Future Proves He's a Trap God With Headlining Set at Billboard Hot 100 Fest
After a thunderstorm ran through the Billboard Hot 100 festival over the weekend, Future decided to shower us with a different kind of blessing: trap music. During his headlining performance on Sunday night (Aug. 19), the rapper transported the venue to his backyard in Atlanta, temporarily making you forget that you were still in the suburbs of Long Island.
Future wasted not one minute of his hour-long set, packing just enough hits to make avid rap fans' heads nearly explode with uncontainable excitement. Donning a bubblegum-pink jacket and ripped jeans, he emerged on the main stage to rip into one of his earlier hits -- 2012's "Same Damn Time." Accompanying Future's set was a lively tour DJ and an illuminating cylindrical backdrop that sucked you into his performance like some kind of warped trap version of The Twilight Zone. At one point, the lights glowed in a fitting codeine-colored purple as Future performed his signature DS2 opener, "Thought It Was a Drought."
The rapper embodied a "too cool for school" swag throughout the night, almost as if he knew he could drop any track from his massive catalog and the crowd would eat it right up. If so, it definitely worked in his favor because there was not a single low moment. The Atlanta rapper took us to the trap house with "Move That Dope" and "Trap N---a"; the house party down the block with "Mask Off" and "Draco"; and the strip club (preferably Atlanta's King of Diamonds) with "Freak Hoe," "Stick Talk" and "Real Sisters."
As if his performance wasn't intense enough, Future proceeded to take his performance to, well, new levels as the haunting chords of “New Level” crept into the speakers. The rapper made up for the lack of an A$AP Ferg appearance by bringing out a slew of dancers who exude bouts of tangible energy. The dancers checked off nearly every viral move that was first born in the south, including "Hit Dem Folks" and BlocBoy JB's "Shoot." One of his dancers even brilliantly replicated the Jordan logo inside the stage's cylinder during Future's performance of What a Time to Be Alive's "Jumpman."
Future's closing set continuously fed fans with nonstop hits, even if they were already stuffed from the onslaught of other popular acts through the festival weekend. After an intense performance, we all left the Jones Beach theater thankful that we could officially be part of the rapper's trap reign.