Best Hip-Hop Set: Vince Staples
"I've never been here before. There's a lemonade stand and a water slide for white people," Long Beach rapper Vince Staples quipped during his energetic This Tent performance Friday afternoon. Staples, backed simply by minimal, throbbing bass, expertly commanded the mic, wading through the difficult Summertime '06 wordplay with ease. At a festival starring marquee hip-hop acts like J. Cole, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Tyler, the Creator, it was Staples who shined the brightest, even if his personal mentality conflicted from that of his Bonnaroo audience: As plumes of weed smoke darted out of the crowd, Staples advised kids not to do drugs because their "bodies are a temple."