Recent Postshttp://www.rhymesayers.com/Recent Posts.en-usBrand New Rhymesayers "Bruiser" Socks - Available Now!http://www.rhymesayers.com/news/1997http://www.rhymesayers.com/news/1997<p>Available now for the first time in-store and online, Rhymesayers “Bruiser” socks! Cop them in two unique colors, navy with red &amp; white stripes or black with white and gray stripes, perfect to go along with your Bruiser tee &amp; hoodie.</p><p>This intricate 3 color woven design by <strong>Dave Quiggle</strong> will be sure to step your sock game up to the next level. Packaged in a full color printed wrap, ones size fits all. Be sure to get them while supplies last only at Fifth Element!</p>RhymesayersWed, 01 Jul 2015 11:17:00 -0500Boom Bap Project featuring Rakaa (of Dilated Peoples)-Cut Down Ya Options (2005)http://www.rhymesayers.com/news/1996http://www.rhymesayers.com/news/1996<p>This track is from <strong>Boom Bap Project</strong>'s debut album on Rhymesayers, <strong><em>Reprogram</em></strong>, which released ten years ago yesterday, on June 21st 2005. In honor of the album's tenth anniversary, we're offering both CD and Digital versions for only $4.99, for a limited time! PLUS, when you buy Reprogram, you will also get Boom Bap Project's "Welcome To Seattle" Mixtape forFREE! Also available, a FREE D/L of <em>The Shakedown</em>, a full album that features the same production team as <em>Reprogram</em> and a nice array of guests, that Boom Bap Project put together for their supporting tour for the album. <strong>Get yours NOW: http://bit.ly/BoomBapProject </strong><br /><br /><strong> The History:</strong> Emerging out of Oldominion, one of the most prominent crews to represent out of the Northwest, Boom Bap Project had a distinct musical goal in mind. The plan was...</p>RhymesayersMon, 22 Jun 2015 13:04:00 -0500Pre-order Grimace Federation's The Measure In Mixture (Featuring Aesop Rock) Nowhttp://www.rhymesayers.com/news/1995http://www.rhymesayers.com/news/1995<p>Coming off his latest Rhymesayers release, <strong><em>Bestiary</em></strong>, as part of <strong>Hail Mary Mallon</strong>, <strong>Aesop Rock</strong> recently collaborated with friends, the experimental group from Philly, <strong>Grimace Federation</strong>. Previously, the two worked together on Aesop Rock's <em>Skelethon</em> album, as well as Aesop's butchered remix of "Bosico", from Grimace Federation's <em>On Velvet</em> album, and more. <br /><br /> Grimace Federation's sonic collages create a symphonic, cinematic, and immense sound. The band’s musical foundation could be discovered in the grooves of records from post-rock legends such as Jaga Jazzist, Tortoise, and Stereolab, while latter day influences, like Mogwai and Black Sabbath, and a lifetime of collecting obscure underground hip-hop records notably seep into their symbiotic chaos. <br /><br /><strong><em> The Measure In Mixture</em></strong> combines spastic kr...</p>RhymesayersFri, 19 Jun 2015 10:31:00 -0500Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Boom Bap Project's Reprogramhttp://www.rhymesayers.com/news/1994http://www.rhymesayers.com/news/1994<p>Ten years ago, on June 21st 2005, Rhymesayers Entertainment released <strong>Boom Bap Project</strong>'s <strong><em>Reprogram</em></strong>. In honor of the album's tenth anniversary, we're offering both CD and Digital versions for only $4.99, for a limited time! PLUS, when you buy Reprogram, you will also get Boom Bap Project's <strong>"Welcome To Seattle" Mixtape</strong> for FREE! <br /><br /><strong><em><span > SPECIAL ALERT:</span></em></strong> There are only about a dozen copies left of the album on vinyl before it goes out of print, so this could be your last chance to grab this on wax! <br /><br /> Emerging out of Oldominion, one of the most prominent crews to represent out of the Northwest, Boom Bap Project had a distinct musical goal in mind. The plan was revealed in the group's name –hard beats and hard rhymes– a.k.a that good ole Boom Bap. Armed with strong Hip Hop sensibilities, unbreakable co...</p>RhymesayersMon, 15 Jun 2015 11:00:00 -0500Fifth Element's 2015 Parking Lot Salehttp://www.rhymesayers.com/news/1993http://www.rhymesayers.com/news/1993<p>Every August, <strong>Fifth Element</strong>, the official Rhymesayers retailer, hosts a Parking Lot Sale filled with newly discounted items, rare and exclusive merch, and all sorts of fun stuff! However, although it's called a Parking Lot Sale, we also make these deals available through the online store, too!