Power 105.1’s annual hip-hop showcase, Powerhouse, made the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, its home Sunday night (Oct. 28) as some of the biggest and brightest stars in hip-hop assembled for a night of music and entertainment. The show has been a staple in hip-hop and this year’s event was definitely a night to remember. Fans got a great show that ran without a hitch thanks to a number of DJ’s and on-air personalities from the Power 105.1 family, including The Breakfast Club, Angie Martinez, DJ Clue, DJ Prostyle, and DJ Suss One, who kept the vibe going and the crowd buzzing.
The star-studded line-up featured a range of artists including newcomers JuiceWRLD and Lil Duval, R&B singers SZA and Ella Mai, hip-hop heavyweights G-Eazy, Lil Uzi Vert, and Cardi B, and a special guest appearance by Brooklyn’s own 6ix9ine. After last year’s bum-rush incident, Power 105.1 gave the tri-state area crowd a treat with this year’s concert being the radio station’s best showcase in recent memory.
Let’s take a look at the top six highlights from Power 105.1’s festive night.
Lil Duval Lives His “Best Life” With Fatboy SSE and Violinist
Comedian Lil Duval kicked the night off with Bobby Shmurda’s “Hot N—-a” blasting through the arena speakers. The Rich Broke star danced his way across the stage inspiring fans to follow with their own bounce and two steps. Duval shared the vibe on stage with New Jersey native and social media star Fatboy SSE as the two turned up to Sheck Wes’ “Mo Bamba.” Nothing could remove the smile from Duval’s face once his No. 1 record on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart, “Smile B—-h,” roared through the Prudential Center. Accompanied by a violinist, Duval made sure to leave the stage in grandeur as he proved he’s truly living his best life.
SZA and Ella Mai Added Their Soft Touch to Thrilling Powerhouse Showcase
The Ctrl singer put a smooth and sultry vibe on the night with alluring performances of her hit records. SZA opened her set with ”Supermodel” and followed it with the Travis Scott-assisted “Love Galore.” Draped in a baby blue pajama inspired outfit, SZA danced freely across the stage as her band transitioned from one record to the next. The New Jersey native received assistance from the hometown crowd as she sung her way to listeners ears with “The Weekend” and the Black Panther soundtrack lead single “All the Stars.”
Mai held it down for the couples in the audience as she got the crowd rocking throughout her set. As the UK singer’s voice flowed through the speakers in the Prudential Center the crowd sang along to “Anymore” and “Naked.” Mai performed “She Don’t” with Lauryn Hill’s “That Thing” serving as the instrumental and closed her set with her self-titled album bangers “Boo’d Up” and “Trip.”
JuiceWRLD & Special Guest A Boogie Put on for The Youth
JuiceWRLD emerged in front of the boisterous crowd at Powerhouse Sunday night as the Chicago-born rapper crooned his way through a handful of his records. It was an impressive showing by the 19-year old who received some of the biggest cheers of the night. The youth of hip-hop were well-represented Sunday night with JuiceWRLD performing “All Girls Are the Same,” “Fine China” and “Lean With Me.” The crowd couldn’t get enough of the blossoming star and the Goodbye & Good Riddance rapper returned the love by bringing out special guest A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie. The crowd erupted into cheers when A Boogie came on stage and performed his hit single “Drowning” with some assistance from JuiceWRLD, who closed his set with an exciting performance of his breakout hit “Lucid Dreams,” thanking his fans for their amazing energy.
DJ SpinKing Brings Out 6ix9ine To Celebrate His Birthday
Power 105.1’s DJ SpinKing brought out a few of his friends to celebrate his special day. G4 Boyz and A Boogie joined the birthday boy as they performed for the energetic crowd. Feeling the vibe, SpinKing grabbed the mic to announce that his next guest never gets invited to perform at these events. As “KOODA” crept its way throughout the Prudential Center, 6ix9ine tore the roof off the packed house as his surprise appearance left the crowd in a frenzy. The Brooklyn star performed “RONDO,” and “TATI” afterwards, then paused his set to make an announcement. “Me, I never get invited to shit like this. They think I’m some criminal, but listen I love you all, thank you,” 6ix9ine said to raucous cheers. “I want to say thank you for everybody that supported me. For the people that were with me throughout my court case, for the people that stuck with, for real thank you,” he added before ending the his surprise set with “GUMMO” and “STOOPID.”
Lil Uzi Vert Rocks the House
Hip-hop’s very own rockstar tore the stage down with a fiery set, that included a medley of his turn up anthems that got the crowd rapping along to “Sauce It Up” and “444+222,” with Uzi hitting his patented dance moves to “Do What I Want,” “Money Longer,” and “Wokeuplikethis.” Although there were no stage dives or jumping off elevated platforms, Uzi used every bit of the stage as he rocked out from one end to another with his finger on the pulse of the crowd during “XO TOUR LIif3.” Uzi made his presence felt as he continued to dance his way off stage taking in the moment like a true rock star.
Cardi B Electrifies The Prudential Center With Headlining Set
Cardi B had the crowd on its feet with an exhilarating set that put a fitting cap on the special night. The “Money” rapper made her grand entrance to the Invasion of Privacy opener “Get Up 10,” accompanied by back-up dancers draped in gold outfits. Dressed in gold herself, Cardi reminded the crowd her album went multi-platinum before shaking her backside and blazing through hits including “Dat Ass,” “Motorsport,” “Drip,” “Bickenhead,” and “Money Bag.” Cardi also performed a couple of her older records off the Gangsta Bitch Music series and welcomed Pardison Fontaine and SZA on stage for “Backin’ It Up” and “I Do,” respectively. After taking a break to catch a few sips of water, Cardi showed off her island roots performing “Taki Taki” and “I Like It” to the crowd’s delight. Powerhouse came to a close once Cardi performed her No. 1 single “Bodak Yellow,” sending fans home with big smiles.
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