Rhymesayers Entertainment announces first ever European tour

Posted on 9 May 2012
By Bert Bernstein
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Legendary UK hip-hop label Rhymesayers announce their European tour featuring Atmosphere, Brother Ali, Evidence, Blueprint and Grieves & Budo in November.

Rhymesayers Entertainment is proud to announce its first ever European label tour, in association with urban fashion label Carhartt.

The Rhymesayers European Tour is the first of its kind for the Rhymesayers collective and features heavyweight figureheads Atmosphere alongside label-mates Brother Ali, Evidence, Blueprint and Grieves & Budo.

Atmosphere are the blueprint for how to make independent hip hop successful, matching excellent albums & live shows with an unparalleled touring schedule. Their hard work has not only put Minneapolis on the map but also helped to build the ever-expanding Rhymesayers label.

Rhymesayers’ roster boasts much of the cream of the hip-hop world and the Rhymesayers European Tour, 15 years in the making, is the perfect showcase for a label which has gained legendary status on its own terms.

The Rhymesayers European Tour will be headlined by Atmosphere, who released their latest opus The Family Sign this year. It reached number 12 on the US Billboard Charts and cemented their position as the brightest light in independent hip-hop. The four-piece are consummate entertainers Having already rocked sold-out shows at London’s Koko and Scala as well as playing across Europe to packed crowds including this year’s Sonar Festival.

Brother Ali is assured a warm welcome in Europe, having served as main support and hype man for Atmosphere as well as selling out headline shows at the Barfly and Cargo in London and performing to a big crowd at last year’s Glastonbury. His laid-back but always engaging flow and lyrical content, found on his albums Us and The Undisputed Truth, amongst others, has helped him gain an army of fans ever eager to listen to the wise MC.

Evidence made his name as a member of Dilated Peoples, the West Coast underground titans. He’s worked with everyone from Kanye West to Aloe Blacc and will be showcasing his solo album Cats and Dogs, out on September 26th. A headliner in his own right, his inclusion shows just how strong this line-up is.

Blueprint is an MC and producer from Ohio, and one half of Soul Position with renowned producer RJD2. A firm Rhymesayers favourite, this will be the first time he has performed tracks from his 2011 album Adventures in Counter-Culture.

Grieves & Budo are the latest signings to Rhymesayers and have begun their label career with a splash, gaining fans across the board from hip hop to rock as they wow crowds on the 2011 Warped Tour. The Seattle natives are sure to have the crowd hollering back from the very start.

As well as releasing much-lauded albums from the artists on this tour, Rhymesayers’ catalogue includes albums by the likes of MF DOOM, Freeway, Jake One, Eyedea & Abilities and P.O.S. Rhymesayers also run the Soundset Festival every year in their home State of Minnesota, which this year saw 20,000 revellers descend on the outdoor festival.

The Rhymesayers European Tour is a unique opportunity to see a plethora of exceptional artists on one stage. No other independent hip-hop label could pull off a tour with this depth of talent – it’s a rare treat for rap fans, and it would be a crime to miss out.

The Rhymesayers European Tour is coming to a city near you in November:
7th – London, Electric Ballroom
8th – Amsterdam, Melkweg
9th – Paris, La Machine du Moulin Rouge
11th – Brussels, Ancienne Belgique
12th – Zurich, Rote Fabrik
13th – Fribourg, Fri-Son
15th – Berlin, Festaal Kreuzberg
16th – Hamburg, Uebel & Gefahrlich
18th – Stockholm, Nalen
19th – Oslo, Spikerboks
20th – Copenhagen, Vega Musikkenshus