A frequent characteristic of the Twin Cities music scene is the dedication its fans and musicians have to the underground, to what Minnesota music represents. In the last 15 years, one of the most exciting aspects of Minnesota music has been the Hip-Hop scene. With artists like Atmosphere, Brother Ali, and Grieves, it’s easy to see how exciting Minnesota is on the Rap forefront.
Enter AJ “Po’Etikit” Kampmeyer, an MC from the Metro area who has been rapping since he was twelve. For more than a decade afterwards, he has began to age as an experienced veteran, seeing what Minnesota Hip-Hop, Twin Cities in particular, as is.
When asked about the local scene, Po’Etikit commented: “I think the Minnesota scene is crazy because, especially with hip-hop, it’s a huge, vast scene. But, it’s so unique because you can make a living touring Minnesota. Just by doing that and selling record in-state you can build a big enough of a fan base.”
This rings true to some of his inspirations: not those in the leagues of modern giants such as Eminem or Kanye West or even Gangsta-staples such as Notorious B.I.G. or Tupac, but rather local acts such as Brother Ali and Saint Paul Slim.
He creates a continuation of what he believes the Twin Cities scene to stand for: the “Midwest Flex” as he called it: “It’s rap that takes machoness, like rap has always needed, but with intelligence. So, it’s not just me telling you about how I’m going to beat you down or kick your ass, but rather how I can burn you in a battle or spit out a better line than you.”
The writing process for him is intricate for both songwriting and to help his freestyle: “I’ll end up writing about 10 pages a week worth of lyrics, both of stuff I’ll love and hate. But, when I write it down, it’s more than just reading the dictionary: I’m actually expanding my vocabulary practically. It becomes concrete.”
He has concerning modern rap and how he feels it’s devolving; “I’m sorry, but we’re in a recession right now; most of us are pretty broke. I don’t want to hear about how much money [an MC] has.”
It is through this devotion that Po’Etikit, as well as his DJ with Hye Society who goes by Doc Delusion–who has worked with names such as Wide Eyes and Sean Anonymous
before his collaboration with Po’Etikit. It is through this ideal that Midwest Flex shines through as one of the brightest sub-genres in rap as well as an interesting concept in which Po’Etikit wishes to expand upon.
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