The list of notable indie rappers performing at the Soundset 08 festival is obscenely long—if they have low ticket sales, they can probably still fill the Metrodome parking lot by having the participants stand around and watch each other. That scenario is doubtful, however, with all the big names crammed onto this 35-act bill: In addition to it being Atmosphere's only Minneapolis stop on their When Life Gives You Lemons... tour, Soundset will feature local heavy-hitters Brother Ali, Eyedea + Abilities, P.O.S, and I Self Divine alongside national acts like Dilated Peoples, Beat Junkies, and Aesop Rock. How much literate, socially conscious hip hop can this city handle in one day? Looks like we're about to find out. Local fans, check out the Fifth Element stage for Twin Cities favorites Doomtree, Muja Messiah, Trama, M.anifest, and pretty much every other rapper in the metro area. All Ages.
Sun., May 25, 11 a.m., 2008