One of the world’s largest hip-hop competition made its rounds to Los Angeles for the third consecutive yr on Saturday (Dec. 14), lower than two months since their earlier West Coast cease in Oakland, Calif.
The sold-out Rolling Loud, powered by West Coast Cure, is being stationed at Exposition Park’s Banc of California stadium, residence of the Los Angeles Football Club. The two-day, three-stage extravaganza boasts a stacked lineup of over 100 artists — everybody from Grammy winners to newcomers to a heavy presence of Los Angeles locals.
For the first day, an anticipated number of blossoming artists comparable to All Black, Baby Smoove, and Tyla Yaweh warmed up the levels for the headlining acts Chance the Rapper, Lil Uzi Vert, Young Thug and Lil Baby.
Upon venue entry, attendees had been greeted with a brightly lit, amusement park-like drop tower trip, accessible to anybody that possessed the endurance to attend in a 100-plus individual line. Though the climate was uncharacteristically cloudy and chilly for Southern California, the free filtered water tents alongside the venue’s inside perimeter had been a welcomed perk for attendees.
Here are the highlights and lowlights from day considered one of the 2019 Rolling Loud Festival in Los Angeles.
R.I.P. Juice WRLD
Most notably, Juice WRLD was scheduled to headline the competition earlier than his premature loss of life simply seven days prior. A tribute has been deliberate on his behalf later in the competition. Impromptu tributes or shout-outs from a number of of his colleagues had been additionally heard throughout day one.
Playboi Carti Is Almost a Rock Star
Playboi Carti fell simply in need of dwelling as much as his “wokeuplikethis*” lyrics (“I’m a rock star” he sings on the Uzi-assisted observe), delivering a mildly-energetic efficiency. The svelte rapper appeared the half — wearing a leather-based outfit with bleached dreadlocks, usually flashing his tooth grills all through his efficiency. While skipping round to a medley of his hits, Carti didn’t captivate his viewers — although the artist’s reputation and the later set time drew a really giant crowd. There was short-lived try at a mosh pit after Carti lackadaisically instructed attendees to “open that bitch up.” The 23-year-old rapper upped the octane at one occasion, bouncing on prime of the DJ sales space, shaking his dreads and pouring water onto his head, however in the end didn’t ship something followers hadn’t already heard (the Atlanta rapper hasn’t dropped new music in over a yr) or seen from him.
Lil Baby Leads a Sing-Along
Perhaps considered one of the most unintentionally enthralling act of the evening was Lil Baby. The Atlanta rapper took the stage with just a few two-piece-clad feminine dancers, offering little to no choreography himself (the “Woah” dance throughout it’s namesake observe apart). In his case, the music itself carried the efficiency, and did so effortlessly: the total area was singing alongside to almost each single observe the Quality Control artist delivered, from “Southside,” “All of a Sudden,” “Drip Too Hard,” to “Time,” “Close Friends,” and extra, a lot of them mouthing the lyrics heard over the loudspeakers, whilst they walked to different levels.
It was nearly as if throughout that second, all of us realized Lil Baby’s stellar observe report: the younger MC slyly entered the scene just some brief years in the past, and has now grown a powerful catalog of songs that so many hip-hop followers might recite, prime to backside. If nothing else, this was a testomony to the catchiness and high quality of Lil Baby’s music — each observe is clean, memorable and minimize over a charming beat. Lil Baby additional gained the coronary heart of L.A. locals, at some extent inserting a “Last Time That I Checc’d” snippet between two tracks, paying homage to the late Nipsey Hussle.
Chance the Rapper Impresses
At first, issues appeared bleak for Chance the Rapper — throngs of attendees boo’d and turned away from the stage upon listening to that Chance the Rapper and Lil Uzi Vert had swapped their set instances. However, as quickly as Chance opened together with his widest-known observe “No Problem,” carrying his signature “3” hat, his authenticity and vigor was arduous to flee. The Chicago native delivered a high-energy 45-minute set, rapping-singing reside above the playback tracks, his ardour for the lyrics displaying via his intonations and flows.
The 26-year-old MC shined amongst his friends, performing in numerous totally different tones as he switched between the reflective “Blessings” to the melancholy “Same Drugs” to the intense Kanye West-duet “Ultralight Beam,” full with gospel singers as his backup. He additionally carried out the Nicki Minaj and Lil Durk collaboration, “Slide Around,” welcoming Lil Durk to the stage, singing in unison with the fellow Chicagoan, the pair dancing round each other at the finish of runway. While Durk’s look was short-lived, YBN Cordae was additionally given stage time for the somber “Bad Idea.” The viewers danced, rapped alongside, and filmed Chance’s efficiency, feeding the younger artist much more gas as they cheered again when he periodically prompted, “Rolling Loud, what’s going on?!”
Chance coated each inch of the stage and runways, his enthusiasm by no means as soon as faltering, even giving followers a really turnt-up model of “Cocoa Butter Kisses” from Acid Rap, garnished with stage flames, a smoke machine and flashing lights.
His back-up was additionally an entertaining selection: the label-independent rapper used 4 classic Motown-style backup singers, consisting of three males and one lady, whereas additionally using a way more fashionable, urban-style, mixed-gender group of dancers, clad head-to-toe in varied Adidas gear, the apparent sponsorship on show.
Lil Uzi Vert Keeps the Crowd on Their Toes
Lil Uzi Vert was reportedly stalled by jet issues on account of climate, inflicting him to reach about two hours late to his set time, disarranging the efficiency instances of a number of others in consequence. DJ Scheme stuffed the gaps and maintained competition attendees’ power and a focus with an impromptu DJ set. Rather than performing earlier than Chance the Rapper, Uzi closed out the present.
Uzi made up for his delay together with his infectiously constructive power and humorousness — the Luv Is Rage 2 rapper took the stage to a packed crowd with an enormous smile, opening with “That’s a Rack,” a Rihanna collage on the display behind him. He cycled via fan favorites comparable to “XO TOUR Llif3,” “Money Longer,” “Erase Your Social” and extra, prancing throughout the total stage as followers in the entrance row grasped at his arms. The younger spitter additionally carried out the newly launched “Futsal Shuffle,” and the related signature dance for the first time. Several pockets of the viewers opened their very own dance circles to imitate the viral dance, Uzi’s affect glowing.
Overall, tens of hundreds cellular phone lights in the air, and a devoted, rhythmically swaying crowd proved that followers weren’t deterred by Uzi’s tardiness, as they stayed effectively previous the scheduled midnight end-time to complete watching his set.