Day two of Ultra Music Festival Miami 2017 was dominated by dope MCs. Everywhere you turned, hip-hop held it down, whether it was with legendary performances at the Live Stage or special guest appearances at the Main Stage. The festival also announced the big news that it’s going “Down Under,” with further information on an inaugural Australian event forthcoming. Check out some of our favorite moments below.
4:20 p.m.: The live stage warms up with a performance from LexzPryde, but things really hit the fan when Chicago rapper Chief Keef makes a surprise appearance. Kids from all over the festival green come running to rap along to “I Don’t Like.” The MC and about 20 of his friends completely take over. Sosa is enjoyed by all.
5:35 p.m.: Black Coffee gets things going with a no-sugar set at the Carl Cox MegaStructure. A group of bros defy gravity when they build a human pyramid under the moving, electric honeycomb. No doubt they know all about his recent collaboration with Drake on More Life’s “Get It Together,” but this set is going so much deeper.
5:47 p.m.: No rap show in history has started exactly on time, and A$AP Ferg pushes his schedule to the limits. After about a 30-minute delay, he hits the Live Stage running with a whirlwind selection of hits from “New Level” to “Shabba” before signing off with a signature shout out to the deceased A$AP Yams.
6:23 p.m.: Things are off to a bumpy start for Joyryde, not because his mixing abilities fall off track, but because the bass drops so heavy, the trunk goes all hydraulic. The crowd at the OWSLA-curated UMF Radio Stage can’t help but go nuts.
6:27 p.m.: Stoner-favorite ’90s rappers Cypress Hill shout “Everybody drugs in the air, even if you’re chilling in the chair,” a message that stands in stark contrast to the large type-face reminders to “dance drug free” at the Ultra Festival main gates. Not that anyone ever expected anything else.
6:38 p.m.: More rap attacks when 2Chainz joins Steve Aoki at the Main Stage for a massive rendition of their DVBBS collab “Without You.” The energetic DJ also drops a new collab with Migos and performs his current hit “Just Hold On” with vocalist Louis Tomlinson in the flesh.
7:13 p.m.: Rain starts to turn Ultra’s grassy bits into mud pits, and house fans take cover at the Carl Cox MegaStructure. Good thing Tale of Us was there to warm their chilly, wet bones with some hypnotically-groovetacular house.
7:29 p.m.: Tiesto is a time-tested, Ultra Main Stage icon. He’s often used those flashy decks as the place to test new styles and mixes. The crowd goes wild as he plays his latest single, “On My Way,” as the sun sinks behind the city’s high rise apartments.
8:15 p.m.: Ice Cube is a nasty, dirty dog you just don’t wanna mess with — unless you’re messing with a live performance, and then the crowd at Ultra stands large in the face of pouring rain to catch hits from “It Was a Good Day” to “Smoke Some Weed.” “I don’t give a f— about no rain,” the rapper yells, “and if you thought we give a f— about the rain, you better check yourself before you wreck yourself.” He also gives a teary-eyed shout out to all those lives closest to himself that hip-hop has lost over the years, from Phife Dawg to Tupac, Biggie, Nate Dogg, and his late DJ Crazy Toones.
10:29 p.m.: Everybody claims to be in love with the coco, but nobody can do it quite like O.T. Genasis, which is why Afrojack had to bring him out personally to perform the hit record as part of his Main Stage performance. The dirty Dutch DJ also shares the stage with Ty Dolla $ign and Belly before his set is through.
11:03 p.m.: Absolutely nothing can come close to the energy The Prodigy delivers at the Live Stage to close out the night. Every freaking song is a balls to the wall anthem of absolutely epic proportions. The whiplash is too real, and so is the instrumentalist. The drummer pumps out drum ‘n’ bass beats to best the electronic sounds emanating from all other directions. “We really do this,” MC Maxim brags, and he’s sure damn right.
11:45 p.m.: Main Stage headliners Axwell & Ingrosso leave the place throbbing with a selection of career classics, new hits and, of course, the duo’s latest collab with Kid Ink. Fireworks explode in every corner of the sky as the set hits its gigantic peak, and when the smoke clears, there’s the major announcement that Ultra Music Festival is coming to Australia. This is what you’ve got to look forward to, kangaroos, although no UMF comes close to the star-studded event that is Miami.