Mike Dreams
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Mike Dreams

Minneapolis, MN | Established. Jan 01, 2007 | SELF

Minneapolis, MN | SELF
Established on Jan, 2007
Solo Hip Hop R&B

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Mike Dreams @ Soundset

Shakopee, Minnesota, United States

Shakopee, Minnesota, United States

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Our next hyena Mike Dreams (@MikeDreamsMusic) showed us exactly how he landed a placement for 50 Cent’s hit show “Power”..the kid has talent! - Sway's Universe


Instead of a flashy image and explicit lyrics that shock and push the limits, Mike Dreams is taking hip-hop to a new level. His repertoire includes positive lyrics and a matching lifestyle, which he hopes will insight change for the next generation. - The Aguirre Bulletin


The Minneapolis rapper seemed to be at the height of his powers after dropping the 2012 LP Millennial, an affirmative collection of songs anchored on the gracious anthem “Everything’s Good." But before the buzz of that album fully percolated, he was gone. His name disappeared from show posters. His close friends lost touch. Even his father worried.

The rap scene moved on, broiled over in a few beefs, and reconciled, all while one of its brightest stars of the young decade was nowhere to be found.

That’s what made it all the more jarring last December, when Dreams suddenly re-emerged, dropping a new freestyle titled “City Pages.” While doing press for the song, he talked about celebrating 100 days of sobriety. He hinted at a forthcoming album. On the track, talked about losing his faith and wanting to die.

“I knew if I came back to music, it’d be disingenuous to pretend that everything’s good,” Dreams tells City Pages. “When I made Millennial, that year was a turning point for me as a human being, and I didn’t reflect that in my music.”

This Saturday at 7th St. Entry, almost a year to the day after breaking his self-imposed hermitude, Dreams will celebrate the release of his comeback album, Pardon My Vices. Spanning 17 tracks, the record is a sometimes somber retrospective that details the depression and substance abuse behind Dreams’ hiatus.


Though he's past those trials now, Dreams knew that he couldn’t put up another front like he did on his last LP. Pardon My Vices had to be made and released so that Dreams could tell the full story of his trajectory as an artist.

“To keep it 100, when I made [2010’s] Dreamer’s Poetry, I was this 420-pound kid,” Dreams says. “I was reclusive, just always workin’ on stuff.” - City Pages


In recent years, the rap and hip-hop scene has been trying to change its harsh image into one of positive messages and giving back to grateful communities. And, right here in the Twin Cities, many are doing the same thing. It’s hardworking artists like Michael “Mike Dreams” Hannah who are working fervently to continue the cycle upwards and maintain the positive image. As a proud member of the local music scene, Hannah takes is role seriously. Active with the youth of the metro, Hannah uses his music to not only reinvent the scene, but help keep youths striving for global change. - CBS


Mike Dreams, a Twin Cities rapper, headlines Elysium II’s Cellar stage on January 12. His precise lyrical acrobatics mingle substance with complicated cadences and crisp production. We caught up with the hyper-focused rapper for a brief interview. - The 507 Magazine


Discography


  1. Pardon My Vices

  2.  
  3. Millennial

  4.  
  5. Just Waking Up

  6. Dreamer's Poetry

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Mike Dreams, born Michael Alexander Hannah, is an American Hip-Hop Artist & Songwriter, from Minneapolis, MN.  Mike Dreams was featured on the STARZ Network Hit Television series, “POWER”, executive produced by 50 Cent and NBA on TNT.

Since 2007, Dreams has released music independently. He gained national acclaim with online publications such as NahRight, 2DopeBoyz and DJBOOTH.NET.  In 2010, Dreams performed at the Soundset Festival; one of the largest outdoor Hip-Hop Festivals in the Midwest, powered by Rhymesayers Entertainment, along with the likes of  indie and commercial acts,  including Atmosphere, Wiz Khalifa, Method Man and Redman. Dreams has been the opening act for nationally known artists including Naughty By Nature, Yelawolf, Alex Wiley, Zion I, Eyedea & Abilities and One.Be.Lo.  Dreams also has been extensively involved in Community Engagement during his years as an active recording and performing.  He served as the headlining performer for multiple PeaceJam Festival Celebrations, honoring Nobel Peace Prize winners Shirin Ebadi, Rigoberta Menchu Tum and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.  He's spoken at many school-aged and youth development programs leading workshops on creative expression, live performance and urban youth arts.  He also works independently developing youth and teen performers in their craft.  Music from Mike Dreams is available on APPLE MUSIC, SPOTIFY, TIDAL, GOOGLE PLAY and every major streaming platform and online retailer.


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