The Soundset Festival surpassed expectations on May 25 during Memorial Day weekend. The seventh annual hip-hop music festival occurred at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn., drawing a sold-out crowd of 30,000 fans just outside Minneapolis.
Produced by Rhymesayers Entertainment, the event has matured over the years. Seemingly built around hip-hop outfit Atmosphere, the Minneapolis-based group has closed each year with a headline set. This year's festival featured just under forty performances spread across four stages. Music kicked off at 11 a.m. and continued non-stop until Atmosphere left the stage a little after 9 p.m.
Other noteable artists included Nas, Wiz Khalifa, Cypress Hill, 2 Chainz, EarlWolf and Chance The Rapper. Given its developing legacy, there's no doubt 2015 will bring another fantastic year of music to Canterbury Park.
Click through to see photo highlights from the 2014 lineup.
Atmosphere have headlined each year of Soundset and 2014 was no different. This year they were armed with new material, having released "Southsiders" earlier in the month. Rapper Slug had no problem working the crowd into a frenzy.
There was question as to whether Wiz Khalifa would make it to Soundset. The rapper was stuck in Texas earlier that morning after being stopped at the airport without an ID and subsequently detained for marijuana possession. Fans were seen with signs that read "Free Wiz Trap" after he tweeted similar from his detention. Fears were quelled when he hit the stage promptly at 6:45 p.m. while enveloped in a pungent plume.
Legendary rapper Nas brought history to Soundset with music that outdated many in the crowd. He hit the stage with timeless classics such as "Made You Look" and "Halftime."
Chance The Rapper
Chance The Rapper has emerged from Chicago as one to watch. His 2013 performance at Lollapalooza nearly shut down the stage due to a crushing surge of the crowd. Though me mostly spit fresh material from "Acid Rap," he did step back to his earlier mix-tape that was well received by the capacity audience.
Anything can happen when Tyler, The Creator takes the stage. Performing together with Earl Sweatshirt as "EarlWolf," the duo fully represented L.A. When Tyler looked to his left and saw an inactive crowd, he quickly shifted his presence to the other Main Stage and noted, "I need you moving over here," and fans followed his command. Despite their live show popularity, CoS recently reported that an EarlWolf album is not in the works.