Soundset announces 2014 lineup

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Photo by Erik Hess

Rhymesayers just gave area hip-hop fans a big reason to look forward to the warmer months, as they released the lineup for the seventh annual Soundset festival.

In addition to Atmosphere's standard headlining set, they will be joined by Wiz Khalifa, Nas (who will be playing a set celebrating the 20th anniversary of his classic album, Illmatic), 2 Chainz, Cypress Hill, a collaboration between Tyler the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt called Earlwolf, and a whole host of other national and local hip-hop acts that are sure to turn Canterbury Park into a nonstop party on May 25.

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Twitter wants OutKast to perform at Soundset 2014

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Big Boi at Soundset 2011
The reunited OutKast have just unveiled non-specific plans to make everyone else in 2014 move to the back of the bus. Last week, Andre 3000 and Big Boi committed to headlining slots at Coachella and Governor's Ball, but a 2014 festival tour is now in the works to commemorate their 20th anniversary.

According to the duo's website, the tour would feature "over 40" festivals following the Coachella weekends (with the Replacements) in April. Even before, and especially after that announcement, social media started connecting the dots. Since 50 percent of OutKast hit the stage in 2011 via Big Boi, it would seem that the mighty Rhymesayers would take great interest in getting these two dope boys out for a player's ball in Shakopee.

See Also: Review: Soundset 2011 at Canterbury Park, 5/29/11

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15 gorgeous GIFs from Soundset 2013

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Photo by Erik Hess
Juicy J and his bottle of juice at Soundset 2013.

Soundset 2013 was the biggest of them all. With 28,000 bodies in attendance and Snoop Dogg gracing the stage, Rhymesayers Entertainment showed unprecedented growth for the sixth running of their yearly rap extravaganza at Canterbury Park.

And what better way to capture the spirit and randomness of Soundset than an array of GIFs, courtesy of photographer Erik Hess. Within, you'll see the images of Atmosphere, Snoop, Juicy J, and plenty of audience members caught in decidedly flattering sequences.

Note: Several of these GIFs are presented out of chronological order for our editorial amusement.

See Also:
Soundset 2013: A music and photo timeline
Slideshow: Soundset 2013 - Awesome People and Scenes
Slideshow: Soundset 2013 - The Music


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Soundset 2013: A music and photo timeline

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Photo by Erik Hess
Ah, Soundset. The sixth installment of the Rhymesayers Entertainment hip-hop festival had a breakout year in terms of attendance -- a reported 28,000 fans came out -- and talent, with a lineup including Snoop Dogg, Mac Miller, Tech N9ne, along with the host artists Atmosphere. Many folks pegged A$AP Ferg as the set of the day, and (YN Rich) Kids turned out as well.

Canterbury Park didn't see the sun at all on Sunday -- nor did it see Busta Rhymes -- but the day was absolutely brimming with positivity as everyone got to know each other better in the name of keeping their warm bodies close together. Gimme Noise brought an intrepid team in photographers Erik Hess and Anna Gulbrandsen, as well as writers Jack Spencer, Zach McCormick, and myself to cover as much of this historic day as we possibly could. What follows is an extensive timeline of the day. Feel free to add your own memories in the comments.

See Also:
Review: Atmosphere at Soundset, 5/26/13
Review: Snoop Dogg at Soundset, 5/26/13
Slideshow: Soundset 2013 - Awesome People and Scenes
Slideshow: Soundset 2013 - The Music

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Snoop Dogg at Soundset, 5/26/13

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Photo by Erik Hess
Snoop Lion Dogg 
Soundset Festival, Canterbury Park
Sunday, May 26, 2013

For the first time in Soundset history, Atmosphere took the second-to-last slot, making way for the West Coast gangsta legend Snoop Dogg. A transition toward reggae music prompted a name change to Snoop Lion recently, but this was definitely a set from the Dogg, focusing on classic crowd-pleasers with some modern material sprinkled in.

