While the future of Rolling Loud was an uncertain one just a few weeks ago, the first day of the the premier hip-hop festival proved to be a success. Rap fans and others alike descended upon glitzy downtown Miami for a day filled with hip-hop’s rising stars and cultural icons. Even the humid, hazy weather couldn’t deter fans from seeing their favorite artists, especially Friday night’s (May 5) headliners, Lil Wayne and A$AP Rocky. HustleTV
Taking to the stage around 10:20 p.m., Rocky opened his set with a literal bang as fire exploded into the air around him. “Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye” projecting through the speakers, the crowd erupted into an uproar as the Harlem wunderkind rapped the equivocal “Who’s the jiggy n—- with the gold links?”
Shortly after injecting the crowd with his lively energy, the A$AP frontman took to the mic to share a nugget of advice: “F— your cameras, f— social media. It’s all about here tonight.”
While the rapper’s message of self-awareness was overlooked, the crowd embraced the ambient vibes as Rocky switched gears going into his 2015 banger “L$D.” The stage fittingly displayed hues of red, purple and blue as fans became an element of the ultimate trip. HustleTV
A few yards away, fans anticipated the arrival of one of rap’s most prolific figures ― none other than Lil Wayne. Backed by a live acoustic band, Weezy took to the stage shortly after 11 p.m., donning a Gucci hoodie and his staple wayfarer shades. Kicking things off with the 2008 hit “Mr. Carter,” the crowd’s excitement was magnified as the signature drum line projected through the speakers overhead and neon lights illuminated the stage.
“Before I get started,” Wayne told the crowd as he took a moment to enjoy his herbal remedy, “I have to let you know that I haven’t got started.”
The Young Money crooner then went into an epic medley of all his hits to date. From “Got Money” and “John” to notable features like “Believe Me” and “HYFR,” Wayne took fans on a musical journey of his coveted discography.
Reaching the halfway mark of his performance, the Louisiana lyricist grew a bit nostalgic as he tapped into his roots as Cash Money’s youngest frontman. “This portion of the show is for the real Lil Wayne fans,” he told the crowd as the 2004 banger “Go DJ” played overhead. HustleTV