Last night wasn’t a metal show. It wasn’t even a rock show. I went to a rap show last night and absolutely loved every minute of it.

Last night was Prof Outdoors 3. I’ve written about Prof multiple times now. Hell, I even drove out to Eau Claire just to see him awhile back. I love him. His live show is always super impressive and straight up fun. When you take that and put it on an outdoor stage with a  sold-out crowd, you get one hell of a night.

The show was opened up by many local rappers and hip-hop artists and I quickly realized that this was more than just a concert with a bunch of artists, it was a family having a hang out and that family just so happens to be full of extremely talented musicians. Even if you didn’t know who was on the stage a given time, you supported them because they were up there doing their thing.

The show is a bit of a blur to me. I was using it as a social hour to hang out with friends and have one too many drinks. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy the music, because I definitely did but it seemed to fall into the background for majority of the night. I loved the fact that I was outside with my friends, listening to music and drinking in the beautiful weather. When you live in Minnesota, you take advantage of every night outside that you can before it gets too cold to leave your house. Last night may have been the last outdoor concert I have in Minnesota this year so I just wanted to take it all in. The people, the music, the drinks… everything and that’s exactly what I did.

Prof has done this outdoor show every year for the past three years, but this year was my first chance to catch it. I had heard how great he does when he plays this show and I was definitely not disappointed.

As I mentioned, I have seen Prof multiple times now but there was something different about last night. The feeling Prof was projecting from the stage had a bit of sparkle that I have never seen or felt him have before. It was like he was ridiculously humbled to have this many people show up to his own show. If you think about it, it’s quite amazing what this guy has pulled off. He is able to bring thousands of people together with his music and his live show but he’s still just that guy from Minneapolis. Just the other night I saw him at a record release show I went to (which I didn’t write about because of exhaustion but props to Dimitry Killstorm for being amazing and releasing an amazing album) and he was just mingling in the crowd. Then last night, there he was on that stage commanding thousands of people to jump.

Prof’s set was complete with his signature move of throwing an inflatable raft into the crowd, jumping into it, and surfing over the crowd as he continued to sing. Sure, it’s the same thing every single time I see but it never seems to lose the wow factor. Every single time I see that raft get in the crowd, my face lights up and I can’t help but smile and move around.

There’s so much more that could be said about last night but it can all be summer up with one sentence: The Twin Cities has the best music scene no matter what genre you’re in. Sure, I love my metal family up here in the cities but the rap/hip-hop family is just as great.

Living in a place like this as a concert addict is surreal and I don’t think there’s anywhere else on the planet that I would rather be.

Line Up:

J. PLAZA & Dwynell Roland
Why Khaliq
Tiiiiiiiiiip / tip w/ ten i’s
& Special Guests

Venue: Cabooze Outdoor Plaza

Sausage Fest Meter- 7 out of 10

Average Age of the Crowd- 25

Crowd Surfers- Prof in his Raft

Stage Divers-0

Danceability- High

Broken Bones- None

Drunkards Taken Out By Security- None Notice

Celebrity Sightings-Eddie of Failing To Wake

Overall Score- 8 out of 10

Show on Deck- Hotel Books/ Dayseeker/ Convictions/ Nanashi + More