The 3rd installment of your favorite 3-day shindig nestled in the woods of Somerset, Wisconsin is back. This year’s line-up carries on the tradition of pairing the best of hip-hop with bass, EDM, rock and anything in-between. Worlds collide and people unite under open air and vibrant lights. Words are futile, as experiencing Summer Set is indescribable.
Wu-Tang Clan’s cult following doesn’t need any added momentum as the bodies of work speak for themselves over the years, however they will release two albums this year which will add fuel to the ever lit flame. The Wu-Once Upon A Time In Shaloin will be released on only one copy which has garnished a $5 million bid online so far according to The Rza. A Better Tomorrow sits on the cusp of release, not without some controversy. Wu-Politics stemmed from Raekwon displeased with the motion of the music and business, rumored not to be featured on the album. But as always, the Clan comes together like our favorite dysfunctional/functional families do. Only this one has a 20 year catalog of classics deep as any comparison from crew albums to solo joints and collaborations. The Summer Set stage will provide the perfect setting as The Wu admits they feed off the crowd energy.
Schoolboy Q rides the success of his Oxymoron release into Summer Set. The Top Dawg Entertainment rapper seized airwaves this year with the four singles off his album. His crew Black Hippy (Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul and Jay Rock) took over hip-hop, headlining Rock The Bells last year as they provided fresh breath to the west coast sound.
Danny Brown’s path to success is interesting story of dedication, setbacks and perseverance which intrigues and appeals to all facets of life. His raps combine the best of traditional lyricism with heavy rhythm/cadence influenced flows prevalent in today’s hip-hop. He received attention from a Rocafella Records A&R early in his career whom assisted in the release of a mixtape. Brown eventually released a project with Tony Yayo, Hawaiian Snow, in 2010 which fueled the rumors that he would sign with G-Unit. However, 50 Cent neglected to make it official allegedly on the basis of Brown’s rock influenced, “skinny jeans” wardrobe.
Chance The Rapper is the Chicago emcee who vaulted himself into the foreground of the scene with his Acid Rap release. He looks to follow in the tradition of Chi-town legend, Common, who dazzled the Summer Set Crowd last year.
Kids Like Us, Menage Quad, Duenday and Heatbox will be large and in effect, repping for the home team on a huge stage.
“I am most excited to see Wu-Tang perform. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to share the same bill as them so I will definitely be putting my W in the air,” said Eli Fhima of Kids Like Us whose set will also feature Beak Nasty and Foxy. “I love how free-minded festivals can be. Everyone escapes the cities, their normal lives and get lost in the music. No one gives two fucks, we’re all uniting for the same reason and that’s friends and music,” said Fhima.
Summer Set veterans Umphrey’s Mcgee and Big Gigantic will be back to bring the flavor that made the festival a staple of the summer. Bassnectar, The Disco Biscuits and Kaskade will co-headline the party you don’t want to miss.