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"Ernie Rhodes Reviewed by Okayplayer"

I woke up from that dream I was living/and thanked the universe for all that Im given Sometimes it does take a lot for a person to come full circle to realize the adventures they have been through, and the realizations they have arrived at to get to where they want to go. Ernie Rhodes originally did this on his first release called This Journey, My Mission. And now with his 2nd effort, The Orbital Effect, Ernie plans to make his knowledge known about coming full circle with his journey and mission, and making a stellar 2nd effort from those realizations.

Ernie covers various topics on this release. His passion of doing the rap game right appears on the thunderous lead off single Renaissance Man, and follows it up on The Works (Get Movin) and on Do Better/Damage & Stress. There are also personal topics covered, such as relationship woes on Jen Once Again, and on Girl Trouble. This release is filled with more narrative raps and battle hungry songs, as can be seen on the two contrasting songs, Connected discusses two different people in perilous situations and Solid featuring POS of Doomtree fame and Snakebird is a battle hungry squad rap.

The two highlights on this disc come on Never Really Gone, discussing how he seeks to bring out the same leadership in the hip hop community as he does by the people he is inspired with, and Through It All featuring New MC of the Kanser/Interlock troop, describing his move from rural Missouri to Minnesota.

The production also stands out on this disc. Beats from Last Word, Hydraulic Jack, Medium Zach and Lazerbeak vary at times and provide a lot of different soundscapes for the listener to keep them entertained. The only two efforts that could leave the listener wanting a little more is Back Up which is a little too reminiscent of Chariots Of Fire, and The Return which is a 3 minute instrumental, and doesnt really match the vibe of the CD itself. But dont let that distress you from not picking up more Minnesota rap such as Ernie Rhodes, you may be missing out on a very good release like The Orbital Effect. Its a full circle comeback thats worthy of the praise.

- Ali Elabbady of

"Review of "The Orbital Effect""

With a crisp, bouncy delivery and a romantic cloud hanging over his head, Minneapolis rapper Ernie Rhodes sounds like our version of West Coast hip hop's non-gangsta '90s breakthrough--Skee-Lo with Slug's therapy bill. Maybe he wishes his tales were a little bit taller on The Orbital Effect (Modern Day/Dialogue Elevaters), which brings murder-suicide to Lake of the Isles on "Undercurrent" (with Doomtree's Dessa singing) and otherwise clears its throat a lot on the issue of free expression ("Watch me say exactly what I want about a topic, any topic"). Rhodes at least delivers his work ethic to the dance floor on "The Works," trashing rappers who "never kill" over an irresistible combo of soul-clap beat, disco-orchestral sample, and Mike Watt-like bass doodle (from Sean McPherson of the Heiruspecs): "They say they need a break or the scene's too tough/Ask me, these cats don't want it enough." Expect big things, and keep your eye on producer and fellow Dialogue Elevaters member Last Word. - Peter Scholtes of Citypages


"Elevater Music" LP 2004
"Renaissance Man" Single 2005
"The Orbital Effect" LP 2005
New project forthcoming summer 2008




Born and raised in Springield, IL, Ernie Rhodes (born Ernest Allan Rhodes) no longer considers the town to be his home. The Minneapolis emcee made the move from Springfield in order to, “get out of a small town and go somewhere where I could realistically pursue hip hop music.” It maked sense to him, especially considering the fact that only three rap groups existed in his hometown when Rhodes left for Minnesota.

Since the move to Minneapolis, Rhodes co-founded the Minneapolis hip hop outfit Dialogue Elevaters Crew. From there, the label released 2004's “Elevater Music,” a solid disc showcasing all of the member's talents. Rhodes' latest CD is entitled, “The Orbital Effect".

Rhodes found Minneapolis and found his strength in personal expression. Influenced by everyone from Oasis to Run-DMC, Ernie brings a fresh, but familiar sound to Hip Hop.