Remy Ma not only lived up to her moniker of the Bronx Savior during her Irving Plaza concert on Friday (March 16): She earned the title of Master of Ceremonies after a show that featured tons of surprise cameos from major talent.
Two hours before the headliner would take the stage, her fellow Love and Hip Hop New York co-stars warmed up the crowd with a few cult favorites. Rapper Bianca Bonnie made a point to emphasize her verses during a throwback performance of 2006’s “Chicken Noodle Soup,” encouraging the crowd to repeat the Harlem locations mentioned throughout the song. Mariahlynn followed that up with a mini-set that included “Once Upon A Time” and “Too Much Money” before she mentioned “I love how queens empower other queens.”
The night’s main queen finally walked out around 10 p.m., opening with “She’s Gone” from her 2006 debut album There’s Something About Remy: Based On A True Story. The femcee wore an all-black sporty ensemble, her track jacket marked by a big white “X” on the back.
Thank you to my amazing #remymafia fans for making last night at @irvingplaza so AMAZING??????Thank you to @funkflex @phresher_dgygz x @youngma x @hoodcelebrityy x @casanova_2x x @lifeofdesiigner x @artisthbtl x @lilkimthequeenbee for rocking with me???? YOU ALL KILLED IT!! NY YORK I LOVE YOU?????? Next Stop Philly??????– @offjimmer
The audience briefly paused as she stood up after the number was done and walked off the stage. What seemed to be a brief snafu gave way to back-up dancers, dressed in gold, sprinting onto the stage for the Terror Squad’s “Lean Back,” Remy’s only Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 to date.
With her fans now hyped, Remy shouted “Is Remy Mafia in the f—ing building?!” before promising “We gonna get the nice cute shit out the way first.” That moment lead to the audience helping out for the choruses of “Conceited, “Feel So Good” and “Money Showers.” After performing her version of O.T. Genasis’ “Push It,” the rapper stopped to address her crowd. “People’s fan base is a reflection of them,” said Remy, which was greeted by a chorus of “Yep!”-es and “AMEN!”-es from her Remy Mafia, who she thanked for standing up for her in social media comment sections.
Suddenly, PHresher charged out to perform his banger “Wait A Minute.” A few minutes later, Young M.A slayed the crowd with three of her own songs, including her viral hit “OOOUUU.” The concert turned into a dancehall affair as Remy started twerking and whining while special guest Hoodcelebritty performed “Bubble“ and “Walking Trophy.” After shouting out the “pretty browns” before launching into current single “Melanin Magic,” Remy welcomed Desiigner for a performance of his Hot 100 chart-topper “Panda,” and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, who premiered new music from Remy’s upcoming studio LP Seven Winters and Six Summers. The bop is yet to be titled, but features a hook showing off Boogie’s signature sound and the lines “I ain’t got no time for him he tired of me/F—ing with my mind he telling lies to me.”
Remy didn’t quit with the surprises. Casanova made the next appearance and amped up the crowd with “Set Trippin.” Remy Mafia — in full combat mode at this point — started chanting “SHEther,” prompting the DJ to quickly play the beginning of the Nicki Minaj diss track. Remy soon started laughing: “[Minaj’s fanbase] be so mad when that plays. Why are you so mad? That was 365 days ago.” This was an opportune time to reveal that she will be released from parole on August 2, 2019.
“Yo Remy, you ready?” called out a sweet, petite voice from the side of the stage. The Queen Bee herself, Lil’ Kim, walked out to initiate their collab “Wake Me Up” before offering the crowd a “Spicy” performance of her new single.
The show closed out with an energetic performance of her Fat Joe-assisted comeback single “All The Way Up,” although her hip-hop brother and mentor didn’t make an actual appearance. Instead of doing her “my swag, my flow” part, she debuted a new acapella freestyle — her most poignant line being “You number two, I’m number one, I’m gonna be that bi-atch!”