Soundset Festival


Soundset 08 will take place Sunday, May 25, at the Metrodome Parking Lot in downtown Minneapolis, MN, and will showcase eight hours of the best independent hip hop music today.

Confirmed artists for Soundset 08 include: Atmosphere, Dilated Peoples, Aesop Rock with Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz, Little Brother, DJ Babu, Rhettmatic, J-Rocc of the World Famous Beat Junkies, Brother Ali, Eyedea & Abilities, P.O.S, Blueprint, Mac Lethal, Abstract Rude, I Self Devine, Musab, Psalm One, Grayskul, Los Nativos and more to be announced.

In 1997, Rhymesayers gathered over two dozen local artists and more than a dozen local DJs and B-Boy's to perform at a South Minneapolis warehouse until dawn to a capacity-filled crowd. Two years later, Rhymesayers expanded the concept at First Avenue, with Soundset Wednesdays, drawing a crowd of over 1700 people for the opening night and maintaining sellout capacity for its entire run. This was the birth of Soundset and a catalyst for the success of Rhymesayers, one of indie hip hop's most successful and respected labels worldwide.

On stage for Soundset 08, year one: Atmosphere, fresh off their sixth studio album, When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Sh*t Gold and a 20-city album release tour, come back home to Minneapolis to headline Soundset 08. As forerunners of the independent West Coast rap movement, the legendary Dilated Peoples (Evidence, Rakaa Iriscience and DJ Babu) will join the event from Los Angeles, CA. On the wheels of steel, from the West Coast, the World Famous Beat Junkies (DJ Rhettmatic, J-Rocc and DJ Babu), will perform individual DJ sets. Reigning from NYC's Def Jux camp, Aesop Rock, along with Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz, return to Minneapolis after last year's sold out performance at First Ave. North Carolina MC's, Phonte and Big Pooh, aka Little Brother bring to the stage one of the finest shows in Hip Hop. After much broad critical acclaim for his Undisputed Truth album, Brother Ali is set to deliver his raw emotion and political views to the Twin Cities. Rhymesayers' artist and local hero, P.O.S, of Doomtree fame, returns to the Dome parking lot after performing there on last year's Warped Tour. 16 artists performing on the main stage, a second stage with additional local artists, a slow & low custom car show, skate demo and more fun for the whole family!

[Published on: 4/13/08]

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sk8er4ever0101 starstarstar Sun 4/13/2008 11:25AM
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atmosphere is one of the only ones i would want to see. The rest i do not know.

sirfunk Sun 4/13/2008 11:48AM
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The Beat Junkies are enough for me to make the 10 hour drive to Minneapolis

Blueprint, Aesop Rock, and Dilated Peoples are also really good hip-hop.

chidodger Sun 4/13/2008 12:02PM
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"The Platform" by Dilated Peoples is a great album, it's worth checking out if you have never really listened to them before. DJ Babu tears it up also (he's Dilated's DJ). These guys are a killer live show.

NickSoda starstarstarstarstar Sun 4/13/2008 12:42PM
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simply dilated!

Anitya Sun 4/13/2008 01:08PM
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Best hip hop line-up ever! Little Brother is on fire right now and Aesop Rocks latest album is his best since Float. Break away from the jammy world and go see this show.

Muffinman1 Sun 4/13/2008 02:05PM
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This looks really fun, Aseop Rocks last album was off the flippn' hook. Bluprint is really nice as well. Check out Soul Position (him & RJD2), you will know what I mean. Brother Ali and Dialated are also pretty sweet. They should add MF Doom.

Muffinman1 Sun 4/13/2008 02:06PM
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cuttyfives Sun 4/13/2008 05:07PM
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northface, eddie bauer, eastpack and jansport will be sponsoring this event.

chaseman starstarstarstarstar Sun 4/13/2008 05:11PM
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This show would be outstanding. Ali, Atmosphere, E&A, and Aesop Rock under the same roof would be nuts.

moejoerisin Sun 4/13/2008 06:57PM
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this line up is definitely sick.. brother ali, dilated peoples, atmosphere = awesome.

theguykeator Sun 4/13/2008 09:02PM
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Lets hear it for Rhymesayers for puting this sickness together. Unfortunate its at the Metrodome(awful sound). Solid list of performers!!! I'll have to miss it for a dank fishing trip in Voyaguers Natnl Park! Yeah

Capaldius Mon 4/14/2008 02:53AM
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Why can't hip hop like this pop up Nashville. Music City my ass. Never any good hip hop.

theivywall starstarstarstarstar Mon 4/14/2008 07:23AM
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Aesop Rock= Sick

Gary starstarstarstarstar Mon 4/14/2008 07:45AM
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I'd love to see some battles between some of these guys on the line-up. Brother Ali, represent!


jamtheman Mon 4/14/2008 07:47AM
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theguykeator - the concert is in the dome parking lot not the actual dome. but hey have fun fishing at voyageurs should be a good time.

roberto767 starstar Mon 4/14/2008 08:19AM
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Why does hip hop always sound so horrible live?

FreshFlavor starstarstarstarstar Mon 4/14/2008 09:01AM
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Gotta Love Little Brother. 9th wonder production is a beautiful thing.

gmoo Mon 4/14/2008 11:24AM
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Should be a great time.

defjukieallstar starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/15/2008 05:17AM
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P.O.S. is amazing. His two albums are two of the most slept on in recent years.

MyFavBandIsTheBestYoursSucks starstarstarstar Tue 4/15/2008 02:25PM
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Nice to have some MPLS artists on the map again & doing big things.

Ive been to a few Hip Hop shows at 1st ave, they seem to have the sound right. Outdoors ??? Ehh. Anyways, Ill be at summer camp ROOTS CREW!!

HighDef Wed 5/13/2009 09:20AM
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Doom and Pharcyde confirmed!