A Guide to Soundset 2015's Lesser-Known Acts

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The top of Soundset's lineup is superb, but who's down at the bottom?

Atmosphere. J Cole. Ice Cube. Ludacris. To anyone with any sense, these names immediately pop off the page of the Soundset 2015 lineup, but the list does not stop after the marquee names.

Down where the font gets little resides a host of talented emcees, rap collectives, and DJs who make up the meat of the festival. They might not have the curb appeal of major-label radio stars like Big Sean or the local appeal of hometown heroes like Sean Anonymous, but these lesser-known roster slots are how you'll be filling your Sunday before the headliners take the stage.

Rather than have you waste your time wandering from stage to stage in hopes of stumbling upon a good time, Gimme Noise has decided to do the legwork for you. Here's the lowdown on Soundset's less-familiar faces.

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Soundset style: 18 most memorable looks of 2014

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Photos by Anna Gulbrandsen
Over the weekend, music lovers came out in droves to see Atmosphere, Wiz Khalifa, Nas, and more at Soundset... which meant it was time to break out the summer festival style. From trendy crop tops to cool headgear, there were plenty of unique and fun looks spotted at Canterbury Park. Here are a few of our favorite outfits from the music-filled day.

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Slideshow: Fantastic festival folks at Soundset 2014


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Wiz Khalifa thanks Soundset for support after Texas pot bust

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Photo by Erik Hess
Wiz Khalifa at Soundset 2014

Just another day in the life of Wiz Khalifa. Early Sunday, Soundset organizers had reason to be nervous when the Pittsburgh rapper was arrested in El Paso, Texas. According to TMZ, about 0.5 grams of a "green leafy substance" was found on him during his TSA check before a flight to Dallas.

After he was taken into custody in El Paso, Khalifa started tweeting from his cell phone. It was less than 12 hours before his scheduled appearance, in the slot before headliners Atmosphere, at the sold-out Soundset Festival 2014 at Canterbury Park in Shakopee.

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Soundset 2014 set times revealed via official app

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Miko Lim; Dan Monick; publicity photo
Wiz Khalifa, Atmosphere, and Nas all set for Soundset 2014
Soundset 2014 is this Sunday! The yearly pilgrimage to Canterbury is always a busy day of music and camaraderie, and last year's crowd was the biggest yet at about 30,000 attendees. The key to the most complete experience possible is a good schedule. Rhymesayers teamed up with the Nerdery to make plotting times between the three performance areas even easier.

The official Soundset 2014 app, available for iPhone and Android platforms, is a great tool to keep track of the action on the go. With traffic directions and food listings too, it's all inside. With the schedule out of the bag early, Gimme Noise can help get the planning for Sunday started now. Check out Sunday's set times below.

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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
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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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