OutKast master-rapper Big Boi and hip-hop pioneers De La Soul will join usual suspects including Atmosphere and Brother Ali at the fourth annual installment of Rhymesayers' Soundset festival, scheduled May 29 at Canterbury Park in Shakopee. Rhymesayers promised to announce the lineup Wednesday, but apparently they didn't want to get overshadowed by the Vans Warped Tour, which just released its lineup this morning (also landing at Canterbury on July 10). I'm guessing Soundset won't have a problem getting noticed with that lineup. Big Boi is especially a welcome surprise, as he was one of the absolute best performers down in Austin, Texas, two weeks ago during South by Southwest, with his OutKast classics bumping up nicely with some of the near-classics on his new disc "Sir Luscious Left Foot."
The rest of the lineup includes some interesting new out-ot-town acts alongside other local favorites. Among them: Eminem's new favorite group Slaughterhouse (Joell Ortiz, Joe Budden, Royce da 5ʼ9”, Crooked I), the whole Doomtree crew (P.O.S, Dessa, Sims, Cecil Otter, Mike Mictlan, Lazerbeak, Papertiger), Evidence w/ Rakaa-Iriscience & DJ Babu, Mac Miller, Curren$y, Blueprint, Grieves & Budo, Zion I & The Grouch, Sab the Artist, DJ Abilities, Face Candy, Edan with special guest Paten Locke, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Looptroop Rockers, Rubberoom, Soulcrate Music, 2Mex, Mr. Gene Poole, Qwazaar, Longshot, MaLLy, Desdamona, Duenday, Midwest Konnect, Rocky Diamonds, Stage One, Shortkut, Noam The Drummer, Exile, Maseo, Skeme Richards, Kid Cut Up and Espada, along with hosts Toki Wright, Carnage and Kevin Beacham.