</p><p>Join us in person,<strong> or online</strong>, August 22nd, 2015 for this year's action-packed event, with DJ's spinning all day and an expanded collection of used vinyl.</p><p><strong>Details + RSVP</strong></p>RhymesayersTue, 09 Jun 2015 11:28:00 -0500Celebrate I Self Devine's 10-Year Anniversary of Self Destruction!http://www.rhymesayers.com/news/1992http://www.rhymesayers.com/news/1992<p>On August 2nd, 2005, Rhymesayers Entertainment released <strong>I Self Devine</strong>'s <strong><em>Self Destruction</em></strong> album, featuring production from <strong>ANT</strong> , <strong>Jake One</strong>, <strong>Vitamin D</strong>, and <strong>Bean One</strong>. <em>Self Destruction</em> marked a transition in I Self's career, allowing him to create a musical identity separate from what he had built with <strong>The Micranots</strong>, and giving a deeper, more personal look into his life. To celebrate the ten-year anniversary of <em>Self Destruction</em>, we have some exciting things planned: <br /><br /><strong> I Self Devine - <em>Self Destruction</em> - Live At 7th Street Entry, Aug 1st, 2015</strong><br /><br /> Come for an exclusive performance of the <em>Self Destruction</em> album by I Self Devine! Plus special guests: <strong>Sarah White</strong>, <strong>Muja Messiah</strong>, <strong>Lioness</strong>, <strong>DJ Todda</strong>, <strong>DJ Just Nine</strong>, and host <strong>Tish Jones</strong>!</p><p><strong>Tickets for this show go on sale this Friday, June 6th</strong>, and will be avai...</p>RhymesayersTue, 09 Jun 2015 11:22:00 -0500Soundset 2015 Wrap Uphttp://www.rhymesayers.com/news/1991http://www.rhymesayers.com/news/1991<p>We can't thank you guys enough for another great year at Soundset! Thanks to the fans, artists, and crew that all helped make this possible. Here's the recap.<br /><br /><strong> See you next year on May 29, 2016 at the new location: the Minnesota State Fairgrounds!</strong><br /><br /><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Kr-OFeyUs60" width="560" height="315"></iframe></p>RhymesayersThu, 28 May 2015 10:49:00 -0500Soundset: Coming Back Home To Youhttp://www.rhymesayers.com/news/1990http://www.rhymesayers.com/news/1990<p>Thank you for joining us at Soundset 2015. We're excited to announce that we're coming back home next year. See you on May 29th, 2016 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds!<br /><br /><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/rEaomVtA9mI" width="560" height="315"></iframe></p>RhymesayersMon, 25 May 2015 12:12:00 -0500New Rhymesayers "Bruiser" Merch is Here!http://www.rhymesayers.com/news/1989http://www.rhymesayers.com/news/1989<p>New Rhymesayers merch is in!</p><p>Welcome our new "Bruiser" hoodies and tees, designed by <strong>Dave Quiggle</strong>! Get them now at Fifth Element: http://bit.ly/BruiserMerch</p>RhymesayersWed, 08 Apr 2015 10:20:00 -0500Rhymesayers Twitch Policyhttp://www.rhymesayers.com/news/1988http://www.rhymesayers.com/news/1988<p><strong><em> </em></strong><br /><br /> Many of you have asked us where we stand with streaming our music on Twitch. Now we have answers for you!</p><p><br /><strong><span > VOD</span></strong><br /><br /> As long as you are using a Rhymesayers song openly available through Twitch’s music library, it will <span ><em>not</em></span> be muted on VODs. <br /><br /><strong> Explicit Playlist</strong> |  <strong>Instrumental Playlist</strong></p><p> </p><p><strong><span > STREAMING</span></strong><br /><br /> You are welcome to tune into the Rhymesayers channel during your Twitch streams without your VODs being muted. All we ask is that you please help show your support and include our track listing bot in your channel. You can do this by typing <strong>!join</strong> on the Rhymesayers channel at http://twitch.tv/rhymesayers <br /><br /> If you aren’t tuned into our channel, if you can, we ask that you use XSplit or similar tools to show your viewers which songs are being streamed live. <br /><br /> Another way to show your support is by adding <strong>t...