Niontay unsurprisingly took the stage as well. The man has been MIKE’s lung on their most recent tour, so it was only right. He played his tropical bop “Aint Sh*t.” In the classic Hip-hop fashion, the entire line up bopped behind him onstage. The intro sample to the song serves as a kind of thesis for 10k. “They gone let us in the door or we’re gonna kick that b*tch in.” Everything the collective does is on their own terms, and that refusal to compromise is why they can get five thousand beautiful people to hang out in a park, despite the signs of an eminent thunderstorm.
The biggest surprise of the day was formerly-inside-now-outside Earl Sweatshirt blessing the crowd with his newest EvilGiane produced track “Making the Band.” I frantically looked up Gene Hackman, and lamented about how far we wandered from the stage to check out some vendors.
I pulled some brews out of the inconspicuous bag we’d brought, and did some people watching. The crowd is interesting. Old heads, dusty Brooklyn hipsters in their big-pants-tiny-shirt combos, and more jorts than I could count, but the crowd was most definitely majority Black. Models, Skaters, I spotted Noname in the crowd not really being noticed, and later Redveil enjoying himself to MIKE’s set. A million daps are exchanged. Ig mutuals, old friends and associates, all brought together by the love of being outside.