When Minneapolis-based hip-hop group Big Quarters self-released its debut album last year, the act went by the name of EPL.

When Minneapolis-based hip-hop group Big Quarters self-released its debut album last year, the act went by the name of EPL. Though they say they have sold more than 1,000 copies of the CD, Medium Zach and brother Brandon Bagaason felt the designation was too short to get the act noticed. "We decided to change our name because it was small on the flier," Medium Zach says.

More people are indeed finding out about Big Quarters, as the group recently graced the cover of local alternative weekly City Pages. A new album is due in the spring, with more of the act's vintage beats and increasingly socially aware verses.

"There's plenty going on in the world to talk about," Medium Zach says. "If you're not talking about it, you're doing an injustice to your audience. And there's not a lot of Chicano brothers rapping in our area, so we're trying to be role models."

Web site: www.bigquarters.com
Contact: Medium Zach, medium@bigquarters.com

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