See Also:
Review: Atmosphere at Soundset, 5/26/13
Soundset 2013: A music and photo timeline
Soundset 2013 - Awesome People and Scenes

Slideshow: Soundset 2013 - The Music
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Rhymesayers releases "Soundset 2013 Let's Go!" teaser video

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With this weather, it's hard to believe that summer will ever arrive... but sure enough, warmer weather and music festivals will be right around the corner. In just over three weeks on May 26, Canterbury Park Festival Field will be packed with fans clamoring to see Snoop Dogg, Atmosphere, Brother Ali, and the rest of the Soundset artists. Rhymesayers just released a video hyping this year's incredible lineup for one of the season's most hotly-anticipated festivals.

See also:
Soundset 2013 lineup: Atmosphere, Snoop Dogg, Mac Miller & more

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Soundset 2013 lineup: Atmosphere, Snoop Dogg, Mac Miller & more

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"If we keep outdoing ourselves, who am I going to be playing after next year? Kanye?" was what Atmosphere rapper Slug said about last year's impressive Soundset lineup. Well, Soundset 2013 didn't get Mr. West, but it did land the G-funk legend Snoop Dogg. (Although, isn't he going by Snoop Lion these days?) Anyhow, from the looks of the flyer, the Dr. Dre protege born Calvin Cordozar Broadus is opening for Atmosphere at the sixth running of the Rhymesayers hip-hop festival at Canterbury Park on Sunday, May 26.

The ever-evolving event's big names also include Mac Miller, Tech N9ne, Busta Rhymes, Brother Ali, Three 6 Mafia's Juicy J, P.O.S, Schoolboy Q, and Aesop Rock filling up the main stages. There are several dozen more -- including locals like Mixed Blood Majority and the Chalice, and blog fave$ like Joey Bada$$ and A$AP Ferg -- and the hosting finesse of Sway Calloway (of MTV fame), Blueprint, and J Pratt. The full lineup is below.

See Also:
Review: Soundset at Canterbury Park, 5/27/12
Soundset 2012 evacuated amid tornado watch
Soundset Slideshows 2012

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Soundset festival announces date for 2013

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Photo by Erik Hess
Here's Macklemore surfing the Soundset 2012 throngs.
Rhymesayers Entertainment has announced the date for the 2013 running of Soundset, its yearly hip-hop festival.

Now in its sixth year, the gathering has established itself as one of Minnesota's largest showcases of music and culture, and one of the strongest within the hip-hop realm anywhere. We detailed the lead-up to this past year's Soundset in a City Pages cover story (Also: Behind the Soundset cover) back in May.

See Also:
Review: Soundset battled extreme weather at Canterbury Park, 5/27/12
Soundset photos 2012: Performers, people, the evacuation, the after party, and more
How Rhymesayers set up the Soundset Festival: Minnesota's biggest annual hip-hop showcase enters its fifth year

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Aesop Rock's "ZZZ TOP" video a mini martial arts masterpiece

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Screenshot from ZZZ Top.

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Review: Soundset 2012 at Canterbury Park, 5/27/12


There's good news for the Aesop Rock fans who've been impatiently itching for a follow-up to 2007's None Shall Pass: By all indications so far, Skelethon is going to be well worth the five-year wait. Aesop Rock's newest video, "ZZZ TOP," premiered on MTV today. It's the second single off the upcoming solo album -- being released by Rhymesayers on July 10 -- and it doesn't disappoint. More »

Soundset 2012 captured in vivid new video

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Related:
Soundset review, 2012
Soundset photos, 2012
Soundset 2012 evacuated amid tornado watch

The majesty and the drama of Soundset 2012 gets a reverent treatment in a new video featuring some of the main stages' highlights and a bounty of hip-hop fans. Captured with some high-end equipment this is an eight-minute document of Lupe Fiasco, Kendrick Lamar, Prof, Grieves, Danny Brown, and more of the primo entertainment from the day taken often mere inches away from the stage.


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