The most memorable sets of (a shortened) Soundset
After battling 90-degree temperatures all day Sunday, hip-hop fans at the Soundset festival finally got something to block the sun. Unfortunately it was ominous storm clouds that encroached on the Canterbury Park festival grounds and signaled an abrupt end to the concert, before headliner Atmosphere could take the stage. Shortly before 7:30 p.m. Lupe Fiasco's set was interrupted and the crowd (19,000 strong) was informed a tornado watch was in effect and the show would not go on. Fans flocked to the exit, many sprinting, as the rain began to fall. Atmosphere, who have headlined the annual event since its inaugural year in 2008, later performed at the official Soundset after-party at First Avenue. Fans were still treated to a day of diverse performances from some of the hottest names in hip-hop and local luminaries. A recap:
Most likely to have won new fans: Prof
The playfully hubristic rapper's ever-increasing fan base may have expanded even further after his engaging performance. The wily Prof had a sea of heads bouncing with tracks like "Yeah Buddy" off last year's "King Gampo."
Most likely to have been kicked off "Fraggle Rock" for lewd behavior: Danny Brown
It only took a few bars for the frizzy-haired MC to reference drug use and male orgasms (twice), kicking off his set with the squirmy "Die Like a Rockstar." With the visage of a muppet missing a tooth, the Detroit native copped to popping Xanax and delivered his explicit oral-sex sermon "I Will" with his signature nasally voice.
Most contact highs induced: Big K.R.I.T.
The Mississippi trunk knocker's set clearly divided fans into the haves and the have-nots -- i.e., those who had weed and those who didn't. Clouds of smoke rose above the crowd as K.R.I.T. moved murkily through glossy-eyed bass rattlers. The sunny but hard-hitting "Rotation" fittingly emanated midday good vibes, regardless of how baked you were.
Most bravado: Kendrick Lamar
For the 24-year-old to proclaim himself the greatest rapper in the world (though probably only half-seriously) as he did Sunday was a stretch. Still, Lamar's coarse and caustic raps won a heat-fatigued crowd over.
Best crowd control: P.O.S.
Nobody works a room, amphitheater or parking lot quite like Stef Alexander. The inimitable crowd commander had his willful minions hanging on every lyric. Whether talking about barfing from heatstroke or instructing fans to "get fat and move like Rick Ross," the Minneapolis hip-hop maven ruled the stage with goofball charisma.
Most enthusiastic: Astronautalis
The impassioned new Minnesotan seemed to muster balls of aggression from the pit of his stomach, spitting them up with throaty, machine-gun flows. It wasn't clear if the fair-skinned Florida transplant was red-faced from sunburn or intensity, but he never lacked the latter, hollering and gasping through "Dimitri Mendeleev" like a man possessed. "This is the best job ever," said the exhausted MC.
- Michael Rietmulder
Another truck-to-restaurant story
World Street Kitchen food truck co-owners (and siblings) Sameh and Saed Wadi have some exciting news. Coming soon, to 28th and Lyndale in south Minneapolis: World Street Kitchen, the restaurant. But this isn't one of those we've-been-dying-to-turn-our-truck-into-a-restaurant stories.
"Actually, we were ready to open a restaurant before we opened the truck," said Sameh Wadi. "We've been working on a bricks-and-mortar place for two years, but when the city opened up the truck licensing, we decided to jump on that first. We've been using it as our test kitchen."
And no, the permanent restaurant -- at 2743 Lyndale Av. S. -- isn't going to replace the truck. The restaurant's kitchen is going to supply its mobile unit. Wadi, the chef behind the exceptional Saffron Restaurant & Lounge, plans to continue the truck's globally eclectic and affordable menu.