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Soundset will not happen in 2020, Rhymesayers to focus on 25th anniversary celebration instead

Rhymesayers Entertainment has just announced that Soundset, the Minnesota event that’s become one of the world’s premier hip-hop festivals, will not take place in 2020. Instead, the Minneapolis-based label says, they’ll focus on a 25th anniversary celebration. From a press release, here’s the complete statement. To our Soundset family, friends and partners: Following twelve successful […]

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Preview: Tenth Soundset to spotlight trap

“Gucci Mane is playing Atmosphere’s festival, and it doesn’t even feel weird at this point,” Stereogum wrote about Soundset’s 2017 line-up, and that about sums it up. This Memorial Weekend as every Memorial Weekend for the last ten years, Soundset will bring monumental artists to Minnesota (at the State Fairgrounds for the second year running). […]

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Friday Five: Sean Anonymous, Soundset recap, and more new Minnesota music videos

Sean Anonymous, “Invisible Ink” Sean Anonymous dropped a surprise video this week, making killer song “Invisible Ink” feel even more confessional with black-and-white close-ups galore. Nicholas Perez directs, and Dimitry Killstorm is on the beat. Recap of Soundset 2016 The verses have been rapped, the blogs have been written, and the recap has been released; this video closes the book on […]

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Preview: Soundset 2016 is one highlight after another

Soundset 2016 kicks off this weekend, and it’s been a long time since I was this excited for a festival. Typically, I start off festivals with a few favorite artists on the lineup, and I discover lots of new music just by catching bits of sets. At Eaux Claires, I found Elliot Moss; at TFBSE, […]

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Photos: Soundset 2015 triumphs through the rain

A crowd of wet bucket hats swelled for J. Cole’s set that closed out a day of hip-hop Sunday at Soundset: the sold-out crowd at Canterbury Park stuck through a full day of cold rain to hear it all. Soundset’s line-up had far more big names than years past, including J. Cole, Ludacris, Ice Cube, […]

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Don’t take Soundset for granted

Let’s start this article with full disclosure. As someone who’s performed at and hosted Soundset a few times, put out albums jointly with Rhymesayers (RSE) and Soul Tools, and received support for the Twin Cities Celebration of Hip-Hop festival from RSE, my perspective is biased. Sorry, my friend, you aren’t going to get a disgruntled dissertation. […]

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