According to Japanese legend, a shinobi is a covert agent who works in the shadows. A mercenary. An assassin. A saboteur who may or may not be honorable. According to Duluth legend, Shinobi is the incendiary hip-hop project conceived, directed and produced by Daquan Richard. The debut album, Minnesota Vibes, was released in June. It targets city life and youth culture in this big, cold village. The work riffs on patio parties, daily monotony and street swagger with easy rhymes, clean beats and a strong sense of purpose. “Failure is no option,” raps Richard in one track. “We can do this.”


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