ABOUT ME

I'm a recording artist / promoter / media artist based in Minneapolis,MN by the name of Breakneck. Thank you so much for checking out and supporting my work!

I began rapping and making beats while attending college back in about 2003 in Wisconsin. My friends and I made a few good songs and a bunch of bad ones and during this time I started DJing parties and shows all around town. DJ Beze and myself hosted a weekly dance night that became wildly popular and led to me booking more shows at different venues and festivals and expanding my network. 

Over the following five years or so I would release mixtapes, singles , albums at a breakneck (pun) pace and build a solid reputation throughout the Midwest for my live show and work ethic. I hosted a weekly FM radio show , wrote hip hop articles for Volume One Magazine , did open mics , and still had time to work two, sometimes three jobs.

A 2010 relocation to the Twin Cities led me to begin promoting and hosting shows at a much more frequent rate than I was used to and built me venue relationships that have continued to this day. Regional touring during this period pushed me out to new audiences all over the country through self-booked DIY tours.

An unexpected opportunity came about when I participated in an acapella rap battle around 2010. To this date I have over 20 battles released on YouTube and it has helped me expose my character and creations to many new and different people. Some of my more popular battles include clashes with Carter Deems, Esem , PT , and UK rapper Bowski. I also became well traveled in that regard as promoters from Colorado and Missouri booked me for out of state events. Battling is still fun for me, and I'll continue to do it until it's not anymore. Through my division of battle rap league No Coast Raps, I aim to spread the art and sport of battle rap across the Midwest and beyond, and have had very successful events incorporating people from all over North America. You can find out more at NoCoastRaps.com.

As of 2017 I have played over 400 shows in 12 states, and have been fortunate to work with or play with artists like Astronautalis , Eyedea & Abilities , Tech N9ne , Grieves , Mac Lethal , Ecid , Copywrite, Kristoff Krane , Ras Kass , Aceyalone , Dialated Peoples, Awol One, Mickey Factz, and many many more. I've had more press on radio and TV than I'd ever thought I would and I'm excited to see what happens in the next ten years! Cheers.

 

In 2016, the No Coast Raps family was invited to Chicago to film an episode of Brothers Green Eats for MTV INTERNATIONAL!!!

http://www.mtv.co.uk/brothers-green/videos/brothers-green-eats-episode-13

 

My Songs Have Been Played On Many Traditional Radio Stations Including(**Very Incomplete):

91.7fm St Paul,MN - 96.3fm Eau Claire,WI - 89.7fm Eau Claire,WI - 89.3fm Minneapolis,MN - 91.7fm Madison,WI - 100.7fm Minneapolis,MN - 89.7fm Mankato,MN - 90.3fm KFAI Minneapolis,MN - GO 95.3fm Minneapolis,MN - 99.9fm Eau Claire,WI

 

I've Been on Too Many Podcasts/Online Radio Stations To List But Special Shouts To:

Thank You Rob Podcast - The Buzzkill Show - Hip Hop Houseparty - Local Independence - The No Coast Podcast

- The Boneman Show - Battle Rap Resume

 

Here Are some of the ARTICLES/FEATURES on My Music/Events:

12.28.16 - GoMN.com

http://www.gomn.com/news/the-twin-cities-battle-rap-scene-put-out-great-music-in-2016/

5.8.15 - CityPages Magazine (circulation 50,000) *No Coast North Article

http://www.citypages.com/music/the-vesh-minnesota-rap-battle-legend-and-family-man-6638510

5.8.15 - CityPages Magazine (circulation 50,000) *Article about Carter Deems Battle

http://www.citypages.com/music/t-pains-favorite-battle-rapper-carter-deems-loves-cats-and-making-friends-6620341

4.29.11 - Volume One Magazine (WI, circulation 17,000)

http://m.volumeone.org/news/1/posts/2011/04/29/2443_Breaknecks_break_neck_pace

3.30.11 - SLUG Magazine (Salt Lake City,UT)

http://www.slugmag.com/national-music-reviews/national-cd-reviews-40/

2.3.11 - Volume One Magazine

http://m.volumeone.org/articles/2011/02/03/2031_Double_Dose_of_Dubs

6.29.09 - SLUG Magazine Review 

http://www.slugmag.com/national-music-reviews/national-cd-reviews-15/

5.28.09 - Volume One Magazine

http://volumeone.org/articles/2009/05/28/584_Breakneck_the_Mage_Dies_for_New_Hip_Hop_Album

8.28.08 - Volume One Magazine

http://m.volumeone.org/articles/2008/08/28/87_Hollywood_Style

 

Past Show Listing (**Very Incomplete, Updated Every Couple of Months)

