to concerts and tours across the country, and have exposed him to life-altering experiences. They also planted a seed.

An accomplished and open-minded artist, Prof first started playing with a concept in one of his rhyme books years ago. As the idea germinated, the Minnesota artist decided to apply it to his life and his neighborhood while tapping into his vast imagination and his remarkable life. The result is Prof’s new album, Powderhorn Suites, a wide-ranging artistic tour de force that places him among rap’s most gifted auteurs. “There's so many different things happening in a hotel at one time,” Prof explains. “Somebody’s doing drugs. Somebody’s having sex. There’s a fight over there. Someone's trying to get some rest over here. There’s just so much going on in one place.”

The same can be said for Powderhorn Suites, a remarkable rollercoaster of a project that hits stunning highs and features dramatic lows. “Squad Goals” rollicks along with a festive beat and a nod to the “U Name It” challenge, while the liberating “Outside Baby” celebrates women who are vocal during sex. With the tense “Numbers,” Prof, Muja Messiah, and Taylor J detail the struggles that come with trying to make ends meet. Then on “Fire Lessons,” Prof draws from the real-life anger and emotion he felt after a tense night in which he was chased by police and hit rock bottom. The album concludes with a stunningly powerful group of songs in which Prof analyzes the lasting effects of a dysfunctional upbringing (“Flower Boy”), ends a relationship with his soulmate (“The Ending”), and gives himself a moment to be proud of his accomplishments (“Karma Legend”).

Making Powderhorn Suites proved beyond therapeutic. “If I couldn't make these songs, man, I might be a vicious animal,” muses Prof, who has done about a dozen paintings he hopes to exhibit in an art gallery in conjunction with the release of his album. “I don't know what I'd be doing. I'd probably be hurting people, so it's good that I can do this.”

As an artist and a man who is fueled by overcoming his past, standing in his strength, and pushing himself creatively, Prof has plenty of inspiration to draw from as he moves into the next phases of his career and his life. “I don’t want to get old and stale,” Prof proclaims. Powderhorn Suites shows that Prof has nothing to worry about.

Past Shows


Apr
15
th
2022
Palace Theatre
Apr
15
th
2022
Palace Theatre

Prof

with Cozz, Ashley DuBose and JonRay
Dec
31
st
2019
Fine Line
Dec
31
st
2019
Fine Line

Prof

with Cashinova, Taylor J and WILLIE WONKA
Apr
14
th
2019
Clyde Iron Works
Apr
14
th
2019
Clyde Iron Works

Prof

with Mac Irv, Cashinova and WILLIE WONKA
Apr
6
th
2019
PROF 4/6/19
Apr
6
th
2019
PROF 4/6/19

Prof

with Mac Irv, Cashinova and WILLIE WONKA
Sep
8
th
2018
Cabooze Outdoor Plaza
Sep
8
th
2018
Cabooze Outdoor Plaza

Prof

with Lil B, Montana of 300, Cashinova and more!
Jul
19
th
2018
Mainroom
Jul
19
th
2018
Mainroom

Prof, Sa-Roc and Cashinova

with DJ SHANNON BLOWTORCH
Sep
9
th
2017
Cabooze Outdoor Plaza
Sep
9
th
2017
Cabooze Outdoor Plaza

Prof

with Shredders, The Underachievers, Mac Lethal and more!
Jul
13
th
2017
Mainroom
Jul
13
th
2017
Mainroom
Jun
3
rd
2017
Mainroom
Jun
3
rd
2017
Mainroom

Wrestlepalooza X ft. Prof

with Scarlette Revolver and Queenie von Curves
May
28
th
2017
Mainroom
May
28
th
2017
Mainroom

Soundset Official After Party

with DJ Z-Trip, Get Cryphy, Plain Ole Bill and more!
Mar
2
nd
2017
Mainroom
Mar
2
nd
2017
Mainroom

Prof

with Metasota, Finding Novyon, Cashinova and more!
Feb
25
th
2017
Clyde Iron Works
Feb
25
th
2017
Clyde Iron Works

Prof

with Finding Novyon, Metasota, WILLIE WONKA and more!
Sep
10
th
2016
The Cabooze
Sep
10
th
2016
The Cabooze

Prof

with DJ FUNDO, St. Paul Slim, Sophia Eris and more!
Sep
10
th
2016
Cabooze Outdoor Plaza
Sep
10
th
2016
Cabooze Outdoor Plaza

Prof

with Hopsin, Grieves, Sa-Roc and more!
Feb
19
th
2016
7th St Entry
Feb
19
th
2016
7th St Entry

Prof

with Mike Mictlan, Mac Irv and DJ FUNDO
Dec
31
st
2015
PROF 12/31/15
Dec
31
st
2015
PROF 12/31/15

Prof

with HAPHDUZN, BABY SHEL and DJ FUNDO
Dec
4
th
2015
Target Center
Dec
4
th
2015
Target Center

RHYMESAYERS 20

with Atmosphere, Brother Ali, Aesop Rock and more!
Oct
29
th
2015
The Sports Garden
Oct
29
th
2015
The Sports Garden

Prof

with Nacho Picasso, DJ FUNDO, Sean Anonymous and more!
Sep
5
th
2015
Cabooze Outdoor Plaza
Sep
5
th
2015
Cabooze Outdoor Plaza

Prof

with Mystikal, Murs, Denzel Curry and more!
May
23
rd
2015
Mainroom
May
23
rd
2015
Mainroom

Official Soundset Before Party ft. PROF

with Fashawn, BOBBY RAPS, BLVCK SPVCE and more!

More Shows

Sep
8
th
7th St Entry

Brotherkenzie

Aug
26
th
7th St Entry

Monica Martin

Aug
10
th
7th St Entry

Flip Rushmore

with Friend Dog and Lazenlow
Jul
30
th
Turf Club

huhroon, Black Velvet Punks and Goon Tribune