A review of Take Back Labor Day has been posted up on URB Magazine's blog, peep it here...
Words by Jen Boyles photos by C-Rocka
At some point within the last year, the Minneapolis/St Paul SEIU union decided the best way to combat the weeklong takeover of their domain with the Republican National Convention in town was to throw a massive hip-hop party to "Take Back Labor Day." So on Monday, Sept. 1, they did just that, and peacefully, despite more than 260 arrests of RNC protestors that weekend elsewhere in the city. Showing up for the Labor-Day-seizing on stage were local rap icons Atmosphere, Mos Def, a reunited Pharcyde, and Dave Nada (spinning inbetween sets).
URB was there and got some great pictures of the fest at Harriet Island (thanks to Christina Rimstad for the shots) -- check 'em out and see how great we in the frozen tundra are at massive resistance.
Highlight #1: Pharcyde's Fatlip is sick of everyone circulating rumors that he smokes crack. An obvious retort? A live cover of Bobby Brown's "My Perogative." Dope.
Highlight #2: Seeing Slug rock a sweaty Obama 08 shirt and a crowd of 30,000 hometown fans.