Fifth Element is the official merchandise store for Rhymesayers, a Twin Cities record label that boasts such names as Atmosphere and Prof. Every month they host an open mic that’s free and for all ages, bringing in people from all over the area to perform their rapping.
“You either gotta have brain damage like me, or a lot of balls to come on this stage,” Jayke Astle, of Softcoreporn, said as he helped host the Fifth Element open mic.
The open mic was hosted and DJ’d by Softcoreporn, a hip hop duo that has hosted many events in the past as well.
“Softcoreporn has been doing this for a long time,” said Roz, an employee at the store.
During the event there was all types of rhyming, from fast rapping to songs about the performers’ struggles. One man dressed in formal clothing spit raps about Jesus Christ. Some young girls strayed from hip-hop to perform spoken word poetry, which was received very well.
The night drew a crowd of many different people, including Twin Cities hip hop stars Dem Atlas and Radio Ahlee.
To close off the night, the DJs had everybody come up as they wanted to share the stage and freestyle.
Open mics are hosted at Fifth Element on the first Thursday of every month. They are free and open to all ages.