Thanks to The DePaulia, the student newspaper of DePaul University of which I am an editor, I received a press pass to this year's Pitchfork Music Festival in Union Park. It was a great time, especially with it being my first real media event. I saw many great bands and inspirational performances.
The first two days of the festival were relatively light on the hip-hop side of things, but Sunday's lineup was incredibly stacked. R. Kelly and TNGHT both headlined (starting 15 minutes apart no less), while M.I.A., Lil B, Killer Mike, El-P and others rounded out the bill. Even Chicago locals DJ Rashad and Tree were there to kick things off at 1 pm.
Both artists performed well. I checked out Tree first, and was impressed by his rapping ability and unique sound. I think the mics or the sound guys were messing up however, as some parts of his famous "soul trap" dynamic did not come through as clearly as they should have. About midway through Tree's set I headed over to see DJ Rashad perform with Treated Crew on vocals. Everything about that performance was on point and the crowd was loving it.
Another noteworthy set was Killer Mike's who not only performed spectacularly but also managed to get really inspirational between songs. At one point, he divulged to the audience his history as a community organizer in Atlanta, a job he was inspired to pursue thanks to a woman he knew from Chicago. He had a lot to say about her and their united quest to stop inner-city violence, even breaking down in tears at one point. Despite what his name might lead you to believe, he is a really inspirational and positive person. He later joined El-P to perform most of their latest album, "Run the Jewels."
There's so much more to say about this fantastic festival. I wrote a full report on it that you can read on The DePaulia's website. Also keep an eye on Pitchfork as they begin to release footage from select performances. See you next year!
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