Published on May 29th, 2015 | by gatsbyadmin0
SoundSet 2015 – Recap
J. Cole, Freddie Gibbs, Big Sean, and Rain
May 24, Shakopee, Minnesota. With over 40 performances scheduled – plus breakdancing, skateboarding, and a graffiti showcase – this year’s Soundset festival seemed too big to fail.
And then it rained. Rain fell from the sky like the tears of so many Clippers fans.
Minnesotans are weather-resistant, however, and Minnesota’s premier rap festival refused to let them down.
Afternoon shows offered relief. G.L.A.M. did an energetic set and later reappeared onstage to flex her formidable freestyle chops. As usual, things got sloppy with the Flatbush Zombies on stage. Once their massive mosh pit had streamlined the crowd, serious heads sensed that venue security was running hopelessly behind the times, especially in an outdoor venue. Game on.
Local fanfare and a bit of drizzly weather worked together to pack the tent for Sean Anonymous, who continues to build a following in the Twin Cities and beyond.
Dilated Peoples were crisp, ending a tight set with their hit “Worst Comes to Worst”. In fact, a handful of seasoned acts brought the freshness including Ludacris, Ice Cube, and Smif-n-Wessun whose old-school sound and official homage to fallen New York rappers energized the crowd by bringing us into contact with hip hop ancestry.
Big Sean kept the main stage bouncing with tracks like “Burn,” and “Sanctified.” Meanwhile in the tent, Father put on a banger featuring fan-favorite “Wrist,” and Vince Staples pumped out a set featuring anti-police fervor and some exciting unreleased tracks.
Also in the tent, Freddie Gibbs and Madlib offered a rare look into their recent collaboration, Pinata. Gangsta Gibbs represented Indiana proudly, controlling the crowd and stage with razor sharp delivery and a transparent rapport with Madlib, whose exploration of the turntables added nuance to his already-intricate work. They hate the cops, too.
Atmosphere and Brother Ali each put on popular sets before joining forces for a true display of Twin City hip-hop unity.
But it was J. Cole, introduced as one of the modern kings, who finished the night and stole the show. J more than rewarded the gutsy crowd with a passionate tour through 2014 Forest Hills Drive, including “G.O.M.D.,” and “Fire Squad.” Most fans were determined to see the end of Soundset 2015, hell or high water and all would agree that J was worth the wait.
The combination of a sell-out crowd and an entire day of rain left the venue looking post-apocalyptic. But the fans, the skaters, the vendors, the staff, and the artists rose to the occasion and made something special. If the rumors are true that 2015 marks the final Soundset festival at Canterbury Park, the host sure went out with a bang.
Written by: Martin Osborn @o_z.z_y