Once again the party people of Minnesota descended upon the Minnesota State Fair Grounds in Minneapolis for the annual Soundset weekend. Hosted by the amazing team from Rhymesayers Entertainment, the 2017 Soundset event was the tenth anniversary of the independent Hip Hop festival, and the show they put on did not disappoint.
Over 35,000 attendees hit the festival, with a solid line-up of Hip Hop acts gracing the stage. As always, the Ironlak Live Paint was in effect, with the A-team of rap sprayers on hand to give an array of surfaces a fresh lick of paint. From custom shaped IRONLAK/ SOUNDSET panels, to trucks – no surface was safe from the fury of the Ironlak and Sugar Artists’ Acrylic spray paint.
Here’s some words about the event from our Ironlak Family correspondent JURNE.
“I wanted to try to paint a piece that was an homage to custom car paint jobs – metallic flake/ candy coat schemes. I was excited to use Sugar spray paint’s new ‘shimmer’ color line, which I had briefly tested at the Ironlak factory during R&D.
“The music line-up for the festival was off the hook. There were tons of great artists; one of the standout featured acts was a holy trinity of weirdo savant artists: Kool Keith, DJ Qbert, and Dan the Automator – playing on stage together, beginning their North America tour. We decided to tip the hat to the man himself – Black Elvis aka Dr Octagon aka Half Shark Alligator, Half Man, aka Kool Keith. MAST came through with three amazing characters that fit the bill, and I laid out the plan for the SOUNDSET and IRONLAK cutout letters of both main walls – which MUCH and I had concepted and built for this year’s festival.
“EWOK, MAST, RIVER, WANE, Carly Ealey, SEB, ERGOT, MUCH, NMPH, and Wezz Winship made sure Christmas came a good six months early – smack in the middle of the Twin City’s summer heat wave – blessing all the good children of Soundset with gifts of spray gold, and reminding the bad kids out there that despite their misgivings, Soundset was meant for the bad kid in all of us – not bad meaning bad, but bad meaning good!
“This was my third year at Soundset, and each year it’s the same yet different – awesome people, great music, and a high watermark for bringing your spr-A-y game and not looking like you got lapped amongst the friendly competition.
“A BIG thank you for having us to Rhymesayers and Soundset! And thank you to everyone at Ironlak for pushing the envelope with paint technology, and continually supporting all the graffiti writers out there pushing the envelope, dotting their T’s and crossing their I’s. We salute you!” –JURNE HM TGE YME
Ironlak spray paint is available at Fifth Element – 2411 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55405, USA
Shop online: Yard Master Classics, Kolour, & Sugar Artists’ Acrylic spray paint is available at great prices on shop.ironlak.com – $10 flat rate shipping (ships domestic USA only)
Photographs: Spencer Shea, with additional photos by Carly Ealey
JURNE HM TGE YME – Instagram: @scienceism
MAST – Instagram: @indeliblefunk
EWOK MSK HM – Instagram: @ewokmskhm
RIVER – Instagram: @watersfresh
WANE COD – Instagram: @waneonecod
Carly Ealey – Instagram: @carlyealey
SEB – Instagram: @napalmclusterconfiguration
ERGOT – Instagram: naaaaaahhhhh
MUCH – Instagram: @heavymetalgang
NMPH – Instagram: @heavymetalgang
Wezz Winship – Instagram: @wzzwnshp, @brlsqpublicworks