Minneapolis's own Soundset: one of the biggest and best hip-hop festivals in the world, with a lineup that offers something for everyone. No matter if you’re an old school hip-hop purist or if you prefer the latest and greatest, there’s bound to be something you like.
We’re hyped to pull up at Soundset (be sure to come check out our pop-up shop if you’re gonna be in attendance too), and there are a lot of artists we’re hyped to see. We figured you’re already pretty familiar with names like Travis Scott (a Piff favorite), Gucci Mane, Lil Uzi Vert, Lauren Hill, and T.I. , but there’s also some great performers we’re stoked to see that you might not be as familiar with. Here’s 5 great artists you should be sure to check out while you’re at Soundset today, complete with their background and a track so you can get familiar beforehand. Let’s get right into it.
The Stand4rd-Fifth Element Stage, 7PM
If you’re from Minneapolis, there’s a pretty good chance that you already know about Minnesota supergroup The Stand4rd. If you’re from out of town (or you’re just not familiar), you’re in for a treat. Consisting of Allan Kingdom, Bobby Raps, Psymun, and Spooky Black, TheStan4rd’s haunting, melodic music is unlike anything else you’ve ever heard … and it’s so wavy that you’re bound to love it.
Dave East-Fifth Element Stage, 3PM
Harlem native (and former D1 basketball player) Dave East is known for his menacing, gritty East Coast sound that caught the ear of Nas back in 2013, got him on the XXL Freshman list in 2016, and got him signed to Def Jam the same year. Fresh off his “Kairi Chanel” tape with features from Cam’Ron, Fabulous, and 2 Chainz, Dave East is one of the most gassed artists from New York right now.
Denzel Curry-Fifth Element Stage, 4:30 PM
Carol City, FL's own 21-year-old Denzel Curry has already scored a huge hit with "Ultimate", one of the best bangers of last year, but he's much more than a one-trick pony. His signature frantic flow is bound to turn your head and perk you ears, and he's made an appearance on the XXL Freshman 2016 list, scored a co-sign from Rick Ross and can always be counted on for a great feature (like "Fusion" from Allan Kingdom's recently released "Lines"). This is not a performance to be missed.
070 Shake-Fifth Element Stage, 2:30 PM
At only 19 years old, 070 Shake is already a force to be reckoned with. Deriving her nickname from her quickness on the basketball court (Dave East isn't the only hooper on this list), she's a completely self-taught musician with a unique, honest, heartfelt style. There's nobody else in the game quite like her, and her soul-baring music is sure to catch you.
Stretch and Bobbito-Essential Elements Stage, 2:30 PM
We'd be remiss to not throw some true hip-hop OG's on this list, so be sure you head over to the Essential Elements tent and check out Stretch and Bobbito's DJ set. Their late-night early 90's NY radio program featured everyone from Nas to Biggie to Wu-Tang, and Big Pun as well as the Fugees, Jay-Z, and Eminem (all before they blew up). Younger readers who may not recognize some of those names (do your research if so) will probably recognize Bobbito from being the voice of the wildly popular NBA Street franchise. Go check the OG's out, and vibe out while they spin records.
Who are you the most excited to see at Soundset? What else are you planning on doing while you're there (besides visiting the Piff pop-up, of course)? Hit us up and let us know on Twitter, check our Facebook page for updates, and, as always, be sure to follow us on Instagram for all the fire pictures you can handle.