</strong></p>RhymesayersThu, 02 Apr 2015 16:42:00 -0500Rhymesayers Is For The Gamershttp://www.rhymesayers.com/news/1987http://www.rhymesayers.com/news/1987<p>We are proud to announce that we have officially launched our channel on <strong>Twitch</strong>! <br /><br /> For those unfamiliar with it, Twitch is the world's leading social video platform and community for gamers. Each month, more than 100 million community members gather to watch and talk about video games with more than 1.5 million broadcasters. Twitch's video platform is the backbone of both live and on-demand distribution for the entire video game ecosystem. This includes game developers, publishers, media outlets, events, user generated content, and the entire eSports scene. <br /><br /><strong> Once a week, we will begin streaming video games and hosting community events among staff, artists, <em>and you! </em></strong><br /><br /> Our kick-off community event will begin this <strong>Friday, April 3rd at 5 PM PST / 7 PM CST</strong>. For three hours, join <strong>Grieves</strong>, <strong>Sarah...</strong></p>RhymesayersThu, 02 Apr 2015 11:24:00 -0500A Moment In Rhymesayers: Episode 4 - Headshots Tape 4 Historyhttp://www.rhymesayers.com/news/1986http://www.rhymesayers.com/news/1986<p>"History" is a critical piece in the Headshots tapes puzzle. First and foremost, it’s a celebration of the life and talent of influential Headshots member Sess , who passed away earlier the same year that the tape was released. Additionally, it represents a shift from the crew trying to lure new listeners with music from outside artists, to focusing on their own music, instead. Lastly, it makes the jump from primarily selling excerpts from their live shows to focusing on 4-track recordings from Ant’s basement a.k.a The Factory. "History" is the most comprehensive collection of material from the original Headshots Crew on one tape, featuring music from The Abstract Pack, Phull Surkle, Atmosphere, Beyond, I Self Devine , and of course Sess, who is featured on a handful of songs, as well a...</p>RhymesayersWed, 01 Apr 2015 19:04:00 -0500Official Spotify Soundset 2015 Playlisthttp://www.rhymesayers.com/news/1984http://www.rhymesayers.com/news/1984<p>The Soundset 2015 official <strong>Spotify</strong> playlist is here and includes songs from your favorite artists performing this year! <br /><br /> Follow the playlist, enjoy the music, and share with your friends. We will be updating tracks regularly leading into Memorial Weekend. <br /><br /><strong> Listen to the Playlist ► http://bit.ly/SS2015playlist </strong><br /><br /><strong> Still need to get your Soundset tickets?</strong> Purchase them in-store at <strong>Fifth Element</strong> or online at http://bit.ly/Soundset2015! <br /><br /><strong> Follow #Soundset on: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram</strong></p>RhymesayersFri, 13 Mar 2015 12:05:00 -0500A Moment In Rhymesayers: Episode 3 - Headshots Tapeshttp://www.rhymesayers.com/news/1985http://www.rhymesayers.com/news/1985<p><strong>Episode 3 of "A Moment In Rhymesayers" </strong>covers the first three Headshots Tapes; Vol. 1: "WBBOY Sessions", Vol. 2: "Arrogance" and Vol. 3: "Compensation". In this episode, ANT, Slug and Siddiq discuss what inspired the idea for the Headshots Tape series, as well as how each of those first three tapes began and developed.<br /><br /> Be sure to follow us on Instagram to see rare photos and flyers, and follow us on SoundCloud to hear rare and unreleased music! We are currently posting up images from the Headshots days there.</p><p><br /><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Qc-GAHZCLhw?list=PL_AA8JeDxiPbrzsU6z1fYsXzINv8bv929" width="560" height="315"></iframe></p>RhymesayersWed, 11 Mar 2015 11:00:00 -0500The 2015 Soundset Lineup is Here!http://www.rhymesayers.com/news/1983http://www.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://www.rhymesayers.com/news/1982http://www.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://www.rhymesayers.com/news/1981http://www.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://www.rhymesayers.com/news/1980http://www.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://www.rhymesayers.com/news/1979http://www.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://www.rhymesayers.com/news/1977http://www.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 -0600