Established: In 1995 by Brent “Siddiq” Sayers, Sean “Slug” Daley and Anthony “Ant” Davis in Minneapolis
Artists: Atmosphere, Blueprint, Brother Ali, Dynospectrum, Eyedea & Abilities, Grayskul, I Self Devine, Los Nativos, Mass Hysteria, MF Doom, Micranots, Mr. Dibbs, Soul Position, Vitamin D
Essential Listening: Atmosphere, Lucy Ford: The Atmosphere EP's (2001), Seven's Travels (2003); Brother Ali, Shadows on the Sun (2003); Eyedea & Abilities, E&A (2004); MF Doom, Mm..Food (2004); Soul Position, 8,000,000 Stories (2003)
Manifesto: Rhymesayers is all about independent, DIY, quality hip-hop.
A&R Philosophy: According to Siddiq, the label seeks talent and drive from new signings, as well as “a good head on their shoulders.” New artists must be willing to tour. And, yes, Rhymesayers accepts demos.
Upcoming: New releases are on the way from Atmosphere, Blueprint, Brother Ali, Felt (Slug, Murs, Ant) and I Self Devine, and watch out for newcomers P.O.S., Psalm One, Los Nativos and others. Also, Atmosphere and MF Doom will both tour North America this spring.