2010.. when tickets were 35 bucks!
It was the first time that I saw Wiz live, I got to see Method Man & Redman - something that I will not likely forget, they are icons in the world of hip hop!
Even more maybe than year one I had a revolution of love for all the performers; These being some of the ones closest to my heart: Dessa, Prof was working with Rahzwell, Toki Wright, Cecil Otter, Dark Time Sunshine and Plain Ole Bill.
This was also the year that Mac Miller almost made me cry when he proclaimed that we were the largest crowd he had ever performed to and how grateful he was for all of the fans. (Insert many crying emoticons!)
I didn't think I'd be impressed with Danny Brown but his performance was energetic and I actually had fun. Not to mention I got to meet him later on in the Record Room of First Avenue during the after party, he was so humble and friendly!
Although a lot of people blame Lupe for the rain-out (because it was so hot he asked everyone to pray for rain during his set), he in no way wanted everyone to be evacuated due to potential storms - which is what happened around 7:30pm. I had just rounded up my cousins and was planning on making their dreams come true by hooking it up so they could watch Atmosphere's performance from the side stage, the festival's headliner never came on and instead my cousins were stuck pushing the van out of the mud hole that we ended up stuck in. wahh wahhh...
This musicisgood blog does a great review.
My brother and I underestimated the traffic, like we always do, and got there during G-Eazy's set. We missed Lady Killer but I am still happy about what we did get to see. I was bummed about missing the Grouch and Eligh but I didn't spend much time thinking about it because the main stages were firing off great act after great act all day!
Any way I got to see Cypress Hill during one of my favorite festivals of all time so either way I am stoked on it! I've had a crush on B-Real for as long as I can remember!
I screamed & sang every word during PROF and Grieve's sets, Two Chains got me dancing, Nas had me all nostalgic and Wiz obviously killed it but what had me in awe the number of kiddos that don't know what is good for them! So many babies were leaving slowly but surely during Atmosphere's set. Yes it helped with traffic, yes I moved so far up I could take a good picture, yes I understand that he is a man with several decades of fans loyally behind him but I felt sad for the youngsters that turned down this opportunity to jam with a legendary act.
Any way I could not be more proud of my state, my local hip-hop team turned out another great festival! Seven years running and I have yet to be disappointed. To all the wonderful people from Rhymesayers, to all the staff that gets flown in, to the vendors and security I appreciate all of your hard work and your passion, without all of us, most importantly the fans, this great event would never have come this far! Proud to be a part, even if it is an awfully small one!
Hope to see y'all next year! As Slug always says, "This is as close to church as some of us get!"