Roots, A$AP Rocky, Future headline Soundset at the fairgrounds

Party's headed to the fairgrounds, ladies.

Party's headed to the fairgrounds, ladies.

Rap music: Is it here to stay? If 30 years of mainstream cultural relevancy has anything to say about it, the answer is "yes." Which brings us to today, and the announcement of the 2016 Soundset hip-hop festival. 

The Rhymesayers-organized fest is set to go down May 29 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. It's a new location for Soundset, which had taken place at Canterbury Park in Shakopee for years.

Some big names will be hitting the ninth annual fest, including hip-hop legends (the Roots, Common), younger superstars (A$AP Rocky, Future), and indie-rap icons (Danny Brown, Aesop Rock, Murs). 

Atmosphere, per always, will headline Soundset, and Twin Cities faves - Doomtree, Lizzo, Prof, I Self Devine, Muja Messiah - populate the bill. Buzzy local upstarts like Finding Novyon, Lexii Alijai, Baby Shel, and DJ Tiiiiiiiiiip will be given the opportunity to shine on the big stage. MTV's Sway Calloway will return as host. 

Tickets - $68-$88 general admission; $150 VIP - go on sale 11 a.m. Friday via this website and the Fifth Element record store in Minneapolis. If you sign up for the Rhymesayers newsletter, you'll be provided a password for limited $53 pre-sale tickets, which become available 11 a.m. Thursday. 

Here's the complete 2016 Soundset lineup: 


A$AP Rocky


The Roots



Doomtree (P.O.S + Dessa + Sims + Cecil Otter + Mike Mictlan + Paper Tiger + Lazerbeak)

Machine Gun Kelly

Danny Brown


Aesop Rock and Homeboy Sandman (Lice)

Jay Rock

Post Malone

Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals


Murs & 9th Wonder

Pharoahe Monch

Mick Jenkins



Crazy Legs / Rock Steady Crew

Domo Genesis


DJ Marley Marl

Jazzy Joyce


I Self Devine & Muja Messiah present 9th House

NoName Gypsy

Finding Novyon

Lexii Alijai

Skeme Richards

Baby Shel & DJ Quincy James


Jesse De La Pena

DJ Tiiiiiiiiiip

DJ Shannon Blowtorch

DJ Just Nine