Chaz Kangas

One day removed, the universal acclaim for Soundset 2019 has lead some fans to call it the greatest Soundset of all time! The 12th installment of the monumental Memorial Day weekend shindig had something unforgettable for everyone. Hard as it was, we narrowed down the day’s biggest stories into 5 Takeaways.

1) Lil Wayne was actually there!

While weeks of speculation had run rampant since his involvement was announced, Lil Wayne broke his Minnesota three-show no-show streak and closed out an amazing Soundset 2019. Making up for lost time, Wayne dipped 15 years back into his catalog to bring us “Go DJ,” and touched all of his iconic hits through his most recent Carter V. All is forgiven Wayne, we good.

2) DMX was actually there!

In addition to Wayne cynicism, there was speculation as to whether DMX, a tough guy to find his whole career, was going to appear as well. Fortunately for us, X brought an absolutely stellar show that whipped the Soundset crowd into a frenzy and reminded us that when it comes to Dark Man X, nothing’s changed but the date!

3) Lil Nas X and DaBaby, unlike Lil Uzi Vert, were actually there!

We expanded on what a massive surprise this was in our article here, but no recap of Soundset would be complete without the trade-up of the decade as Lil Uzi Vert‘s no-show resulted in surprise sets from Lil Nas X and DaBaby!

4) Tech N9ne discovered good weather in Minnesota was actually there!

One of the biggest crowds of the day witnessed Tech N9ne deliver an excellent performance in some well-deserved conditions. While Tech electrifying crowds shouldn’t be any sort of surprise, keep in mind the context of Tech’s recent Minnesota shows. From the torrential downpour at Zombie Pub Crawl, to the massive snowstorm at Myth to last year’s unrelenting heatwave at our Go Show, Tech finally got some wonderful Minnesota weather at the best conditioned Soundset we’ve ever had.

5) Epic Beard Men and Slug show vibes from the original Soundset were actually there!

While we’ve had 12 years of Soundset as an official massive festival, the roots go back over two decades ago as a local hip-hop celebration that would go on to the break-a break-a dawn. A taste of those original vibes popped up at the end of a raucous Epic Beard Men set when Atmosphere‘s Slug – who wasn’t expected to hit that stage for hours as part of the official annual Atmosphere set – popped up for their set-closing collaboration “Pistol Dave,” which quickly morphed into a freestyle between Slug, Sage Francis and B. Dolan, making for a session of pure hip-hop bliss.


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