|Photo by Erik Hess|
with Run the Jewels, Get Cryphy, Evidence, Fashawn, Soulcrate and Later Babes, Long D.O.E., and MaLLy
Saturday, September 7, 2013
Prof played his biggest headlining show ever outside of the Cabooze on Saturday, selling out the 4,000-capacity area and putting on the best performance of his career. The incredible lineup made the scorching seven-hour day a one to remember front to back.See Also: Slideshow: Prof at the Cabooze, 9/7/13
I walked into the hot parking lot area during Soulcrate's set, who started exactly on time to make sure the tightly packed sets went as scheduled. The two South Dakota rappers, who've built a solid fanbase locally, rapped with Later Babes, the DJ/drummer duo who have recently identified themselves as a separate band in conjunction with Soulcrate, providing a slight hard-rock tinge to otherwise straight-forward Midwest underground. Finishing out the set by firing a T-shirt gun into the crowd, they had the day quickly feeling more like a festival than your average show.
|Photo by Erik Hess|
There were roving teams of dudes squirting water, beach balls of various sizes bouncing everywhere, toilet paper flung as streamers. Long-ass lines and cash-only bars. Taxidermied bears, deer, and wolves adorning the stage. Joints passed around, remarkably drunk people stumbling or picking fights. Everyone was high-energy in spite of their dehydration. Prof is known for having rowdy, ecstatic fans, and they showed up in droves with remarkable stamina. Appreciation was shown to every artist who hit the stage.
It was a well-constructed lineup, featuring a number of regional flavors of independent rap. Representing the West Coast were Fashawn and Evidence, mainstays of the California underground. Fresno's Fashawn, backed by Minneapolis's own BK-One, brought out his lo-rider flows on the perfect day. With the sun beaming down, he switched between his originals into rapping over Dr. Dre or I Self Devine tracks seamlessly. Both Fashawn and Evidence tout an understated but powerful rhyme ability, and as Evidence came out to the huge-sounding "It Wasn't Me," he simultaneously proved himself a solid rapper and producer. The Rhymesayers artist called Minneapolis his "second home," gave a birthday shout-out to Slug, and continued a strong set with the comfort of a local.
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In between sets, the PA played familiar songs by Brother Ali, Doomtree, and the Beastie Boys, in giant chunks that felt like listening to a whole album. Compared to the sonic variety provided by Get Cryphy during their sets, this got somewhat tedious. The Cryphy crew knew to switch quickly between their staple track choices and keep things lively. Even those manning the booths in the back of the lot were screaming along to Lil Jon and bopping left and right. Excitement built in the air as Run the Jewels, the duo composed of new best friends Killer Mike and El-P, set up to take stage. They entered to George Thorogood's "Bad to the Bone" with beaming smiles on their faces.