2019 American Music Awards

Offset Brings 'Ric Flair Drip' to Billboard's Hip-Hop Live Concert Series With Help From Cardi B & Baby Kulture

Offset headlined the third installment of the Billboard Hip-Hop Live concert series, which rumbled through NYC's cavernous Sony Hall on a rainy Wednesday night (Oct. 16). A refreshed Set was ready to get back to work following a relaxing getaway with Cardi B and some close loved ones over the weekend in Turks and Caicos to celebrate his wife turning 27 earlier this month. "It's always love. New York City is like my second home outside of Atlanta," he told Billboard preshow.

The Migos group member ventured outside his comfort zone performing without Quavo and Takeoff, which he expected to be a bit "weird" not seeing his brothers on stage with him. "This show is dedicated to the fans," Set declared of the unique concert experience powered by Mountain Dew. "It's a different type of show for me, interacting with the fans and stopping while doing the show. I'd do anything for my fans to give them an experience they've never had."

Those fans in attendance Wednesday were blessed with a special surprise by the night's end, as Cardi B joined Set on stage to perform her verse from their "Clout" collab in Louis Vuitton slippers and an Alexander Wang gray bodysuit, all of while holding baby Kulture in her right arm with the mic effortlessly in her left. "That's my wife, it's the best thing in the world," Offset said of sharing the stage with Cardi. "That's the best." The thunderous pop from the crowd once they laid eyes on Kulture's mother is something that can't be replicated by many artists in the world.

Offset originally hit the jampacked Sony Hall stage shortly after 10 p.m. for an hour-long set, as he looked out into a sea of nearly 1,000 of the Migos faithful. Draped in a designer hoodie, green and yellow tie-dye pants, and a pair of rare NYC Nike Air Force 1s, Set kicked things off by sending the crowd into an immediate frenzy with Migos bangers "Slippery," "Walk It Talk It," and "Stir Fry."

As far as new music on the horizon, the ATL native has turned his focus back toward the group's success and perfecting Culture III after each member delivered a solo album of their own. "We're whipping that thing up now," he said of C3. "It's the focus for the group. It's been almost two years since Culture II, so we gotta give it to y'all. We're going number one, we ain't coming to play. It doesn't make sense for us to stay to ourselves. Everything is always bigger with the boys when it comes to the music."

Following a quick breather, Set returned to take over for Jinx, who played host for the night, to run through some of his vulnerable Father of 4 solo album cuts. Offset has raised the bar when it comes to his performance, which was made clear through the compelling visuals capturing the attention of fans in the background. Whether that was his barrage of mugshots on a loop while performing "How Did I Get Here," or the Ric Flair highlight reel honoring the legendary wrestler during "Ric Flair Drip," the clips were sharp. 

The 27-year-old would also hit on a few of his fiery assists he's dished out recently on Hot 100 staples like Tyga's "Taste" and Kodak Black's "Zeze." Set made it a point to continually shower the fans with love and make sure they know he's thankful for their support. One fan got the mic and explained how Offset's sound helped shape him as a rapper and producer. Set returned the favor by inviting Elison and a few of his friends on stage to close out the show with "Bad and Boujee" and the Cardi-assisted "Clout."

Outside of Culture III, when it comes to what's next for the Migos, Offset confirmed fans can expect the rumored Migos film to come to fruition at some point in the future. "It's a little sugar. You know, drop in the water to make things a little sweeter. We're coming up with different things, and content is the number on thing in the world," he explained. "We gotta keep having content to provide to the fans or you lose them."

Watch the full Billboard Hip-Hop Live Offset concert below:

And watch a few highlights from the show below.

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