Concert Review + Photography: Prof CD Release Show at First Avenue (Minneapolis)


Prof (Minneapolis, Minnesota), Blueprint (Columbus, Ohio), Soulcrate Music (Sioux Falls, South Dakota), Get Cryphy (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
September 9th, 2011
First Avenue in Minneapolis, Minnesota

A buzz was in the air and people were excited.  This was Prof’s CD Release Show for King Gampo, it was sold out days before and his place was ready to get rowdy.

The doors opened and Get Cryphy greeted us. They performed between each set and then had their own, three DJ set featuring Plain Ole Bill between Blueprint and Prof. Incase you are looking to be a DJ and want to make people lose their minds, dropping 90s hip-hop is magic. Soulcrate Music opened the show and already people were already dancing, hands up, bouncing… was this really the opening group?! They sold out the 7th St Entry just ten weeks earlier and for good reason. The two brothers worked so well together, their flows were as smooth as the Dakota landscape (minus the Black Hills).

Blueprint came on after and his group included a live bass player and DJ. He also wielded a small keyboard and keytar. Not since seeing Dragon Force at the Quest have I seen a this used but it worked great with it’s guitar tones. The music added at times a rock/rap jam to the set which made for a great middle act. When Blueprint started up “Big Girls Need Love Too”, people lost their mind for a second. The beginning of the set was very minimalistic, but it grew over time and toward the end, I even caught one person doing the “It’s Not Unusual” Carlton dance.

Prof came out after an hour of massive beats, mixes, and light show courtesy of Get Cryphy. The main floor was jam packed and they all came for a great show. What they got was a phenomenal set with guest after guest and a ridiculously long (but never long enough) encore. Some of the people that came out to lend Prof a hand included Slug, Brother Ali, St Paul Slim, Gene Poole and Felipe. He does indeed have some of the coolest friends in the world, and some of the most engrossed fans I have seen in a long time. I shot a few videos during his set, and during “On My Way”; Prof dropped a few words and let the crowd take the first verse on their own. All he could do is smile and look back at DJ Fundo before turning around and joining back into the sing along. King Gampo dropped on August 16th and it sounded more like a Journey concert with how many people were singing along to EVERY SONG. One other highlight of the night worth noting; especially if you were close to the stage; would be the one thousand dollars in cash that was thrown out into the crowd during the song “President”.

A big congrats goes out to Prof on one of the craziest CD release shows I have ever been to. Make sure to check out his album “King Gampo” which is a free download right now.

Slug of Atmosphere and other join Prof for “Minnesota Nice”
Brother Ali and Prof
One hell of a night


St Paul Slim and Prof
Prof gives his feet a well deserved break
Soulcrate Music
Get Cryphy

More Photos: RySiPhoto’s Flickr 

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