Homeless & The van Gobots
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Homeless & The van Gobots

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2013

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Established on Jan, 2013
Band Hip Hop Post-punk

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"Words are Weapons with Homeless Ryan K"

Sounding like a mix between Slug, Mr J. Medeiros, and Brother Ali, he cuts right to the core of underground hip hop...We need more true artists like Homeless. - Hummingbeat


"Album Reviews: No Bird Sing, The van Gobots, Franz Diego"

[The] van Gobots firmly establishes itself among the Twin Cities’ most satisfying, ear-pummeling acts...— the kind of pugilistic, politicized post-punk that hopefully never goes out of style. - The Onion AV Club Twin Cities


"Album of the Week: December 16-23, 2013: Homeless & The van Gobots - Twenty-Dirt"

The lighter moments on Twenty-Dirt certainly give the album a nice balance, letting the listener know that, despite all the problems that surround him, Homeless is still able to enjoy the simple things in life...the band works up a nice post-punk racket for Homeless' rhymes. - Flatbasset


"Homeless & The van Gobots"

After hearing the first 20 seconds of the opening track “Truce” my ears instantly perked up, I had never heard a sound quite like this. The blend of The van Gobots Alt-Rock and the Hip-Hop style of Homeless meshed together better than I could have imagined, creating something unbelievably chill, smooth, and original. Rarely am I able to listen to an entire album the whole way through without thinking at some point “this isn’t their best song,” but “Twenty-Dirt” is a definite exception to this. Without even knowing it, I had listened to the entire album from start to finish, with no lulls, amazed at how much I enjoyed each and every track. - Minnesnowta Music Blog


Discography

Twenty-Dirt - Independent - 2013

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Bio

Homeless is a rapper from Minneapolis. The van Gobots are a band from Minneapolis. They began collaborating in 2013 and released their full-length album Twenty-Dirt later that year. Rock, but not rock music; hip-hop but not hip-hop music, their album Twenty-Dirt is the product of two distinct styles, weaved together, to create an equally intricate and laid back vibe. 

The van Gobots' post-punk influences and song writing tenure, combined with Homeless's history in the spectrum of both rap music and poetry, unite to deliver emotive guitars, tight rhythms, and incisive lyrics. 

Homeless & The van Gobots performed at Red Gorilla Music Festival (Austin, TX) and Heart of Texas Rockfest (Austin, TX) in 2014.

About Homeless

Homeless (Ryan Kopperud) is an independent hip-hop artist from Minnesota, who started making music in 2006, after a stint in the national spoken word and slam poetry scene. 

He has released two mixtapes and five singles with a variety of producers, and has collaborated with artists such as Big Cats!, MC Lars, Guante, and more. 

This collaboration project with The van Gobots will be his first fully original full-length album. Homeless opened for The Coup and Sage Francis at the Santa Cruz Music Festival, and has performed with Minneapolis artists Toki Wright, Prof, and Mike Mictlan and Cecil Otter of Doomtree.

About The van Gobots

The van Gobots were conceived on the fourth of July, 2007 in the back of a minivan.

They released their debut EP in September of 2008 and their follow-up full-length record, Guantanamo Beach Party was released in September of 2009.

Guantanamo Beach Party spent one month in the CMJ Top 200 with a peak chart position of #128.

The van Gobots released their Free Smells EP in September of 2012.

The van Gobots have showcased at Red Gorilla Music Festival (Austin, TX) in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2014, Texas Rockfest in 2009 and 2014, and Summerfest (Milwaukee) in 2011. The van Gobots were featured in The Onion AV Clubs 2009: The Year in Band Names.

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