RP HOOKS

As a solo artist or as the front man of explosive MC/producer duo TTxBC, RP Hooks (formerly known as Truth Be Told) has played everywhere from Soundset to SXSW. He’s shared bills with DMX, Grieves & Budo, Action Bronson, Chiddy Bang, P.O.S, and Schoolboy Q, and has recorded songs with Planet Asia, Phil da Agony, Toki Wright, Abstract Rude, Smoke DZA and BJ the Chicago Kid. If that list of names isn’t impressive enough, just listen to the music: equal parts Twin Cities smirk and Chicago attitude, Hooks’ confident, unpredictable flow, uniquely twisted worldview, and ever-present sense of humor combine to create a style unlike anything in either scene. 

His most recent project, All Black Jesus, was released July 23, 2013. All Black Jesus is RP Hooks sharing a lot of his hopes, dreams, and aspirations as it is all layed out on the title track of the album when he states in a chopped-and-screwed fashion “If I die today, I’m gonna come back a rich mu’fucka” over a beat with reverberating 808 kicks and spaced out synths. On the soulful and sparse “88 & Beyond”, RP Hooks come unhinged, spewing in a smooth and comfortable fashion about the passing of his brother, and stating many a rumination on where he seeks to take his art. That mission statement is also echoed on the smooth synths and trap hi-hats of lead single “21 Grams” featuring P.O.S.

This album is full of experiments and chances. 2% Muck provides his signature soundscape on “Mike Tyson” while RP Hooks provides the equivalent of a modern day banger. On the Noam The Drummer-produced “Levels” (not to be confused with the A$AP Rocky tune of the same name) Hooks manages to talk about taking his art to new heights and hoping that all the while, we all join him for the ride. Elsewhere on this disc, you have “We Made It” and “Trapped” which contain well programmed synth melodies that seek to take us to space along with RP Hooks, and it all gets driven home on the song “UFO” which features Lizzo of The Chalice providing a smooth, syrupy vocal backdrop against some vibraphonic sounding bells, while RP Hooks waxes poetic to close the album, and perhaps it is most telling of his real life situation of where he’s at in life and hoping for a better life overall.

At the end of the day, All Black Jesus bares who RPHooks is; a hopeful, pragmatic and honest persona that is seeking to find better in the world he’s in. Maybe RP Hooks hasn’t found that in earth and his experiences, and all the while you would think that based on the soundscapes and the lyrics, RP Hooks hasn’t found what he’s looking for yet, but you can rest assure that after you hear All Black Jesus, he is getting closer to where he wants to be, as an artist and as a person who charts his own destiny.

Past Shows


Apr
22
nd
2016
7th St Entry
Apr
22
nd
2016
7th St Entry

Get Cryphy

with Plain Ole Bill, Jimmy 2 Times, DJ LAST WORD and more!
Mar
24
th
2016
7th St Entry
Mar
24
th
2016
7th St Entry

Finding Novyon

with RP HOOKS, Drelli, ALIBASTER JONES and more!
Dec
26
th
2015
Turf Club
Dec
26
th
2015
Turf Club

Villa Rosa, Maria Isa and Muja Messiah

with Why Khaliq, Lady Xok, CURANDERO and more!
Jun
13
th
2015
Mainroom
Jun
13
th
2015
Mainroom

CERTIFIED LOUD

A Hip-Hop and EDM Dance Party
with Wyld Lyf, DJ Espada, KEITH MILLIONS and more!
Jun
25
th
2014
7th St Entry
Jun
25
th
2014
7th St Entry

Blueprint and DJ Rare Groove

with Count Bass D and RP HOOKS
Dec
8
th
2013
7th St Entry
Dec
8
th
2013
7th St Entry

Glow Mechanics

SCHMO MECHANICS CD RELEASE SHOW
with RP HOOKS, CHANTZ EROLIN and Beasthead
Dec
7
th
2013
Triple Rock Social Club
Dec
7
th
2013
Triple Rock Social Club

Soulcrate

with MaLLy and RP HOOKS
Nov
21
st
2013
7th St Entry
Nov
21
st
2013
7th St Entry

Shad

with We Are the City and RP HOOKS
Jul
26
th
2013
7th St Entry
Jul
26
th
2013
7th St Entry

RP HOOKS

Hydrive Shows presents RAPPER HOOKS ALL BLACK JESUS Album Release Party
with Spyder Baybie Raw Dog & 2% Muck, Metasota and DJ Snuggles
Apr
20
th
2013
Mainroom
Apr
20
th
2013
Mainroom

LIFTED

with PSYMUN & DAMACHA, RP HOOKS, The Sundance Kid and more!

More Shows

May
19
th
Turf Club

Giovannie and The Hired Guns

Jun
16
th
7th St Entry

Billie Marten

Aug
3
rd
First Avenue

Suki Waterhouse

Apr
9
th
7th St Entry

Shayfer James

with Sarah and the Safe Word