Soundset 2012 lineup announced, includes Big K.R.I.T.

Flyer design by Adam Garcia
Flyer design by Adam Garcia

Cover Story: How Rhymesayers set up the Soundset Festival

Officially on its fifth year of making the Twin Cities a legitimate festival destination for hip-hop lovers, Soundset will celebrate a handful of years when it returns to Canterbury on Sunday, May 27.

Traditionally, the Soundset stages feature celebrated Rhymesayers' artists, local hip-hop staples, mid-level hip-hop talent and legacy trailblazers, rounding out a lineup that's always worth the effort. Past acts have included Big Boi, De La Soul, Freeway, The Pharcyde, and Method Man & Redman, to name a few.  

This year, the lineup is a bit more rooted in the present, with the main headliner representing a bit of salvation for modern southern-style rap: Big K.R.I.T. 

Big K.R.I.T.
Big K.R.I.T.

It wasn't evident how many fans KRIT has in Minneapolis until last October, when he fell ill right before the Smoker's Club Tour at First Avenue and missed his  headlining set.  Devotees moped outside the club before committing to enter without promise of KRIT's fiery Mississippi delivery, bemoaning the cancellation all over Twitter.

Now with both his flu bug and more than three excellent mixtapes behind him (the latest dropped today), KRIT is ready to win the Midwest's heart with his style of rap that's equal parts tough, honest, and soulful -- all with that Outkast-ish southern drawl.  And don't dare read "soulful" as weak, because the man has got some real shit to say about the music industry's challenges, the road to success, and personal integrity.  And did we mention he makes his own beats?

Also padding the awesomeness of this year's lineup are:

Atmosphere, Lupe Fiasco, Ghostface Killah & Raekwon, Kendrick Lamar, Aesop Rock, P.O.S, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Danny Brown, Big K.R.I.T, Evidence, Prof with DJ Fundo, Action Bronson, DJ Premier, I Self Devine, Astronautalis, Bambu, J-Zone (DJ set), Medusa, Chief Kamachi, Grynch, Chuuwee, Paten Locke and Willie Evans Jr. are DUMBTRON, Villa Rosa (Muja Messiah & Maria Isa), The Tribe & Big Cats, Audio Perm, Long Doe (Tony Bones, Big Wiz & Mike The Martyr), Auddio Draggon (Gene Poole & Xilam Balam), Tomorrow's Genius, BdotCroc, DJ Stage One, DJ Kool AKIEM, LAST WORD, Kid Cut Up, Superbrush427, DIVINCI (of Solillaquists of Sound), Los Boogie.

All things considered, it's a great time to be a hip-hop lover in Minnesota.  

Soundset 2012 lineup announced, includes Big K.R.I.T.

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Cover Story: How Rhymesayers set up the Soundset Festival

• General admission tickets $46
• VIP tickets sold out
• 11 a.m. Sunday, May 27
• Canterbury Park Festival Field, Shakopee

Nine hours of music will be spread over two main stages and the Fifth Element stage. The day's events also include a B-boy/B-girl DJ tent, live painting exhibit, skate demo area, the Soundset custom car show, and the Last of the Record Buyers live production showcase.

The Official Soundset 2012 Afterparty. 18+, $10-$15, 10 p.m. Sunday, May 27, at First Avenue, Minneapolis. Hosted by Brother Ali and MaLLy and featuring surprise performances by Soundset artists. Beats by Get Cryphy DJs (Plain Ole Bill, DJ Fundo, Jimmy 2 Times, and Last Word).

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