Lil Uzi Vert Brings Rockstar Movement to SoundCloud Celebration in NYC

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Lil Uzi Vert performs on stage as SoundCloud celebrates What's New, Now and Next in Music at The Good Room on Dec. 13, 2017 in New York City.

Fans braved the frigid Brooklyn, NY temperatures on Wednesday night (Dec. 13) to line up in droves hours before Lil Uzi Vert would be performing inside the intimate venue -- which some would be denied entry to, due to The Good Room's capacity limits. 

SoundCloud teamed up with Uzi, whose Luv Is Rage 2 was named the platform's top album in 2017, to celebrate "What's New, Now & Next In Music." The streaming service also unveiled a brand new home experience making their content uncomplicated to discover.

Lil Wop, deemed SoundCloud's artist to watch, opened the show shortly after 10 p.m. setting the tone for what would go on to be a night to remember. The Gucci Mane-signed artist provided plenty of energy with cuts from his Wopavelli 3 project in addition to unreleased joints off his upcoming album. The Chicago native even moshed with the crowd shirtless at one point, before asking for someone to bring the 22-year-old a water bottle to the stage. Then, he concluded the 30-minute set with a series of signature "ayy" ad libs. 

ScottieBeam, formerly of Hot97, hosted the event keeping the crowd engaged throughout the transition in performers. The Satori radio host kept people's energy up, as they waited on the highly anticipated appearance of Uzi, who finally made his way to the stage escorted by security guards around 11 p.m. to his Luv Is Rage 2 stand-out "Sauce It Up," which sent the approximately 200 fans into a frenzy. 

Donning his newly dyed red hair, a black leather jacket with red spray-paint identical to his colored dreads, and a belted waist bag, the 23-year-old turned up at various locations he could stand on above the crowd throughout the compact venue. This made for an intimate performance, where everyone had an up-and-close view of the daring artist. Uzi was highly engaging with the crowd, dapping up fans and looking into their selfie videos, which they would later post to social media. 

 Uzi jumped through 2017 hits "The Way Life Goes," the anthemic "XO TOUR Llif3" (which was streamed a genre-high over 148 million times on SoundCloud) and the Pi'erre Bourne-produced "wokeuplikethis," hitting his signature shoulder shrug throughout the midst of his set. Next, Uzi weaved in the Future-assisted "Seven Million" and Jordan Brand anthem, "Do What I Want."

Moshing with fans after performing "Money Longer" and the accordion-sampling "Ps & Qs," the Philadelphia native finished off his set standing in the VIP area on a couch, directing his DJ on the final song, "Since this is SoundCloud, I guess we have to do '7AM,'". The DJ quickly obliged, spinning the dark instrumental to finish off the 40-minute set with the 2015 Luv Is Rage fan favorite.

The Atlantic Records artist was then mobbed by fans, as he swiftly escaped to a private room surrounded by multiple security guards, to cap off the epic night and year for the newly named Grammy nominated artist.


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