Mike Dreams Celebrates "Dreamer's Poetry" Release at Minneapolis' 7th St. Entry [Exclusive Coverage]

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Minneapolis, Mn. -- On the evening of Wednesday, February 10, fans, friends and fellow artists gathered at downtown Minneapolis' 7th St. Entry (a smaller venue attached to the famous First Avenue) to celebrate the release of

Mike Dreams

' Booth-acclaimed debut album,

Dreamer's Poetry

(available now for

streaming and free download

, as well as

physical purchase

).

After a set by

DJ Advance

, the event's host,

Rhymesayers

emcee

Toki Wright

, took the stage to introduce the first act.

Ashley DuBose

, the up-and-coming R&B singer who joined Dreams on single

We'll Be Alright

, brought the night to a running start with energetic renditions of tracks like “Crazy Bout My Baby” and “Mr. Right.” Next, local rapper

Cameron Mann

– formerly known as Young Capo – transitioned into some more introspective material, including a record dedicated to his daughter.

After a brisk but energizing two songs from Toki himself, Detroit's

Danami

switched things up by performing his set in the midst of the audience. Finally, Minne-ap buzzmaker (and

exclusive freestyle series participant

)

Mally

took center stage to perform a few tracks off his acclaimed,

Mydus

-produced

The Passion

LP.

Click the video above to see highlights of Dreams' set, or watch the full, 45-minute performance here!

Excitement mounted as keyboardist

A.J. Soul

and emcee Hypel (performing as Mike's hype man) stepped onstage in anticipation of Mike Dreams' set – backed by

Dreamer's Poetry

intro monologue “The Dreamer,” the headliner made his grand entrance, before launching into his catchy, hater-blocking single “

Gettin' Ours

.” Crowd favorites included “

Feelin' Out this World

” and “

We Goin' Worldwide

,” for which Dreams was joined by

MUSIC2DREAM2

singer

Christina Fisher

, and the pensive “

Success Is...

” which he prefaced by describing the leap of faith it took to abandon his evening nine-to-five (or is that five-to-nine?) in order to devote himself to music full-time.

Though it wasn't possible to pack the house by flying his online fans in from across the globe (the artist wished he could've made it happen, he remarked to me before the show), it was nonetheless a night to remember, both for the close-knit crowd and the rising stars whose talents were on display. To paraphrase “Success Is...”, though the Minn-ap emcee has yet to score a coveted major deal, the arrival of

Dreamer's Poetry

has brought him one small step – scratch that, one giant

leap

– closer to the dream he's been chasing.

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