Energy. Flavor. Community.

These are my top 3 favorite elements that I love to capture the most when documenting festival culture.

No matter who's on next, where you may be wandering off to or from, the level of excitement and engagement that flows throughout these scenes are always on a solid 10. For my second year at Minnesota's largest Hip-Hop festival, I found the presence of #melanated folks to be way more prominent on the State Fair Grounds than last year. Ultimately, these images represent the infinite expressions of Blackness, honoring the authentic and celebrating the bold personalities and aesthetics that exist in current day Hip-Hop culture. From nostalgia to futurism, there was a little bit for everyone, but no question that these folks showed up and showed out on this fine Memorial Day weekend.

Beyond the hype, however, one thing that caught my eye was how many femme artists were not curated, or at least scheduled to perform when enough people were present. I missed out on The Lioness & Kamaiyah after arriving only 30 minutes after they opened gates. And even then, I only caught Erykah, Rapsody & Young M.A., all of which are phenomenal artists and performers, although, I do wish there could've been more divine feminine present this time around.

Thanks again ROYAL for tapping me and Bobby to capture these special moments, particularly those shared by skinfolk. Check out my top 50 favorites below:

Nancy Musinguzi