Recent Postshttp://rhymesayers.com/Recent Posts.en-usThe 2015 Soundset Lineup is Here!http://rhymesayers.com/news/1983http://rhymesayers.com/news/1983<p><strong>Rhymesayers Entertainment</strong> and <strong>Rose Presents</strong> announce the 8th Annual Soundset Festival: your official Midwest kick-off of the summer, with over nine hours of the best Hip Hop music in one day! It all goes down at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, MN on Sunday May 24th, 2015 . <br /><br /><strong> Confirmed artists for Soundset 2015 include:</strong><br /> Atmosphere, J.Cole, Ice Cube, Big Sean, Ludacris, Logic, Yelawolf, Dilated Peoples, Clockwork Indigo , Brother Ali, Vic Mensa, Aesop Rock with Rob Sonic &amp; DJ Abilities, Dessa , DJ Jazzy Jay, Hopsin, Smif-N-Wessun , DJ Babu, Freddie Gibbs &amp; Madlib, Vince Staples, Watsky, DJ Eclipse, deM atlaS, DJ Supreme, B.Dolan, Father, SonReal, G.L.A.M., Chester Watson, Sa-Roc, Sean Anonymous, Manny Phesto, Freez with DJ Willie Shu, SET THE SMITH, DJ Lean Rock, DJ Stage One, DJ Adatrak, and...</p>RhymesayersTue, 03 Mar 2015 11:00:00 -0600#Rhymesayers20 Showcase at SXSW 2015http://rhymesayers.com/news/1982http://rhymesayers.com/news/1982<p>In addition to our SXSW panel on March 19th, House of Vans at The Mohawk Austin will be the home of our night showcase on March 20th featuring Atmosphere, Dilated Peoples, Brother Ali, Grieves, PROF, deM atlaS, and Get Cryphy!<br /><br /> The show will be FREE and OPEN TO EVERYONE. However, priority entrance will be given to ‪#‎SXSW‬ badge-holders. The show is subject to capacity, so please arrive early.</p>RhymesayersMon, 02 Mar 2015 11:30:00 -0600Watch Musab at the Hip Hop Olympics 1996http://rhymesayers.com/news/1981http://rhymesayers.com/news/1981<p>The Hip Hop Olympics was an event organized by Felipe Cuauhtli of The Native Ones and co-promoted by Headshots/Rhymesayers. The concept was to bring all the elements of Hip Hop together under one roof; complete with battles and performances. The first Hip Hop Olympics took place at The Whole on the UofM campus, and featured performances from The Native Ones, Phull Surkle, Urban Atmosphere, and Beyond. There was also a MC Battle, hosted by I Self Devine and Slug, which featured a young Eyedea, who was clearly a step ahead of his competition, in one of his earliest documented Rap appearances on a local stage.<br /><br /> In this clip you have Musab "Beyond" Saad performing "The Factory", a popular track from his Rhymesayers debut CD, "Comparison", that had just been released . He is joined on stage b...</p>RhymesayersWed, 18 Feb 2015 11:21:00 -0600GodLovesUgly Merch is Back!http://rhymesayers.com/news/1980http://rhymesayers.com/news/1980<p>Not only is LOVE in the air today, it's also on the way to us and, more importantly, it can soon be on the way to YOU!<br /><br /> First off, the socks that so many feet fell in love with a few months ago are back! And now, you can spread the love with brand new God Loves Ugly Windbreakers and Zip Hoodies too! Add that to the GLU T-Shirt and of course, the infamous album that inspired it all, and you have a whole lotta love.<br /><br /> As a matter of fact, we've put the God Loves Ugly CD on sale for $5.99 for the rest of the month of February!<br /><br /> Order your GLU goods today! Shipping begins next Friday 2-20-15.<br /><br /> Happy Valentines Day, hugs and stuff :)<br /><br /> Start shopping at Fifth Element here → http://bit.ly/GLUmerch</p>RhymesayersSat, 14 Feb 2015 11:40:00 -0600Rhymesayers Invades SXSW 2015!http://rhymesayers.com/news/1979http://rhymesayers.com/news/1979<p>Good news, Austin, TX... We'll be invading your area for SXSW this year!</p><p>As a part of celebrating our 20th anniversary, we will be taking part in SXSW Music this year starting with a panel on <strong>Thursday, March 19th </strong>at<strong> 5 PM </strong>at the<strong> Austin Convention Center; Room 18ABC</strong>. Our speakers will include our artists <strong>Evidence</strong> and <strong>deM atlaS</strong>, Rhymesayers label staff <strong>Kevin Beacham</strong> and <strong>Jason "J Bird" Cook</strong>, as well as label founders <strong>Brent "Siddiq" Sayers</strong> and <strong>Sean "Slug" Daley</strong>.</p><p><strong><em>Rhymesayers: Independent Since Day One</em></strong><br /><strong>Panel Overview:</strong> In celebration of the label's 20th Year Anniversary in 2015, the Rhymesayers staff and artists will discuss the path of turning a passion into a successful business model. Starting from point zero , the founders of the Rhymesayers Label had no music industry experience and limited b...