Date
10/14/17
7/22/17
7/8/17
7/7/17
5/27/17
4/22/17
4/29/17
4/28/17
3/25/17
3/24/17
3/23/17
3/22/17
2/17/17
2/11/17
2/10/17
1/25/17
11/7/16
11/5/16
11/4/16
10/20/16
9/15/16
8/19/16
7/21/16
6/11/16
6/10/16
5/25/16
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3/26/16
3/25/16
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3/23/16
2/20/16
2/10/16
1/13/16
12/16/15
11/15/15
7/18/15
6/10/15
5/19/15
5/16/15
5/15/15
5/9/15
5/8/15
4/15/15
3/28/15
3/27/15
3/26/15
3/25/15
3/24/15
2/16/15
2/11/15
1/21/15
1/14/15
11/19/14
11/5/14
10/31/14
9/30/14
7/30/14
7/2/14
5/21/14
4/26/14
4/23/14
3/18/14
3/18/14
3/5/14
1/10/14
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9/20/13
9/19/13
9/17/13
9/16/13
9/15/13
9/14/13
9/13/13
9/12/13
8/31/13
8/7/13
7/13/13
6/15/13
5/14/13
3/9/13
3/1/13
1/26/13
1/3/13
12/28/12
12/19/12
12/13/12
12/1/12
11/30/12
11/29/12
11/28/12
11/15/12
11/8/12
11/7/12
10/25/12
10/13/12
10/5/12
10/4/12
9/30/12
8/24/12
8/11/12
8/3/12
7/29/12
7/18/12
7/14/12
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7/5/12
7/4/12
6/22/12
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5/16/12
5/10/12
4/20/12
4/12/12
4/11/12
4/6/12
3/31/12
3/23/12
3/19/12
3/18/12
3/16/12
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2/9/12
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12/23/11
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12/3/11
11/19/11
11/18/11
10/27/11
10/22/11
10/7/11
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9/28/11
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TBA
Kelley's (ECCM Battle vs 2Slicc)
Club Underground
Cub Underground
The Venue
Arnelia's
Every Buddy's Bar
House of Rock
Kum N Go Theater (Battle vs The Future)
Bootleg at Atomic Cowboy
North Bar
Triple Rock Social Club
Club Underground
Subterannean
Elastic Arts (No Coast ft. Copywrite vs Reverse Live)
Triple Rock Social Club
Mill City Nights (No Coast North w/ Dialated Peoples)
The Basement
Club Underground
Inbound Brewco
Triple Rock Social Club
House of Rock (w/ Carnage the Exxecutioner , Fathom)
Triple Rock Social Club
Club Underground
Club Underground
Triple Rock Social Club
Jerry's (w/ Palmer Squares) **MTV Filming**
Triple Rock Social Club
Club Underground
The Plus
Silvie's
Fubar
Honey
Club Underground (w/ Mickey Factz)
Triple Rock Social Club
Triple Rock Social Club
Triple Rock Social Club
Club Underground
Club Underground
Triple Rock Social Club
Triple Rock Social Club
The Waterfront (w/ Ecid, Kristoff Krane)
House of Rock (w/ Ecid, Kristoff Krane)
Club Underground
33rd Realm
Triple Rock Social Club
The Mousetrap
The Music Club
The Hideout
TBA
Triple Rock Social Club
Honey
Triple Rock Social Club
Honey
Triple Rock Social Club
Triple Rock Social Club
Honey
The Firehouse
Timbuktunes Festival
Honey
Triple Rock Social Club
Honey
The Mousetrap
Triple Rock Social Club
Honey
Honey
Triple Rock Social Club
House of Rock (w/ Astronautalis)
House of Rock (w/ Grieves)
BOONIES BAR & BAR B. Q.
The Blue Fugue
KC Hall
La Cocina
Duffy's Tavern
Vaudeville Mews
Every Buddy's
Club Underground
Timbuktunes Festival
Honey
Every Buddy's
Red Sea
Honey
The Bridge
Honey
Red Sky Lounge
Honey
Every Buddy's
Honey
Hell's Kitchen
The What's Up Lounge
BOONIES BAR & BAR B. Q.
Iowa City Yacht Club
Honey
Hell's Kitchen
Honey
Honey
Hell's Kitchen
House of Rock
Every Buddy's
Honey at Ginger Hop
Cause Spirits and Sound Bar
Every Buddy's
The Hydrant
House of Rock
Cause Spirits & Soundbar
Honey at Ginger Hop
Fine Line Music Cafe (LML Battles w/ Aceyalone)
The What's Up Lounge
BOONIES BAR & BAR B. Q.
Cervantes Other Side
Meadow Muffins
Every Buddy's
Hell's Kitchen
The Dalles House (w/ Ecid, Prhym8)
Honey
Cause Spirits and Sound Bar
House of Rock
Tomahawk Room
Club Underground
Honey
Every Buddy's
BOONIES BAR & BAR B. Q.
Blue Nile Restaurant & Lounge (LML Battles w/ Ras Kass)
Pub Monique
First Avenue & 7th St Entry
Hell's Kitchen
House of Rock
Pub Monique
The Buck
JB's Speakeasy
TBA
BOONIES BAR & BAR B. Q.
Club Underground
Club Underground
The What's Up Lounge
The What's Up Lounge
Every Buddy's
Hell's Kitchen
The Nestor Tavern
Blue Nile Restaurant & Lounge
Fine Line Music Cafe
Tomahawk Room
Blue Nile Restaurant & Lounge
Ginger Hop/Honey
Every Buddy's Bar
Every Buddy's
Bottle and Barrel
Blue Nile Restaurant & Lounge
House of Rock
Every Buddy's Bar
Club Underground
Vaudeville Mews
The Hole
The KC Hall
The Rock N Soul Cafe
Cervantes Other Side
Belle's Lounge
Czar Bar
The Blue Fugue
PRTV - Cavalier Lounge
Every Buddy's Bar
Ginger Hop/Honey
House of Rock
Minnesota Music Cafe
Vaudeville Mews
Tomahawk Room
House of Rock
Dibbo's
Every Buddy's Bar
Every Buddy's
Ragged Roots Revival Fest
Nomad World Pub
Dibbo's
Every Buddy's
O'Gara's Garage
What's Up Lounge
Eau Claire Open Air Arts Festival
House of Rock
House of Rock
House of Rock
Breakneck's Birthday Bash
First Avenue & 7th St Entry
Every Buddy's
Ginger Hop/Honey
Nomad World Pub
House of Rock
The Waterfront Bar & Grill (w/ The Crest)
Whiskey Dicks
House of Rock (w/ Carnage the Exxecutioner)
Cause Spirits and Sound Bar
The Tomahawk Room (w/ Carnage the Exxecutioner)
Every Buddy's
Ba Da Bingz
Every Buddy's
House of Rock
Lay Da Breaks B-Boy Jam
Taste Of Harmony Fest
The Tomahawk Room
Mr. Heavy's
House Of Rock
Mr. Heavy's
Dewey's Roadhouse
Impulse Nightclub
Mr. Heavy's
House of Rock
The Roadhouse
The Tomahawk Room
Mr. Heavy's
House of Rock
The Dinkytowner
Whiskey Dicks
Stones Throw (w/ Mac Lethal)
Skate America
Skate America
Stones Throw
Stones Throw (w/ Heiruspecs)
Stones Throw
Effit Fest (w/ Eyedea & Abilities)
Effit Fest
Effit Fest
House of Rock
Hip Hop On Hobart
Stones Throw
Stones Throw
Higher Ground
Stones Throw
Stones Throw
The Dinkytowner
Ba Da Bingz
Stones Throw
Ba Da Bingz
Stones Throw
Stones Throw
Stones Throw (w/ Awol One, Ecid)
Stones Throw
The Record Bar (/w Awol One, Ecid)
Dinkytowner
Effit Fest I (/w Tech N9ne)
Effit Fest I
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Haverhill
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JOURNALISTIC EXPERIENCE

