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Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Rhymesayers Entertainment has been at the forefront of independent Hip Hop since 1995. Label owners Sean Slug Daley (one half of Atmosphere) and Brent Siddiq Sayers have stuck to their guns and built a huge and loyal fanbase whilst operating largely under the mainstream radar. Now Carhartt is proud to present some of their top artists to Europe for one of the biggest Hip Hop line-ups of the year: Atmosphere, Brother Ali, Evidence, Blueprint, and Grieves & Budo. We spoke with the arriving artists to see how they feel about Rhymesayers Entertainment, the upcoming European tour, Hip Hop, and life itself. Here is the first interview with Rhymesayers founder Brent Siddiq Sayers. Stay tuned for interviews with Slug, Brother Ali, or Grieves over the next couple of days.
Rhymesayers Entertainment exists since 1995 - can you tell us how your story started?
Brent Siddiq Sayers: A bunch of kids whom were raised on Hip Hop's golden era follow their love and passion for the culture and evolve it into one of the world's most respected and celebrated independent Hip Hop labels.
How does living in Minneapolis shape the work at Rhymesayers Entertainment?
Brent Siddiq Sayers: Made us work harder and learn more on our own, because there were no paths, resources, or trailblazers to follow in our neck of the woods.
Since the launch of Rhymesayers Entertainment Hip Hop culture emerged and grew into the mainstream. What is the good and what is the bad part of this evolution in your eyes?
Brent Siddiq Sayers: No bad...it's all good. Hip Hop was and is a gift to the world it will continue to grow, change, and evolve. Who is anyone to define or judge...love it all for what it is. Love it or hate it Hip Hop is built from the reflection of all of us. So it will always be diverse and evolving, embrace it. Just make sure you pay homage and respect to the originators and those that paved the way for this culture.
How would you describe the musical bandwidth of Rhymesayers Entertainment in your own words?
Brent Siddiq Sayers: Original Dopeness.
On what future projects is Rhymesayers Entertainment working on now?
Brent Siddiq Sayers: New Brother Ali, P.O.S, Jake One, some new DOOM, and some surprises we'll let you in on soon...
If you got a tattoo to pay homage to Rhymesayers Entertainment, what would it look like?
Brent Siddiq Sayers: Sayers is my last name...this shit is destiny no need for a tattoo.
What was your biggest hit so far?
Brent Siddiq Sayers: Any Atmosphere record.
And at last: what is the best of being a part of Rhymesayers Entertainment?
Brent Siddiq Sayers: Working with some of the most talented and genuine artists in the game.