</p>RhymesayersWed, 04 Feb 2015 12:20:00 -0600A Moment In Rhymesayers: Episode 2 - Headshots Crewhttp://rhymesayers.com/news/1977http://rhymesayers.com/news/1977<p>Here is Episode 2 of our <strong>#Rhymesayers20</strong> series, A Moment In Rhymesayers: "Headshots Crew"! <br /><br /> <iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ZbeWp8VcSSA?list=PL_AA8JeDxiPbrzsU6z1fYsXzINv8bv929" width="560" height="315"></iframe> <br /><br /> In 1995, some of the most talented artists in the Twin Cities Hip Hop scene merged to form the Headshots Crew; The Abstract Pack, Phull Surkle, Black Hohl, Urban Atmosphere, and Beyond. Here's a look into how the crew came to be. <br /><br /> R.I.P Sess of The Abstract Pack <br /><br /> Be sure to also follow us on Instagram to see rare photos and flyers... and follow us on SoundCloud to hear rare and unreleased music!</p>RhymesayersWed, 04 Feb 2015 11:39:00 -0600Watch Hail Mary Mallon's "4AM" Videohttp://rhymesayers.com/news/1978http://rhymesayers.com/news/1978<p>A new Hail Mary Mallon video for "4AM" is here! <br /><br /> Catch them ON TOUR NOW. Dates &amp; Tickets: http://bit.ly/BestiaryTour<br /><br /> <iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/tS3CLxcDwDA" width="560" height="315"></iframe></p>RhymesayersTue, 03 Feb 2015 12:00:00 -0600Watch Urban Atmosphere's "Ear Blister"http://rhymesayers.com/news/1976http://rhymesayers.com/news/1976<p>By 1995, Slug and D Spawn had been rocking together for a few years. However, '95 was seeing rapid growth in the popularity of an infamous collective known as Headshots, of which Atmosphere had become a part. The Headshots crew planned to release a compilation titled "Eighteen Shots On A Bus In The Middle Of Nowhere" in the Fall of that year, featuring The Abstract Pack, Phull Surkle, Urban Atmosphere, Black Hohl, Beyond, and more. Urban Atmosphere's "Ear Blister," was planned to be released on that compilation, complete with a music video. However, the compilation never materialized and neither did "Ear Blister" as an official release, though the song was a prominent fixture in their live performances around this time. For the last 2 decades, fans have been talking about "Ear Blister" ...</p>RhymesayersWed, 28 Jan 2015 12:24:00 -0600A Moment In Rhymesayers: Episode 1 - The Beginninghttp://rhymesayers.com/news/1974http://rhymesayers.com/news/1974<p>Here's the first installment of our 20th Anniversary series, <strong><em>A Moment In Rhymesayers</em></strong>. Episode 1 touches on the high school years, and the time right after, for pivotal members of the Rhymesayers Family: Brent "Siddiq" Sayers , Musab "Beyond" Saad, and Anthony "ANT" Davis &amp; Sean "Slug" Daley of Atmosphere. These are the stories whose seeds would eventually grow into Headshots. <br /><br /> This video also includes clips from the infamous Microphone Check Showcase events from 1995, featuring The Abstract Pack and The Urban Mind Dwellers ! <br /><br /><strong> Make sure you follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Soundcloud, YouTube, and Twitter to see/hear rare photos/flyers and unreleased/rare music!</strong></p><p><br /><br /><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/UiPi1fNuT10?list=PL_AA8JeDxiPbrzsU6z1fYsXzINv8bv929" width="560" height="315"></iframe></p><p>Looking for some of the music from Episode 1? Check out Dynospectrum's "Industrial Warfare" and Beyond's "Cash Is Expensive" on...</p>RhymesayersWed, 21 Jan 2015 11:22:00 -0600A Moment In Rhymesayers: The Trailerhttp://rhymesayers.com/news/1975http://rhymesayers.com/news/1975<p><strong><em>A Moment In Rhymesayers</em></strong> is a brand new video series celebrating our 20th Anniversary. New episodes will be released continuously, throughout the year, that will chronologically explore the growth and development of the label. This video series will share hundreds of rare photos &amp; video clips, as well as feature new interviews and untold stories straight from the Rhymesayers artists and staff members who lived it! <br /><br /> Our story is only just beginning. <em>A Moment In Rhymesayers </em>represents 20 years of successes, struggles, and accrued wisdom, all of which serve to push us into the future. Watch every episode and witness how the foundation was laid.