I am a freelance writer and blogger and have had pieces published in various publications within the industry as well as hosting a radio show in the past. Currently I am writing for BattleRap.com. Here are some of my things:

 

BATTLERAP.COM (ONLINE publication)

BATTLE RAP MUSIC OF THE MONTH (RECURRING MONTHLY COLUMN)

July 2015 -- August 2015 -- September 2015 -- October 2015 -- December 2015

Click on above links to view each month's articles.

The First 5 Rone Battles To Watch

Posted By Tyler Franz on Friday July 10, 2015 at 03:10PM PDT

An intro to the Philly emcee and part-time BattleRap.com correspondent's best battles.

A Brief History Of 2-On-2 Rap Battles

Posted By Tyler Franz on Monday July 06, 2015 at 12:59PM PDT

Looking at doubles battles, from the early days of the World Rap Championships to the 2015 resurgence.

 

VOLUME ONE MAGAZINE (EAU CLAIRE,WI CIRCULATION 17,000 -- PRINT/ONLINE)

 

Class Is in Session

Article | Wed. Oct. 31st, 2012

Emcee on the Way

Article | Wed. May. 2nd, 2012

 

Not Your Average Hip Hop

Article | Wed. Apr. 18th, 2012

 

Beat-Boxing Legend to Throw Down in Eau Claire

Article | Mon. Feb. 20th, 2012

 

The Gampos Gather

Article | Wed. Feb. 8th, 2012

 

Millennium Sounds

Article | Thu. Jan. 12th, 2012

 

Suit Up for Fathom's Shark Beach Party

Article | Mon. Aug. 1st, 2011

 

Short drive: Rhymesayers' annual Soundset Festival

News | Tue. May. 24th, 2011

 

A Game of Boggle

Article | Thu. Mar. 31st, 2011

 

Frost Byte 2.0

Article | Thu. Feb. 3rd, 2011

 

Blinded Serves Up Some Real Talk

Article | Thu. Feb. 3rd, 2011

 

Saturday: Local emcees compete in national freestyle…

News | Mon. Jan. 24th, 2011