6lack's free: After 6lack's DJ Tone rallied the audience into "Free 6lack" chants, the introverted singer set the mood with performances of jams from his LVRN/Interscope Records debut Free 6lack, like the biographical "Never Know" and the vulnerable "Loving You," as his signature black bear graphics played on-screen. He also offered a quick pronunciation lesson on his stage name: "It's black, not six-black or six-lack," he explained. Otherwise, the singer-rapper kept the commentary to a minimum, and later led the early-bird crowd into a middle-finger-raising singalong of his breakout tracks "Ex Calling" and "PRBLMS."
Belly dances: In a shimmering blue jacket (which Belly designed himself), the XO signee made the stage his personal dancefloor with "Ballerina" -- an ode to strippers -- and the breezy Spanglish jam "Consuela." The surprise guests started early when Belly brought out Juelz Santana, who repped for Dipset with renditions of "Oh Boy" and "Hey Ma." He also said, "I've been rocking with Belly for so motherf--king long, man. I'm proud of this n---a." Bronx MC A Boogie wit da Hoodie then popped up for "Drowning (Water)."
#Sremmlife of the Party: Rae Sremmurd, consistent proprietors of the turn-up, ran through their bangers for the ultimate pre-game, playlist including "No Flex Zone," "Throw Sum Mo," "No Type," "Come Get Her," "Swang," "This Could Be Us" and "Look Alive" -- with a cameo from 2 Chainz for "Watch Out." As for their Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper "Black Beatles," wait for it...
Crew Love: Hip-hop notables came to support The Weeknd as Harlem rep A$AP Rocky delivered "Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2" followed by Atlanta upstart Playboi Carti Milly Rockin' to "Magnolia." Openers Belly and Rae Sremmurd returned for hype performances of "Might Not" and "Black Beatles," respectively. XO act Nav joined the festivities on-stage for "Some Way" as Bronx MC French Montana emerged to do his Swae Lee collaboration "Unforgettable," even hitting the dance challenge with The Weeknd.
Starboy personified: Toggle between the HQ version of The Weeknd's tracks to video footage of his Brooklyn show and it's hard to discern much difference. The Canadian crooner (real name Abel Tesfaye) nailed his vocal performances on his biggest hits, from both his No. 1 albums Starboy and Beauty Behind the Madness, as well as semi-deep cuts like "Wicked Games" off 2011's House of Balloons. Kicking off with the tour's namesake track, followed by "Party Monster," "Reminder" and "Six Feet Under," The Weeknd shined in his comfort zone underneath the strobe lights. He took a breather and soaked in the deafening adoration from his fans before launching into the finale, the groovy "I Feel It Coming," and an encore of his eerie Hot 100-topper "The Hills."