Mixed Blood Majority perform in The Current studio

Mixed Blood Majority perform "Blinded" off their album Insane World live in the studios of 89.3 The Current. (MPR)
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  • Mixed Blood Majority - Same Thing Coming (Live on The Current) 03:17
  • Mixed Blood Majority - Blinded (Live on The Current) 03:30
  • Mixed Blood Majority - One Chain (Live on The Current) 03:19

There is a shroud of darkness that hangs over Mixed Blood Majority's full-length debut, Insane World. Rather than addressing the specific events and movements that have made 2015 especially insane to live through, emcees Joe Horton (No Bird Sing) and Crescent Moon (Kill the Vultures) steep themselves in the mood and emotion of the day, turning inward to reflect on how to survive in a world that feels increasingly fractured.

I was curious how the songs on Insane World would translate in an in-studio setting, and all three members definitely delivered their performance with intensity. But what struck me the most about this session was how in tune Joe Horton, Crescent Moon, and producer Lazerbeak were with one another — at times, the two MCs blend their voices so seamlessly that it's hard to tell them apart — and how exceedingly thoughtful they were in their approach and their answers to my interview questions.

In addition to delivering three songs from Insane World, the trio shared stories about how they started working together, how they shaped the narrative and mood of the new album, and how their shared experience of fatherhood has affected the way they view the world.

Mixed Blood Majority play an album-release show at First Avenue on Friday, Dec. 11, with P.O.S. and GRRRL PRTY.

Songs Performed


"Same Thing Coming"
"Blinded"
"One Chain"

All songs off Mixed Blood Majority's self-released album Insane World.

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    Crescent Moon of Mixed Blood Majority performing live in The Current studio (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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    Joe Horton of Mixed Blood Majority in The Current studio (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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    Mixed Blood Majority performing live in The Current studio (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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    Lazerbeak of Mixed Blood Majority performing live in The Current studio (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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    Lazerbeak of Mixed Blood Majority performing live in The Current studio (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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    Crescent Moon of Mixed Blood Majority performing live in The Current studio (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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    Joe Horton of Mixed Blood Majority (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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    Lazerbeak of Mixed Blood Majority (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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    Crescent Moon of Mixed Blood Majority (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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    Mixed Blood Majority (MPR / Nate Ryan)