Freaque, Tony The Scribe


Tony The Scribe

Sat · November 10, 2018

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


Tickets at the Door

Freaque is for the derelicts, the heretics, and the tree stumps. A tattered voice, made of strung out words, hung to dry over broken chords on his mother’s piano. This new venture from Gabriel Rodreick was created in his childhood dining room, on the piano he played for 11 years before a spinal cord injury took away his hands. In a wooden womb of darkness, he took what he had and rose above a society that constantly tells us we are not enough, that we’re only worth the possessions we own, the money in our bank accounts, and our status on the corporate ladder. He fights these messages with creations rooted in the idea of decomposition. The corporate state is hell bent on consumption and production, exhausting our resources for sustainable life and profiting off of war, natural disasters, genocide, and the poor and marginalized life on earth. All the while attempting to maintain order. But order is not sustainable in a natural world. Change is inevitable. This world will decompose into something new. Freaque is here to tell that story.
Tony The Scribe
Tony The Scribe
tony the scribe is worried. Seldom second-guessing or hedging his bets, but worried all the same. The Minneapolis-bred rapper, writer, and performance artist’s work is colored by a sense of impending consequences—be they social collapse or just bad hangovers. There are no dead ends, no non-sequiturs. Spitting real philosophy in dorm rooms or dorm room philosophy on bad dates, tony’s writing grapples with moral and practical dilemmas on scales large and small: city-wide protests and read receipts. And he’s having trouble keeping it together.

tony is perpetually caught between worlds. Raised in south Minneapolis and coming of age under the second Bush, tony entered the Twin Cities’ vibrant independent rap scene while he was still in high school. He snuck out of his parents’ houses to paper the city with fliers for shows at First Avenue, hiding cheap vodka in his tire well and honing his delivery on late-night car rides home. After years spent studying local heroes like Doomtree and Guante, tony eventually joined forces with producer ICETEP to form post-apocalyptic rap group KILLSTREAK. The duo’s 2013 debut, Janus, is the writer’s version of a high-wire act, a visceral reaction to inarticulable problems.

In 2016, tony returned with mixed blood, fifteen minutes of cerebral, minimalist rap for cold winter nights. His new ep, mixed messages, is something different entirely: an autotuned-out soundtrack for ghosts, ghosting, and being ghosted.

tony lives and overthinks in Minneapolis.
Venue Information:
The Warming House
4001 Bryant Ave South
Minneapolis, MN, 55409