Soundset through the eyes of local up-and-coming hip-hopper Dwynell Roland

  As Minnesotans, we are fortunate enough to host one of hip hop’s marquee events every Memorial Day weekend. As a member of the Minnesota hip-hop community, I’ve watched Soundset grow from a low-key, local affair in the Metrodome parking lot to the large-scale, multifaceted production that it has become today, and that growth is … [ Read more]

Soundset announces lineup for 2017 festival

Rhymesayers Entertainment’s Soundset Festival is now the largest one-day hip-hop festival in the world. Today, festival organizers announced the lineup for the festival’s 10th year, which is returning to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on May 28th, the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. In addition to the 10 hours of diverse hip-hop music, the event will have a lineup of over … [ Read more]

29 Artists, 1 Concert: Rhymesayers Turns 20

Rhymesayers, the independent hip hop label based in Minneapolis, is turning 20 this year. How are they celebrating? With a one-night-only, blowout concert that only they can orchestrate. Twenty-nine artists, all under the Rhymsayers label, will take over Target Center on Friday, December 4, to celebrate this historic anniversary. They include (in alphabetical order): Abstract Rude … [ Read more]

Aesop Rock on playing Saturday’s Doomtree Zoo

When Doomtree, the seven-member Twin Cities hip-hop collective, recorded their 2005 “No Homeowners” track, their declaration of going from the “bottom of the bottle to the top of the throne” was more ambition than reality. But over the years the group’s popularity has grown steadily, going from playing punk houses to selling out First Avenue—an … [ Read more]