SoundSet 2015

Every year Rhymesayers Entertainment throws one of America’s largest festivals and if you’re a hip hop fan than the Soundset festival was definitely the place to be last week. On Sunday, May 24, 2015, the eighth annual Soundset Festival took place at Canterbury Festival Field in Shakopee, MN with performances from young new artists like: J.cole, Big Sean & Vic Mensa to legendary emcees like: Ice Cube, Atmosphere, Ludacris.

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(J.cole headlining The SoundSet Festival)
Photo by: Khammy P

This event had 30,000 people come out, it rained all day but that didn’t stop the party from jumping. The crowd fully embraced it and were well prepared. The energy was live throughout the field and everywhere you went everybone was active doing something. Plus there were graffiti shows, DJs scratching, b-boys and b-girls breaking, custom car shows and great food. The best part of the whole event was that all the artists gave a solid performance and rocked the crowd. They all had long energetic sets of their best songs and everyone knew the words. We got a legendary performance from Ludacris with the whole entire crowd yelling out “Move bitch! Get out the way!” Clockwork Indigo had people mosh-pitting and sweating from being hyped up. Vic Mensa had the Fifth Element stage lit the whole set with crowd surfing at the end. Father’s fan base really showed up and came to get hype. J.cole closed the festival with the performance of the night, he was truly loved that night. Seeing all those artists perform on a total of three stages was great because at Soundset you can easily watch all the shows you hoped as opposed to other festivals where there’s an abundance of stages and venues.

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This year Soundset was hosted by Sirius/XM’s Sway Calloway who runs the show “Sway in the Morning” and he got people excited for every act that hit the main stage.  There’s just something about Minnesota’s energy that makes The Soundset Festival even more special, The twin cities has a committed hip hop community that supports local shows  and businesses. SoundSet is an event that shows that Minnesota can garner a large audience both mainstream and independent, both the scenes mesh together well. The festival reaches people from all 50 states and the festival makes sure that they stick to the raw essence of hip hop.

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The Soundset festival has been going on for the last eight years and the last two years the festival has sold out. In 2016 the festival will be moving to the Twin Cities at the Minnesota State Fair grounds. This festival is great for the economy during the Memorial Day Weekend where there’s great shopping and plenty of things to do at night. This festival creates memories for a lifetime, I highly suggest it, its worth the flight, drive, train or however you’ll get there.

Roger Kimbeni is a fan-first when it comes to Hip Hop. He's also a radio personality on CJUM 101.5FM based in Winnipeg, Canada. Who has interviewed the likes of : Raekwon, Joey Badass, The Internet, Devin the Dude, Jesse Boykins III, Isaiah Rashad and many more

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