On Saturday, Offset rang in his 27th birthday with the second “Set Gala” at the historic Wilshire Ebell of Los Angeles. Just hours before, the Migos member found himself squarely in the crossfire of social media commentators after a highly publicized attempt at reconciliation with his estranged wife, rapper Cardi B, didn’t go as planned.
Cardi, who was also in Los Angeles, appeared as the first female headliner in the history of Rolling Loud Festival on Saturday. During her inaugural set, Offset briefly crashed the stage, bringing with him an elaborate setup of cake and flowers that spelled out “Take me back, Cardi.” A clearly uncomfortable Cardi briefly entertained the scenario before having him escorted away by security.
A day prior, the “Narcos” rapper also took to Instagram to deliver an apologetic video message in which he stated that his only birthday wish was for the Invasion of Privacy rapper to forgive him and allow him to spend the holidays with her and their infant daughter, Kulture.
Yet in spite of a rather eventful day, the mood at the party remained celebratory, and the “jungle drip” theme brought out the imaginative side of attendees, who poured into the venue dressed to the nines in animal prints and other wilderness-inspired looks. Upon entering, many opted to pose on the red carpet, which was set against a verdant foliage backdrop featuring QC (Quality Control) insignia. Recognizable faces such as Trippie Redd, Kodak Black, 21 Savage, Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi, Quavo and Takeoff, and QC CEO Pierre “P” Thomas all walked the carpet before entering the sprawling venue where acrobats in animal print leotards floated trapeze-like structures above the heads of revelers.
Designated tables next to the stage were reserved for special guests, who also had access to the Ebell’s three open bars — some of which featured special Avion Tequila bottles decorated with Offset’s face. Although the festivities started around 10 p.m. PT, the man of the hour didn’t make his grand entrance until around 12:30. His arrival was announced by Takeoff, Quavo and P, who entertained guests from a gold-accented stage setup featuring an elaborate throne.
Taking the “drip” theme to heart, Offset made his way to the stage flanked by a retinue of gold-dusted, costumed women — who remained on stage when the rapper performed songs from his solo album. Dressed in an elaborate Pharaoh-esque ensemble complete with an ornate diamond and gold encrusted mask by Laurel DeWitt — a rather effective way to hide one’s feelings – and scores of gold and diamond jewelry, the rapper seemed in good spirits despite personal woes. Undoubtedly, the Rolls Royce he later received as a gift from Quality Control probably didn’t hurt matters, nor did the crowd’s positive reaction to the snippets of his new music.