<br /><br /><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/zD4lyEo7aFs?list=PL_AA8JeDxiPbrzsU6z1fYsXzINv8bv929" width="560" height="315"></iframe></p>RhymesayersMon, 19 Jan 2015 11:15:00 -0600New deM atlaS Video, "Drive North"http://rhymesayers.com/news/1973http://rhymesayers.com/news/1973<p>Earlier this morning Rhymesayers Entertainment released a brand new visual for "Drive North", a standout single from <strong>deM atlaS</strong>' debut EP, <strong><em>DWNR</em></strong>. <br /><br /> <iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/QZ8BmKJogXk" width="560" height="315"></iframe> <br /><br /> Speaking on the video deM atlaS explains, <em>"I feel this video really captures the the mood that I was in while recording "Drive North", the feeling of being left behind and trying to catch up. Hope ya dig." </em><br /><br /> Get your LIMITED, EXCLUSIVE physical copy of DWNR NOW via Fifth Element and get a digital copy of the EP instantly. PLUS each EP has a unique hand drawn cover art by deM atlaS himself. The Physical copy also includes an exclusive three button pack and sticker. <br /><br /> Physical | Fifth Element: http://bit.ly/DWNRFE<br /> Digital | iTunes: http://bit.ly/DemDWNR<br /> Stream | Spotify: http://bit.ly/DWNRsp <br /><br /> https://twitter.com/dematlas<br /> https://facebook.com/dema...</p>RhymesayersFri, 16 Jan 2015 10:26:00 -0600Rhymesayers is turning 20!http://rhymesayers.com/news/1971http://rhymesayers.com/news/1971<p>Rhymesayers was officially founded in 1995 – hard to believe how swiftly the years have flown by. However, celebrating our Twenty Year mark isn’t just meant to be a show &amp; tell exhibition, or a way to say, “Look at what we did!” While the anniversary is certainly a feat we are proud of, we also wanted to tell the story of the friendships that have evolved, and the long-standing relationships that have been maintained over that time. <br /><br /> For instance, one thing you may not know is that many of the key players who started the label had already been friends, and worked together previously, as part of an infamous Twin Cities collective called Headshots. Additionally, many of the Rhymesayers staff members, as well as staff of the record store, Fifth Element, have been part of the team for a dec...</p>RhymesayersThu, 01 Jan 2015 14:26:00 -0600Check Out the New Atmosphere Video for "January On Lake Street"!http://rhymesayers.com/news/1972http://rhymesayers.com/news/1972<p><em>"happy new year from atmosphere. don't forget to love your life, and live each day like it might be our last."</em><br />-Slug<br /><br /><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/wLF0b_wg-Bg" width="560" height="315"></iframe></p>RhymesayersThu, 01 Jan 2015 10:04:00 -0600Rhymesayers Bringing '88 Back!http://rhymesayers.com/news/1970http://rhymesayers.com/news/1970<p>Rhymesayers has some pretty exciting news to share with you! <br /><br /> As many of you know, the way in which we've listened to music throughout the years has changed quite a bit. We've gone from lugging crates of records around... to throwing a cassette in your Walkman... to putting in that silver, shiny CD that skips every time you drive over a pothole... to these mobile phones that provides us the luxury of taking all of our music with us, everywhere we go. <br /><br /> In following with Rhymesayers' tradition of embracing the old school and merging with the new, we've decided to partner with an innovative audio tech company called <strong>PERI</strong>. The goal is to give our fans the opportunity to combine that 80's Boombox experience with the convenience of modern smartphones. <br /><br /> We're excited to introduce the world's f...</p>RhymesayersTue, 09 Dec 2014 17:40:00 -0600Surprise! Pre-Order deM atlaS' DWNR EP on CD Now!http://rhymesayers.com/news/1969http://rhymesayers.com/news/1969<p>Miss your opportunity to get a physical copy of <em>DWNR</em>? You can pre-order your copy NOW! <br /><br /> <iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/viR_D0EcNts" width="560" height="315"></iframe> <br /><br /> Pre-Order your LIMITED, EXCLUSIVE physical copy of DWNR NOW via Fifth Element and get a digital copy of the EP instantly. PLUS each EP has a unique hand drawn cover art by deM atlaS himself. The Physical copy also includes an exclusive three button pack and sticker. <br /><br /> Physical Pre-Order | Fifth Element: http://bit.ly/DWNRFE<br /> Digital | iTunes: http://bit.ly/DemDWNR<br /> Stream | Spotify: http://bit.ly/DWNRsp <br /><br /> Share your custom cover on Instagram by using the hashtag <strong>#DWNRart</strong> <br /><br /> https://twitter.com/dematlas<br /> https://facebook.com/dematlas<br /> https://instagram.com/dematlas<br /> https://rhymesayers.com/dematlas <br /><br /><strong> #DWNRart</strong></p>RhymesayersThu, 27 Nov 2014 11:00:00 -0600Watch the New Atmosphere Video for "Fortunate"http://rhymesayers.com/news/1968http://rhymesayers.com/news/1968<p>KCRW premiered the latest Atmosphere video for "Fortunate". <br /><br /><em> "as a thank you to everyone who came out to the north of hell shows, we made a video. <br /><br /> we asked our friend dan monick to shoot this video on ant's birthday, outside of our most recent los angeles show at the hollywood palladium. shout out to anyone who waited in one of the many lines to help make this tour such a fun experience. we truly are fortunate to have the most amazing fans/friends/supporters in the entire world."</em><br /> — Slug</p><p><br /><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/3JWXNPaLSkA" width="560" height="315"></iframe></p>RhymesayersTue, 25 Nov 2014 12:22:00 -0600Mark Your Calendars for Soundset 2015!http://rhymesayers.com/news/1967http://rhymesayers.com/news/1967<p>Soundset 2015 will be taking place on Sunday, May 24th. Mark those calendars!</p><p>More info coming soon. Stay in touch with Soundset on social media to make sure you don't miss a thing:<br />Twitter | Facebook | Instagram</p>RhymesayersTue, 25 Nov 2014 12:18:00 -0600Watch Hail Mary Mallon's "Whales" Video NOW!http://rhymesayers.com/news/1966http://rhymesayers.com/news/1966<p>Earlier this morning, Funny Or Die premiered the newest <strong>Hail Mary Mallon</strong> video for "Whales", off their recently released album <strong><em>Bestiary</em></strong>.<br /><br /> <object width="560" height="315" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/zQrdKtPJxI0?version=3&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/zQrdKtPJxI0?version=3&amp;hl=en_US" /><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /></object><br /><br /> Tickets for the Bestiary Tour go on sale TODAY at 10am Local Time! For dates and ticket links: http://bit.ly/BestiaryTour</p>RhymesayersFri, 14 Nov 2014 09:00:00 -0600Aesop Rock & Rob Sonic Announce Bestiary Tour!http://rhymesayers.com/news/1965http://rhymesayers.com/news/1965<p><strong>Aesop Rock</strong> &amp; <strong>Rob Sonic</strong>, who've just dropped <strong><em>Bestiary</em></strong>– the second full-length release under their group moniker <strong>Hail Mary Mallon</strong>– have also just announced the Bestiary Tour, kicking off January 2015. Supporting the entire tour, they will also be joined by Stones Throw wordsmith, <strong>Homeboy Sandman</strong>. <br /><br /><strong> Tickets for all dates go on sale this Friday, November 14th, except for Denver, CO which will go on sale this Saturday, November 15th.</strong></p><p><strong><span > Tour Dates </span></strong><br /> 01.05 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst<br /> 01.06 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore<br /> 01.08 – San Diego, CA – Irenic<br /> 01.09 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre<br /> 01.10 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room<br /> 01.12 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom<br /> 01.14 – Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad<br /> 01.16 – Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre <br /> 01.17 – Fort Collins, CO – Aggie Theatre<br /> 01.19...</p>RhymesayersTue, 11 Nov 2014 10:06:00 -0600Brother Ali is back in the MIDWEST!! http://rhymesayers.com/news/1964http://rhymesayers.com/news/1964<p>LAST WEEK! <br /><br /> The "Home Away From Home" tour returns to the MIDWEST for it's final week. This week, <strong>Brother Ali </strong>talks the midwest, <strong>Atmosphere</strong>, and his love for Chicago. <br /><br /> Don't miss the final four shows! <br /><br /> <object width="560" height="315" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/FLeNv6jUzK4?version=3&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/FLeNv6jUzK4?version=3&amp;hl=en_US" /><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /></object><br /><br /><strong> Full list of remaining dates:</strong><br /> November 10 - Columbus, OH - Skully's <br /> November 11 - Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig<br /> November 13 - Madison, WI - High Noon<br /> November 14 - Chicago, IL - Reggie's <br /><br /><strong> Connect with Brother Ali:</strong><br /> facebook.com/brotherali<br /> twitter.com/brotherali<br /> instagram.com/brotheraliisblind<br /> rhymesayers.com/brotherali<br /> brotherali.com <br /><br /><strong> #HomeAwayFromHomeTour</strong></p>RhymesayersMon, 10 Nov 2014 12:00:00 -0600