Minnesota has a lot of rappers in it. To anyone who pays attention to the amount of shows that happen on a weekly basis around here, that should come as no surprise. With the global phenomenon that hip hop has become, most places are bound to have a surplus of aspiring emcees these days, but Minnesota has gotten a reputation for having a particularly dense amount of talent within its borders. The obvious standouts in the eyes of the larger music world are acts like Atmosphere, Brother Ali, Eyedea & Abilities, and Doomtree, but many others have begun garnering national and international acclaim, as well.
In a scene then with so much talent, there are of course going to be a bunch of amateurs who don’t possess a similar level of skill. However, it’s also easy to overlook those who in fact do possess the qualities necessary to reach greater heights. Antioch falls into the latter category.
At only 18-years-old, it is quite apparent that Antioch has far more ability and focus when it comes to making songs than a lot of contemporaries his age (and many older than him, too). His recent release, 4A, is a succinct 8-track EP that is available for free on his Bandcamp page. With such a short track list, he puts in no filler, spitting very personal and introspective lyrics over the course of the EP amidst darker and more dramatic production that feels very organic. Even brighter moments on 4A (such as on the song “SunRise”) are still fairly cerebral and don’t feel out of place with the rest of the tracks.
It’s also worth noting that all of the beats on the EP come courtesy of Antioch himself, showing he is just as capable on the boards as he is behind the mic. Again, being as young as he is, if Antioch continues to hone his skills and not fall peril to the hard grind that comes with independent hip hop (especially in a scene where it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle), then I truly believe he is destined for awesome things. It will be interesting to see how he continues to mature as an artist. Definitely give this dude a listen and be on the lookout for more to come from him in the future.