Freddie Gibbs‘s headlining set on the side stage at Pitchfork on Saturday was full of firsts for the fest. First performer to bring a bottle of Hennessey out on stage with him. First stage banter aimed at keeping the audience (a couple thousand mostly white kids) away from gangs. And it was the first set of the weekend that really felt essential, one of those rare festival performances that feel like a moment, the type of thing that justifies all of the sun and sweat and eight dollar veggie burgers.

There wasn’t anything gimmicky about his performance. He simply went out on stage, rapped, and tried to connect with his audience.

He connected.