Rhymesayers Entertainment

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Rhymesayers Entertainment
Founded1995 (1995)
Distributor(s)ADA (former)
Secretly Distribution (current)
GenreHip hop
Country of originU.S.
LocationMinneapolis, Minnesota
Official websitewww.rhymesayers.com

Rhymesayers Entertainment (sometimes abbreviated RSE[1]) is an American independent hip-hop record label based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.[2][3] It was co-founded in 1995 by Sean Daley (Slug), Anthony Davis (Ant), Musab Saad (Sab the Artist) and Brent Sayers (Siddiq).[4] Former members of the Headshots crew. [5] Beginning in 2008, Rhymesayers Entertainment sponsors the annual Soundset Music Festival, a popular attraction that takes place over Memorial Day weekend in Minneapolis.[6] The music festival was postponed in 2020.[7]

In 2020 Rhymesayers decided to release Prof and Dem Atlas.

In 2020, Rhymesayers was among the many labels distributed by Alternative Distribution Alliance that left the company after ADA moved all of its business to the Indiana-based Direct Shot Distributing. Controversy erupted when Direct Shot received numerous complaints from retailers over delayed or missing shipments.[8] As a result, Secretly Distribution became the current distributor for Rhymesayers Entertainment.[9]

The label also opened a record store in 1999 called Fifth Element, which closed on April 1, 2020.[10]

Current roster[edit]

Rhymesayers Entertainment is headquartered in the same building as its former music store, Fifth Element, in Uptown, Minneapolis.

Artists currently promoted include[11]

Archived artists include

Artists formerly signed to the label include

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kangas, Chaz (December 2, 2015). "Rhymesayers at 20: How the best roster in hip-hop was built". City Pages. Retrieved June 30, 2019.
  2. ^ Rhys, Dan (December 4, 2015). "How Rhymesayers Entertainment Survived 20 Years As An Indie Label". Billboard. Retrieved June 30, 2019.
  3. ^ Burbeck, Rory (February 4, 2015). "Rhymesayers Label Founders to Discuss 20 Years of Success at SXSW Music 2015". SXSW. Retrieved January 6, 2016.
  4. ^ Setaro, Shawn (November 30, 2015). "Rhymesayers At 20: An Oral History". Forbes. Retrieved January 6, 2016.
  5. ^ "A Moment In Rhymesayers: Episode 4 - Headshots Tape 4 History - Rhymesayers Entertainment". Rhymesayers. Retrieved May 18, 2022. {{cite web}}: Unknown parameter |Authors= ignored (|authors= suggested) (help)
  6. ^ Fischer, Reed (May 23, 2012). "How Rhymesayers set up the Soundset Festival". City Pages. Retrieved June 30, 2019.
  7. ^ Kangas, Chaz (2020-01-24). "Soundset 2020: CANCELLED, Go Radio looks back on Soundset memories". Go 95.3. Retrieved 2020-11-01.
  8. ^ Grech, Aaron (7 January 2020). "Indie Labels 4AD, Matador, Domino and More Exit Warner's Alternative Distribution Alliance Due to Delayed or Missing Vinyl Shipments". mxdwn.com. mxdwn.com. Retrieved 2020-08-30.
  9. ^ "Secretly Distribution - Partners". secretlydistribution.com. Secretly Group. Retrieved 2020-08-30.
  10. ^ Wiita, Tommy (2020-03-27). "Fifth Element, Rhymesayers record store, closes permanently". KSTP. Retrieved 2020-11-01.
  11. ^ "Artists". Rhymesayers Entertainment. Retrieved January 6, 2016.

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